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Farmer Harvesting Camu Berries

What is yet another amazing food coming from the Amazon rainforest which contains about 60 times more vitamin C than an orange?

Camu (or camu camu), a berry dubbed the ‘Queen of Vitamin C’ by Navitas Naturals, is a nutritious rainforest fruit that has only recently become known to people in North America. The Navitas product is a pure organic powder. Each 5g serving contains 1,180% of the daily recommended intake of Vitamin C – a higher naturally occurring Vitamin C content than any other food on the planet.

This antioxidant-rich berry is also a great source of potassium, calcium, protein and beta-carotene. Camu also contains serine, thiamin, leucine and valine – powerful phytochemicals and amino acids that are known to have a wide range of therapeutic effects.

Scientists found that camu juice may have powerful anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, compared to vitamin C tablets containing equivalent vitamin C content. Another study showed it may inhibit the onset of cancer and the metestasis of cancerous tumors.

Navitas Naturals’ Organic Camu is harvested from low-growing shrubs in the Amazon River basin of Peru. The whole berry has the seeds removed and is then dried and low-temperature milled into a fine soluble powder.

The Navitas powder is certified organic, vegan, raw, and gluten-free and is available in a 3-ounce resealable pouch for $19.99. There are no carriers or fillers in this product – just pure camu berries. The rust-orange colored powder has a tart citrus flavor and is recommended to be sprinkled on cereal, mixed into drinks, blended into smoothies, or added to dessert recipes (cookies, cakes, breads). Try the Power Snacks from Navitas too, which contain camu! A recipe for Camu Berry Lemonade is below, and click here for more recipes.

Camu Berry Lemonade

2 Tbsp. Navitas Naturals Camu Powder
½ Tbsp. Navitas Naturals Green Stevia
1/3 cup fresh squeezed lemon juice
2 Tbsp. agave nectar
1 quart water

In a blender, combine all ingredients and briefly blend. Add additional sweetener, if desired, to taste. Chill before serving.