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Move over oranges! This fruit has SIXTY times more vitamin C

Source:  Laval University / EurekAlert

A humble Amazonian fruit that contains 60 times more Vitamin C than an orange may hold the key to combating obesity, cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

 

Found in the rainforests of Brazil and Peru, the camu camu – a large berry that looks like an apple – is so rich in nutrients it has already been hailed a ‘superfood’.

 

It contains 60 times more vitamin C than a serving of oranges – and five times more of antioxidant polyphenols than a serving of blueberries.

 

Now experiments have found a natural substance found in the camu camu stopped mice piling on weight – even when they gorged on a junk food style diet.

 

The extract also improved glucose tolerance and sensitivity to the sugar controlling hormone insulin.

 

This reduces the risk of ‘metabolic syndrome’ – a cluster of disorders including high blood pressure, high blood sugar and fats, excess belly fat and low ‘good’ cholesterol. Having any three can lead to diabetes, heart disease and stroke.

 

The Canadian team said the fruit’s effect on weight gain could be due to it increasing the resting metabolism of the mice, resulting in higher energy expenditure.

 

Camu camu boosts bacteria in the gut – destroying toxins in the blood preventing inflammation of the metabolic system, the body’s celullar engine.

 

Professor Andre Marette, of the University of Laval in Canada, said: “All these changes were accompanied by a reshaping of the intestinal microbiota, including a blooming of A. muciniphila and a significant reduction in Lactobacillus bacteria.”

 

Found on shrubs in the Amazon rainforest, camu camu berries are said to boost immunity and have more vitamin C than any other individual food on Earth -comprising up to three percent of their weight.

 

The fruit is also packed with plant antioxidants called polyphenols – and has long been used by Amazonian natives for food and medicine.

 

You can eat the tart fruit raw but it is usually sold as a powder that is blended into a smoothie or sprinkled onto yoghurt or salads. (…)

 

 

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