Camu camu: what is it, benefits and how to consume it

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Camu camu is a typical fruit from the Amazon region that has a high amount of vitamin C, being much richer in this nutrient than other fruits such as acerola, orange, lemon or piña. This fruit is typical of South American countries such as Peru, Brazil and Colombia, and its scientific name is Myrciaria dubia.

However, this fruit has a very acidic flavor and is normally consumed in ice cream, yogurt, marmalade, refreshments and sweets, and can also be purchased in the form of pills or in octopus in natural products stores or on the internet.

The consumption of camu camu provides the following benefits for health:

  1. Strengthen the immune system for its high content of antioxidants such as vitamin C and flavonoids, such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid, helping to fight diseases such as herpes, for example;
  2. Act as an anti-inflammatorybecause its content of antioxidants reduces the concentration of pro-inflammatory markers, which can improve the symptoms of diseases such as arthritis, for example;
  3. fight the flu and the common coldthanks to its high content of vitamin C;
  4. Decrease oxidative stress and cellular damagebecause it could reduce the risk of suffering from chronic illnesses, heart problems and cancer;
  5. Prevent premature agingbecause vitamin C helps to maintain the body’s collagen, substance that prevents wrinkles and expression marks.
  6. Could help control blood pressurebecause its bioactive compounds could cause vasodilatation, reducing blood pressure.
  7. It could help control blood sugar, because it is rich in phenolic compounds, it inhibits the digestion of carbohydrates and the absorption of glucose at the intestinal level, stimulates the secretion of insulin by the pancreas, modulates the release of glucose from the liver, activates the insulin receptors and the uptake of glucose in insulin-sensitive tissues.

It has also been found in studies carried out in mice that the consumption of camu camu seems to favor weight loss, as it alters the intestinal microbiota, regulates glucose and insulin, preventing the accumulation of fat in the abdomen and in the liver , however, more studies are needed to understand this benefit.

The table below indicates the nutritional composition for 100 g of camu camu in octopus.

components Quantity in 100 g of fruit Quantity in 100 g of fruit in octopus
Energy 24 kcal 314 kcal
carbohydrates 5.90 g 55.6 g
proteins 0.50 g 5.6 g
thanks 0.10 g 2.5 g
fibers 0.40 g 23.4 g
Vitamin C 2780 mg 6068 mg
hiero 0.50 mg

To increase the absorption of the hierro of the diet, it is necessary to consume the camu camu after the morning or the scene, because its high content of vitamin C helps to increase the amount of hierro absorbed in the intestine. Furthermore, it is important to remember that the pulp of the fruit has a lower concentration of vitamin C than the octopus, due to the water that is conserved in the pulp and diluted the nutrients. See other foods rich in vitamin C.

Camu camu can be consumed fresh in the form of a yoke, diluting 50 g of fruit in 1 liter of water.

In addition, this fruit can also be found in octopus, which must be consumed by diluting 1 shallow spoonful in 1 vase of water, drinking the mixture 2 times a day. When consumed in the form of tablets, take 1 capsule of 500 mg twice a day, one in the morning and another in the afternoon.

This yoke helps to improve the functioning of the intestine, prevent wrinkles and strengthen the immune system, due to its high fiber and antioxidant content. The yoke can be consumed during breakfast or lunch.


  • 1 banana;
  • 3 milling cutters;
  • 1 manzana with cascara;
  • 1 small sausage;
  • 1 spinach fist;
  • 1 cucharadite of camu camu in octopus;
  • 1/2 glass of water.

preparation method

Blend all the ingredients in the blender and drink without adding sugar. To make the jug more creamy, you can use frozen bananas.

Due to the high content of vitamin C, the excessive consumption of this fruit, if it is sea in octopus, capsules or the fruit in itself could cause an excess of this vitamin in the organism. Similarly, as vitamin C favors the absorption of nutrients, it could cause an excess of this mineral in the body, however, this situation is not common.

Both situations could cause gastrointestinal disorders such as diarrhea, nausea, abdominal pain and vomiting.

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