2 great reasons to have Gubinge (Kakadu Plum)
'We are all visitors to this time, this place. We are just passing through. Our purpose here is to observe, to learn, to grow, to love... and then we return home' ~ Australian Aboriginal Proverb
Gubinge in the Nyul Nyul language of the Kimberley in Western Australia, has one of the highest known contents of Vitamin C on the planet! Incredibly good for our immunity.
Our native plants e.g. bush rosemary, desert lime, davidson plum, kadadu plum or gubinge commonly have an extraordinary amount of medicinal nutrients. Perhaps their evolution across predominantly harsh conditions and their high tolerance for heat, drought, salinity etc has equipped them with a unique intensity of nutrients, in particular antioxidants such as Vitamin C (that help fight cell damaging free radicals).
For example, let’s take a closer look at the kakadu plum or Gubinge...
Gubinge has been used by indigenous Australians for healing and strengthening for thousands of years. It is said they'd take it on long hunting expeditions as it was considered as medicine more than food. The sap and the bark was used to treat skin conditions, sores and as a tea for sickness.
It's a small green fruit with a slightly sour taste that goes by many other names including, the bush plum, the billygoat plum, and murunga.
Gubinge truly is Natures Medicine.
1. Vitamin C. The incredible thing about Gubinge is it's vitamin C content. At 1000-5000 mg of vitamin C per every 100 grams of the fruit, gubinge contains over 5% vitamin C by weight. This is about 50 times more vitamin C than an orange, making it a fabulous whole food, that includes all the additional cofactors (nutrients to help with absorption), to be adding into our diets and to help boost our immunity naturally. And check out this article for more great reasons to be including vitamin C in our diets.
Vitamin C is one of the first nutrients to go when undergoing stress, smoking, drinking alcohol, medications or engaging in any other stress inducing activities. When this happens, our immune systems are compromised. Taking vitamin C or foods high in Vitamin C helps give our immune systems a much needed boost.
2. Antioxidants and Phytonutrients. Gubinge contains even more antioxidants than blueberries, making it one of the most remarkably high-antioxidant foods available and we know of.
'Edith Cowan University’s Foundation of Aging and Alzheimer’s Disease explains that the Kakadu plum contains antioxidant properties possibly up to seven times greater than curcumin, which is what places turmeric so high on the list of superfoods. The foundation states that the Kakadu plum has a protective ability that may make it even more powerful than turmeric' (Dr Joshua Axe).
That's all well and good, but HOW do we source these wonderful foods and how do we use them?!
Gubinge is becoming more readily available and I'll be sharing lots more about it and simple ways to use it, even for sensitive kids in my workshop next week. I've also shared a list of suppliers below.
As for other incredible foods to boost our immunity, most of them can be found in our local supermarket or farmers market, a much cheaper alternative to Doctors visits and medications. At my next workshop, 'Building Strong Immunity in Little Bodies' I'm sharing what those key foods are, plus common, natural foods that can also feed illness unknowingly, loads of quick recipes and remedies, all packaged up into a neat mini book to take home with you and use straight away!
Come and join me at 'Building strong immunity in little bodies' either online or sample some delicious, immune boosting produce at my morning tea! y u mmm. I hope you can join me.
FYI businesses supplying indigenous foods online include;
Australian Desert Lime. http://www.australiandesertlimes.com.au
Dandelion Eco Store. https://dandelionecostore.com.au
The Australian Superfood Company http://austsuperfoods.com.au