Move over acai berry, quell your appetite for quinoa, take a break from blueberries – there’s a new superfood in the fruit bowl!
It packs a serious antioxidant punch and contains the highest vitamin C content of any fruit in the world.
Photo credit: @CommonGroundAustralia
Kakadu Plum (also known as Gubinge, billygoat plum, green plum, salty plum, Murunga, Gurumal or Mador) is a native Australian bush food, grown in the warm climate of Northern Australia and harvested by the remote communities in the region.
While its superfood benefits are coming into the mainstream midst now, the Kakadu Plum has been used by Australia’s native peoples for more than 60,000 years, and fusing this ancient wisdom with modern science is creating some of today’s most potent formulations.
Here are some reasons to embrace the power of Kakadu Plum in our wellness and beauty regimens:
- Rich in Antioxidants
Packed with phytonutrients, more antioxidants and more total phenolic compounds than blueberries, Kakadu Plum has quickly gained world-wide attention. Kakadu Plum contains gallic and ellagic acids. The gallic acids include anti-fungal, anti-mutagenic and anti-inflammatory properties, while the ellagic acids support healthy human tissue with their anti-carcinogenic effect.
- Supports Ageing
As we age, the natural collagen in skin is reduced and skin elasticity declines. Kakadu Plum may help the signs of ageing with the most essential antioxidant, vitamin C. The potent vitamin C in Kakadu Plum naturally slows the ageing process by helping to form an amino acid that creates collagen. The brightening effect of vitamin C also reduces age spots and hyperpigmentation. Other antioxidants in Kakadu Plum, including vitamin E, zinc, folate, lutein and iron, support the prevention of premature ageing.
- Supports Us Through the Effects of Stress
The stress placed on our bodies day-to-day – from not getting enough quality sleep, to eating the wrong foods, to drinking alcohol, smoking, a lack of water intake, to our anxieties or depleting nutrients through endurance activities – impacts our immune system. The vitamin C in Kakadu Plum helps to support the body’s natural immune system and aids in repairing the effects of stress on our skin.
- Helps With Congested Skin
Kakadu Plum, with its potent vitamin C, has been known to help remove acne causing bacteria and flush out skin impurities. The anti-inflammatory properties of Kakadu Plum help reduce swelling and redness. Best of all, the brightening effect of vitamin C aids in diminishing scarring caused by pimples when used topically. A natural remedy for those with pimple prone skin.
- Can Help to Alleviate Sun Damage
The high level of antioxidants in Kakadu Plum is a blessing for the sun kissed. Enjoying the sun’s embrace can come with dry and sun damaged skin. Kakadu Plum aids in stimulating collagen production, erasing fine lines and fading scars. The anti-microbial and anti-bacterial effect of gallic acid supports skin repair. The antioxidants in Kakadu Plum help protect skin against UV damage, pollution and other environmental hazards. Perfect for sun lovers everywhere.
- Can Help Heal Skin Infections
Indigenous Australians have traditionally used the inner bark of the Kakadu Plum tree to cure many skin ailments. It has been known to assist in alleviating skin conditions, healing wounds and preventing fungal or bacterial infections.
- Supports Digestion
Kakadu Plum can support gut health and digestion with its soluble fibre, carbohydrates and vitamin C. Knowing that the state of our gut has the power to affect our mental health, mood and physical health, it’s important to consider what we put in and on our bodies.
- Is Sustainable
Not only is Kakadu Plum a superfood that elevates and enriches hair, inner wellbeing and skin, it’s also sustainable. It’s good for people and our planet. Traditional indigenous communities, who have access to this native plant, are able to cultivate the fruit, creating jobs and establishing horticulture as a sustainable industry supporting their communities.
We acknowledge and pay respect to the knowledge from our First Nations that has enabled us to formulate Hair Food with the inclusion of the native bush foods Kakadu Plum and Quandong.
To recognise and give back to our First Nations, Apotecari looks to partner with registered charities like Common Ground Australia who focus on sharing these ancient traditions for the benefit and enrichment of modern-day society.