Holistic Nutrition: Camu Camu Vitamin C

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There are not enough good things that can be said about Vitamin C.

It works as an anti-oxidant keeping us young and free of toxicity. It helps in the production of neurotransmitters and hormones keeping our brains sharp and our bodies toned. It forms collagen giving us beautiful skin. It helps us beat the common cold and other infections, and it protects the heart by decreasing LDL, the bad cholesterol.

When we think of Vitamin C, we often first think of oranges, but it is also found in mostly anything plant based with a strong colour and tangy flavour.

A few examples are:

  • Apricots
  • Broccoli
  • Lemon
  • Strawberries
  • Raspberries
  • Radishes
  • Spinach

One thing we have to keep note of is Vitamin C is often broken down in the cooking process, so it has to be consumed raw.

With it so abundantly available in nature, is Vitamin C something we should supplement in our diets?

It depends on the answer to these two questions:

  1. Do you eat enough fruits and vegetables throughout the day?
  2. Are you high stressed, with a poor diet and regularly exposed to toxins, such as working in a downtown environment?

If you said no to the first question and yes to any parts of the second, I recommend you supplement daily.

The issue with Vitamin C is how quickly it is used up in the body. Sometimes your body will lose any excess in as little as a few hours. Depending how much your body may need for immunity or detoxification at the time, it is easy to be lacking.

So the next question is: how much to supplement and what to choose?

Camu Camu Vitmain C is one of the most absorbable and concentrated sources at 2800mg per 100 grams of berries.

Bare minimum for Vitamin C is 90mg, at this level you’ll prevent scurvy but unlikely improve your health. The upper limit is listed as 2000mg; however, this vitamin is water-soluble and there is no over does. In some cases people with infections, going through a lot of stress, or mental disorders could use two or three times, or even higher, of these amounts.

Make sure to spread out the intake. I suggest supplementing at least 500mg twice per day.

Article by Josh Stryde, nutrition coach and personal trainer at Edgemont World Health.


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