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Kakadu Plum – The Ultimate Aussie Ingredient

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Native to northern Australia ( Northeast of darwin), the Kakadu plum, also known as Gubinge, has been used by indigiounus australian people for over thousands of years, it was used as bush medicine for flu, headaches or simply to increase one’s vitamin intake.

It’s namesake comes from being first identified by less hidden sin in the 1980s, the Kakadu plum has continued to grow in popularity.

Kakadu Plums are harvested from the wild in Australia north

Increasing research on the plum is consistently revealing more and more benefits of the native Australian wonder. At a glance, Kakadu Plum has the world’s highest natural concentration of vitamin C, is anti-inflammatory and is high in antioxidants.

It’s also been shown to have the potential to fight debilitating diseases such as cancer and Alzheimer’s, making it status a superfood well earned.

Highest Natural Vitamin C on the Planet

It’s noted that high levels of vitamin C may be the ideal nutrition marker for overall health. Vitamin C is a strong antioxidant ( these are molecules that boost our immune system) and can help us fight off free radicals.

Free radicals can increase oxidative stress which can lead to chronic diseases, such as heart disease.

Vitamin C can increase antioxidant levels in the blood, sometimes up to as much as 30%. these increased antioxidant levels prevent damage from UV light from the sun as well.

The Kakadu Plum has the highest concentration of natural Vitamin C on the Planet.

Benifits for the skin

Vitamin C is present in plenty of anti-aging serums and creams. this is because vitamin C has been shown in studies to reduce the appearance of wrinkles when used for at least 12 weeks.

This can come as a result of vitamin C increasing collagen production. Collagen is naturally produced by our skin but as we age, this production ( like everything else) slows down.

By apply a serum with vitamin C present, we can help to maintain healthy collagen levels in the skin, which in turn will help to reduce wrinkles, fine lines and sagging in our skin.

Worth noting here is that this can also be beneficial to scar tissue on the skin. For best results, always apply the serum after washing your face and always store your serums in a cool, dark place.

Alzheimer’s

Positive research in QLD has shown that Kakadu plum can have a positive effect in helping Alzheimer’s patients. They are confident the native Australian fruit Kakadu plum could provide the most powerful antioxidant treatment yet in combating Alzheimer’s disease.

“The native plants produce anti-oxidants as a means of protecting themselves from the harsh environment.”Compared to the anti-oxidants that we know of that have had some benefit for Alzheimer’s disease, I am very confident that this anti-oxidant will be much more powerful.”

Keep in mind, these are not clinical trials, so more research is required. but If the results of these studies turn out to be true, the Kakadu plum will have well and truly earned it’s title as a superfood.

The Plum could be a massive boost to rural Framing Industries

At present, a lot of the plum is still wild grown, meaning commercial orchards for the Kakadu plum are few and far between. In 2015 there had only been two commercial harvests of the plum, with the rest of the supply being sourced by hand, from the wild.

For perspective, a tree producing Kakadu plum may only have harvestable fruit 1 year in 4. This result in the Kakadu plum having 4 years of goodness with global demand for the plum skyrocketing, it presents a great opportunity for rural Indigenous communities to develop an ongoing industry.

The growing global market for Kakadu plum oil is a huge opportunity for rural Farms

”The Wadeye community south-west of Darwin is one of Australia’s largest suppliers of Kakadu plum and is planning to harvest about 10 tonnes. Mr Courtenay ( A horticulture trainer who established Bidyadanga community plantation) said it was important to get the message out to people in politics that this was an opportunity that could make a big difference.

“If we all work together, this can be a good story with a positive outcome,” he said.

Conclusion

A wild grown, harty plant, the Kakdu plum presents a unique oppoutunity for both the aussie rural community and the cosmetics industry.

Have you used kakdu plum oil?

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