Camu Camu Berry
Description of Plant(s) and Culture
Camu-camu berries are the fruit of the camu-camu tree native to the Amazon rainforest of Peru and Brazil. Camu-camu berries have a red or purple skin, white flesh, and large seeds. Though they resemble the cherry in appearance, they are much more sour and are not usually eaten plain.
The camu camu fruit is rich in Vitamin C and contains 30 to 60 times more vitamin C than an orange or lemon. The camu camu berry is also an excellent source of calcium, phosphorus, potassium, iron, and various amino acids. Besides the vitamin and mineral content, the fruit is also rich in anthocyanins, amino acids, flavonoids and has very strong anti oxidant activity.
Legends, Myths and Stories
The Berry which is grown on the camu camu plant is rich in Vitamin C and has been used for medicinal purposes by the Amazonian Indians for more than 700 years. Folklore tales from the Indian tribes indicate that the fruit can help treat infections, decrease pain, strengthen joints, and maintain longevity.
Vitamins, Minerals and Phytochemical Components
Health Benefits of Camu Camu Fruit
Camu camu berries are rich in Vitamin C, bioflavanoids, and amino acids and are used to produce dietary supplements. The supplements are available in the form of capsules or powder. This purplish-red berry turns light beige in color when dried and powdered for storage. Camu camu powder is an excellent natural source of beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamin and the amino acids valine, leucine and serine. The antioxidant, vitamin-C prevents free radical damage to the DNA of cells, and this mainly helps prevent cancer and heart disease. In general, the berries help boost your immune system. The amount of vitamin C present in these berries can be as high as 2 g per 100 g of the fruit, which means that camu fruit provides 50 times more vitamin-C than an orange (on an ounce-for-ounce basis).
Camu camu work great for atherosclerosis, the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Thus, they reduce the risk of heart diseases. Vitamin-C along with the mineral content of the berry, helps relax blood vessels in the body. This makes the vessels more flexible and helps maintain overall blood pressure.
The drink made from these berries is also available in market. It provides emotional stability and mood enhancement. It is recommended for anti-aging effect and cardiovascular health. It also improves the health of your skin, nails and hair. It protects your brain from neurodegenerative disorders like dementia and Alzheimer's disease. Camu camu can assure you of optimal brain performance for the rest of your life.
Camu camu berries prevent liver diseases and they also enhance the liver function. Liver can then detoxify the harmful chemicals to which you're exposed, more efficiently.
The berries can protect you from cataracts and glaucoma, debilitating diseases of the eyes.
The anti viral properties of camu camu berries help kill viruses and thus, protect you from colds and flu.
Its anti-arthritic properties help reduce inflammation, which in turn helps relieve the pain of arthritis.
The antidepressant properties of these berries can reverse even a serious depression.
The berry promotes fertility, as it boosts the chances of conception.
Camu berries exhibit an anti-inflammatory effect. This helps get rid of migraine headache.
These berries being anti-mutagenic, help prevent the genetic mutation involved in the creation of cancer tumors.
As the berries have an appealing aroma and color, they are often used as an ingredient in ice creams, candies or similar dishes.
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