Benefits of this odd fruit are enormous, although you do have to be careful when indulging as some of it can be poisonous.
There is a fruit that grows on vines in Southeastern Asia that looks like nothing else on Earth. This large fruit, about the size of a grapefruit, is related to the gourd and as it ripens it puts on a beautiful show of colors, starting from neon green and working it’s way up to bright hot-pink. It is called simply a “Gac,” and to add to this interesting landscape, this odd fruit is covered in pointy spikes the likes seen nowhere else in nature!
Equally wonderful are Gac’s nutritional assets. The world of nutrient science has only recently started to get around to interviewing this remote fruit, but they’ve already ascertained, without any doubt, that Gac is the world’s most concentrated source of lycopene, to the order of 76 times the amount of lycopene found in the average tomato!
It has very high levels of Beta Carotene (10 times that of a carrot) and zeaxanthin too, making Gac extremely helpful for your eyes. Also, it is an ideal source of Omegas 6 and 9 fatty acids, which of course your body needs but cannot produce on its’ own. Once cut open this fruit has a bizarre looking interior that is repulsive actually.
What I didn’t know was that the only edible parts of the Gac were that red oil covering the seeds (where all the Lycopene is) and those huge seeds themselves. Apparently you can roast those and they have a nice, nutty flavor, not unlike a chestnut, but not quite as tasty. Handling the fruit won’t hurt you, its eating the flesh of it thats dangerous. To make aquiring and eating Gac fruit more palatable for consumers of the Western world, a company called Pharmanex has come out with a products called G3.
G3 is a nutrient-rich drink based on the juice from this prized Gac “Super Fruit” , the nutritional benefits
have been scientifically demonstrated to help protect cells. Among Gac’s potent phytonutrients are a the highly-bioavailable form of carotenoids called “lipocarotenes™” that provide powerful antioxidant support while also helping to support healthy immune function. The combo of both lycopene and beta carotene. The G3 formula was developed with 3 additional super fruits, Chinese lycium (aka. Wolfberry, helps cleanse the liver and kidneys) , Siberian pineapple and cili fruit (aka. the king of Vitamin C), that synergistically provide exponential benefits. In trying the G3 I have found that it has a refreshing flavour that is deliciously sweet, slightly tart and can be enjoyed daily by everyone in the family. I started giving it to my kids.
The earth’s fruits are a demonstration of nature’s beauty and creativity. Their varied shapes, colors, perfumes and flavors attract and inspire. More importantly, they function as natural reservoirs of life-sustaining nutrients for insect, animal and mankind. They are particularly rich in antioxidants, vitamins, minerals and other potent and beneficial phytonutrients. Many fruits offer specific and targeted health support benefits and can be used as important components of integrated health maintenance programs. Unfortunately, many of the current fruit juice products on the market today are not founded in science. Instead they rely heavily on anecdotal “cure-all” claims that mislead and build false hopes in consumers. Fortunately, this new scientific research focused on the traditional use of specific fruits and juices for wellness benefits is beginning to separate the anecdotal and exotic from the verifiable.
Have you ever tried Gac Fruit? We’d love to hear your experience.