Heralded as a superfood for its incredible health benefits, the Kakadu Plum has been used in Australian Indigenous medicine for thousands of years
The internet is saturated with the buzzword ‘superfood’, so we don’t blame you for feeling skeptical before racing out to try the latest 'superfood' supplements that pop up on your feed. However, we believe in giving credit where it’s due, and we can confirm that the Australian native Kakadu Plum is deserving of the hype.
The little-known Kakadu Plum is actually far from a new discovery, having been used in Indigenous medicine for thousands of years. We’re just late to the party. Traditionally found in Western Australia and the Northern Territory (in Kakadu, not surprisingly), the tart-tasting Kakadu Plum boasts powerful nutritional and medicinal benefits. It has become a highly valued ingredient in health, functional food, cosmetic, and pharmaceutical industries.
Kakadu Plum’s superfood-worthy benefits include:
It’s got record-breaking levels of vitamin C
Kakadu Plum contains the highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world. We're talking 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange!
Vitamin C supports the production of collagen. In fact, the body can’t form or store collagen without it. Vitamin C is responsible for holding cells together during the creation of collagen, which can lead to healthy nails, hair and skin elasticity, and can also enhance wound healing.
Vitamin C can also support immune system health and has been traditionally used in Australian Indigenous medicine to reduce symptoms of common colds and flus.
It's rich in antioxidants
A powerful natural antioxidant, Kakadu Plum has 5.2 times the antioxidant potency of a blueberry. So, a lot.
Antioxidants (such as vitamin C) help protect the body from harmful damage caused by free radicals. Your body naturally makes free radicals which can derive from physical and mental stress or environmental factors. Free radicals can damage your DNA and healthy cells, cause diseases and accelerate the visible signs of ageing. Antioxidants can also help the body absorb dietary iron.
The world is finally waking up to what Indigenous Australians have known forever, which is that the Kakadu Plum has antifungal and antiviral properties.
It’s full of nutrients
Kakadu Plum is an excellent source of iron, vitamin E, fibre, copper, zinc, magnesium, folate, calcium, and other plant compounds like gallic acid, ellagic acid, and flavonoids, which are powerful anti-inflammatories and antioxidants.
It’s used for maintaining eye health
Kakadu Plum contains high amounts of lutein, which may help lower your risk for chronic eye disease and cataracts. The vitamin C and E in Kakadu Plums can also help lower your risk of cataracts, vision problems, age-related macular degeneration, and loss of healthy tissue.
The increase in demand for Kakadu Plums has also created more opportunities for Indigenous-owned businesses. Many communities in the Norther Territory have become involved in harvesting the fruits, which primarily takes place on Indigenous-owned land.