Australia is home to some of the most remarkable plants and animals found on this planet. Our unique environment and natural history has produced the conditions for a number of special things to grow here. One of these is the Kakadu Plum or as it is called by the Aboriginals, Gubinge.
Kakadu Plum is a traditional, bush food used by the Aboriginals of Australia for over a millennia. Traditionally, it was used to prevent illness by either cooking the sap or bark, eating the raw fruit or grinding the fruit into a powder. Indigenous groups in the Northern Territory and Western regions of Australia state that the Kakadu Plum was specifically used to prevent colds and flu’s and treat skin conditions such as wounds or burns. They would make teas from the powder to ward off flu symptoms or smear the cooked sap on their skin to prevent infection and speed the healing process.
How does the Kakadu Plum achieve its healing abilities? It comes down to a vitamin we all know very well and one which we were probably forced by our parents to get drinking orange juice … Vitamin C.
Kakadu Plum has the highest recorded vitamin C content of any fruit in the world, containing 100x the Vitamin C of an orange. However, researchers from the University of Queensland have discovered it is not just the Vitamin C in Kakadu Plum that gives it its immune boosting properties. Kakadu Plum also contains medicinal Phytochemicals such as Gallic and Ellagic acids. Gallic acid is proven to be Antibacterial, Antiviral, Antifungal and Anti-inflammatory. Ellagic acid on the other hand, has an Anti-carcinogenic effect that’s fights against a wide range of Carcinogens found within human tissue. The protective and restorative abilities of Kakadu Plum are therefore a result of a unique mix of high strength vitamin C and medicinal compounds, all of which is created naturally in the Australian bush.
The naturally occurring medicinal properties found within Kakadu Plum make it one of the most powerful Functional Foods in the world. It is perfect for children and the elderly because it reduces the risk of illness and supports and energises the immune system for those who are at a vulnerable stage in their lives.
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