Camu Camu contains powerful phytochemicals with ample health benefits. Within this super-fruit are the amino acids Serine, Valine, and Leucine, and more Vitamin C than any other known plant in the world. The Camu Camu fruit has a surprising range of therapeutic effects. It grows wild along the river ways of the Amazon where it is harvested directly into a freezer boat at the height of its ripeness and flash-frozen. It is then taken to a processing plant where it is thawed, peeled, liquefied and spray dried. The resulting powder is a pale pink to yellow beige with very potent effects.
Researcher can attest to the Camu Camu fruit surprising range of health-promoting effects. In discussing the holistic treatment of mood-support, he There are 19 plants containing chemical compounds with mood-balancing properties, in order of potency. Camu Camu is number two on the list. It appears to provide nutritional support for the brain to optimize its own mood balancing chemistry. Additionally, published research suggests that Vitamin C supports an increased serotonin level in the brain. Some health care practitioners have reported that Camu-Camu has same day mood-balancing effects. There are no side effects, and it can be used safely in combination with pharmaceutical antidepressants. There have been no reports of its interference with the effectiveness of any pharmaceutical drugs.
Many people have stopped using large dosages of synthetic Vitamin C because they find that Camu-Camu is energizing, mood lifting and highly effective in strengthening the immune system. Although the number of milligrams of Vitamin C, which Camu-Camu contains, is low compared to the milligrams in synthetically derived Vitamin C tablets, it has more natural Vitamin C than any known botanical on the planet, and the effects on the human body are incomparable. Because of its food form, with bioflavonoids and other phytochemicals, clinical evidence suggests that it is far more effective, milligram for milligram, than synthetic Vitamin C (ascorbic acid).
The Camu-Camu fruit has a surprising range of medicinal effects as measured both by traditional use and by quantity of a variety of phytochemical compounds which experimentally have demonstrated therapeutic effects. Dr. James Duke retired chief botanist for the U.S. Department of Agriculture, pre-eminent New World tropical botanist, and author of many botanical books, including the popular Green Pharmacy, lists some of these effects in his Ethno-botanical website, based on amounts of various phytochemicals which Myrciaria dubiacontains.