We know that consuming fruit and vegetables is good for health but it can be difficult to get enough in your diet.
Did you know that in a major survey of nearly 24,000 individuals (the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey) only 11% of ached the recommended guidelines tor both fruit and vegetable consumption.
So, one way to ensure you are getting enough is to ensure you have nutrient dense fruit and vegetables or to supplement or to do both.
This week I am going to tell you about Gac fruit - heard of it? It definitely fits the SUPERFOOD description it's given.
What is Gac Fruit?
Gac fruit is a traditional fruit from Southern Asia - from Southern China and even into Northern Australia. It is also called Baby Jackfruit, Spiny Bitter Gourd, Sweet gourd or Cochinchum Gourd.
Gac grows on vines and has a short harvest season. It is round or oblong in shape and is about 13 cm in length and about 10 cm in diameter. It is a dark orange colour on ripening. There are spines on the outside of the fruit and the interior is made of a fleshy pulp and seeds - the fleshy covering of the seeds is called aril, which is the part with all the goodies.
In Vietnam, Gac is traditionally cooked into glutinous rice to make Xoi Gac rice which is served during festive occasions like New Year or weddings.
What is so special about Gac fruit?
Gac aril is especially high in phytonutrients and anti-oxidants, lycopene and beta-carotene.
Weight for weight Gac has 70 times as much lycopene as a tomato. It has 10 times the amount of beta-carotene as carrots or sweet potatoes.
What is unique to Gac is that it delivers the carotenoids bound together in a matrix of fatty acids creating a lipocarotene which make the caretonoids much more available when consumed compared to other supplements or carotenes in leafy green vegetables. This increased bioavailability of these nutrients in the Gac fruit make is a SUPERFOOD.
What medicinal properties does Gac have?
The seeds of the Gac fruit (aril) have been used in Chinese traditional medicine for many years. Lycopene consumption has been correlated with reduced risk of certain cancers, such as prostate and lung,
Beta-carotenoids are a precursor to Vitamin A so have multiple benefits in the body.
The fatty acid of the aril contain significant amounts of Vitamin E as well.
Anti-oxidants, like lycopene and Vitamins A and E, have protective effects against heart disease and also age related eye diseases such as cataracts and macular degeneration.
The powerful lipocarotenes in Gac fruit are also important in supporting health immune function and supporting healthy cell function throughout the body.
Where can I get Gac fruit?
We get our dose of Gac fruit in a juice called G3, that not only has the Gac fruit but also Siberian pineapple, Chinese lycium and cili fruit - all 3 high in anti-oxidants in their own right. The mix of the four make act synergistically to make a potent blend of anti-oxidants.
The dose is just 60 ml per day with meals - or 30 ml twice a day. And it tastes delicious
You can order directly from us or from the person who directed you to this page
My dad is 86 years old. In 2008 he sufferred a major stroke leaving him with paralysis of his right arm and leg. He can't walk and is mobile only in a wheelchair. He takes G3 every day. Before G3, Dad would often have a 'lie down' during the day. Since being on G3, he is up for the whole day and he looks amazingly well.
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