WHat is Gac fruit?
Gac fruit (Momordica Cochinchinensis) is a skin healing herb that has been used in traditional Chinese and Vietnamese medicine for hundreds of years. Also known as 'the fruit from heaven' among local Vietnamese, gac fruit has been used for treating skin injuries, healing external skin, and supplementing vitamins for the body. Additionally, the seeds membranes are said to provide support for eyesight and healthier vision. Later on, scientists from USA, Australia, and Japan found out gac fruit's benefits extend to other parts of the body such as the prostate and heart health.
In addition to the medicinal use for skin treatment, gac fruit is also used in daily Vietnamese life due to its nutrition and natural red color. People cooked gac fruits (both the pulp and the seed) with sticky rice to make the traditional dish 'xoi gac' to be used in festivals and weddings. The natural red color means a blessing of luck, prosperity, and wellness. In some families, parents feed their children with xoi gac to get them the needed vitamin A, as it was abundant in the fruit.
In modern culture, gac fruit has become a much beloved natural beauty ingredient among South East Asian countries. Instead of brewing it in traditional medicine, women incorporate gac fruit in their facial oil, lip balm, night cream, etc. as a way to lock in the necessary moistures for the skin, effectively fighting the tropical heat, UV rays, and humidity.
According to studies from UC Davis (California, USA) and the University of Newcastle (New South Wales, Australia), the scientific secret behind Gac fruit's healing power is its amount of lycopene and beta-carotene. These researches show that gac fruit approximately contains:
- 70 times more lycopene than tomatoes
- 10 times more beta-carotene (pre Vitamin A) than carrots
- 40 times more vitamin C than oranges
- 30 times more zeaxanthin than corn
- Essential fatty acids: omega 3, omega 6, omega 9
Lycopene in Gac Fruit & Other Fruits
Beta-Carotene in Gac Fruit & Other Fruits
HEALTH BENEFITS of lycopene
The most important carotenoid in Gac fruit is lycopene. This carotenoid is the key to many of the health benefits Gac Fruit provides. There are many benefits to lycopene, which is commonly absorbed from tomatoes. Apart from the popular use in vitamin supplement to aid prostate health and men metabolism, lycopene actually has a tremendous positive impact on skin health and sun care, thus explains why Vietnamese people used it as a trusted skin treating ingredient.
Better Skin Hydration