Camu camu berries are rich in polyphenols and vitamin C.
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Camu camu berries have gained popularity in the world as a fruit anti-inflammatory and that offers various health benefits.
What is camu camu? It is a small and bushy tree that grows in the Amazon rainforest, mainly in Peru and Brazil. This plant produces a sour red berry. It is rich in antioxidants and with various properties that can help stimulate the immune system.
Fresh camu camu berries have a sour taste, it may be unpleasant for some people to eat it alone. You can find camu camu in the form of pulp, puree and juice. Also in supplements like powders and pills.
What’s in camu camu berries?
One teaspoon with 3 grams of camu camu powder There are 10 calories, 0 grams of fat, 3 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, and 144 mg of vitamin C (240 percent of the daily value), according to data from Food Data Central.
What benefits does camu camu offer?
Camu camu is rich in polyphenols, flavonoids such as anthocyanins and ellagic acid and it also provides a significant amount of vitamin C, therefore it has antioxidant capacity. In 100 of pulp there are 2.4 g to 3 g of vitamin C.
Daily you need 75 mg of vitamin C if you are a woman and 90 mg if you are a man. A medium orange gives you 70 mg according to the data of the Office of Dietary Supplements.
Vitamin C is an antioxidant that helps protect your cells from damage caused by free radicals. The body also needs it to make collagen to heal wounds. It also contributes to the proper functioning of the immune system to protect the body against disease.
May help reduce inflammation
Ellagic acid is an antioxidant that can inhibit inflammation. A study in men who smoked found that drinking 70 ml of camu camu juice for a week significantly decreased inflammatory markers. However, the subject needs more research to obtain more conclusive evidence.
Improve blood sugar levels
According to a small study With healthy people, the researchers found that camu camu juice can minimize the spike in blood sugar after eating a high-carbohydrate meal.
Other study where participants received camu camu capsules for 15 days showed a significant decrease in fasting glucose levels, total cholesterol and a significant decrease in LDL cholesterol levels.
Lower blood pressure
The Healthline magazine publishes that test-tube and human studies have observed that the berry can help lower blood pressure by promoting the dilation of blood vessels.
You can enjoy camu camu berry powder in smoothies, drinks, smoothies, or even hot cereals like oatmeal.
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