Move aside apples and bananas, there’s a new superfruit in the neighbourhood, and it even has a cool name: Lucuma. This subtropical fruit is native to South America and has recently risen to popularity in the U.S. Even the ancient Inca civilization (modern-day Peru) ate Lucuma for its sweet taste and health benefits.
This fruit packs a variety of essential vitamins including B3, and it also contains protein, iron and zinc. You can eat the fruit as it is, or also consume the fruit powder in juice to get the same positive effects. Here are six reasons this new (but ancient) superfood is beneficial to your health…
1. It Puts the Flames Out
According to Livestrong, Lucuma has long been used for its “medicinal” properties, and it cited a trial study that showed the anti-inflammatory effects of the fruit’s extract on skin. The results showed the extract sped up healing, and also promoted skin rejuvenation.
The article goes as far as to say the fruit may have anti-aging abilities, and the leader of the study – Rutgers University in New Jersey – even applied for a patent on lucuma extracts following the trial.