Camu Camu

A True Superfruit Full of Nutrients

What makes the difference between a fruit and a “super” fruit? A super fruit is typically a fruit that packs an extraordinary amount of antioxidants and nutrients compared to what you would expect from your average fruit. Camu camu, a cherry-like fruit found within the Amazon rainforests in Peru, Brazil, Colombia, and Venezuela, may just be such a superfruit, which is why you’ll find it as an ingredient in Jon Barron’s Private Reserve Superfood Formula.

Camu Camu as a Natural Source of Vitamin C

In fact, among many camu camu health benefits is that this fruit is the single most concentrated source of vitamin C found in nature, containing 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange. Just one serving of camu camu powder contains about 1180% of your recommended daily intake for vitamin C. You would need to eat more than 10 oranges to get the same amount of vitamin C!

Vitamin C, in addition to being an essential nutrient, as you are probably aware, has many healthful benefits. Studies suggest that camu camu vitamin C may be helpful for a variety of issues or conditions such as:

  • Boosting immune system function

  • Maintaining healthy gums

  • Improving vision for those with uveitis (an inflammation of the middle part of the eye)

  • Treating allergy-related conditions, such as asthma, eczema, and hay fever

  • Reducing effects of sun exposure, such as sunburn or redness

  • Alleviating dry mouth, particularly from antidepressant medications

  • Healing burns and wounds

  • Decreasing blood sugar in people with diabetes

Camu Camu Anti-Aging Benefits

Some studies have also shown that Vitamin C may be helpful in lowering rates of cancer (such as skin and cervical cancer), preventing macular degeneration, and increasing the elasticity of skin to help avoid the formation of wrinkles.  

Camu Camu as a Natural Source of Key Vitamins & Minerals

If the health benefits of the Vitamin C aren’t enough, camu camu also contains thiamin, riboflavin, and niacin and is rich in bioflavonoids and antioxidants. In addition, 71.1 milligrams of potassium are found in every 100 grams of camu camu. It also contains the amino acids valine, leucine, and serine - all essential amino acids that our bodies can’t produce.

Camu Camu As a Natural Stress Reliever

According to a study published in a 2008 issue of the “Journal of Cardiology,” when taking regular doses of camu camu juice, patients exhibited significant benefits in their oxidative stress and inflammation levels after seven days. The study shows that camu camu may be as effective as vitamin C tablets in fighting free radicals and reducing oxidative stress in the brain. 

More Natural Benefits of Camu Camu

Other benefits that have been associated with camu camu include:

  • Natural antidepressant

  • Prevention of cataracts

  • Skin regeneration

  • Antiviral

  • Helping with brain function

  • Helping with asthma

  • Helping with atherosclerosis

  • Helping with chronic fatigue syndrome

  • Helping relieve headaches

  • Helping with osteoarthritis

  • Increased energy

How To Take Camu Camu

Camu camu looks like a large grape, but is almost never consumed as a whole fruit except by natives in Peru and Brazil. As for its taste, on the positive side, it has hints of hibiscus and berry - but mostly, it has an extremely sour, acidic taste, which is why it is often used as a supplement in concentrated, powdered form. It is not uncommon to consume it in smoothies or fruit juice concoctions to make it more palatable. Camu Camu side effects are currently unreported. 

Find out how Jon Barron uses Camu Camu in his superfood formula, or learn more about natural antioxidants

 

Resources:
http://www.umm.edu/altmed/articles/vitamin-c-000339.htm
http://www.livestrong.com/article/554106-camu-camu-the-brain/
http://www.huffingtonpost.ca/2013/07/25/camu-camu-benefits-_n_3644392.html
http://www.webmd.com/vitamins-supplements/ingredientmono-1243-CAMU%20CAMU.aspx?activeIngredientId=1243&activeIngredientName=CAMU%20CAMU
http://blog.doctoroz.com/is-this-right-for-you/camu-camu-is-this-right-for-you
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    Submitted by Dan on
    July 26, 2014 - 11:49pm

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    July 30, 2014 - 11:48am

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    Submitted by Judy Pokras on
    April 28, 2017 - 2:37pm
    Boynton Beach , Florida

    I'm surprised that you used rice products in your superfood formula, as many studies show that white rice and brown rice are contaminated with arsenic, a poison.

    Also, why do you not use only organically grown ingredients in the formula?

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    Submitted by BaselineFoundation on
    May 1, 2017 - 5:17pm

    The issue of arsenic in rice is not necessarily what you think it is. https://jonbarron.org/diet-and-nutrition/heavy-metal-hysteria

    As for using all organic, that is Jon Barron’s preference for all ingredients. Unfortunately, not all ingredients are available in a reliable, certified form. Part of the cGMP standards that Jon insists Baseline Nutritionals adhere to is that all organic ingredients need to be certified organic. Through the years, Jon has encountered many ingredient suppliers who claim to provide organic ingredients but are unable to produce the necessary certification. If Jon has to use one of those ingredients, he will not claim them as organic on his labels. Another problem with organic is that sometimes, for some ingredients, supplies of organic are very limited and very sporadic, which means they may be available for one batch of a given product, but not the next. That said, if certified organic is not reliably available, Jon looks for ethically wildcrafted ingredients next. And finally, if neither organic or wildcrafted are available, Jon’s third choice is non-irradiated, non-GMO. 

    As a point of clarification, The Baseline of Health Foundation does not use any ingredients, does not produce any products, and does not sell anything on its website. We are strictly a non-profit, alternative health, information resource. We were founded by Jon Barron who does produce products—but those products are sold elsewhere, primarily through Baseline Nutritionals.

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    Submitted by Georges Dickens Okela-Kwo in on
    April 29, 2017 - 9:58am
    Gulu ,

    How do I get the seeds of the wonderful fruit here in Uganda?

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