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Wholesale Superfood Ingredients in the Spotlight:

HIGH VITAMIN C CAMU CAMU BERRY


Camu Camu as a Functional Ingredient

The Camu Camu Berry has rapidly gained a well deserved spotlight in the food ingredients sector for its remarkable nutritional density, and in particular for presenting the highest levels of Vitamin C of any fruit tested to date, by a wide margin, with results topping in at 56 times the level of vitamin C provided by lemons.


This is significant as it has opened up a whole ray of possibilities in the food and beverage industries since it offers a natural alternative to food preservatives, particularly as a substitute for synthetically produced ascorbic acid, making labels cleaner and more attractive to consumers.


It has also been taken up by the nutraceutical industry as a natural Vitamin C Supplement. This comes with various benefits as it not only provides customers with a wholefood alternative, it may also avoid some of the negative side effects, such stomach upset, that can be experienced from pharmaceutical Vitamin C supplements.


Camu Camu (Myrciaria dubia) has been valued by communities throughout the Amazon, where it is found to grow naturally in regions spanning Brazil, Peru & Bolivia. It has been used traditionally for a wide number of health benefits such as its capacity to boost vitality, fight off colds and other viral infections and to detoxify the liver.



Camu Camu in various formats

To fit the requirements of the industry, Superfood Ingredients offers its range of Camu Camu ingredients in a variety of formats, from a Camu Camu Puree to 100% pure Camu Camu Powders (dried at low temperatures to minimise nutrient loss), as well as Camu Camu Dry Extracts that have a standardised Vitamin C content, and Dried Camu Camu Berries ideal for use in cereals and cereal bars. These products are valuable not only for their nutrient contribution to any formulation, but also for the refreshing tart flavour that they impart. To date Camu Camu can be found as an ingredient in applications such as juices, smoothies, ice-creams, health foods, natural supplements, nutraceuticals, cereals, nutrition bars and as a preservative in anything from meat to confectionary.



Some of the Benefits of Camu Camu Berries

The Camu Camu fruit (Myrciaria dubia) is a powerhouse of vitamins, bioflavonoids and amino acids. Its high levels of vitamin C puts it among the Amazon’s latest natural superfruits. The berry is also packed with beneficial minerals and vitamins such as iron, phosphorus, calcium, thiamin, niacin, riboflavin and beta-carotene. Camu Camu is know to contain essential amino acids serine (for mental and overall nervous system health), valine and leucine (both of which aid in the supply of energy to the muscles).


The Vitamin C Powerhouse

With its exceptionally high content of Vitamin C, Camu Camu is able to provide some real heath benefits. That Vitamin C is an important part of a balanced diet is a well known fact, for the important role that it plays in our immune defenses (helping to protect against viral infections such as cold sores, shingles and the flu), in keeping our tissues healthy (such as helping protect against gum disease) and as an anti-inflammatory vital for maintaining good health. Whilst camu camu powder cannot compete with vitamin C supplements on weight-by-weight basis, its mixture of natural phytochemicals along side the Vitamin C puts it on top in effectiveness according to research. After all, nature has been doing this for a long time!


Skin Care from Within

Its high levels of vitamin C make Camu Camu a good supplement for collagen formation and skin cell regeneration. The berry is also a rich source of beta-carotene, which like Vitamin C is another powerful antioxidant, and has been found to help protect skin against sun damage. Its antioxidant properties do not stop there though, as camu camu is packed with highly antioxidising bioflavonoids such as anthocyanins, flavonols and flavanois that also aid in the fight against free radicals, and the effect that these free radicals have on the ageing process of the skin and of the body as a whole.


Feel better with Camu Camu

Nutritionists and researchers list camu camu among the top holistic treatments for depression. Camu Camu is believed to balance brain chemistry, thereby helping to regulate mood, by acting to increase the levels of serotonin in the brain. Serotonin is a mood-balancing substance found in the brain that is associated with a sense of happiness and well-being, and it is also thought to improve sleep. With an ever growing dependence on drugs for tackling the problems of depression, and the associated health and social concerns that arise from this drug use, many are embracing this natural alternative in the form of Camu Camu Powder supplements and encapsulated Camu Camu powder.


Ripe Vs Unripe

Studies have indicated that as the Camu Camu fruit ripens the levels of Vitamin C drop, whilst its sugar content increases. The time of harvesting therefore plays a critical role depending on the desired end application. For nutraceutical and health food supplements where taste may be secondary, and when using Camu Camu as a natural preservative, the unripe fruit is often desired. For food and beverage applications where taste becomes important, and the light pink colour of the ripe fruit desirable, then Camu Camu ingredients made from the ripened fruit become favourable. Luckily at Superfood Ingredients we have both options to offer, to make sure that we can supply the right ingredient for the right application.



Superfood Ingredients’ Camu Camu

Superfood Ingredients supplies this high Vitamin C Camu Camu Berry in bulk direct from South America to all parts of the globe. The following wholesale formats are offered:


  1. -Organic Freeze Dried Camu Camu Powder in 10kg cartons

  2. -Organic Raw Camu Camu Powder in 20kg cartons

  3. -Organic Dried Camu Camu Berries in 20kg cartons

  4. -Camu Camu Dry Extracts (standardised to Vitamin C levels of 12% and 20%) in 25kg cartons

  5. -Camu Camu Frozen Pulp in 18kg pails or 180kg drums


Please feel free to contact us at ask@sfisuperfoods.com for more information.


If your business is located in Australia, New Zealand or Asia, and you are interested in wholesale bulk supply of our Camu Camu Powders or Camu Camu Pulp, please contact us at australasia@sfisuperfoods.com


For customers interested in buying our Organic Raw Camu Camu Powder as a retail product please click on the link below to go to the SuperFoodies website in New Zealand.

We have seen an increasing demand from consumers for natural, wholefood alternatives to the level of chemical preservatives and synthetic vitamins used in food, beverage and health supplements applications. The outcome has been a remarkable raise in awareness and demand for superfoods, such as the Amazonian superfruit Camu Camu, that offers just this; a natural food that delivers the functionality needed for product developers and food technologists to fill this brief.

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