Lucuma is packed with antioxidants, always useful in combatting the effects of aging. Because of its antibiotic, antimicrobial and antifungal properties, it has long been used in South America as a healing medicine. It also contains high amounts of healthy carbohydrates, making it a great energy booster, and a valuable ‘brain food’. Studies have shown that Lucuma may have potential in reducing hypertension.
Healthy levels of calcium, beta-carotene, zinc, iron, vitamin C, niacin, fiber and 14 essential trace minerals indicate that Lucuma is indeed worthy of its ‘Gold of the Incas’ nickname. It is interesting to note that Lucuma takes 5 years from planting, to start to bear fruit. But from then on, it will produce up to 500 fruits per season, and will bear fruit even in times of harsher growing conditions (drought, etc.) which result in scarcity of other food sources. So Lucuma and its high nutrient content has been at times, a life-saving resource.
In addition to the powdered form of the fruit, the oil of the Lucuma nut (its large seed) has been found to be useful in medical treatments of skin damage, promoting skin regeneration.