WHAT IS LUCUMA?
Lucuma is a nutritious Peruvian fruit that contains beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium, and protein. It's high vitamin and mineral content earn it the title of "superfood", and it's natural maple-like taste make it the perfect addition to coffee, smoothies, and baked goods.
WHAT DO SCIENCE AND HISTORY SAY?
- In ancient records, lucuma fruit was said to be used to support skin health and digestion. Recent studies have shown that lucuma oil may be helpful for supporting wound healing by encouraging the activation of healing factors within the skin.
- It's an excellent source of several vitamins, minerals, and dietary fiber - notably beta carotene, iron, zinc, vitamin B3, calcium and protein.
- Beta carotene is a carotenoid, which is a more fancy word for antioxidant. They protect against cellular damage, the effects of aging, and even some chronic diseases.
- Studies have reported that the carotenoids beta-carotene and beta-cryptoxanthin protect skin, tissue, and cells from environmental toxins and disease.
- Studies show that lucuma has potent ACE inhibitory activities in vitro, possibly decreasing the effects associated with hypertension.
- Lucuma may also support normal blood sugar, giving researchers hope for finding additional nutritional support for those with type II diabetes.