Once again, the far east comes up with another tropical vitamin rich super fruit most westerners have never heard of called, Gac Fruit!
Most diets in developed nations fall far short of recommended fruit and vegetables, thus lack key nutrient intake. Called Fak Khaao in Thai, Momordica Cochinchinensis spreng is also known as Qua Gac fruit in Vietnam – Indigenous to southeast Asia, Fak Khaao in Thailand contains super high concentrations of lycopene and beta-carotene.
In Vietnam, the name Gac fruit (qua Gac) is prized by natives for promoting longevity, vitality, improved vision, and beautiful clear skin.
In a supplementation trial among Vietnamese children, Gac fruit increased serum vitamin A levels more than synthetic beta-carotene or other phytonutrients. Fak Khaao Momordica Cochinchinensis spreng is known by several names such as, Gac fruit, Sweet Gourd, & Spiny Bitter Gourd.
The Thai Fak Khaao Momordica Cochichinensis [Gac fruit] vine produces up to 60 fruits weighing 1-3 kg each in one season (Shadeque and Sharma Baruah, 1984). The seeds, known in traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) as “Mubiezi”, are thought to have resolvent and cooling properties and are used for liver, spleen disorders, wounds, hemorrhoids, bruises, and swelling.
Gac fruit supplements are more recently becoming known as a premier source of carotenoids, especially beta-carotene and lycopene. Carotenoids were first identified in Gac fruit in 1941. However, it was only recently found that the fruit has Beta-carotene, Lycopene, & Zeaxanthin at very high levels. Momordica Cochinchinensis ‘Gac’ fruit has also been shown to be especially high in vitamin A, C & E,(Alpha-Tocopherol) + minerals: Zinc and Iron – Fiber – Fatty Acids (Oleic, Palmitic, Linoleic) content.
The Gac fruit produces more than 70 times the amount of lycopene found in a tomatos. Studies have shown that high intakes of tomatoes and tomato products, rich in lycopene, as well as high blood levels of lycopene, are significantly associated with decreased prostate cancer risk. It also contains 60 times the amount of natural vitamin C found in oranges.
A doubleblind study of 26 men with newly diagnosed prostate cancer has shown that lycopene significantly decreased tumours to less than 4 mm in size in a number of subjects, and decreased a number with cancer of extra-prostatic tissue. This effect is attributed to lycopene’s antioxidant and DNA protective properties.
The Gac fruit contains by far the highest content of beta-carotene of any known fruit or vegetable, 10 times higher than carrots for example. Research has confirmed that the beta-carotene (Vitamin A) in the Gac fruit is highly bioavailable. In a double-blind study with 185 children, some were given a dish containing 3.5 mg beta-carotene from Gac fruit, while others were given an identical-looking dish containing 5 mg beta-carotene powder. After 30 days, the former group eating natural beta-carotene had significantly greater plasma (blood) levels of beta-carotene than the latter with synthetic beta-carotene. The Gac fruit oil also included high levels of vitamin E. The fatty acids in the aril are important for the absorption of fat-soluble nutrients including carotenoids in a diet typically low in fat. Thus, Gac fruit powder provides an acceptable source of high levels of valuable antioxidants that have excellent bioavailability. Also, vitamin A is superb for skin and vision.
Siam Natural Fak Khaao herbal supplement products such as the natural Momordica cochinchinensis ‘Gac fruit’ serve as an abundant source of potent antioxidants and natural nutriments for renewed energy, vitality, healthy skin, improved eyesight, and longevity.
(Momordica Cochinchinensis aril – Gac fruit powder)
Siam Natural Fak Khaao Momordica Cochinchinensis[ Gac fruit] powder supplement contains (100) ea. 400mg per vegetable cellulose capsule(s) of pure natural Momordica Cochinchinensis ‘Gac’ fruit powder providing 16.48 mg beta-carotene (equivalent to 2747 µg RE Vitamin A, 343% RDA) and 1 mg lycopene ea.