Origin of camu camu
The camu camu (Myrciaria dubia HBK) belongs to the Myrtaceae family, is a wild bush fruit of the Amazon, which grows on flooded riverbanks and old dark water lagoons and can remain completely submerged in water for four or five months. In Latin America on the banks of the Amazon, Ucayali, Marañón, Napo, Tiger, Curaray, Yavari and Tahuayo in Peru; Putumayo and Inírida in Colombia; and in the upper basin of the Orinoco in Venezuela. The greatest concentration and diversity of populations are in the Peruvian Amazon. The camu camu is a fruit with a high genetic diversity, which has a high content of ascorbic acid (vitamin C) whose values are between 2,000 and 2,994 milligrams per 10 gram (mg / g) of fresh pulp. Also in the language of the people Shipibos- Conibo know the Myrciaria dubia; as camo- camo; and uses its mature skin pigment for dyeing plant fibers Chambira (Astrocarium chambira).
Camu camu was initially considered a natural source of vitamin C by Ferreyra in 1959 in his monthly report on Agricultural Experiment Station in La Molina.
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Traditional use of camu camu
The berries of the camu camu tree have been used by Amazonian Indians(Peru and Brazil for hundreds of years. A highly nutritious food source rich in phytochemicals, it is also easily transportable. Traditional uses, besides food and to promote long life. It is traditionally used in Loreto, Peru.
Recent studies categorized as 2,700 mg / 100 g pulp as an average, surpassing fifty times as much as traditionally recognized in orange and lemon. in addition the shell contains abundant natural dye which uses are only just emerging, and require much more research so as to utilize all of this fruit.
Benefits of camu camu:
Side effects and contraindications of camu camu:
There are no contraindications by adding camu camu to your diet.
Too much vitamin C is not toxic, but prolonged use of large amounts may cause gastrointestinal disturbances or diarrhea. Anyone who has received the advice not to take too much vitamin C should exercise caution such people with kidney stones. For most people, to add a super food camu camu to their diet, is a good idea.
How to Use camu camu:
The correct taste of this fruit is bitter or sour; the indigenous Amazonian people believe they were utilizing these fruits qualities, for their people.
Today, however, it is harvested locally from Amazonian communities and used as a reserve food, but a food of high nutritional value, dried for later or used fresh, it’s used to mix in recipes such as jams, jellies, desserts or drinks.
As a home remedy the berries are known to be useful as an antiviral treatment used for a various infections.
Apart from these local South American regions, the fruit of camu was essentially unknown internationally until 1950 when it was first nutritionally analyzed by the Institute of Nutrition and the Ministry of Public Health of Peru.
These studies revealed an exceptionally high amount of vitamin C in the Berries, the results documented were, and 2800-3000 milligrams of vitamin C per 100 grams of pulp, from these findings, the camu camu has been rated as one of the highest natural plant-based sources of this important antioxidant.
It is recommended to consume an average of ¼ or ½ teaspoon daily of camu camu powder or 3 capsules or tablets x 600 mg per day, these doses provide 80% of the daily dose of vitamin C necessary.
Because it tends to have a slightly astringent bitter taste that is often mixed in fruit smoothies, juices and sweet foods or desserts. It is an excellent addition to lemonade, ice cream, kefir and sweet tart citrus flavor, like our recipe lemon bar.
However, camu camu, being considered a nutraceutical, does not require a prescription, and the demonstrated safety of camu camu easy to use. It is Still yet to be developed in clinical studies to better standardize the extraction technique, the preparation of the final product, and the optimum dose to achieve for the desired effect.