True story: we’re geeking out on gac. The superfruit with the super weird name, gac fruit (formally known around the science circles as Momordica cochinchinensis, is a rare seasonal fruit found only in Southeast Asia that is packed full of age-defying antioxidants, including carotenoids and polyphenols, as well as Vitamins A, C and E.
While Asia’s best-kept health and beauty secret is only more recently on our radar, the people of Southeast Asia have cherished this ‘fruit from heaven’ for thousands of years. And for good reason; the prickly orange powerhouse boasts a higher concentration of carotenoids (the potent antioxidants that defend the skin and body against free radical damage) than you’ll find in any other natural foods, including 10 times more beta-carotene than carrots!
We’re also looking at levels of lycopene, the free-radical fighting carotenoid found in red fruits and vegetables like watermelons, red carrots, papaya and pink grapefruit that preliminary research shows may fight premature skin ageing and help prevent heart disease, atherosclerosis, and even breast and prostate cancers. Good news for those who can’t stomach or are allergic to the better-known queen of lycopene: gac fruit is known to have 75 times more lycopene than tomatoes!