This article will talk about an unusual fruit, native species of Amazon. The most striking benefit of this fruit is its ability to fight against obesity and many metabolic disorders. It promotes the healthy gut thus supports weight loss.
Obesity is one of the biggest health risk affecting a major population. Gaining the extra weight increases the risk of certain metabolic diseases such as diabetes. Considering the current situation, by 2030, more than one billion people will be obese. (Here is a research study on it)
Understanding how obesity affects the body, it is easy to predict the risk factors. The recent research on gut microbiota tells that digestive health is one of the vital parameters of life. Also, the healthy count of bacteria improves metabolism. Thus gut microbiome influence obesity and related metabolic diseases.
Now, this superfruit improves the healthy bacterial load in the gut. It affects the overall health, makes you enjoy a healthy weight and prevents the risk of obesity.
Not just this fruit but also all fruits that are high in polyphenols are helpful in this regard. The specific researches on fruit tell that the chemicals inside such fruits make you lose weight. Additionally, they improve insulin resistance of the body.
Which fruit is this?
Lets break the suspense and tell you that this super fruit is none other than “camu camu”. This is a relatively less popular fruit and many people don’t even know about it.
The research team from the Faculty of Medicine of Université Laval’s (Canada) studied the potential benefits if this amazing fruit called camu camu. The scientific name for this Amazonian fruit is Myrciaria dubia.
It grows naturally in Peru and Brazil. It looks like a reddish purple fruit that resembles a cherry. Amazingly, this is not a new specie of a fruit. The locals have been harvesting the fruit for so many years. However, the commercial cultivation has only started recently. It is now available at all international stores in major cities of the world. The use of camu camu is highest in various cities of Japan. (Click here to read a report on it)
Camu camu has a unique taste to offer. Although it is not famous for its taste but the health benefits are countless. It has enormous amounts of phytochemicals in it. The taste of camu camu feels like a mixture of lime and cherry.
Camu camu has high levels of antioxidants in it. It includes ellagic acid, ellagitannins, proanthocyanidins and others. The combined benefits of these antioxidants are a prevention of chronic metabolic diseases and improve vascular health.
What is inside Camu camu that makes it so powerful?
Camu camu has an impressive amount of vitamin C in it. It has roughly 3,000 milligrams per 100 grams. Note that it is nearly 20%–30% times more than kiwi fruit. It makes camu camu one of the highest vitamin C containing fruits.
Because of these astonishing health benefits of camu camu, the researchers selectec this to investigate its effect. The particular focus was to know if camu camu has any effect on obesity control or not.
To conduct this research, the team fed mice with a high-fat, high-sugar diet for 8 weeks. They divided these mice into two categories. One of the groups was given an extract of camu camu each day. Other was not given camu camu. After eight weeks both groups were analyses.
This research has been published in the journal GUT. Click here to read the complete research paper.
The analysis of this study showed that the group fed on camu camu gained 50% less weight than the other group. The reserahcers also checked at the mice’s insulin resistance. It was drastically changed. The glucose tolerance and insulin sensitvty was improved for the camu camu fed mice group. Meanwhile, they also showed reduced levels of endotoxins and inflammation. Lastly, they also exhibited specific changes in their microbiome.
The next phase- Microbiome transplant
The experiment didn’t just end here. The next phase of this study was to transplant the gut bacteria from the camu camu fed mice to a new group of mice. These new micr group was germ free, with no gut bacteria. By doing this, this new group also showed beneficial metabolic changes. However, these results were only temporarily.
The last phase is to test this same research on humans. This fruit is widely available in the market, so availability concerns are minimal. Also, it is 100% safe to use.
You must know that no single fruit will make you lose weight drastically. Weight loss is a difficult and multi-branched approach. Using a super fruit like camu camu will make this weight loss better but it is not a solution for weight loss.