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2 Apr

Did you know that Australian Kakadu Plum has the world’s highest concentration of nutrient available Vitamin C of any fruit in the world? That’s over 50 times more Vitamin C content found in an orange! Due to its potency, you only need 1g of freeze-dried Kakadu Plum powder to match the Vitamin C content found in an entire orange. HuffPost has been reporting on the benefits of the Australian Plum since 2015 and the beauty industry is finally catching onto it now. ABC reports that there will be a huge growth in skin products and health drinks with a proposal to commercially harvest Kakadu Plums in an industry estimated to be worth up to $115 billion globally.

WHAT IS AUSTRALIAN KAKADU PLUM?

Australian Kakadu Plum, scientifically known as Terminalia ferdinandiana and locally known as gubinge, murunga or Billygoat plum, is native to the Top End of Northern Australia. Kakadu Plum has exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties that have been important as a food and medicine source in Northern Australia for thousands of years. From March to June, the local people harvest and consume this delicious fruit. Throughout the rest of the year, the tree sap of Kakadu plum is consumed to treat joint inflammation and the bark is applied to treat burns, rashes and infections. Indigenous Australians have long recognised the medicinal properties of the Plum and it is time the world follows suit.

 

WHAT ARE THE HEALTH BENEFITS OF KAKADU PLUM? 

1. High in antioxidants
Consuming foods high in antioxidants is beneficial for your heart health and may lower risks of infection. With up to 3000mg of Vitamin C per 100g of fruit, it is full of antioxidants. The high Vitamin C content of this fruit provides the benefits of anti-ageing and also could provide a powerful Alzheimer’s treatment to date.

2. Anti-carcinogenic properties
Kakadu Plum includes phytochemicals gallic and ellagic acids. Gallic acid has antibacterial, anti-viral, anti-fungal, anti-inflammatory, anti-tumor, anti-mutagenic and anti-bronchodilatory properties. Ellagic acid shows anti-carcinogenic effects to maintain healthy human tissues.

3. Helps with digestion
Kakadu Plum contains fibre and soluble carbohydrates that preserves vital Vitamin C and leads to healthy digestion and absorption in the gut.

4. Helps with weight loss
Kakadu Plums are 5.2 times more potent in antioxidants compared to blueberries. The antioxidant levels in this fruit have a significant potency which helps fight against fat cells and prevents weight gain.

5. Great iron supplementation
Kakadu Plum is a great vegetarian source of iron, Vitamin E and folate. It contains 110 micrograms of folate per 100g of fruit.

You can add this new goto into your regimen by adding some powder or extract to your water, smoothies, protein shakes, tea, juice, or even in your meals.

 

WHAT ARE THE HAIR BENEFITS OF KAKADU PLUM?

This magical fruit supports the moisturisation and hydration of hair, making it fantastic for dry and lusterless hair. It maintains the level of collagen and elastin which revitalises the hair’s appearance and restores its natural gloss.  On top of this, this magical fruit has the ability to provide free radical protection and protect hair from environmental damage, improving the overall health of your hair and scalp.

18 in 1 Detox is enriched with Bamboo Charcoal, Canadian Willow Herb and Australian Kakadu Plum for cleansing, reducing oils and skin irritation.

 

De Lorenzo Instant Allevi8 contain Boabab Protein, Kakadu Plum and Cactus Flower smooths dry, unruly hair with its anti-frizz formula that strengthens, moisturises and provides a glossy finish.

Kevin.Murphy Hydrate-Me.Wash hydrates hair with the nourishment provided by Kakadu Plum, Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Shea Butter, Bergamot Fruit Extract and Even Primrose Oil. This formula is packed with antioxidant goodness to restore a healthy glow to dry locks.

 

WHAT ARE THE SKIN BENEFITS OF KAKADU PLUM?

1. Get rid of pimples
Due to its strong Vitamin C and antibacterial content, making it useful for clearing pimple-causing bacteria on the face. Mix with clay to soothe skin and flush impurities. This can also help eliminate red spots.

2. Fights skin infections
The inner bark of plum trees can cure skin disorders and infections with its anti-fungal and anti-bacterial properties. This makes the Kakadu fruit an effective wound, sore and boil healer, and treats psoriasis.

3. Anti-ageing properties
High antioxidant levels make it a great ingredient for anti-ageing, both in consumption and as skincare. They help to ward off the appearance of premature ageing by fighting free radicals and nourishing skin, reducing fine lines and wrinkles.

4. Brightening
The Vitamin C within the plum can also brighten and illuminate skin for a more radiant complexion. Lighten dark spots and pigmentation.

Rohr Remedy Kakadu Plum Vitamin C Face Serum is the perfect hydrating skin firming serum, which assists in the production of collagen and supporting healthy skin.

Brighten your skin with Raww Activate-Me Face Moisturiser supercharged with Kakadu Plum, Goji Berry and Wild Berry Harvest concentrate.

If you haven’t yet jumped on this bandwagon, then you are truly missing out on one of Mother Earth’s greatest fruits. How lucky are we as Australians to be able to own such a precious gem of the universe! Let us know your favourite remedies and how well this super fruit works for you in the comments below.

 

Samantha Bun

Samantha is our in-house content writer based in Sydney who covers all hair and beauty related topics. She has completed a Bachelor of Arts majoring in English Literature and a Master of Creative Writing at University of Sydney. In her spare time, she loves writing poetry in calligraphy for her Instagram @samanthabunpoetry

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