I discovered the wonderful benefits of Camu Camu whilst in Peru. It’s found in the Amazon Rainforest and is sold on market stalls in Iquitos and it’s a great refreshing fruity drink. It comes from a small bushy plant (Myrciaria dubia) that grows by the riverside and its form comes in the shape of small berries. It’s pretty sour to taste so it’s often sold ready-made up or in powder format to mix yourself at home.
It is considered a superfood due to its extremely high concentration of Vitamin C (1) as well as other powerful compounds. Vitamin C helps to strengthen your immune system and acts as a powerful antioxidant by combatting oxidative stress (2) which is a condition that can lead to diabetes, heart disease and cancer.
When I bought it on the street in Iquitos, Camu Camu was sweetened but now when I make it at home, I just mix it with water and drink it. I used to have trouble with inflammation around my left ankle and I looked at alternative ways to combat the pain. After drinking Camu Camu regularly I found a reduction in pain which helped ease my inflammation. Some studies have shown the Camu Camu is effective in reducing inflammation (3). Other benefits that may be delivered by consuming Camu Camu are reduced weight (4) and healthier blood pressure (5).
As with any other health products, it’s important to do your research, and if your thinking about buying some, shop around and only buy from respected and ethical companies.