Kakadu Plum, Teriminalia ferdinandiana

Kakadu plum

Kakadu Plum (also known as Gubinge, Billygoat Plum or Murunga) is a native tree from Australia, found exclusively in Western Australia, the Northern Territory & Arnhem Land. Indigenous Australians have used this plant & fruit extensively for food, its healing properties & traditional medicine, ie. antiseptics & soothing balms for aching limbs. Tests have shown it contains the world’s highest levels of vitamin C and is high in antioxidants and iron. Kakadu Plum offers exciting opportunities for cosmetics & pharmaceuticals products that deliver potent actives.

ANTIOXIDANT – ASCORBIC ACID: VITAMIN C

Reduces wrinkles and improves skin texture
Protects skin cells & skin’s support structure from UV-related damage
An antioxidant that helps reduce skin damage caused by free radicals
Improves the appearance of sun-damaged skin
Strengthens skin’s barrier response
Reduces inflammation
Dramatically increases the synthesis of collagen
Lessens hyper-pigmentation (skin whitening possibilities)
Boost efficacy of sunscreen additives

PHENOLIC ACIDS

Antimicrobial, antioxidant, & anti-inflammatory properties
Antioxidant activity considered stronger than that of Vitamin E
Anti-inflammatory action reduces the appearance of fine lines & wrinkles
Behaves like an alpha-hydroxy acid (AHA)

PHENOLIC ANTIOXIDANT: GALLIC ACID

Gallic acid is known for its anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal & anti-viral properties
Gallic acid acts as an antioxidant to protect skin cells from free radicals

PHENOLIC ANTIOXIDANT: ELLAGIC ACID

Ellagic acid encourages elasticity & suppleness in aged skin
Reduces inflammation of skin cells

*Information extracted from Native Extracts Website, 2014.