Camu camu is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rain forests of Peru and Brazil. It produces a lemon sized, light orange to purplish red fruit with yellow pulp. This fruit is packed with more natural vitamin C than any other food source recorded on the planet!

Benefits of Camu Camu:

  • Vitamin C – more than any other food! (1/2 teaspoon of powder provides more than 400% the Daily Value!)
  • Strengthens immune system
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Balances mood – effective and safe antidepressant.
  • Supports optimal function of nervous system including eye and brain functions.
  • Provides arthritic protection by helping reduce inflammation.
  • Anti-viral (effective against all forms of the Herpes virus)
  • Liver protective

Camu camu can be bought in powdered form (I love the Loving Earth brand) and has quite a distinctive and slightly bitter taste. I use it in smoothies or sprinkled in baked goods to boost the nutritional value of the food. It works well with citrus and berries.

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About the author

Belinda Kirkpatrick is an expert Nutritionist and Naturopath in Sydney. She specialises in natural fertility, family and women's health care. She is the author of Healthy Hormones (a practical guide to balancing your hormones) and is the founder of the SEED Concept and also Seed App for iPhone.