A recent study has shown that natural fatty acids from lucuma nut oil have wound healing properties and could have therapeutic applications.
It is known that natural fatty acids can modulate cell migration, angiogenesis, inflammation and extracellular matrix remodelling, all key events in healing.
These researchers carried out in vitro studies with lucuma nut oil in human fibroblasts to investigate the events and 2 in vivo studies to investigate its effect on wound healing in transgenic zebrafish larvae and mice.
The studies showed that lucuma nut oil significantly promoted cell migration, induced tail fin regeneration in the zebrafish and accelerated cutaneous wound closure in the mice.
Rojo LE, Villano CM, Schmidt B et al. J Cosmet Dermatol 2010; 9: 185-95