CAMU CAMU

OTHER NAME(S):

Araca d'agua, Araza de Agua, Cacari, Camo Camo, Camocamo, Camu-Camu, Camu-camu Negro, Guapuro Blanco, Myrciaria dubia, Myrciaria paraensis, Psidium dubium, Rumberry.<br/><br/>

Overview

Overview Information

Camu camu is a shrub that grows in swampy or flooded areas of the Amazon rain forests of Peru, Brazil, Venezuela, and Colombia. The fruit and leaves are used as a medicine.

Camu camu is used for viral infections including the common cold, eye conditions including cataracts, hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis), chronic fatigue syndrome, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

Some people use camu camu to increase energy and maintain healthy gums, eyes, immune system, and skin.

People eat the fruit of camu camu as food.

How does it work?

Camu camu fruit contains many nutrients including vitamin C, beta-carotene, fatty acids, protein, and others. It also contains other chemicals that might have an effect on the body. However, there is not enough information to know how camu camu might work for treating or preventing any medical condition.

Uses

Uses & Effectiveness?

Insufficient Evidence for

  • A group of eye disorders that can lead to vision loss (glaucoma).
  • A mild form of gum disease (gingivitis).
  • Asthma.
  • Cataracts.
  • Chronic fatigue syndrome (CFS).
  • Cold sores (herpes labialis).
  • Common colds.
  • Depression.
  • Hardening of the arteries (atherosclerosis).
  • Headache.
  • Osteoarthritis.
  • Shingles (herpes zoster).
  • Other conditions.
More evidence is needed to rate the effectiveness of camu camu for these uses.

Side Effects

Side Effects & Safety

When taken by mouth: There isn't enough reliable information to know if camu camu is safe or what the side effects might be.

Special Precautions & Warnings:

Pregnancy and breast-feeding: There isn't enough reliable information to know if camu camu is safe to use when pregnant or breast-feeding. Stay on the safe side and avoid use.

Interactions

Interactions?

We currently have no information for CAMU CAMU Interactions.

Dosing

Dosing

The appropriate dose of camu camu depends on several factors such as the user's age, health, and several other conditions. At this time there is not enough scientific information to determine an appropriate range of doses for camu camu. Keep in mind that natural products are not always necessarily safe and dosages can be important. Be sure to follow relevant directions on product labels and consult your pharmacist or physician or other healthcare professional before using.

View References

REFERENCES:

  • Dib Taxi CM, de Menezes HC, Santos AB, Grosso CR. Study of the microencapsulation of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) juice. J Microencapsul 2003;20:443-8. View abstract.
  • Franco MR, Shibamoto T. Volatile composition of some Brazilian fruits: umbu-caja (Spondias citherea), camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia), Araca-boi (Eugenia stipitata), and Cupuacu (Theobroma grandiflorum). J Agric Food Chem 2000;48:1263-5. View abstract.
  • Justi KC, Visentainer JV, Evelazio de Souza N, Matsushita M. Nutritional composition and vitamin C stability in stored camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) pulp. Arch Latinoam Nutr 2000;50:405-8. View abstract.
  • Quijano CE, Pino JA. Analysis of volatile compounds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia (HBK) Mcvaugh) fruit isolated by different methods. J Essent Oil Res 2007;19:527-33.
  • Ueda H, Kuroiwa E, Tachibana Y, et al. Aldose reductase inhibitors from the leaves of Myrciaria dubia (H. B. & K.) McVaugh. Phytomedicine 2004;11:652-6. View abstract.
  • Zanatta CF, Cuevas E, Bobbio FO, et al. Determination of anthocyanins from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) by HPLC-PDA, HPLC-MS, and NMR. J Agric Food Chem 2005;53:9531-5. View abstract.
  • Zanatta CF, Mercadante AZ. Carotenoid composition from the Brazilian tropical fruit camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia). Food Chem 2007;101:1526-32.
  • Dib Taxi CM, de Menezes HC, Santos AB, Grosso CR. Study of the microencapsulation of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) juice. J Microencapsul 2003;20:443-8. View abstract.
  • Franco MR, Shibamoto T. Volatile composition of some Brazilian fruits: umbu-caja (Spondias citherea), camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia), Araca-boi (Eugenia stipitata), and Cupuacu (Theobroma grandiflorum). J Agric Food Chem 2000;48:1263-5. View abstract.
  • Inoue T, Komoda H, Uchida T, Node K. Tropical fruit camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) has anti-oxidative and anti-inflammatory properties. J Cardiol 2008;52(2):127-32. doi: 10.1016/j.jjcc.2008.06.004. View abstract.
  • Justi KC, Visentainer JV, Evelazio de Souza N, Matsushita M. Nutritional composition and vitamin C stability in stored camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) pulp. Arch Latinoam Nutr 2000;50:405-8. View abstract.
  • Quijano CE, Pino JA. Analysis of volatile compounds of camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia (HBK) Mcvaugh) fruit isolated by different methods. J Essent Oil Res 2007;19:527-33.
  • Ueda H, Kuroiwa E, Tachibana Y, et al. Aldose reductase inhibitors from the leaves of Myrciaria dubia (H. B. & K.) McVaugh. Phytomedicine 2004;11:652-6. View abstract.
  • Zanatta CF, Cuevas E, Bobbio FO, et al. Determination of anthocyanins from camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia) by HPLC-PDA, HPLC-MS, and NMR. J Agric Food Chem 2005;53:9531-5. View abstract.
  • Zanatta CF, Mercadante AZ. Carotenoid composition from the Brazilian tropical fruit camu-camu (Myrciaria dubia). Food Chem 2007;101:1526-32.

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