Camu camu is used for anti-aging, to protect the nervous system, improve mental performance, ease inflammation such as rheumatism, boost the immune system, improve vision, and fight viruses. Its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties have been found to be beneficial in preventing atherosclerosis, much more effectively than vitamin C tablets containing equivalent amounts of vitamin C. (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/18922386)
In addition to strengthening the immune system, camu camu is used to improve energy and mood. In recent years, alternative practitioners have been using camu camu supplements to address ADD and ADHD. It is good for the gums, eyes, skin, hair, and nails. Camu camu fights infertility. It supports a healthy liver and was found to suppress liver injury (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20208347). It benefits the brain by supporting serotonin levels to improve sleep, memory, and mood, as well as general support for overall brain chemistry, including fighting migraines. Camu camu supports a healthy nervous system, improves vision and guards against cataracts and glaucoma. (http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_Camu_Camu_3.html)
South Americans have used camu camu successfully in treating Herpes Simplex, Shingles, and Eppstein-Barr viruses. Rainforest peoples make camu camu into a hair tonic also, using it to repair split ends and restore shine, strength, vitality, and silky texture. (http://camucamu.org/)
Camu camu is an anti-viral (fights cold and flu), anti-inflammatory (eases arthritis and other inflammatory diseases), an anti-atherosclerotic (prevents plaque buildup on arteries), powerful antioxidant (cellular protection), anti-septic (kills bacteria), anti-mutagenic (prevents cancer-causing genetic mutations), hypotensive (lowers blood pressure), anti-ulcerous, anti-gingivitic (fights gingivitis), anti-hepatitic (protects against liver disorders) and antidepressant. It has no contraindications, other than those associated with excessive, prolonged use of vitamin C, such as nausea and diarrhea, if you use too much for too long. (http://www.naturalnews.com/Report_Camu_Camu_5.html)
The demand for camu camu and its involved process from harvest to powder/supplement, shipped worldwide, means it is a more expensive supplement than many other sources of vitamin C. Still, it is a powerful superfood rich in health-boosting phytonutrients that has changed a lot of lives.
(Sidebar Note from Ken's Staff Member: NASA searched the world for the best superfoods for their astronauts to stay healthy while in space and found that quinoa and camu camu, both from Peru,were the world's best to grow on their space shuttles. Also, Brigham Young University [BYU] in Provo, Utah also did years of research on the best superfoods to feed third-world countries, and both of Peru's quinoa and camu camu came out at the top of their list!)