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BACOPA MONNIERA, aka BRAHMI, HERB of GRACE

Bacopa is a herb that is used in Traditional Chinese and Ayurvedic medicine. It has been in constant use in India for 3000 years. According to legend, the long life and memory of elephants is attributed to their healthy appetite for the herb. Bacopa or Brahmi is a small creeping succulent herb that thrives in swampy, wet areas. The plant is native to Australia, and tropical regions around the world. Bacopa has anti-oxidant properties and has been used as a nervous system restorative, is said to be an adaptogen that enhances vitality and promotes longevity.

Health Benefits

·       Memory enhancement

·       Neuroprotective agent

·       Anti-fatigue

·       Anti-anxiety

·       Cardiotonic

·       Anti-arthritic

·       Anti-inflammatory

·       Wound healing

·       Nervine tonic.

Add in clinical trials supporting Bacopa’s ability to assist with work-related mental fatigue, epilepsy, insomnia, headache, depression, palpitations, and irritability and you can see why Bacopa is one of our most exciting plants for use in our Nootropic products.

 

GOTU KOLA

Gotu Kola is a perennial ground cover found in Asia, the Pacific, and is native to Australia. Although viewed as a weed in Australia, in Asia, the medicinal properties of Gotu Kola are legendary. Buddhist monks ate Gotu Kola to help them memorise vast religious texts. Gotu Kola is one of our favourite plants for cognitive enhancement and the potential range of health benefits are staggering. Recent scientific investigations of Gotu Kola are confirming its effectiveness for neuro-protective purposes to protect memory and anti-aging protection for your brain. Scientific studies are underway to determine if Gotu Kola may help with the prevention of neurodegenerative brain diseases like Parkinson's or Alzheimer's; two diseases that conventional medicine has few solutions to offer.

Health Benefits

·       Cognitive enhancement - memory, focus, and concentration

·       Wound healing

·       Anti-inflammatory

·       Preventing stretch marks, aging, and wrinkles

·       Anti-bacterial

·       Cardiovascular support

·       De-toxicant.

The list of potential therapeutic benefits from Gotu Kola is extensive. Modern science and Brain Labs are just starting to unlock Gotu Kola's secrets.

 

DAVIDSON PLUM

Growing in several varieties, the Davidson Plum was traditionally ‘bush tucker’ for the Aborigines of Northern NSW and QLD, who had the fortitude to eat them raw despite the fruit’s sharp acidity. The strikingly sumptuous, deep, dark purple fruit with blood-red flesh, boasts a soft juicy pulp and is one of the most nutritionally powerful native Australian fruits. Early settlers certainly would not have appreciated the high levels of antioxidants contained in the fruit, yet picked the plums for use in jams and sauces.

Health Benefits

·       An excellent source of potassium. Potassium plays a vital role in every single heartbeat. It helps our muscles move, our nerves work and our kidneys filter out toxins.

·       A good source of Vitamin E and zinc; two nutrients required for glowing, youthful-looking skin.

·       A unique dairy-free source of calcium.

·       An antioxidant powerhouse, containing high levels of anthocyanin, which is thought to improve cognitive function and protect against certain cancers and heart disease.

·       Contains significantly more lutein than an avocado (thought to be the primary source of lutein). Lutein is a carotenoid vitamin that plays an important role in eye health, improving symptoms in atrophic age-related macular degeneration by inhibiting inflammation. Age-related macular degeneration is the leading cause of vision loss in aging Western societies.

·       Contains properties believed to have anti-diabetic effects and a capacity to reduce hypertension and obesity.

Research is currently being conducted on Davidson Plum’s antimicrobial properties, which are thought to act as a natural food preservative.

 

RIBERRY

For thousands of years, Aboriginal people on the east coast, in the hinterland and rainforest regions relied upon Riberries as a core food source. The fruit was usually picked and gathered by women and children. While children thought of the berries as delicious sweet treats, adults commonly referred to them as “medicine berries”. Riberries provided essential vitamins and minerals to fight against colds and keep the immune system healthy and strong. The pulp was also used to treat ear infections.

The Riberry was discovered by the Europeans in 1770 when they arrived in Australia with Captain James Cook. Botanist Joseph Banks simply recorded the Riberry as ‘a small red fruit’. It was one of the first fruits used by the early colonists to make jams, jellies, and cordials. While Captain Cook may have enjoyed the taste of the Riberry, he surely did not appreciate its great nutritional power.

Health Benefits

·       Three times the folate of a blueberry. Folate is needed for healthy growth and development and is essential for the healthy development of a baby during pregnancy.

·       Rich in manganese and an important plant source of calcium.

·       Contains high levels of anthocyanin, a potent antioxidant that is thought to improve cognitive function and protect against certain cancers, heart and Alzheimer’s diseases.

 

KAKADU PLUM

Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu Plum is Australia’s star superfood performer. Kakadu Plum has exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties and has been an important food and medicine in Northern Australia for millennia. From March to June, the local people harvest and consume this energizing, thirst-quenching fruit. Throughout the rest of the year, the tree sap is consumed to treat joint inflammation, whilst the bark is applied to the body to treat burns, rashes, and infections.

“Namarrkon is the lightning man. His body is shaped like a praying mantis. He makes lightning flashes with his lightning rods that go around his body. This is his power source, to light up clouds and the sky. Namarrkon has axes on his shoulders and knees. When he comes to earth as a lightning strike, he uses the axes to split trees. We can hear Namarrkon’s thunder from late October. That’s when he tells Aboriginal people that Kakadu Plum is ready to collect and eat.”

– Leslie Nawirridj, Gunbalanya.

Health benefits

·       Highest recorded levels of Vitamin C of any fruit in the world, measuring up to 100 times the Vitamin C content found in an orange.

·       Due to its extreme potency, you only need 1g of Freeze Dried Kakadu Plum powder to match the Vitamin C content found in an entire orange.

·       Exhibits outstanding antioxidant capacity, being 5.2 times more potent than the blueberry.

·       Due to its exceptional anti-oxidant composition,  it is believed that Kakadu Plum could provide the most powerful Alzheimer’s treatment to date.

·       Celebrated for its medicinal properties and is a known antibacterial, antifungal, and antiviral agent.

·       A vegetarian source of iron and Vitamin E and contains 110μg of folate per 100g – the same amount found in broccoli.

 

QUANDONG

Traditionally a significant food source for Indigenous Australians, the Quandong or ‘Wild Peach’, features heavily in Aboriginal mythology across the desert regions of Australia.

These glossy, bright, crimson fruits have been a staple for the Pitjabtjara people for over 50,000 years. Whilst the Quandong was considered a wonderful substitute for meat, the leaves and bark of its tree were used for ceremonial and medicinal purposes. On hunting trips, Pitjabtjara men would seek out Quandong trees, consume the fresh fruits for energy and fill their coolamon wiris (dishes) with a supply of Quandong that they could dry and store for use when meat was in short supply. Made up of 25% protein and 70% complex oils, the Quandong kernels would also be used to create powerful antibacterial and anti-inflammatory pastes.

To this day, the Quandong is valued equally as a food and as a medicine in treating skin conditions and rheumatism. This large, tantalizing fruit is so loved by desert tribes that whether in season or not, it is hard to find a Quandong tree that does not have a makeshift ladder propped up against it to aid fruit collection by adoring fans!

Health Benefits

·       Contains twice the Vitamin C of an orange.

·       A wonderful source of Vitamin E, folate, magnesium, and calcium.

·       A valuable vegetarian/vegan source of iron and zinc.

·       A rich source of phenolic-based antioxidants that boost the immune system, reduce inflammation, and protect against a number of diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease, and Alzheimer’s disease.

·       The kernel contains a range of complex oils and is recognised for its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory qualities.

·       Contains Rutin, a strong antioxidant that can reduce the proliferation of free radicals. Rutin works with Vitamin C to strengthen capillaries, reduce dark circles under the eyes, and strengthen the skin from the effects of aging.

 

FINGER LIME

The fruit of a rare rainforest tree, the Finger Lime has been a valuable source of food and medicine for Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The fruit was eaten for its delicious taste and its ability to ward off disease. The pulp and juice of Finger Limes were also applied as an antiseptic to infected sores and boils.

When European settlers cleared the bush for farming, many of the Finger Lime trees were destroyed. Fortunately, the tree survives in several isolated pockets of sub-tropical rainforest on private land and in national parks and currently, these are the only sources of Finger Limes.

The mature Finger Lime is a joy to behold. It comes in a wide range of colours, such as green, yellow, purple, pink, and bright red. When sliced open, it reveals ‘caviar-like’ pearls, which are filled with lemon-lime juice.

Health Benefits

·       Bursting with zesty flavour, Finger Limes are rich in folate, potassium, and Vitamin E.

·       Each Finger Lime contains three times the Vitamin C found in a mandarin.

·       The level of Vitamin E is exceptionally high in the pink Finger Lime. Vitamin E is one of the most important antioxidants in human cell protection and disease prevention.

 

LEMON MYRTLE

The Lemon Myrtle is a beautiful Australian shrub, whose leaves have been used by Indigenous Australians for a swag of purposes. Sucking on them provided both hydration and a boost of nutrients, vitamins, and minerals. The disease-fighting high-antimicrobial properties in the leaves were released by chewing them or crushing them into a paste. The paste was then rubbed into sores and boils. The leaves were also burnt to release their insect-repelling properties. Ooroo mozzies ooroo!

Lemon Myrtle leaves have also been used traditionally to flavour foods and as a healing oil. The leaves can be used fresh or dried and the oil can be extracted through distillation.

Health Benefits

·       The most concentrated source of plant citral (>90%). Citral contains powerful antimicrobial and antifungal properties, which are even superior to those of terpene hydrocarbons found in the renowned tea tree oil.

·       An exceptional, vegan source of calcium.

·       A good source of lutein – a carotenoid vitamin that plays an important role in eye health, improving symptoms in atrophic age-related macular degeneration, which is the leading cause of vision loss in aging Western societies.  Lutein protects the retina from damage by inhibiting inflammation.

·       A great source of antioxidants, such as phytochemicals that provide antioxidant activity in both the hydrophilic and lipophilic environment. These antioxidants provide comprehensive protection from oxidative stress, as well as other health benefits.

·       An excellent source of folate, Vitamin A, Vitamin E, and essential minerals including zinc and magnesium. These nutrients are required for the synthesis and self-repair of DNA.

 

STRAWBERRY GUM

Strawberry Gum is a medium-sized tree, which grows in the Northern Tablelands of New South Wales.

The indigenous Australians who passed through the Northern Tablelands would often chew on the leaves of the Strawberry Gum for their sweet berry flavour. They would also moisten the leaves and lay them over a fire to release their fragrant oils to calm stomach problems.

Health benefits

·       This bush tucker gem has a host of health benefits, which include antioxidant, anti-fungal, and antibiotic properties. It has been shown to help balance microflora of the gut.

 

MOUNTAIN PEPPER

Mountain Pepper Lead and Mountain Pepperberry grow naturally in the forest and the cool climate of southern New South Wales, Victoria, and Tasmania.

This small tree grows up to 5 metres in height and only the female bears' fruit. The fruit is berry-like and starts off dark red in colour and turns black on ripening.

Traditionally, Mountain Pepper was used for its antiseptic properties and its flavour. Both the leaves and fruit were used. Aborigines suffering from sore gums and toothaches often crushed the berries with water to make a paste and applied the paste to treat the infection. It was also added to food as a flavour enhancer.

Health benefits

·       Mountain Pepper is a native species that has a high antioxidant capacity. It even outshines the world-renowned blueberry in this regard! Antioxidants have been linked to preventing or delaying cancer, diabetes and Alzheimer’s, autoimmune and cardiovascular diseases.

·       Both the leaf and the berry contains vitamin E, lutein (a compound that plays an important role in eye health and wellbeing), zinc, magnesium, and calcium.

·       The berry contains the compound polygodial, which can be used as an anti-inflammatory for issues such as arthritis,  asthma, and assisting in healing gut irritability. The polygodial properties protect the stomach lining from pathogens, diseases, and inflammatory markers.

·       The berries and leaf are also used to assist in the slow absorption of glucose from the stomach,  allowing stabilization of blood sugar levels