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Discover the Secret Disease-Prevention Benefits of Camu Camu

Camu camu is the highest known natural source of vitamin C on the planet but as this book reveals, camu camu is much, much more than just the vitamin C it provides. You’ll learn about the amazing “power of polyphenols” and the many health benefits polyphenols provide to prevent many common diseases. Camu camu delivers an incredible amount of these natural plant compounds, which have been proven time and time again through research to prevent the development and progression of cancer, heart diseases, diabetes, neurodegenerative brain diseases, obesity, and other life-threatening and age-related illnesses and conditions.

The important information revealed in this book is no other fruit compares to the combination of very high vitamin C with very high polyphenol levels that camu camu delivers. This makes camu camu the best and strongest natural antioxidant supplement over all other superfruits marketed today for their antioxidant abilities. New research on the therapeutic value of antioxidants holds important information for the health and wellness of the planet. New antioxidant drugs are on the horizon for the treatment and prevention of chronic diseases based on this research. However, polyphenols and natural vitamin antioxidants like vitamin C have surfaced in this new research as effective therapies for both new treatments and the prevention of many chronic diseases, and these are available to us now.

This book also provides vital information in a comprehensive consumer guide about the camu camu products available in the marketplace, how to choose the best product, and what dosages are most beneficial. Not all camu camu products are the equal (and some contain up to 87 percent less polyphenols!). This book will tell you why, and how to make informed choices when purchasing a quality camu camu (or any superfruit) supplement. This type of independent and unbiased information may not be available elsewhere.

ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Leslie Taylor is one of the world’s leading experts on rainforest medicinal plants and a leader in creating a worldwide market for the important medicinal plants of the Amazon rainforest. Previously, as a product manufacturer and bulk supplier, she was bound by the rules and regulations of the industry, which limited her ability to share vital information on the research that validated the effective uses of these powerful plants to positively affect our health. She closed her company and naturopathic practice to focus on sharing her extensive knowledge of these medicinal plants she’s used and studied for almost twenty years and to reveal the secrets of how to use these remarkable rainforest plants effectively. Leslie lives in Texas and is the best-selling author of The Healing Power of Rainforest Herbs.

Books in the Rainforest Medicinal Plant Guide series provide factual, scientific, and vital information on how to use these powerful medicinal plants effectively to improve your health.



Introduction:


Camu camu is a superfruit from the Amazon rainforest that is the richest source of vitamin C on the planet. However, as this book will explain, camu camu is so much more than just this one vital vitamin. Camu camu not only provides a full complement of vitamins, minerals, omega-3 and omega-6 fatty acids, and a therapeutic amount of potassium but also contains an exorbitant amount of natural plant compounds called polyphenols that naturally occur in many fruits and vegetables.

The natural health industry has been promoting various superfruits, fruit extract supplements, and fruit powders for many years for the many health benefits they provide—the majority of which come from their polyphenol content. North American and temperate-climate fruits that fall into the superfruit category include cranberries, goji berries, blueberries, grapes, pomegranates, mulberries, raspberries, strawberries, and blackberries. These fruits are all showing up in functional foods and beverages. However, there’s a widely popular and growing market for tropical superfruit products. Tropical fruits such as camu camu, acai, noni, maqui, acerola, graviola, cherimoya, cupuacu, passion fruit, guava, lucuma, and others contain many more polyphenols than temperate-climate fruits, and wild-harvested tropical fruits have the highest level of all.

One of the many benefits polyphenols deliver is to provide strong antioxidant actions, which offer a wide array of health and disease-prevention benefits. The important information revealed in this book is that camu camu provides higher vitamin C (which has strong antioxidant actions) and more antioxidant polyphenols than any other known fruit in North or South America. New research also indicates that camu camu provides better antioxidant actions than all other fruits as well. No other fruit compares to the combination of very high vitamin C with very high polyphenol levels that camu camu delivers.

Health experts (and product marketers) tout superfruits as nutrient-packed foods that can do everything from increase your energy, help you lose weight, and reduce aging to protect you from cancer, heart disease, diabetes, and other life-threatening illnesses. This book will help you, the consumer, separate the scientific facts from the marketing hype in the marketplace, learn which of these health claims are possible or probable, and how specifically polyphenols work to achieve these benefits. This book will also help you understand the actual studies conducted on camu camu and fruit polyphenols in general.

The goal of this book is to finally explain that while our immune system protects us from infectious diseases and injuries, the main system in our bodies that protects us from chronic disease is our natural built-in antioxidant system, which is supposed to keep free radicals at healthy levels. You’ll also learn:
  • What causes this system to falter or fail.
  • How our diets play a role in the health of our antioxidant system.
  • What leading causes increase free radicals in our bodies and strain the system.
  • What kind of cellular damage and deregulations are caused when this system falters or fails.
  • What diseases and conditions we are at greater risk of developing when we have a faltering or failing antioxidant system.
  • How to heal and repair this system and restore its ability to protect us from chronic disease.
Over the last year, I have been studying more than 1,000 polyphenol plant compounds and reading a huge number of clinical studies and published research on them. The amount of research on these important compounds is increasing daily with more than 10,000 studies on polyphenols published in just the last five years. New research on the actions and mechanisms of polyphenols, their effective dosages, and which plants and fruits contain enough to be therapeutic hold important information for the health and wellness of the planet. The recent growth in the knowledge of free radicals and plant-based polyphenols is producing a medical revolution that promises a new age of health and disease management in the research world. New drugs are on the horizon for the treatment of chronic diseases based on this research. However, polyphenols have surfaced in this new research as effective therapies for both new treatments and the prevention of many chronic diseases, and these are available to us now.

We used to get plenty of naturally occurring plant polyphenols in the fresh fruits and vegetables in our diet, but sadly, for far too many of us, that has become part of our past. Recent research reports that the main polyphenols in the average American diet now comes from coffee, chocolate, and wine. Fruit polyphenols are in fourth place, and vegetable-derived polyphenols comes in dead last.

New research confirms that the lack of polyphenols, which help keep our built-in antioxidant systems in good health, in our current diets has directly contributed to the rising number of preventable and chronic diseases our society is currently faced with. Almost half of the population now has some type of metabolic disease, which can lead to type 2 diabetes down the road. Half of Americans now have some sort of heart disease, fed by the alarming rates of hypertension (high blood pressure) reported today. And, shockingly, almost half the population is now overweight or obese, and those numbers continue to rise. This book will tell you how the failing antioxidant systems of Americans are contributing to the creation and progression of these three chronic diseases and many more, as well as how to turn the tide and jump-start your natural disease-prevention processes again.

After reviewing all the new research on polyphenols and camu camu and studying the specific polyphenols and the amounts provided in the fruit, I believe that camu camu’s highest and best use to positively affect our health is by preventing these chronic diseases. If you choose to try camu camu for these purposes, this book provides vital information in a comprehensive consumer guide about the camu camu products available in the marketplace, how to choose the best product, and what dosages are most beneficial. Not all camu camu products are the equal (and some contain up to 87 percent less polyphenols!), and this book will tell you why and how to make informed choices when purchasing a camu camu (or any superfruit) supplement. You may not be able to find this in-depth information elsewhere, especially from an unbiased and reliable source that isn’t trying to sell you their product.

I hope this book helps you find understanding and solutions to avoid many of the preventable diseases discussed in this book. Simple and natural health solutions such as these shouldn’t be kept a secret but should be widely shared to lower our healthcare costs while benefiting our overall health and quality of life.  


Contents


Introduction
1. What Is Camu Camu?
Tribal and Herbal Medicine Uses
Natural Compounds and Nutritional Value
2. Free Radicals and Antioxidants
What Is a Free Radical?
What Is an Antioxidant?
Summary
3. The Health Benefits of Vitamin C
The Main Benefits and Actions of Vitamin C
The Bottom Line
Vitamin C Deficiencies
Camu Camu as a Solution
4. The Power of Polyphenols
What Is a Polyphenol?
How Polyphenols Are Unique
The Main Actions of Polyphenols
The Polyphenols in Camu Camu
Different Polyphenols Means Different Actions
The Takeaway
5. How Camu Camu Prevents Disease
The Western Diet
The Net Results of Poor Diets
The Inflammation Connection
Prevent Diseases Caused by Oxidative Stress and Chronic Inflammation
Summary
6. The Researched Benefits of Camu Camu
Camu Camu’s Antioxidant Actions
Cellular-Protective Antioxidant Actions
Anti-Inflammatory Actions
Anti-Aging and AGE-Inhibitor Actions
Anti-Obesity and Antidiabetic Actions
Cholesterol-Lowering Actions
Cancer Preventative Actions
Antimicrobial Actions
Immune-Stimulant Actions
Fertility-Enhancing Actions
7. A Consumer Guide for Camu Camu
The Safety of Camu Camu
Sources of Camu Camu
Finding a Good Camu Camu Product
Where to Purchase Camu Camu
Suggested Dosages for Camu Camu
Conclusion
References
About the Author



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