CAMU CAMU - Uses in tradiocinal medicine
Its importance lies in the high vitamin C content of the fruit of this shrub, which makes its use highly recommended in the prevention and treatment of influenza-like infections and viral and bacterial diseases affecting the respiratory system. It also acts as a potent antioxidant.
Ascorbic acid has been linked to the alleviation of depression and anxiety. According to work done in a clinical research center for Alternative Medicine in New York, patients with depression that consumed Camu Camu managed to reduce the dosage of serotonin inhibitors, which was their usual medication.
In general the importance of ascorbic acid lies in the role it plays in the formation and function of various tissues and organs of the body which include:
Vitamin C (ascorbic acid) is essential for the formation of collagen and helps maintain the integrity of tissues of mesenchymal origin, such as connective tissue, osteoid tissue and dentin. It is essential for wound healing and facilitates recovery from burns. This vitamin is a potent antioxidant agent, functioning as a redox system in the cell. It is involved in the metabolism of phenylalanine and tyrosine (amino acids).
Vitamin C may help release free folic acid from its conjugated forms in food, thus facilitating its use by the body. Vitamin C facilitates iron absorption.
Bearing in mind that for various reasons our food is deficient in vitamin C, regular consumption of Camu Camu is very important to cover this deficit, avoiding in some cases and in others recovering from the alterations produced.
Camu Camu, can be consumed fresh, although its flesh is very acidic, thus, is preferably used in prepared juices, ice cream, candy, etc.
In Fitotherapy, consuming the pulp of camu camu as tablets or capsules, and extract directly from it, constitute an important alternative to the use of vitamin C, with the advantage of easy assimilation by our digestive system and therefore a high bioavailability.