Shakeology Ingredient Spotlight: Camu Camu

Camu Camu

 

Camu Camu

Botanical name: Myrciaria dubia

 

Camu camu is a low-growing shrub found throughout the Amazon rain forests of Peru and Brazil. It produces a lemon sized, light orange to purplish red fruit with yellow pulp. This fruit is packed with more natural vitamin C than any other food source recorded on the planet, in addition to beta-carotene, potassium, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, protein, serine, thiamin, leucine, and valine. These powerful phytochemicals and amino acids have a surprising range of therapeutic effects. Camu camu has astringent, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, emollient and nutritional properties.

 

Benefits of Camu Camu:537050_595724582187_1077289529_n

  • Vitamin C – more than any other food!
    (1/2 teaspoon of powder provides more than 400% the Daily Value!)
  • Strengthens immune system.
  • High in anti-oxidants
  • Balances Mood – effective and safe antidepressant.
  • Supports optimal function of nervous system including eye and brain functions.
  • Provides arthritic protection by helping reduce inflammation.
  • Anti-viral
  • Anti-hepatitic – protects against liver disorders, including liver disease and liver cancer.
  • Effective against all forms of the Herpes virus (i.e. Epstein-Barr, Mononucleosis, cold sores, etc.)

 

Camu Camu Powder is about 15% Vitamin C by weight. In comparison to oranges, camu camu provides 30-50 times more vitamin C, ten times more iron, three times more niacin, twice as much riboflavin, and 50% more phosphorus.

Natural Vitamin C versus Synthetic Vitamin C

Vitamin C is the most famous and perhaps most important of all vitamins. It cannot be manufactured by the body and must be ingested.

Dr. Szent-Gyorgi won the Nobel Prize in medicine in 1937 for isolating vitamin C and recognizing its important role in human health. In his studies he demonstrated the many benefits of consuming vitamin C in its whole food form. Even though he was the original scientist who isolated ascorbic acid, he insisted that the superior benefits of vitamin C are much more pronounced when consumed from natural foods.

 

Natural food sources of vitamin C also contain other co-factors which enhance vitamin C’s efficiency and utilization by the body. The natural vitamin C content in Camu Camu is enhanced by a full profile of naturally occurring minerals and amino acids.

Emotional & Mental Well Being

 

Some extraordinary properties of this Amazon rainforest fruit are described by Gary Null, Ph.D., a nationally known nutritionist and researcher. In his Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing, (1998), Null lists disease conditions and the herbs that have been found effective for their health promoting properties in reference to specific organ/system weaknesses and problems. In discussing the holistic treatment of depression, he lists 19 plants containing chemical compounds with mood-balancing properties, in order of potency. Camu Camu is #2 on his list. Camu Camu 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, such as photo-sensitivity or gastrointestinal problems, and it can be used safely in combination with pharmaceutical antidepressants.

Found on Purehealing.com

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Shakeology Spotlight: Goji Berry: Healthy Heart

Goji Berry provides antioxidant support and promotes healthy heart and optimal blood pressure!

 

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Research shows that eating berries — like blueberries, acai berries, cranberries, strawberries, and cherries — offers some definite health benefits. Berries like the goji berry are filled with powerful antioxidants and other compounds that may help prevent cancer and other illnesses, including heart disease. Antioxidants may also boost the immune system and lower cholesterol.

Eating foods high in antioxidants may slow the aging process as well. It does this by minimizing damage from free radicals that injure cells and damage DNA. When a cell’s DNA changes, the cell grows abnormally. Antioxidants can take away the destructive power of free radicals. By doing so, antioxidants help reduce the risk of some serious diseases.

Goji berries also have compounds rich in vitamin A that may have anti-aging benefits. These special compounds help boost immune function, protect vision, and may help prevent heart disease.

Some research suggests that goji berry extracts may boost brain health and may protect against age-related diseases such as Alzheimer’s.

Other studies using goji berry juice founds benefits in mental well-being, and calmness, athletic performance, happiness, quality of sleep, and feelings of good health. These are preliminary studies that need to be repeated before definitive conclusions can be drawn.

While goji berries are a rich source of antioxidants — and early research shows a potentially powerful health benefit — it’s still unclear how they stack up against other berries. Researchers also don’t know whether goji berry supplements have the same health benefits as the actual berries.

 

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