Camu-camu (Myriciaria dubia)

Camu-camu Overview:

Camu-camu contains the highest concentration of vitamin C out of any plant in the world. It has roughly 1000 times as much vitamin C as an orange, 10 times the iron, and 3 times the niacin.

Unfortunatly, due to the rapid breakdown of vitamin C, camu-camus are not a mainstream fruit outside of South America. The dried, powdered fruit can be used, but has a short shelf life before most of the vitamin C content has been broken down. This is why it is important to only purchase the freshest camu-camu powder available, and only from reputable sources.

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Main Herbal Actions:

  • Nutritive
  • Antioxidant
  • Diuretic
  • Mucolytic
 

Main Uses:

Camu-camu is mainly used for its high vitamin C content. It is used as a supplement for strengthening the immune system, improving blood production, wound healing, and supporting natural growth.

 

Daily Dosage

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Weekly Dosage

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Part Used

Fruit

Family Name

Myrtaceae

Distribution

South America (Amazon Rainforest)

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Constituents of Interest

  • Vitamin C
  • Other vitamins
  • Trace minerals

Common Names

  • Camu-camu
  • Rum berry
 

Botanical Info:

Camu-camu is a member of the Myrtaceae family of plants. Other members of this family include bay rum, clove, guava, allspice, eucalyptus, and myrtle. All of which are well known for their essential oil content.

The Myrtaceae family contains roughly 5950 species, distributed into 132 genera.

 

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Clinical Applications Of Camu-camu:

The incredibly potent supply of vitamin C from Camu-camu makes it useful for nearly any application in which vitamin C is desired. Many use it to strengthen the immune system during infection or as a prophylaxis.

 

Cautions:

High doses of vitamin C can cause gastrointestinal upset.

 
 
 

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References:

For a list of references, visit the full camu-camu monograph.