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Gâc, the super fruit of super fruits

Maybe you have heard of super fruits, but what is a super fruit, and why do we need them?

Super Fruits is a term for fruits and berries that has extra high nutritional content. Mainly in terms of vitamins and antioxidants.

Why antioxidants?

The body’s individual cells need to be protected from free radicals. Free radicals attack our body and our immune system, and oxidation, which is similar to what happens to metal when exposed to air, occurs. Oxidative stress occurs for example when your body is exposed to the sun or other environmental factors, leading to degenerative diseases. As we age our own bodies start producing its own free radicals and “self-destruct” its own cells. Eating antioxidants therefore becomes more important the older we get. When the body uses antioxidants (from the food you eat, for example), it can keep free radicals under control. Antioxidants thus protects the cells from breaking down. Important to know is that not all fruits and berries that are high in antioxidants have a high antioxidant effect. This means that like everything else we eat, some things are easier for the body to use than others.

Gâc

Momordica cochinchinensis Spreng, or commonly known as Gâc, is a bright-red fruit that grows abundantly on vines all over sub-tropical Asia, especially in Vietnam. They are as big as a cantaloupes.

Gâc is usually called “Fruit from Heaven” in reference to its health benefits and positive impact on the health of the skin. It is loaded with antioxidants to rid the body of harmful free radicals.

Gâc is one of the best sources of carotenoids, lycopene and other potent antioxidants. Gâc is said to even enhance cellular regeneration throughout the body.

Many fruits and vegetables that contain carotenoids are virtually fat free. For the body to be able to absorb these beneficial antioxidants, they must bind with fat molecules. As Gâc is an oil, it is thus more advantageous than many other fruits and vegetables. Beta-carotene is especially important for your skin. The richest sources of natural beta carotene (as opposed to synthetic beta-carotene) is found in yellow, orange and green leafy fruits and vegetables. In general, the greater the intensity of the color of the fruit or vegetable, the more beta-carotene it contains.

Lycopene is a carotenoid that gives the vibrant red color of fruits and vegetables such as tomatoes, pink grapefruit and watermelon. Gâc is a leading source of carotenoids, particularly lycopene. Total lycopene concentration in the most mature fruit can produce more than 70 times the amount of lycopene present in the commercial tomato.

Gâc contains 70 times more lycopene than tomatoes and 10 times more beta-carotene than carrots. I love the sweet and still fresh taste of gâc juice.

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4 comments on “Gâc, the super fruit of super fruits

  1. lizandrashaw [UBC]
    February 8, 2013

    Can we get this over in the US? I’d like to try it to see if it helps eczema.

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