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April 11, 2018 7:16 am Published by Leave your thoughts

Do you know which food is the very richest in vitamin C? It’s the tiny camu camu berry. Found in flooded and swampy areas in the heart of the Amazon rainforest, the camu camu shrub bears a berry that has more than 60 times the vitamin C of an orange (gram for gram)!

From the Amazon rainforest, the camu camu berry is a potent source of vitamins and minerals

This little berry is the richest in vitamin C                  Image: Agroforum Perú

The berries of the camu camu shrub are yellowish-red and very sour or tart. The native peoples of the Amazon have long harvested them – reaching out from their canoes to pull them into their boats – but for medicinal purposes, rather than for food. As well as their wealth of vitamin C, they’re a good supplier of manganese and are rich in antioxidants (particularly anthocyanins). You’ll also find smaller amounts of copper, iron, magnesium, calcium, potassium and zinc within them.

Clearly, these are berries that promote good health. Vitamin C is the element we need for the growth and repair of tissues. It helps our bodies manufacture collagen, which in its turn, makes skin, cartilage, ligaments, tendons and blood vessels. Vitamin C repairs our wounds and keeps our bones and teeth healthy.

Manganese, meanwhile, helps our bodies form connective tissue and bones. It assists in the development of blood clotting and the production of sex hormones, plays a role in the metabolism of fats and carbohydrates from food and is necessary for the absorption of calcium. It regulates blood sugar levels and is essential for the normal functioning of our brains and nerves.

Antioxidants, for their part, protect us against the effects of free radicals, reducing our risk of contracting serious diseases.

To make the berries palatable, they’re generally ground down and mixed with other ingredients. The camu camu powder we stock at Naturally Good Food is made from these ground-down berries and is ready for you to mix. Depending on what you add to it, the powder will alter in taste and colour – allowing us (finally) to shoehorn in the pun of our title!

It’s a Superfood!

We stock Golden Greens organic camu camu powder

Try it sprinkled on yoghurt – or in a smoothie

We include camu camu powder in our Superfoods range. Like the other products there, it has particularly intense and specific health benefits. Here are some great ideas for incorporating it into your diet:

  • Add it to ice-cream or yoghurt
  • Mix it with a juice
  • Add it to a smoothie
  • Stir it into porridge
  • Sprinkle it on muesli
  • Add it to baking

The Amazon rainforest is the most bio-diverse place on earth: a repository of thousands of species of birds, animals, insects, trees and plants. The camu camu berry is just one tiny part of this amazing ecosystem – but one that packs an incredibly powerful punch.

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