Facultad de Ciencias Químicas
ICTA. Cristian Hernández Hernández
Abstract: The rambutan (Nephelium lappaceum L.) is an exotic fruit native to Southeast Asia and cultivated in different tropical areas, including southern Mexico. In previous reports were observed nutritional and nutraceutical properties in benefit of human health and is characterized by its marketing and acceptance in different countries and Mexico represents one of the main producers and exporters of rambutan in the world. Thus, given the importance of rambutan production in Soconusco, Chiapas and other states of the Mexican republic, it is a main economic source in the region and the state with a production of 8,730.27 tons, with a value of more than 1 million dollars per year, also some studies have shown the importance of the use of the residue of this fruit with the peel and seed for its functional and nutraceutical value, it is also worth mentioning that this fruit is also consumed in different products such as juices, wines, ice cream, syrup, jam, etc. It has been demonstrated that rambutan peel extracts have phytochemical compounds with antioxidant, antimicrobial, antidiabetic, antiviral, anti-inflammatory, antihyperglycemic and antiproliferative effects in various in vitro and in vivo tests.