These Brazilian berries are the new health mantra

Whats  on my plate?    Camu camu or cacari—a cherry-like fruit that grows on bushy, riverside trees in the rainforests of Brazil and Peru.

Superpower: This Amazonian fruit is considered to be one of the best natural sources of vitamin C. A study published in the Journal of Cardiology in 2008 even goes on to suggest that camu camu juice might have stronger anti-oxidant capabilities than vitamin C tablets of equivalent vitamin C content. Even dried camu camu is a treasure trove of immunity-building vitamin C, according to a 2015 Brazilian study featured in the journal Food Research International.

Waittheres still more:  American research also shows that camu camu is a rich source of minerals like sodium, potassium, calcium, zinc, and magnesium; as well as amino acids and cancer-fighting polyphenols—making it a health champion, and absolutely fantastic for your skin.

Where to buy: While finding fresh camu camu fruit in Indian markets might be a challenge, health stores across the country (and online) are teeming with raw and organic camu camu powder. Many also retail camu camu capsules and drops to be consumed as health supplements for better immunity.


Eat this:  Just because you can’t get your hands on fresh camu camu berries, doesn’t mean you can’t have some fun with this superfood. You can add raw camu camu powder to your fruit smoothies and freshly-squeezed juices; mix it with greek yoghurt topped with strawberries for a scrumptious dessert; enhance the vitamin C content of the humble lemonade; and stir some in your morning bowl of oats or porridge along with a drizzle of honey. The options are endless!

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