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Camu Camu the Superfood

Clarissa A. Kussin, ND, FMCHC, ERYT-500

Lets dive into the powerful benefits of a superfood called Camu Camu. Known for its exceptional nutritional profile, Camu Camu offers a wide range of health benefits. Additionally, we’ve included a delightful smoothie recipe to help you incorporate this fantastic fruit into your daily routine.

Understanding Camu Camu
Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) is a small berry native to the Amazon rainforest in Peru and Brazil. It has gained popularity worldwide due to its extraordinarily high vitamin C content, containing up to 60 times more vitamin C per serving than an orange. However, Camu Camu offers more than just vitamin C. It also contains antioxidants, vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals that support overall well-being.

The Health Benefits of Camu Camu

Immune Support: Camu Camu’s exceptional vitamin C content plays a crucial role in supporting a healthy immune system. Vitamin C is known for its antioxidant properties, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and strengthen immune defenses.

Antioxidant Powerhouse: In addition to vitamin C, Camu Camu contains a range of antioxidants, such as flavonoids and ellagic acid. These compounds combat free radicals, reducing the risk of chronic diseases and promoting overall health.

Collagen Formation: Vitamin C is essential for collagen synthesis, which supports healthy skin, joints, and connective tissues. Regular consumption of Camu Camu can contribute to the maintenance of youthful skin and overall joint health.

Mood Enhancement: Some studies suggest that Camu Camu may have mood-enhancing properties due to its high levels of antioxidants and other beneficial compounds. Including Camu Camu in your diet may help support mental well-being.

Anti-Inflammatory Effects: Camu Camu contains natural anti-inflammatory compounds, including anthocyanins and catechins. These compounds may help reduce inflammation in the body, supporting overall health and reducing the risk of chronic diseases.

Here’s a refreshing smoothie recipe that combines the goodness of Camu Camu with other nutritious ingredients:
Camu Berry Blast Smoothie: 2 servingsIngredients:1 cup frozen mixed berries (strawberries, blueberries, raspberries)1 small frozen banana1 /2 teaspoon Camu Camu powder1 cup unsweetened almond milk (or milk of your choice)1 tablespoon chia seeds1 tablespoon honey, date paste or maple syrup (optional, for added sweetness)A few ice cubes IF your berries are not frozen

Instructions: Place all the ingredients in a blender. Blend on high until smooth and creamy. Taste and adjust sweetness if desired by adding honey or maple syrup. Pour into a glass and enjoy this antioxidant-rich, vitamin C-packed smoothie.
Note: You can customize the smoothie by adding spinach, kale, or your favorite protein powder for an extra nutritional boost.

Where to Find Camu CamuCamu Camu is available in various forms, including powder, capsules, and freeze-dried berries. Look for organic and sustainably sourced Camu Camu products from reputable health food stores, online retailers, or local farmers’ markets.
Consider adding Camu Camu to your daily wellness routine by incorporating it into smoothies, juices, yogurt bowls, or even homemade energy bars. Experiment with different recipes to explore the unique tangy flavor and reap the numerous health benefits.

Your Partner In Health,
Clarissa A. Kussin, ND, FMCHC, ERYT-500

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