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Posted Aug 26 2008 10:57am

Mike Adams for Newstarget

There’s a lot of attention focused on superfoods these days. People are interested in foods that can give them high-density nutrition, protect them from chronic disease, and even help reverse disease. One of the best (but little-known) superfoods is actually a superfruit, and like many superfruits, it comes from the rainforest regions of our planet. This one in particular comes from Peru; it’s one of the most nutrient-dense foods and offers considerable disease-prevention benefits. It contains high-density nutrition. This superfruit is called camu camu, or the camu berry.

The camu berry is best known for its unusually high vitamin C content. Vitamin C, as you may know, has many uses for preventing chronic disease. Natural (not synthetic) vitamin C is an antioxidant that prevents free radical damage to the DNA of the cells throughout your body, which helps in the prevention of cancer and heart disease (among other health problems). Vitamin C also prevents colds and even the flu. It is a huge immune system booster and an all-around power-packed vitamin — but only in its full-spectrum natural form.

There’s no food on the planet with a higher concentration of vitamin C than the camu berry. How high a concentration? Consider this: oranges are generally known for their high vitamin C content. However, oranges often only have around 1,000 ppm of vitamin C. Sometimes they can have as high as 3,000 or 4,000, but that’s unusual, especially given the way they are commercially grown today. The camu berry can have concentrations as high as 50,000 ppm or about 2 g of vitamin C per 100 g of fruit. That means that the camu berry provides 50 times more vitamin C than an orange (on an ounce-for-ounce basis).

One of the best-known uses for vitamin C is in protecting your nervous system. The nervous system includes your brain, eyes and all the nerves running throughout your body that tell your heart when to contract, your lungs when to breathe, and your muscles when to flex — it’s the electronic system of your body. When your nervous system is under assault by unhealthy foods or environmental toxins, your quality of life begins to fade rapidly.

If you don’t have a fully functional nervous system, you may experience symptoms like depression. You may lose the ability to focus sharply. You may have what is sometimes called brain fog. You may find you don’t learn as quickly or you can’t remember things as well. Eventually, you may end up with a diagnosis of dementia or even Alzheimer’s disease.

Alzheimer’s disease is associated with the buildup of plaque on brain nerves, and recent research in mice shows that this plaque is reversible. Through nutrition and brain exercise you can actually reverse the buildup and remove the plaque, restoring your brain to a more youthful state. It’s just like any other muscle in your body: when you use your brain and give it good nutritional support, it will work well for you and avoid degenerative conditions.

The eyes are an important part of your nervous system. Many people have vision problems and there’s a lot of disinformation about the cause of these problems. Eye impairments are typically diagnosed as physical deformities of the eyes, but this is usually false. Doctors will tell you that your eye is too long or the lens isn’t shaped right. This is something with which I strongly disagree.

I’m 38 years old and I have perfect vision that I maintain through nutrition. I have outstanding night vision and no need to wear glasses or contacts. This is accomplished through the frequent intake of berries and superfoods like camu camu, goji berries and cacao (chocolate).

When you have poor nutrition, many of the muscles in your body begin to sag. They actually lose their proper posture. For example, if your heart muscle doesn’t have sufficient B vitamins it can appear to be physically deformed because it begins to sag. The same thing happens with your eyes. If you have poor nutrition, the muscles that control your lenses cannot function properly and you end up with poor eye posture. I know this idea sounds radical, and most optometrists would not agree with this diagnosis, but this really is a more accurate description of what happens with your eye.

Muscles don’t just wear out; if you get good nutrition, your muscles’ posture and function will improve. When you provide good nutrition for your body, you can reverse the poor posture of all the muscles throughout your body including your eye muscles, heart muscles and skeletal muscles.

For example, there is a condition called mitral valve prolapse in the heart, which surgeons usually try to correct with surgical procedures — but it can usually be reversed through good nutrition. The same thing is often true with the eyes. You can reverse vision problems through nutrition; one of the most important nutritional components for eye health is vitamin C, which is why the camu berry has turned out to be such a fantastic protector of eye health.

I’ve heard of people who drank powdered camu, and within minutes leapt to their feet shouting, “I can see!” Within a few minutes, the vitamin C they consumed went into their bloodstream, passed through the blood brain barrier, and protected the retina and the nerves of the eye. Within minutes one woman was able to see with much greater clarity than she had for years, just from drinking this powdered camu berry.

Camu camu is well known to be a protective food for cataracts. It doesn’t mean that camu berry is an all-powerful, magical cure for every patient suffering from cataracts, but this is a superfruit that certainly should be investigated by anyone who is suffering from the condition. Camu also protects against glaucoma, a debilitating disease of the eye.

The camu berry is 100 percent natural and based on powerful high-density nutrition. It has absolutely no negative side effects, and since it doesn’t carry the dangers of prescription drugs. In other words, it won’t cause heart attacks and strokes like many prescription drugs do, and it’s less expensive than most prescription drugs.

At the same time camu berry is protecting your eyes from degenerative disease, it’s also protecting your brain from neurodegenerative disorders such as dementia and Alzheimer’s. In fact, if you’re interested in anti-aging, or if you’re getting up in years and you want to make sure you have optimal brain performance for the rest of your life, the camu berry is one of the most important nutritional supplements you can consume. Think of it as an insurance policy against neurodegenerative diseases.

Obviously, it’s not the only thing you can consider; there are many other important nutritional strategies for boosting brain performance. For example, eating raw nuts and seeds on a daily basis is hugely important for the healthy functioning of your brain and nervous system. You cannot function at a high level of performance without healthy oils and plant-based fats in your body; you need those omega-3 fatty acids and oils from raw nuts and seeds. It is a good idea to consume cod liver oil on a regular basis too, but most importantly, you need natural, full-spectrum vitamin C.

It’s interesting to note that the human body does not manufacture vitamin C. Dogs and many other animals manufacture their own vitamin C, but humans do not; we must get it from dietary sources. Vitamin C is complex; it’s not just a single, isolated chemical in its natural form. It is delivered through superfruits like camu in combination with several different supporting phytochemicals which makes the positive effect of vitamin C even more powerful than when taken alone. That’s why I’ve always recommended that people get nutrition through plants wherever possible. High-density plants give us the highest nutrition we can get.

I’ve documented some of the physiological actions of the camu berry from some extensive research. Some of this information comes from Dr. Gary Null’s book called “The Clinician’s Handbook of Natural Healing,” as well as invaluable facts from other authors. My top recommended author on this topic is James Duke, PhD, author of “The Green Pharmacy” and numerous other books on botanical medicine. Dr. Duke is a champion of the camu camu berry, and he’s written about it extensively in books and published research papers. (Find his books on Amazon.com by searching for “James Duke”)

Through this research, we learn that camu camu is antiviral — it helps kill viruses that could threaten your immune system and is a powerful protective agent against colds and the flu. It is anti-arthritic, so it can help reduce inflammation, which tends to ease the pain of arthritis. And it’s anti-atherosclerotic, which means it can help prevent atherosclerosis, or the buildup of plaque in the arteries. Plaque in the arteries leads to serious heart disease and eventually heart attacks. It can help prevent the buildup of plaque to protect you from the foods you may be consuming that tend to cause the buildup of that plaque (such as fried foods or processed foods made with hydrogenated oils).

Camu camu is also known as an antidepressant. This is not surprising, given that depression is often the result of a suppressed or poorly functioning nervous system. Of course, depression can have many causes, but the most common is actually a malnourished nervous system. Depression is not, as conventional medicine claims, a chemical imbalance in the brain that has to be corrected with prescription drugs. It is typically just a nutritional deficiency that can be corrected through diet by eating natural foods. The camu berry is one of the natural strategies you can use to reverse depression, even serious depression.

Camu berry is also documented as being anti-gingivitic, which means it helps fight gingivitis, the gum disease that can affect dental health.

Next, camu is described as anti-hepatitic, meaning it protects against liver disorders, including liver disease and liver cancer. This is not a surprising effect, given that antioxidants are protective of the liver in general. Being a potent antioxidant, it can help support the liver’s efforts in detoxifying many of the chemicals to which you are exposed.

Today, in the Western world, we are exposed to so many outrageous chemicals. Most consumers expose themselves to literally hundreds of dangerous chemicals through the use of hair spray, shampoo, hand soap, laundry detergent, cologne and perfume. In fact, there are over 20 known carcinogens in most perfumes sold on the market today. Those perfumes are illegally marketed in violation of FDA laws because they don’t carry cancer warning labels, but that’s a loophole that the FDA is not currently enforcing. The fact that your liver is detoxifying all the chemicals you’re exposing yourself to is one of the primary reasons the camu berry can help your liver stay healthy.

Camu berry has also been shown to promote fertility. Infertility is on the rise in the United States, where as many as one out of four couples can no longer conceive. That is a frightening statistic. Part of what’s wrong is the fact that people aren’t getting good nutrition, and they aren’t protecting themselves against the toxins that they are exposed to through their foods and their environment. The camu berry can help protect you against those toxins, and subsequently boost the chances of conception in both men and women.

(Please note that camu camu alone is not sufficient to protect you from heavy metals like mercury or lead. The best products I know of for that purpose are called Metal Magic from www.BaselineNutritionals.com and HMD Heavy Metal Detox from www.HeavyMetalDetox.net )

There is also evidence of the camu berry having an anti-inflammatory effect. Inflammation not only affects arthritis, it also affects heart health. In fact, inflammation and the C-reactive proteins are a hot topic now in medical literature. People are more aware of how inflammation is a systemic problem, meaning it affects the entire body (and all the organs in it). Vitamin C is an excellent anti-inflammatory supplement, and when you get high-density, full-spectrum vitamin C from camu berries, you get one of the best anti-inflammatory medicines from the natural world.

Once again, vitamin C is not a single, simple magic-bullet solution to inflammation, but it can be part of an overall anti-inflammatory nutritional strategy that includes healthy oils, herbs like curcumin or turmeric, and many anti-inflammatory foods and beverages. When working to prevent inflammation, it is important to avoid consuming foods that cause it: Processed sugar, white flour, fried foods and vegetable oils high in omega-6 fatty acids (such as soybean oil and corn oil). Many researchers now theorize that systemic inflammation is largely brought on by an imbalance in the consumption of omega-6 fatty acids vs. omega-3 fatty acids. People are consuming way too much omega-6 oils and not nearly enough omega-3 oils.

Camu berry can help migraines when combined with the removal of aspartame and MSG from the diet

Camu has even shown a positive effect on migraine headaches. Many consumers in the Western world suffer from migraines, and some have even come to think of migraines as a normal life experience, but I can tell you from extensive research that migraines are not normal. Migraines are caused by toxic food and a toxic environment, pure and simple. When you protect your nervous system against toxic chemicals found in foods and in the environment, then your incidence of migraines reduces rapidly. Camu camu is a neuro-protective superfruit, so it can help greatly reduce the incidence of migraines. Additionally, if you stop drinking aspartame in diet sodas and consuming MSG in foods, then you will experience far fewer migraines.

Try dropping aspartame and MSG from your diet, add camu berry, and let me know how it works, because I love to hear good news from people. There are people out there who have suffered with migraine headaches for years, and they feel helpless not knowing what to do. Some turn to radical medications to control their head pain, when the fact is you can usually do it with diet and nutritional supplementation. So please spread the word: let people know they don’t have to suffer with migraines.

Camu is also shown as being anti-mutagenic, which means it helps prevent the genetic mutation involved in the creation of cancer tumors. In fact, if you can prevent DNA mutations in your body, you will live longer, have fewer chronic diseases, and greatly reduce your chances of ever being diagnosed with cancer.

One of the most impressive characteristics of camu is its anti-Parkinson’s quality, so if you have Parkinson’s disease or if you would like to protect yourself from Parkinson’s disease, the camu berry is one of the things you should put on your investigation list. Again, it doesn’t mean that this is a cure for Parkinson’s disease; but it can certainly be a healthful nutritional tool that can either reduce the progression or potentially protect you from ever having it.

Camu is also antiseptic, which means it kills bacteria. You can even use camu on your skin. If your skin suffers an injury, you can actually squeeze camu berry juice — or sprinkle camu powder — right on the wound to help prevent infections. I have not used it this way, but if I were injured I wouldn’t hesitate to do it. Personally, I find that plants are the best first aid.

Camu is shown as being anti-ulcerous, anti-herpes, and hypotensive. If you’re suffering from hypertension or high blood pressure, taking the camu berry can help naturally lower your blood pressure. The most likely mechanism for this is that vitamin C combined with the mineral content of the camu berry helps relax the blood vessels throughout your body. This allows your blood vessels to be more flexible and to simultaneously reduce your overall blood pressure.

Some people who drink powdered camu fruit say that it brightens their day and clears their mind. That’s not surprising, because many phytochemicals from camu camu go right to your brain, protecting it against oxidative damage and toxic chemicals that may be circulating in your blood. The result is that you feel better almost instantly. Taken over the long term, it helps prevent chronic degenerative disease; your mood is lifted; your vision improves; you get mental clarity perhaps unlike any you’ve experienced for a long time.

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