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8 Surprising Health Benefits Of Nance Fruits

Nance fruit is a fruit native to the tropical America region. It is cultivated in late summer until early fall, and these fruits are very small ranging from 1 to 2 cm.

The raw nance fruits are green in colour and once they ripen they become yellow and red in colour. They taste sweet and give out an aroma.

There is increased consumption of nance fruit due to its versatility, as it can be used as fresh fruit, refreshments and alcoholic beverages, jellies and syrup, and also for preparing ice cream and cakes [1] .

Nutritional Value Of Nance Fruit

100 g of frozen nance fruits contain 80.64 g water, 73 kcal (energy) and they also contain:

  • 0.66 g protein
  • 1.16 g total fat
  • 16.97 g carbohydrate
  • 7.5 g fibre
  • 8.31 g sugar
  • 46 mg calcium
  • 0.38 mg iron
  • 20 mg magnesium
  • 10 mg phosphorus
  • 244 mg potassium
  • 3 mg sodium
  • 0.09 mg zinc
  • 92.5 mg vitamin C
  • 0.015 mg thiamine
  • 0.018 mg riboflavin
  • 0.290 mg niacin
  • 0.021 mg vitamin B6
  • 8 mcg folate
  • 74 IU vitamin A
  • 1.25 mg vitamin E
  • 11.9 mcg vitamin K

Health Benefits Of Nance Fruit

1. Assists healthy eyes

Nance fruits can help improve your eyesight because they are packed full of vitamin E, vitamin C and vitamin A [2] . Vitamin E guards against unstable molecules, which target the healthy tissues of the eyes. Vitamin C contributes to healthy blood vessels in your eyes and it can combat the development of cataracts. Vitamin A protects the cornea from harmful blue light.

2. Prevents diabetes

The seeds of the nance fruit have been used in the treatment of diabetes, a serious metabolic disorder that affects the retina, kidney and the nervous system. According to the findings of a study, the seed extract of the nance fruit has a positive effect on diabetes. It decreases high blood glucose and lipid levels, increases insulin sensitivity index and regulates antioxidant enzyme activity[3] .

3. Lowers depression

Nance fruits have been used in traditional medicine for the treatment of some mental illnesses. According to a study, the methanolic extract of nance fruit contain flavonoids like quercetin, rutin and hesperidin which are known to have antidepressant effects [4] . This will help reduce the risk of dementia, depression and other mental diseases.

4. Prevents heart disease

Phenolic compounds, which are natural antioxidants, are present in the nance fruit. These compounds are known to play a preventive role in the development of heart disease [5] . The fruits also contain vitamin C which keeps your heart healthy by lowering blood cholesterol levels and preventing blood clotting in the heart arteries.

5. Suppresses cancer cells

Another benefit of nance fruit is that it prevents the development of cancer cells because it contains phenolic compounds. These compounds scavenge free radicals and destroy them and also contribute to the apoptosis of cancer cells [5] . Consume nance fruits to inhibit the growth of cancer cells.

6. Reduces arthritis risk

The seed extract of nance fruits has shown positive effects in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, thanks to its anti-inflammatory properties. Consumption of these fruits will reduce the inflammation and swelling in the joints and has a much more beneficial effect than non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs [6] .

7. Aids in wound healing and infections

The phenolic compounds in nance fruits can help in the wound healing process and ward off infections. The fruit exhibits antidermatophyte activity that can treat skin infections like dermatophytosis [7] . In addition, the fruits contain a good amount of vitamin C that aids in boosting the immune system by protecting it from germs that cause internal and external infections.

8. Repairs skin cells

Solar ultraviolet radiation exposure, particularly UVB rays (280-320 nm), can lead to skin lesions, photo-carcinogenesis and ageing of the skin. The high antioxidant activity of nance fruit extract has been shown to protect your skin from the harmful UVB rays [8] .

How To Eat Nance Fruits

  • Use the fruits for making jellies, jams and as meat stuffing.
  • Use the fruits to make ice cream, sherbets and juices.
  • You can also consume it raw or add it into soups and desserts.

Nance Fruit Recipes [9]

In Panama, a dessert called Pesada de Nance which is made from nance fruits is quite famous. Here is the recipe you can try out at home.


  • 6 cups nance fruit (without seeds)
  • 3 ml water
  • 100 g cornstarch
  • 4 tbsp sugar
  • ½ cup pineapple chunks/juice, lime or passion fruit juice


  • Blend the nance fruits along with water. Strain the mixture.
  • Add pineapple juice, lime or passion fruit juice.
  • Heat a pan, add the fruit mixture, sugar and cornstarch. Stir it for 10 minutes till the mixture thickens up.
  • Pour it into a bowl and top it with feta cheese or fruits.
  • Enjoy it cold.

Precautions To Take

If you are allergic to nance fruit, avoid consuming it. Also, excessive consumption of nance fruits should be avoided.

View Article References
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Story first published: Saturday, March 16, 2019, 10:15 [IST]
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