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Camu Camu Powder: The Most Powerful Vitamin C

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Camu berries grow in the Amazon rainforest of Peru and Brazil. Photo: Shutterstock

Camu Camu powder benefits

Introducing Camu Camu – a shrub that grows in the flooded areas of the Amazon rain forests that’s reaching global superfood status.

Camu Camu has the highest level of vitamin C on the plant. 60 times more per serving than an orange and 56 times more than a lemon!

In addition to being extremely high in vitamin C, Camu berries are also high in iron, potassium, riboflavin, calcium, amino acids (valine, leucine, serine), and niacin.

They can also benefit fertility, Bones, muscles and joints, teeth and gums, and promote healthy hair.

Other health benefits include:

  • Boosts the Immune System
  • Improves Liver Health
  • Improves Gum & Heart Health
  • Enhances Mood
  • Slows down aging

Camu Camu and herpes

In addition to its very high nutritional value, Camu powder is effective against all forms of the Herpes virus (i.e. genital herpes, cold sores, Mononucleosis, Epstein-Barr, etc.)

There is currently no cure for herpes, but Camu powder definitely helps in preventing breakouts.

I was getting genital herpes outbreaks every six weeks and taking 1 teaspoon of Camu powder daily mixed with coconut water did the trick for me.

I also load up on probiotics and live cultures found in Greek yogurt. It’s now about 12 months since I’ve had my last outbreak.

Camu Camu side effects

Camu Camu does not have any known side effects.

Though Camu Camu is generally believed to be safe, studies are lacking, so much about the safety of long-term use is unknown. For this reason, pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid taking it.

Also, extremely large amounts of vitamin C may cause a variety of negative health effects, including kidney problems, which is why you should not exceed the recommended dosing.

Camu Camu powder for face

Thanks to its extremely high levels of Vitamin C, Camu Camu can also be used in your everyday skincare routine as a moisturizer.

Vitamin C is an antioxidant, which neutralizes free radicals and other nasties that come from daily environmental and sun exposure.

It also lightens the appearance of age spots and accelerates collagen production, which prevents wrinkles from forming.

How to make a Camu Camu mask:


1 teaspoon Camu Camu powder

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1 teaspoon raw manuka honey or organic honey

2 drops of high-quality lavender essential oil

A pinch of organic brown sugar for exfoliating


Mix all the ingredients together and massage onto face for 1-2 minutes in a gentle, circular motion. Leave on for 30 minutes and then rinse off with warm water and a washcloth.

Camu Camu side effects

Camu Camu is a natural berry and does not cause excessive side effects. However, it has not been studied extensively which is why it’s not recommended for women during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

The Camu berry contains very high amounts of vitamin C, which when taken in large doses can potentially lead to digestive issues like upset stomach, nausea, diarrhea, and vomiting, as well as certain kidney issues.

There is also some concern that Camu can interfere with some chemotherapy medications—you so you should always consult a qualified medical professional before you take it.

Where to buy Camu Camu

The Camu berry is not something you can shop for at the supermarket. In the U.S., they are not available in their rawest form.

You can only find Camu berries in capsule or powder form. The powder is the easiest to find with almost any Health food shop, or whole foods store having it.

In order to enjoy the health benefits, remember to read the labels and choose organic brands that don’t use preservatives.

You can also buy it online just like I do.

I use

 Madre Nature Camu Camu Powder  – the highest quality –  which is 100% USDA Organic.

Remember, the more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be.

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Pure organic Camu Camu powder. Photo: Shutterstock