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Camu Camu: The Sun King

Dr. Hillary Lampers, ND //

Camu Camu

Camu Camu is a superfruit that grows along the Amazon River in Brazil.  These bright red purplish berries are packed with 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange and offer a potent source of anthocyanadins.  Harvested in boats,dried, and then made into powder, Camu Camu is considered the highest food source of Vitamin C found to date in the world, with anywhere from 2-3 mg/100 gm.  This potent dose of natural Vitamin C and anthocyanadins,  make it a perfect food for immunity, antioxidant protection, and integrity of skin, bones, and all connective tissues. 

Collagen is the "cement"  of the intercellular matrix of connective tissues, muscle, bones, and skin and is what strengthens these tissues and protects them from damage and aging.  Vitamin C, ascorbic acid,  is essential for the synthesis of collagen, the regeneration of Vitamin E, aids in neurotransmitter function, improves iron absorption, and is a powerful antioxidant.  

Synthetic Vitamin C can give you larger doses at one time, but there are theories that there is a threshold for how much Vitamin C can be absorbed in one dose, and thus smaller amounts taken throughout the day may actually be more beneficial.  As well, synthetic Vitamin C is usually derived from genetically modified sugar can.

With Camu Camu whether in it's whole, dried, or juice form, the absorption of ascorbic acid is enhanced by the anthocyanadins, amino acids, and healthy fats that are included in the food.  This is why getting nutrients from a whole food source is better, the body recognizes the complex coupling of nutrients and utilizes them better than single constituents.  You may not have heard of Camu Camu, but it's worth looking at if you are trying to boost your immunity and age gracefully.  

 Check out YouthH2O if you want an organic Camu Camu  immune booster!

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