- Camu camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a bush native to South American tropical rainforests that produces a fruit containing more vitamin C than any other known botanical source (for comparison: a fresh camu camu berry may contain up to 4 percent vitamin C, whereas a lemon may contain up to 0.5 percent vitamin C). Some estimate that camu camu berries have thirty times as much vitamin C as oranges.
- Consider the words of Dr. James Duke, USDA scientist and author of The Green Pharmacy: “I take vitamin C for colds … I prefer to get mine from camu camu, the amazing Amazonian fruit that has the world’s highest vitamin C content.”
- In a comparative study of hundreds of botanicals, ranked in order of effectiveness for various health conditions, camu camu was placed by Dr. Duke among hundreds of herbs as follows*: Antimutagenic #4 Antioxidant #4 Antiviral #6 Asthma #1 Atherosclerosis #1 Cataracts #1 Colds #1 Depression #2 Edema #1 Gingivitis/Periodontal disease #1 Glaucoma #1 Hepatitis #1 Infertility #1 Migraine headaches #1 Osteoarthritis #1 Painkiller #1 Parkinson’s disease #1
- 1 level tbsp. (3 grams) of camu camu berry powder per person per day is the recommended intake. One can increase dosage with time. Diarrhea symptoms indicate excessive intake.
- Camu camu is the 2nd highest food source, after the New Zealand Kakadu plum. I found the camu camu however to be much more potent than the kakadu plum with much more noticeable improvements in mental energy and alertness.
High vitamin C foods such as camu camu work synergistically with medicinal mushrooms such as reishi, high phycocyanin foods such as spirulina or blue-green algae, and aged garlic extract, and the effect on the immune system is greatly potentiated when mixing two or more of these types of foods.