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Compilation by Armando Gonzalez Stuart, PhD

Scientific Name:

Myrciaria dubia

Botanical Family:


Other Common Name:

Cacari, Camocamo

Where is it found?

Camu-camu is a small tree native to the Amazon region including Peru, Venezuela, Ecuador, Colombia, and Brazil.

Parts of the plant used:

Leaves, fruits, and seeds.

How is it used?

  • The juice of the fruit is commonly taken as a fermented drink, as well as a nutritional supplement.
  •  Capsules are also available in health food stores.

What is it used for?

  • The fruit contains many antioxidant compounds and could potentially be helpful in the prevention of various chronic and degenerative diseases such as arthritis, type 2 diabetes, some types of cancer, and cardiovascular issues, although more clinical research is needed.
  • Camu camu is a one of the richest sources of natural vitamin C.
  • The fruit is a source of various antioxidant compounds.
  • The leaves also contain antioxidant (and potentially anti-carcinogenic) compounds.
  • The seeds of the plant can also have medicinal value for the prevention of immune-related diseases.
  • The juice may have powerful anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties, compared to vitamin C tablets.

Camu camu seeds
Photo: J Dettner / Wikipedia
Camu Camu seeds


Safety / Precautions


  • The safety of using products made from this plant (either internally or externally) during pregnancy and lactation has not been established.

Before you decide to take any medicinal herb or herbal supplement, be sure to consult with your health care professional first. Avoid self-diagnosis and self-medication: Always be on the safe side!



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