We're once again in the middle of the cold and flu season here in Northwest Ohio. There are many supplements you can take to boost your immune system, thereby helping you fight off all the bugs going around. Vitamin C is one of those supplements, and possibly the best source of vitamin C is Camu-Camu, the natural vitamin C plant.
Camu-Camu (Myrciaria dubia) is the name of the bush that grows in the Amazonian rain forest of Peru. It's orange-colored fruit is about the size of a lemon and has a higher recorded source of natural vitamin C than any other known plant on earth. As a comparison of forms of vitamin C, oranges provide 500-4,000 ppm vitamin c, acerola provides 16,000 to 172,000 ppm vitamin c, and camu-camu provides 30 times more vitamin C than oranges. In general, people who previously used synthetic forms of vitamin C found that they could use far less camu-camu (100 to 200 mg daily).
The camu-camu fruit has a range of other health-promoting properties. In addition to strengthening your immune system, it also helps maintain skin, eye and gum health, formation of white blood cells, support for the brain, lymph glands, heart and lungs, and has energizing and mood-lifting benefits. The plant provides antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, astringent, anti-viral, anti-pain, emollient and nutritive properties. It has been found helpful in putting Shingles into remission, and some users found it helps stop cold sores very quickly, sometimes in just one day.
Besides being a great source of vitamin C, camu-camu also provides natural beta-carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, riboflavin, thiamin and the amino acids, valine, leucine and serine.