Scientific name: Myrciaria Dubia
Other names: Cacari, or Camocamo
Part used: Fruit
Origins & Properties
Native to the Amazon rain forest in Peru and Brazil, it has gained popularity worldwide due to its many purported health benefits.
Camu-camu grows to a height of 3–5 meters and bears a red/purple cherry-like fruit. It has small flowers with waxy white petals and a sweet-smelling aroma. It has bushy, feathery foliage. The leaves are shaped like the head of a lance, with a narrow oval shape tapering to a point at each end.
Fresh camu-camu berries are tart in flavor, which is why they’re commonly found in supplement form as powders, pills, or as juice.
Camu-camu is considered a super food — mainly due to a high content of certain nutrients and powerful plant compounds, including vitamin C.
- Immunity: Helps strengthen the immune system
- Antioxidant: Protects cells from damage caused by free radicals
- Anti-inflammatory: Reduces inflammation in the body
- Cardiovascular: Improves blood sugar levels
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