Source: Fresh Plaza 2/4/2007

Pharmanex Article on Fresh Plaza

The gac fruit is one of four Asian super fruits that have been identified and put into a drink so that "big benefits come in small doses", said Dr Mark Bartlett, 45, vice president of Pharmanex Global Research & Development, in a telephone interview from Shanghai, China. Pharmanex, which has 130 scientist working for it, is a nutritional R&D company of Nu Skin Enterprise. Dr Bartlett said Pharmanex had done research in the United States and China to scientifically validate and extract potentially vital health benefits from various Asian plants including the gac fruit. Scientists researched the four Asian super fruits for three years and found the gac fruit to be "the most exciting".

In Vietnam, people have forgotten about the many traditional benefits of the gac fruit and only use it for ceremonial rites. However, attempts are being made to reintroduce the gac to the Vietnamese. "It's like a pumpkin and tastes fairly bland," said Dr Bartlett, who is based in Provo, Utah.

Fruity goodness: The gac fruit is one of a new breed of Asian super fruits. The gac fruit is planted in February and harvested in November. It grows on vines and each plant bears 10 to 15 fruits, weighing between 500g and 2kg. There are a lot of sub-species of the plant, at least 10 or more, depending on the region.

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