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Nature’s Highest Levels of Vitamin C – Camu Camu
Nature’s Highest Levels of Vitamin C – Camu Camu

Camu Camu fruit (Myrciaria dubia) is a species native to the rover deltas of the Peruvian and Brazilian Amazon rainforest. What makes this fruit so special, is the extremely high levels of natural vitamin C it contains – in fact, it’s the highest documented source of natural vitamin C complex in the plant kingdom!

Not only does Camu Camu boast elevated levels of vitamin C, it’s also packed full of bioactive compounds such as anthocyanins, flavanols, ellagic acid, ellagitannins and carotenoids. It’s the synergy of the essential vitamins and minerals which makes the vitamin C complex in Camu Camu much easier for your body to absorb and utilise compared to a single ingredient vitamin c supplement typically found on a pharmacy shelf.


Why should you include Camu Camu in your diet?

High natural levels of vitamin C

Vitamin C (also known as ascorbic acid) is a powerful vitamin with many documented health benefits.

Here’s a chart comparing levels of vitamin C in fresh Camu Camu to other fresh fruits:

Camu Camu - 2280mg/100g

Blackcurrant - 200mg/100g

Kiwi Fruit - 90mg/100g

Strawberry - 60mg/100g

Orange - 50mg/100g

Lime - 30mg/100g

Apple - 6mg/100g

As you can see, it has more than 10x the vitamin C content of Blackcurrant and more than 40x the amount of vitamin C than found in an orange!


Due to the massive amount of vitamin C in Camu Camu, the berry has a high antioxidant score. Antioxidants work to protect against cellular damage caused by molecules known as free radicals.

How to use Matakana SuperFoods Camu Camu powder?

Camu Camu has a delicious citrus flavour that goes well in smoothies, baking and raw desserts. Alternatively, you can add a small amount to hot water for a quick and easy, warming winter immune-boosting drink.

For more inspiration on how you can use our Camu Camu powder, take a look at our recipes.