Why this ingredient?
Camu camu, a particularly versatile berry, with its pulp, seeds, and skin all presenting antioxidant potential in differing degrees once processed is a well-researched and innovative natural product that is extremely high in vitamin C. The fruits are a substantive source of minerals, such as sodium, potassium, calcium, zinc, magnesium, manganese, and copper. The evidence base for camu camu rests on well-conducted animal and human studies. The results of these studies point to a potentially substantial role for camu camu in multimodal, integrative disease and wellness management, notably with regard to inflammatory conditions.
Vitamin C, also known as L-ascorbic acid, is a water-soluble vitamin that is naturally present in some foods, added to others, and available as a dietary supplement. Humans, unlike most animals, are unable to synthesize vitamin C endogenously, so it is an essential dietary component.
Ongoing research is examining how Vitamin C limits the damaging effects of free radicals through its antioxidant activity which might help prevent or delay the development of certain cancers, cardiovascular disease, and other diseases in which oxidative stress plays a causal role. Vitamin C plays an important role in immune function and improves the absorption of nonheme iron – the form of iron present in plant-based foods.
Vitamin C has been studied for many years and we know that it is an important cofactor involved in the formation of blood vessels, cartilage, muscle and collagen in bone and is vital for the healing process. As an anti-oxidant, the vitamin might help protect cells from damage by chemical free radicals. It is thought that these chemicals contribute to heart disease, cancer and other diseases.
At least some hospital systems have adopted administration of vitamin C in patients infected with COVID-19. A NY newspaper reports that seriously sick patients in NY City’s largest hospital system are being given vitamin C. A pulmonologist and critical care specialist Dr. Andrew G. Weber said that his intensive-care patients with the coronavirus immediately receive 1500 mg of vitamin C, administered intravenously, with that dose repeated three or four times a day. Dr. Weber stated, “The patients who received vitamin C did significantly better than those who did not get vitamin C.”
While these reports refer to intravenously administered Vitamin C, there can be no denying that increasing your daily intake can do little except help you.
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