Caçari—no, it’s not a typo.
The Caçari (kuh-SAR-ee) berry is a tiny powerhouse of a fruit found in South America, and it serves up more Vitamin C than any known plant on earth—including the Amazon’s other darling berry, Açai.
Not only does the berry contain more Vitamin C than any other plant (30 to 60 times more than an orange), but it also has all the necessary amino acids and minerals for maximum absorption. Quite simply, it hits you with a whopping serving of Vitamin C and backs it up with nutrients that help your body absorb it.
Here’s what you need to know about the new superfood:
Rich in Flavonoids: Caçari, sometimes called Camu Camu, contains a high amount of different flavonoids—antioxidants that shield cells from nasty free radicals and oxygen damage. Flavonoids have been shown to slow the aging process and support Vitamin C absorption resulting in:
- A natural alternative to anti-aging treatments
- Improved memory
- Reduced inflammation
- Lowered risk or prevention of migraines, varicose veins and allergies
Potent Antioxidants: Berries you find at the market pack a powerful antioxidant punch, but nothing in the produce aisle compares to Caçari. Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) is a unit of measurement for antioxidants developed by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Here’s how Caçari stacks up to your favorite berries’ ORAC levels:
- Caçari: 70 grams
- Blackberry: 51 grams
- Blueberry: 68 grams
- Raspberry: 55 grams
- Address ADD and ADHD
- Generally improve energy and mood
- Protect the nervous system
- Ease arthritis
- Lower blood pressure
The Brazilian Agricultural Research Corporation also published findings on the berry’s positive effects on controlling high cholesterol.
So why haven’t you heard of it? Caçari is not exactly easy to come by. The berry is about the size of a cherry and only grows in the Amazonian River Basin in a handful of South American countries.
The good news: Caçari is cropping up online in powder and capsule forms—the berry is even available in hand creams. Most Caçari products on the market offer raw, vegan and organic ways to consume the superfood. Look for Camu Camu products that use nothing but the berry for maximum health benefits.