When thousands of soccer fans voyaged to Brazil for the 2014 World Cup, they discovered a sour-tasting berry. That berry is actually camu camu, a lemon-sized Amazonian fruit harvested in Brazil and Peru. Is the superfood about to give acai a run for its money? Read on for five things you didn't know about camu camu.
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1. It's packed with vitamin C
Per serving, camu camu contains about 60% more vitamin C than an orange.
2. It's good for your muscles
Camu camu contains valine, leucine, and serine, three amino acids that assist with muscle growth and repair, prevent muscle breakdown, and aid digestion.
3. It keeps your organs healthy
Every 100 grams of camu camu delivers 71.1 milligrams of heart- and kidney-helping potassium. The superfruit is also super high in antioxidants, which can help protect cells from the effects of aging.
4. It helps fight the common cold
Not only does camu camu boost your immune system, a compound called gallic acid is responsible for fighting colds (and cold sores).
5. You don't have to go to Brazil to buy it
Since most of us aren’t taking a food-shopping trip to South America anytime soon, you might have a hard time getting your hands on the actual berries. Don’t sweat it; you can still find camu camu in tablet, juice, and powder form, all of which contain the vitamin C, antioxidants, and amino acids you're looking for. Our pick: Navitas Naturals Camu Powder ($23, navitasnaturals.com).