For those of you who aren’t familiar with lucuma, it is a nutritious fruit from Peru, Chile, Ecuador, and other South American countries. Lucuma has a unique and sweet taste, but more importantly, studies reveal its high nutritional profile.
Incredibly nutritious and promotes wound healing!
Lucuma is high in vitamins (including B-complex), minerals (such as iron), carbohydrates, and proteins. This unassuming powder is known as a great source of energy for those seeking to improve their diet and general well-being. In addition, according to one study, lucuma nut oil was found to accelerate wound healing and promote skin regeneration. (1)
A study led by the State University of New Jersey found that lucuma had anti-inflammatory effects. More specifically, lucuma extract had positive results on wound healing and skin aging. The results of the trial determined that lucuma increased wound closure and promoted tissue regeneration significantly. The study also proved that lucuma has anti-inflammatory and anti-aging effects. (2)
Aside from lucuma extracts promoting wound healing, enhancing tissue regeneration, and inducing cell migration, researchers also discovered that the fruit could provide “an agent that is useful for therapeutic or cosmetic maintenance of skin and scalp.” (2)
Those involved with the study confessed that these results shouldn’t be too surprising because the natives of Peru have used lucuma as an anti-inflammatory, antifungal, antibiotic, and skin booster for centuries. (2) Lucuma provides 14 essential trace elements and is a good source of magnesium, potassium, and phosphorous. (3)
Wound healing characteristics of lucuma oil is similar to skin healing properties of avocado oil
Avocado oil contains about 47.20% oleic acid, 23% palmitic acid, 13% linoleic acid, 9% cis-13, 16-docosadienoic acid, 3.58% palmitoleic acid, 1.50% linolenic acid, 1.3% cis-11-eicosenoic acid, and 0.33% myristic acid. Linoleic and oleic acid (both high levels are found in avocado and olive oil) modulate skin inflammation and assist in healing. Avocado contains around 20% oil in the flesh, making the oils easy to extract. These nutrition profiles and characteristics are found similar in lucuma seed oil. (4)
How to incorporate lucuma into your diet
Lucuma powder is an ideal sweetener to use in desserts, smoothies, and raw ice cream. Perhaps now is the perfect time to incorporate lucuma into your diet, not only for the added nutritional value and minerals it provides, but for some healing as well! If you’ve had a positive experience with lucuma, then let us know in comments…
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