Camu Camu is native to the South American rainforest, growing in the Black Water River regions of the Amazon. It is known to be one of the most nutrient dense concentrated botanicals of Vitamin C in the world. Ounce per ounce, Camu Camu may provide over 50 times more VC than an orange, with a 13-16% VC content by weight.
Maintaining your VC levels with Camu Camu is far superior then a tablet form of pure VC or Absorbic Acid, as the co-factors in Camu Camu help with the assimilation and efficacy of the VC.
VC is an essential component to a properly functioning immune system. Our body can’t produce VC, and if we go long enough without it, we end up with scurvy, an unfortunate disease to befall many an unsuspecting sailor. Luckily for us, VC is readily available in the fresh foods and vegetables that we, hopefully, eat on a day-to-day basis. However, we do not only want to make sure we get adequate levels of VC, but also ensure that we have an abundance of it in our diet. Ensuring we get ample amounts of VC will increase our immune response, increasing our natural killer cell activity, and ensuring we can easily ward off the common cold or virus. An adequate amount of VC is also important in reducing inflammation and building collagen, an important longevity and beauty essential.
Aside from its Vitamin C content, Camu Camu is a rich source of potassium, amino acids, phytonutrients and antioxidants like beta-carotene.
How to take it:
Camu Camu is available in tablet and powder form. While it can be convenient to take in tablet form, it can also be a lot of fun to play around with the powder in food and smoothies. Camu Camu has somewhat of a strong taste, so be mindful to not over do it, and risk throwing off your delicious creations. I’d recommend adding it to your next smoothie or juice. Camu Camu is quite bitter and astringent (it’s the Vit C, you’ll learn to love it), so adding it to an already bitter drink will add a wonderful zing. Add it to a green juice, a berry smoothie, or a lemonade. It goes particularly great with medicinal mushrooms like Chaga and Reishi, as well as algae like spirulina, chlorella, or AFA algae.
The Flying Frog shot:
This is one of my all time favorites, and a truly amazing boost to add to your thrival strategies.
1 oz E3 Live AFA Algae
1 oz spring or filtered water
½-1 tsp of Camu Camu
1 tsp Chaga powder
Mix it all together and shoot down! It tastes horrible, but feels great. It’s worth it, right?
If you don’t have E3 Live on hand, try substituting 1 tsp spirulina / chlorella mixed into 1 oz water.
Until next time, stay WISE.