Myrciaira dubia is commonly known as the camu camu. This bushy riverside tree is native to the Amazon rain forest and grows in Peru, Brazil, Columbia and Venezuela. The berry of this tree is similar in size and color to a cherry. Both the berry and leaves of this bush are used for many medicinal purposes. While you may not see this berry in your local grocery store, you can take advantage of the health benefits that this fruit has to offer buy purchasing it as a supplement in your local health food store.
The camu camu berry boosts the immune system because it is a major source of vitamin C, vitamin B2, and flavonoids. As a matter of fact, an ounce of these berries gives you up to fifty times more vitamin C and 3 times more vitamin B2 than what one orange can give you. This fruit gives you the kick to fight those cold and flu symptoms and can even prevent you from getting sick. Both the vitamins and flavonoids are also very powerful antioxidants which “prevent free radical damage to the DNA of the cells throughout your body” (naturalnews). These antioxidants also help you look and feel younger by giving you healthy skin, hair and gums.
For every four ounces of camu camu berries, you get over 70 milligrams of potassium. Your body needs this mineral for your heart and kidneys to operate properly. This mineral also plays a major role in keeping your blood pressure numbers at a safe level. When you do not have enough of this in our daily diets, you run the risk of getting high blood pressure. When you keep your blood pressure lower you run a less risk of getting a heart attack or stroke.
Camu camu berries are rich in Vitamin B3 which is also known as niacin. This vitamin plays a role in turning our food into energy. In addition to this, it helps raise the level of good cholesterol (High Density Lipoprotein or HDL).
Camu camu berries contain several amino acids that are necessary for your muscles. Valine helps “prevent muscle breakdown and is important for nervous system and cognitive function” (huftington post). Leucine is needed to help muscles and bone tissues to grow. Serine is used for digestion and where it helps break down protein bonds so your body can use them effectively.
Camu camu berries are a major source of iron. This mineral plays a role in cellular metabolism and producing hemoglobin. Responsible for the red color in blood, it increases the number of red blood cells in your body. If you are prone to anemia, where you have a low red blood cell count, this fruit will help increase the number of red blood cells and make them stronger and improve the circulation of blood and oxygen throughout the entire circulation system.
Most likely you will not find camu camu berries at your local grocery store. While you can order fresh berries online, it can be very expensive. In addition to this, these berries have a very bitter taste and you may not like them. You can still find a wide variety of supplements and powders at your local health food store and online through sites such as EBay and Amazon to experience all the health benefits.