5 Reasons why Kakadu Plum is a Super Food
Also known as the Gubinge, Billygoat plum, or Murunga, the kakadu plum is found in the Northern Territory and Western Australia. This small fruit is shaped like an almond, showing off a distinctive yellow colour when ripe.
In taste, it’s similar to apples and pears, with a citrusy twist. It’s long been used by Australian aboriginal people as an antiseptic and a pain-reliever, and holds the World Record for highest Vitamin C content.
This small fruit is, in fact, in an incredibly healthful super food, with benefits ranging from antioxidant to anti-inflammatory to weight loss. Why? Because it contains incredible components key to optimal health:
1. Vitamin C creates incredible Antioxidant effects
Remember all that World Record-breaking vitamin C? Well, the vitamin C in Kakadu plums is what makes them such an incredible antioxidant. In fact, these little fruits have five times the antioxidant power of blueberries.
But what is it, exactly, that antioxidants accomplish in the body? Free radicals (pro-oxidants) are cells in the body that are unstable and as a result of that, can cause damage to other cells. Free radicals are created by too much alcohol use, cigarettes, and radiation. Having too many free radicals in the system can create “oxidative stress,” which is linked to premature ageing, heart problems, and some forms of cancer. Antioxidants like those found in kakadu plums counter free radicals and neutralise them. And because of their high vitamin C levels, there is no shortage of antioxidant effect in the kakadu plum.
2. Oleic Acid: Anti-inflammatory
When it works as intended, inflammation in the body can be a good thing. For example, inflammation at the site of an injury means that the body is flooding the area with fresh blood supply and beginning the process of healing. However, when individuals suffer from chronic inflammation in organs, this can lead to several disease processes. For example, inflammation is associated with rheumatoid arthritis, Irritable Bowel Syndrome (IBS), and asthma.
Studies have found that Kakadu plums contain excellent levels of oleic acid, which is a known anti-inflammatory agent. These anti-inflammatory effects also make kakadu plum of possible interest in Alzheimer’s Disease, which is linked to higher amounts of inflammation.
3. Phytonutrients: Incredible Anti-cancer Potential
In plants, phytonutrients are produced to protect the plant itself from the effects of sun, insects, and other dangers. The hearty kakadu, perhaps because it grows in extreme conditions, contains tons of phytonutrients. When we eat kakadu, those phytonutrients go towards sustaining and protecting us.
Kakadu plum has been studied extensively for its potential anti-cancer benefits. This is because, in addition to high levels of Vitamin C as mentioned previously, this small fruit contains an incredible quantity of phytonutrients, including gallic and ellagic acids.
Gallic acid has been studied for its apoptotic effects in cancer, which is means it’s been known to fight against cancer cells while not damaging other cells.
Ellagic acid has been shown in studies to have anti-tumor effects by preventing proliferation of tumor cells. Like gallic acid it’s apoptotic, and it also has antioxidant effects – which can reduce the oxidative stress that leads to cancer in the first place.
4. Folic acid & Iron: Nutrients for energy
In addition to all its other incredible benefits, this super food contains high levels of folate and iron, two nutrients that are key for healthy red blood cells and energy levels in your body. Ironis used in the body to create haemoglobin in the red blood cells, which carries oxygen throughout your body. Folate (also known as vitamin B9, helps your body produce red blood cells. Together, these two nutrients battle against anaemia and fatigue for increased energy.
In addition, folic acid is considered an optimal nutrient for women who are pregnant or may become pregnant. This is because, without adequate folic acid, fetuses are at increased risk of spina bifida and other birth defects.
5. Soluble Fibre: Aids Digestion and promotes heart health
- Weight loss. Soluble fibre makes a “gel” of sorts in your digestive system, which can block fats from being absorbed.
- Good bacteria. Soluble fibre helps support healthy bacteria in your digestive system.
- Lowers cholesterol by stopping cholesterol from being absorbed.
- Stabilises blood sugar. Because of the way it limits things from being absorbed, soluble fibre also stops carbohydrates from being absorbed too quickly, which can cause your blood sugar to spike
- Prevents cardiovascular disease through its joint effects of stabilising blood sugar, lowering cholesterol, and reducing absorption of fat.
What can you do to incorporate this amazing super food into your every day diet? In addition to this plum lending itself to delectable jams and preserves, you can also use powdered Kakadu plum in baking. Make it an easy part of breakfast by sprinkling the powder on yogurt or breakfast cereal, or even incorporating it into smoothies with other super foods! Any way you eat it, the Kakadu is going to pack an amazing punch for your health and well-being.