Last update: June 25, 2024

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Camu Camu: A Comprehensive Guide

Discover the health benefits of Camu Camu, a superfruit packed with Vitamin C. Learn how to use it, where to buy it, and unlock your health potential.

Stephanie Wright

By Stephanie Wright, RN, BSN

Edited by Dr. Dimitar Marinov, MD, MBA, PhD

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Ever found yourself in the supplement aisle, eyeing a bottle with the label "Camu Camu," and wondering what in the world that might be? Camu Camu is a super-sour berry from the heart of the Amazon rainforest that's been causing quite a stir in the health and wellness community!

Key takeaways

  • Camu Camu is a tart berry, super rich in vitamin C, and grows in the Amazon rainforest
  • It's used mostly in powdered form and can be added to many dishes and drinks
  • Despite its high vitamin C content, your body can only absorb a certain amount per day

    What is Camu Camu?

    What exactly is Camu Camu? Camu Camu is the fruit of the shrub Myrciaria dubia, native to the Amazon rainforest, and is renowned for its super high vitamin C content, making it a popular ingredient in nutritional supplements.

    Where does Camu Camu come from?

    Camu Camu is a hardy survivor, thriving in the swampy marshlands of the Amazon rainforest. This little berry hails from the shrub Myrciaria dubia, which spreads its roots across Peru, Brazil, Bolivia, Colombia, and Ecuador.

    When they're just wee little things, they're pale yellow, and as they ripen, they go through a glorious transformation. They darken to red and then to a deep, mysterious purple. But there's a catch - as these berries ripen, their vitamin C content diminishes.

    How does Camu Camu stack up in nutritional value?

    Indigenous Amazonians do enjoy Camu Camu as a beverage, sweetened with sugar. However, the berry is so tart and acidic that its culinary uses are quite limited.

    A couple of small-scale studies with some participants hinted that Camu Camu might have antioxidant properties. However, another study found no such benefits. So, we're in a bit of a gray area here.

    One thing's clear though: the vitamin C content in Camu Camu is sky-high, undisputedly. And we all know vitamin C is super important for your immune system, functioning as an essential nutrient and a known antioxidant. It's like having your personal bodyguard fighting off the free radicals!

    VitaRx Fun Fact

    Did you know that a whopping 2-3% of Camu Camu's weight is vitamin C? This means it’s a rich source of vitamin C and other nutrients.

    How can you add Camu Camu to your diet?

    Generally, this vitamin C champion makes its way to you in the form of a powder. To use it, you can add it to a smoothie, sprinkle it over your yogurt, oatmeal, cereal, or granola, or stir it into your water, seltzer, or tea. It's as versatile as a Swiss Army Knife.

    For those of you who prefer sipping on something, there are juice products that contain Camu Camu. But don't get too excited - these juices are often mixed with water and other fruit juices.

    What makes Camu Camu unique?

    The flavor of Camu Camu, much like its origin, is unique. It brings a tart, sour flavor to the table, much like a lemon but with its own twist.

    Also, since it isn't soluble in water, it can have a gritty consistency. One of the most common ways to use Camu Camu powder is in smoothies.

    Picture yourself on a sunny morning, blending up a strawberry breakfast smoothie or an avocado mango smoothie and giving it an extra zing with a dash of Camu Camu powder. Or, for the green juice fans, a green pear smoothie with a Camu Camu twist.

    Now, when it comes to buying Camu Camu, you can find it at health food stores, nutritional stores, and even from your trusted online merchants. It's like finding the nutritional Holy Grail!

    Storage is pretty straightforward too. Just store your Camu Camu powder in a dry airtight container and use it by the expiration date.

    VitaRx Tip

    Most products suggest that refrigeration isn't necessary, so there's no need to play Tetris with your fridge contents.

    Camu Camu nutritional facts

    While we've been riding high on the vitamin C wave, Camu Camu brings a bit more to the table. Its nutritional profile extends beyond just vitamin C, making it an interesting player in the nutrition game. Check out this table showcasing its nutritional prowess!

    • Vitamin C: 2145 mg
    • Iron: 0.53 mg
    • Phosphorus: 11.1 mg
    • Potassium: 83.9 mg
    • Calcium: 20.9 mg
    • Riboflavin: 0.1 mg
    • Thiamine: 0.14 mg
    • Protein: 0.4 g

    Table: Nutritional values for Camu Camu per 100g. (Source: USDA National Nutrient Database)

    Advantages and disadvantages of consuming Camu Camu

    Even the vitamin C powerhouse, Camu Camu, comes with its own set of pros and cons. Let's break it down to get a balanced view.

    Frequently asked questions (FAQ)

    Here are some of the most frequently asked questions about Camu Camu.

    Final thoughts

    Remember that while Camu Camu could be a great addition to your diet, it's not the magical solution to good health. Just like how you can't turn a pumpkin into a carriage (unless you're a fairy godmother), no single food or supplement can do it all!


    1. Nutritional composition and vitamin C stability in stored camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) pulp
    2. Antioxidant and Associated Capacities of Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia): A Systematic Review - PMC


    Stephanie Wright avatar

    Stephanie brings over 13 years of diverse nursing experience to the table, having honed her expertise in critical care, mental health, and utilization management. Her journey as a registered nurse across these various healthcare sectors underscores her adaptability and deep commitment to patient care.

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    Dr. Dimitar Marinov avatar

    Dr. Marinov has years of experience in scientific research and preventive and clinical medicine. His publications in peer-reviewed journals are on nutritional status, physical activity, and musculoskeletal disorders among adolescents.

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