The camu-camu fruit grows on a bush in the Amazonian jungle of Peru, and is notorious for possessing the highest vitamin C content of any food on earth. It contains between 30 and 60 times more Vitamin C than oranges and it also contains powerful phytochemicals, including the amino acids serine, valine, and leucine. It possesses astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and nutritional properties, and also contains significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin and thiamin.
Camu-camu is traditionally used to support the immune system, to ward off viral infections, and to help maintain optimal health, especially under conditions of stress and anxiety, which tend to deplete the immune system. Camu-camu helps to promote healthy gums, eyes, hair and skin and supports the functions of the brain (nervous system) and heart (circulatory system).
Traditionally, native medicinal practioners and herbalists have recommended camu-camu for:
Due to its phenomenally high vitamin C content, camu-camu has also been used successfully in the detoxification of individuals with serious drug addictions, as well as individuals suffering from depression and anxiety. Some health care practitioners have reported that camu-camu has worked the same day to help relieve depression and anxiety, and played a major role in weaning some of their patients off pharmaceutical anti-depressants.