What is Camu Camu Powder?

7/2/2015 12:00 AM

Camu camu (Mycaria dubia) is a water-loving bush that grows along riverbanks in the Amazon rainforest. Its small tart 'n tangy fruits are a rich source of antioxidants and powerful phytochemicals, including very high levels of naturally occurring vitamin C - 30 to 60 times more than an orange!

Vitamin C is a key nutrient for immune system support and aids in the absorption of iron. It's also required to repair and regenerate collagen, a key structural component of tendons, ligaments, bones, and youthful skin.

Vitamin C is a key nutrient for immune system support and aids in the absorption of iron. It's also required to repair and regenerate collagen, a key structural component of tendons, ligaments and bones. - See more at: http://livesuperfoods.com/news/5-reasons-to-love-camu-camu/#sthash.DoBOfH5I.dpuf

Camu camu fruit also contains amino acids (serine, valine, and leucine) and significant levels of beta carotene, calcium, iron, niacin, phosphorus, riboflavin, and thiamin.

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Papaya, Papaw, Pawpaw—however you prefer to pronounce it, consider adding this exotic fruit to your list of summer fruits to try. You won’t be sorry, both nutritionally and taste-wise. When you set out to purchase your papaya, you can tell its ripe, or just about ripe, when the skin is more yellow or orange than green, and a light and fragrant smell is coming from the top where the stem used to be.

When you cut into this pear-shaped fruit, the first thing you’ll notice is the bright orange color of the flesh, and then lots of black, round gelatinous seeds, which are also edible. In fact, they’re used as a parasite treatment and an internal cleanser. Regardless if you opt to eat the black seeds or not, the papaya flesh has amazing health benefits.

Antioxidant Powerhouse

You gotta love it when a single food packs a super nutrition punch. Papaya contains numerous different beneficial antioxidants, including vitamin C, vitamin E, beta-carotene, and lycopene—all important for protecting your b...

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A number of natural remedies are popular among people with acid reflux, a condition estimated to affect up to 30 million Americans. Also known as gastroesophageal reflux disease (or GERD), acid reflux is a condition in which food or liquid moves backward from the stomach and leaks into the esophagus. Some natural remedies are said to relieve acid reflux symptoms, such as heartburn.

Acid Reflux Causes and Symptoms

Acid reflux occurs when the lower esophageal sphincter (a ring of muscle fibers responsible for preventing food and liquid from moving backward into the esophagus) is unable to close properly.

Several factors may contribute to improper functioning of the lower esophageal sphincter, including:

  • alcohol consumption
  • hiatal hernia
  • obesity
  • pregnancy
  • scleroderma
  • smoking
  • use of certain medications, such as beta-blockers, bronchodilators, calcium channel blockers, and progestin

Although heartburn is one of the most common signs of acid reflux, this condition may also cause nausea and/or create th...

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Rhodiola Rosea, a flowering herb native to cold, rocky regions of the planet like the Arctic, may offer natural relief from certain disorders, including major depression (depression symptoms interfere with daily life for weeks or longer).

Also known as golden root, rose root, Arctic root, Aaron's rod and orpin rose, this beautiful plant has a long history of use in herbal medicine for health issues relating to stress. In fact, rhodiola is considered an adaptogen, said to increase the body's resistance to stress and promote harmony within the body's systems. It was first mentioned medicinally in the De Materia Medica, an ancient encyclopedia of herbal medicine, by the Greek physician Dioscorides.

How does stress relate to depression? These two are intrinsically linked. Chronic stress can greatly increase the risk of depression, which is were rhodiola comes in; it may work to offset the effects of an overactive stress response. Rhodiola is also thought to affect levels of brain chemicals i...

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Live Superfoods is thrilled to announce our new site category: Fermented Foods! From kefir, yogurt and vegetable starters to coconut aminos, ready-made drinks, Garden of Life Kombucha capsules and Dragon Herbs KimQi kimchi powder, it's easier than ever to find the fermented foods you crave.

Fermentation is a tried and true food preservation method that’s been around for centuries. Its benefits reach far beyond preservation, however; during this process, lactobacilli, the “friendly” bacteria that populate our gut, begin to grow and beneficial digestive enzymes are created. This is why consuming fermented foods is so nourishing to our health; it helps reestablish and re-balance our intestinal ecosystem, where approximately 70% of our immune system can be found.

In Korea, a traditional fermented cabbage condiment called kimchi is often consumed with meals, and sauerkraut, or “sour cabbage,” was was consumed in ancient Rome and medieval Europe, and used in the 18th century to help prevent sc...

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1. Au Naturel

Yes, that rose hue is real! It comes from iron oxide, one of many elements found naturally in Himalayan salt.

2. Frozen in Time

Considered by many to be the purest salt available, it’s mined from ancient sea beds in Pakistan; formed millions of years before the rise of modern pollution. Mineral-stripped, bleached-out table salt and polluted "sea salts" simply don’t compare.

3. Essential Minerals

Himalayan salt contains a whopping 84 elements, all necessary for healthy body function. In addition to sodium, it's particularly rich in minerals like iron, magnesium, phosphorus, calcium, potassium and chloride.

4. Detoxifying Salt Baths

Brine baths gently draw out toxins while beneficial minerals are absorbed through the skin. Mix a cup of salt into a warm bath to rejuvenate body and mind.

5. Funky Salt Lamps

Large "rocks" of Himalayan pink salt are fitted with an incandescent light bulb to give off a soothing, ambient glow. It's said they help cleanse the air by emitting negative ions,...

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