Crazy Benefits of Camu Camu Powder

It’s got 50 times the Vitamin C of oranges and it’s loaded with benefits—for mamas particularly. In this post and video, I’ll tell you all about it, my new favorite food-based supplement, Camu Camu Powder.

What is camu camu?

Camu camu is a shrub that grows along water in the Amazon rain forests of South America, particularly Peru. Historically, the fruit and leaves have been used to treat all sorts of ailments from cold sores to shingles to the common cold. It’s also been used to enhance eye health as well as to help with low energy and gum and teeth problems.

And of course, people eat the tart fruit as food.

In the U.S., camu camu is sold in the form of a powder, since the fragile fruit doesn’t ship well, and used as a nutritional supplement.

It has 50 times the Vitamin C of oranges and it’s loaded with benefits for moms particularly. It's my new favorite supplement, Camu Camu Powder!
Camu camu berries grow on small bushy trees in the Amazon river region of Peru and Brazil.

How I began using camu camu powder

I was first drawn to camu camu powder because it was a real food source of vitamin C. At the time, we were heading into winter and I wanted to boost my levels naturally. Camu camu powder has the highest food-based form of vitamin C of any food known on this planet. In fact, one teaspoon of this camu camu powder contains over 600 mg of vitamin C! This is over 1000% of the RDA of this vitamin.

I also like that camu camu powder is high in antioxidants, which can fight off nasty free radicals that can lead to inflammation and disease. Camu camu also has a rare variety of antioxidant called withanolides which studies have shown to actually kill cancer cells!

So, I started taking a teaspoon of this camu camu powder in my morning yogurt with a dollop of honey, since the powder is quite sour.

I used the camu camu powder for about a month, and I noticed that my monthly cycles started to regulate. At first I didn’t get it. What’s going on? What have I changed?

The only thing I could pinpoint was the camu camu powder.

My menstrual cycles used to be sporadic

Before I had my second child, Paloma, I was super regular with my monthly cycles. Like Big Ben, I got my period every 28 days without fail.

After I had Paloma, my cycle would not regulate. It was also coming earlier. It would arrive at 22 days, 23 days, 26 days, 24 days, 21 days. It was never predictable, and it just made life a little more chaotic.

I believe camu camu powder helped make my cycles more regular

After a month on the camu camu powder, my menstrual cycles regulated to every 28 days again. Nice!

I did a little research to see if it really could’ve been camu camu powder.

Sure enough, Vitamin C has been shown to help lengthen the luteal part of your cycle, and it also can strengthen progesterone levels too.

This was my experience with taking camu camu powder, which after all is packed with Vitamin C.

The good thing about camu camu is that it’s a real food supplement

All that’s in most camu camu powders is, well, pure certified organic camu camu powder. No fillers, no sugars, no nothing.

Because it’s a whole food, you’re getting phytonutrients, you’re getting anti-oxidants, you’re getting all the co-enzymes, the co-factors, which makes it really nutritious for the body.

So it’s really just like cod liver oil or any of those other food-based supplements.

I also noticed that I had more energy

I noticed by taking this supplement that I had more energy, and it was more sustaining throughout the day, but I couldn’t figure out why.

It finally dawned on me that, ‘Oh my gosh, Vitamin C is really good for our adrenals.’

These little adrenals that sit on top of our kidneys are so important. They drive all of our sex hormones, our stress hormones, so these are things that really take a hit when we become a mom, or when we’re pregnant, because we’re just pulling on those adrenals all of the time.

Being a mom taxes your adrenals

Even as your kids get older, and aren’t in the tiny infant stage or tumbling toddler stage. You may not realize it, but parenting is very stressful. For example, I’ll be on a play date with Paloma and I might seem all fine and dandy, but subconsciously I’m always on edge because: what if she hits her head on the corner of that table? Or she runs after that ball and goes into the street? Or what if this or what if that? You’re always in this protective mode because you’re trying to take care of these little people. It’s exhausting and stressful.

Our adrenals can just get trashed through parenting. Having a daily Vitamin C shot is really, really helpful to support the adrenals and avoid adrenal fatigue.

Camu camu powder is great for colds and overall wellness

Of course, most agree that vitamin C is great for immunity, and since camu camu has a ton of vitamin C, plus naturally occuring co-factors and phytonutrients, it makes sense that it could help with colds. People also suggest it really can help with eyesight. So it’s a win, win, win.

Camu camu is also said to help with shingles, asthma, atherosclerosis, chronic fatigue syndrome, depression, gum disease, headaches, osteoarthritis, and herpes. However, studies haven’t proven this one way or the other.

Try adding some Vitamin C derived from real food to your diet

I highly recommend you add vitamin C to your diet with natural vitamin C powder. But it doesn’t have to be camu camu.

You can try amla berry powder, there’s acerola cherry powder, or a host of other superfruits that are available as powders.

I prefer camu camu powder because it has the highest known Vitamin C content of any food on the planet.

Steer clear of synthetic Vitamin C!

One last tip, do not take those synthetic Vitamin C’s out there. They’re usually derived from GMO corn, and you don’t get all those wonderful co-factors and co-enzymes that you do with the whole food.

How about you?

Do you take Vitamin C? What kind? Is it food-based? Have you noticed any differences? Share with us in the comments below.

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  1. Hi, how much Camu Camu should I take to regulate hormones? I actually have the same thing where my periods are sporadic. I’ve been taking 1/4 tsp but wondering if it’s ok to increase the dose?? Thanks for this great article.

  2. Is this safe for kids 4 years and above?

    • Check with a nutritionist to be certain.

  3. I couldn’t find an answer to this question… Is it safe for kids? What do you give your kids as a Vitamin C supplement?

  4. How often do you consume Camu Camu since it is so potent in Vit. C? Is it really recommended daily?

  5. I have been using camu camu for 9 months now and it has made such a difference, I work with small children , and I haven’t been unwell all that time , I usually catch whatever the kids have when sick , it has given me energy as well , I stopped taking it recently to see how I went , unfortunately i became unwell , so I won’t be doing that again anytime soon

  6. Hi is it safe for kids? I have a 4 year old and an 11 month. my baby still breast feed but i would love to boost my 4 year old immune system, now that she’s at school
    Thank you

  7. Have you tried baobab powder? I use Limitless Good organic baobab powder in smoothies. It’s a little sour, but adds sweetness too. It touts some great benefits. Like camu camu, it has a lot of Vitamin C, it has antioxidants, fiber, magnesium and potassium too. I’d love to hear your take on it someday. 🙂

  8. Is this safe for kids?

  9. I have tried Organic Camu Camu twice and within 5 minutes I feel incredibly ill similar to food poisoning. I have to quickly take homeopathy to stop this nausea and sudden incredibly weak feeling so bad I cant stand. Why Does This Happen??? Yes I am sugar sensitive but not diabetic just leaky gut syndrome and food allergies and intolerances. I noticed on the jar it has minimal sugars BUT it tastes very sweet and this I don’t understand either. I am aware not enough study or research has been done on Camu Camu and even though it’s claimed as a superfood every body’s body reacts differently to foods-which are in elements chemicals. Please can anybody tell me WHY this happens. I just wasted $35 on a jar or Camu Camu had 2 teaspoons in cup water still stick after 4 hours ago. It will pass but very frustrating as I have a lowered immune system. Thank you if anybody can help.

    • I bet you have the G6Pd deficiency!!! People with that deficiency get really sick with vitamin c.. Either that or you have an allergy to the fruit…

    • May I suggest you fix the leaky gut* first; and, then, your body’s reaction to the camu camu will subside.

      *Suggestions: l-glutamine, bone broth/gelatin, virgin coconut oil, probiotics, magnesium, quercetin, zinc, and maybe digestive enzymes. Of course, you’re probably aware to avoid gluten, cow’s milk/cheese, grains, wheat, flour, sugar, vegetable oils, canola oil, PHOs, NSAIDs, etc.

    • These symptoms are typical of sudden high doses of Vit C. Just cut your dosage by at least 1/2 instead.

  10. I would also want to know is it safe to use it during the pregnancy?

    • Camu Camu is generally considered safe but there aren’t many studies, especially studies on use during pregnancy. Your best bet is to ask your health care provider.

  11. Just wanted to chime in here although it’s a bit late. Pure camu camu tastes pretty gross but the “Pure Radiance” brand is totally tolerable and comes in pill and powder forms (powder is slightly cheaper). During pregnancy, I checked with my midwife before taking it and she said it was fine. Since it comes from fruits you don’t need to ingest as much as you would with the over the counter manufactured pills.

  12. Is it safe to take just a little bit of camu camu powder while breastfeeding? I have been beyond exhausted and have been suffering a whole host of issues since having my son who is now 7 months old! Any input would be great! I did add about an 1/8th of a tsp to my smoothie this morning havnt breastfed my son since early this morning. Just wondering if I still can when it comes time for bed for him. Thanks so much!

    • Yes, honey, this is a whole food. I would say up to 1/2 tsp. would be fine but of course, you can check with doctor. Wishing you healing! Are you taking cod liver oil? This can really help with exhaustion and depletion after birth. Hang in there, mama 🙂 Xoxo

  13. Can I take Camu camu while I am pregnant?

  14. I am also wondering about using camu camu while breastfeeding? If you have any info on that I would be interested since I haven’t found much searching on my own yet.

  15. Hi,
    Us ok to take camu camu powder during pregnancy or breastfeeding ?
    Thx:)

  16. This had the same effect on me. I have more energy and have 27 day cycles after 3 years at 22 days. I am a true believer in the benefits. I am 43 and felt clear headed, not squinting as much when I read anymore and over all lasting energy. Before I had all the symptoms of pre menopause. Since taking it I feel my younger self again.

    • How much did you take to help with hormone regulation?

  17. My luteal phase can be unpredictable too so after you mentioned camu camu powder a few weeks ago, I went searching for it. I don’t live in the States and it was $25 for 50g (1.76 oz). I just couldn’t justify the expense. Are you paying similar prices?

  18. It says “In this post and video” but I don’t see the video. Am I missing something?

    Thanks,
    Alexis

    • For some reason the video doesn’t show up on the blog post but I found it by going directly to the Mama Natural YouTube channel. Thought I would mention it in case anyone else wanted to see the video. 🙂

  19. This is great to know! Thanks so much. 🙂

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