Every now and then, an ingredient that no one has ever heard of hits the headlines claiming amazing health benefits and miracle-like results, and every now and then that ingredient lives up to the hype.
Introducing Kakadu plum. While it’s a new phenomenon in the beauty business, its superpowers have been used in Aboriginal medicine for thousands of years as an antiseptic and treat colds and flu. Of late, however, its usefulness as an ingredient in skincare with its natural attributes is what has turned heads. Let’s find out more about this feisty fruit and get up close and personal with four of the top Kakadu plum benefits.
So what is Kakadu plum?
The Kakadu plum is the fruit of the Terminalia ferdinandiana plant, which grows extensively across the tropical woodlands of northern Australia.
It’s a small, oval-shaped fruit that’s yellow or pale green in colour. It is also known as the billygoat plum, green plum, salty plum, mador and murunga.
These humble-looking fruits are packed to the brim with nutrients and have many uses, from food to traditional medicine to skincare.
What are the benefits of Kakadu plum?
A versatile superfruit, it offers not just one but several benefits, however we are going to take a look at what we think are the four best Kakadu Plum benefits.
Benefit #1: Super high levels of vitamin C
This amazing Australian fruit's standout feature is its super high levels of vitamin C. In fact, it’s one of the richest known sources of this vitamin on the planet! To put it in perspective, in every 100 g of Kakadu plum, you’ll find between 2,300 and 3,150 mg of vitamin C. This compares with 50 mg found in the equivalent amount of oranges!
This makes it useful both as a health supplement and as an ingredient in skincare, such as vitamin C serum, which offers a brightening effect, soothes pigmentation and scarring and stimulates the production of collagen to keep your skin looking fresh. Look for a Vitamin C serum with this amazing ingredient to ensure you enjoy the best possible results and benefits from your serum.
Benefit #2: An impressive array of nutrients
Don’t be fooled by the Kakadu plum’s size. It’s small but mighty, packing in an impressive array of vitamins and minerals.
We already know about the amazing levels of vitamin C in this Australian superfruit: 100 g of the fruit will give you an astonishing 3,230% of your recommended daily intake.
You’ll also get 100% of the copper you need, which helps make red blood cells and keep the immune system healthy, and a healthy dose of iron, which helps transport oxygen around your body.
Kakadu plums also provide dietary fibre, which aids all aspects of your digestive system.
Benefit #3: A great source of antioxidants
We all need antioxidants in our lives. That’s because they fight particles called “free radicals” that can harm DNA and other parts of our cells. This damage can lead to serious illnesses such as cancer, diabetes, heart and kidney disease and impaired brain function. It also plays a role in the ageing process.
Kakadu plums contain high levels of various types of antioxidants, including:
- Flavanols, believed to keep your heart healthy and protect against cancer and viruses
- Lutein, which helps keep your eyes and heart healthy
- Aromatic acids, to protect nerve cells from damage
- Anthocyanins, linked with healthy ageing and a lower risk of certain cancers
Benefit #4: A versatile and healthy ingredient
While the fruit can be slightly bitter in taste, it still makes a great and nutritious addition to many foods and drinks.
You can use it as an ingredient in:
- A healthy breakfast smoothie with soy milk, spinach leaves and banana
- Breakfast bowls with Greek yogurt, granola and maple syrup for sweetness
- Jams, preserves and chutneys
- Yogurt with honey
And because it’s so nutrient-dense, you only need a small amount of the fruit to enjoy all the Kakadu Plum Benefits on offer.
The Kakadu plum: an all-natural skincare ingredient
The Kakadu plum is a fruit with superpowers. We love it as an all-natural, Australian ingredient in our skincare, offering a gentle but powerful way to achieve the radiant skin you deserve.
It’s the perfect partner to our clean, cruelty-free and 100% vegan products, made in Australia and celebrating our bountiful country.