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Camu-Camu:  A Natural Source of Vitamin C
A Potent Immune and Mood-Balancing Botanical Agent

Welcome to Camu-Camu
The Natural Vitamin C Plant

Properties and Actions

Anti-viral, anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, astringent, anti-pain, anti-depressant, emollient, nutritive


Natural ascorbic acid, bioflavonoids, beta-carotene, calcium, iron, leucine, niacin, phosphorus, potassium, protein, riboflavin, thiamin, serine, valine, alpha-pinene, d-limonene

Health Benefits

  • Superior effect over synthetic vitamin C to strengthen and support the immune system
  • Supports the body’s defenses against the herpes virus
  • Traditionally used by natives against the cold and flu
  • Helps maintain healthy gums, eyes and skin
  • Supports healthy liver, lungs, lymphatic and nervous systems.

Camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) is the name of a bush which grows in the Amazonian rain forest of Peru.  The Camu-camu bush produces an orange-colored fruit about the size of lemons that has the highest recorded source of natural vitamin C than any other known plant on the planet.  In addition to vitamin C, camu-camu comes with many other naturally-occurring vitamins, minerals, and amino acids which has clinically demonstrated far superior benefits over ascorbic acid (synthetic vitamin C tablets) especially over a 3 to 6 week period.

Camu-camu, the natural source of vitamin C, offers astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, anti-pain, anti-viral, emollient and nutritive properties and contains natural beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamin and the amino acids, valine, leucine and serine.  This makes camu-camu invaluable for metabolic processes, including the formation of white blood cells, maintaining a healthy immune system, and support for the brain, lymph glands, heart and lungs.  The camu-camu fruit has a surprising range of therapeutic effects.

Extraordinary Immune Support
With C Vitamin From Camu Camu

Health care practitioners report the extraordinary nutritional benefits of natural-source  vitamin C complex for supporting the body’s immune defense against internal invaders.  100 - 200 mg daily of natural vitamin C sources such as Camu-camu readily outperforms the benefits previously achieved with mega doses of ester vitamin C or mega doses of L-lysine.

The Peruvian government expects that camu-camu will become a major export when its amazing properties are discovered in the U.S.  To bear fruit, the camu-camu bush must be 4 to 5 years old.  The growing popularity of this wild rainforest fruit is contributing to the sustainable development of the Amazon River basin and helping the natives to maintain their traditional way of life.

The camu-camu fruit has a surprising range of health-promotoing properties.  Best known among these are camu-camu’s potent ability to strengthen the immune system and to help maintain healthy gums, eyes and skin.

Dr. Gary Null, Ph.D., a well known nutritionist and researcher, has investigated many of the extraordinary medicinal properties of this Amazon rainforest fruit (1996).  In his “Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing” (1998), he lists disease conditions and the herbs that have been found effective for their health promoting properties in reference to specific organ/system weakness and problems.

30 Times More Vitamin C

Oranges provide 500 - 4,000 ppm vitamin C, or ascorbic acid; acerola 16,000 to 172,000 ppm and camu-camu up to 500,000 ppm.  In comparison to oranges, camu-camu provides 30 times more vitamin C, 10 times more iron, 3 times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and 50% more phosphorus.  camu-camu is also a significant source of potassium, providing 711 mg/kg of fruit.  In addition, it has a full complement of minerals and amino acids which can aid in the absorption of vitamin C.

Camu-camu Has a Wide Range of Health Benefits

The camu-camu fruit has a surprising range of medicinal effects as measured both by traditional use and by the variety of phytochemical compounds which have demonstrated therapeutic effects.  Dr. James Duke, retired chief botanist for the U.S. Dept. of Agriculture and author of many botanical books, including the popular Green Pharmacy, lists some of these effects in his Ethnobotanical website, based on amounts of various phytochemicals which camu-camu contains (see chart)

Switching to Natural Vitamin C

People experiencing camu-camu have stopped using large dosages of synthetic vitamin C because they find that just 100 - 200 mg daily of natural vitamin C with sources such as Camu-camu is superior in strengthening the immune system, and in its energizing and mood-lifting effects.  150 mgs of vitamin C in this natural form, once or twice daily, can clear up most cases of bleeding gums and provide remarkable energy-boosting effects. 

It has the additional benefit of being non-irritating to sensitive stomachs and bladders.

Anti-Herpes Effect From Camu-camu

Dr. Null lists plants which contain anti-herpetic phytochemicals.  The plant with the largest amount of these phytochemicals is camu-camu.  Health care practitioners report that camu-camu has provided effective nutritional support to put shingles into remission, and has cut the expected time for reduction of symptoms in half by supporting the body’s natural defenses.  Some users have reported that cold sores have resolved in just one day and genital herpes outbreak was resolved in 48 hours.  In other cases, the Epstein-Barr type of chronic fatigue has shown improvement in one or two weeks.

More on the Herpes Virus


Beware of Your Source of Camu-camu

Beware of your product source - many brands that contain camu-camu also add synthetic vitamin C to their product.  Also, be sure your camu-camu vitamin C product contains no toxic additives, fillers, corn or gluten.

Although the amount of vitamin C which camu-camu contains may appear low compared to the amount in synthetically derived vitamin C products, the effects on the human body are incomparable.

Because of its natural nutrient components, including bioflavonoids and other synergists, clinical evidence suggests that it is far more effective than any amount of synthetic vitamin C (ascorbic acid) or ester vitamin C, especially over a 3 to 6 week period of use or longer.




Anti-Depressant Treatment

In discussing the holistic treatment of depression, Dr. Null lists 19 plants containing chemical compounds with antidepressant properties in order of potency - camu-camu is Number 2 on his list.  It appears to provide nutritional support for the brain to optimize its own mood-balancing chemistry.  So get your vitamin C from camu-camu!


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