Known amongst the Australian Aboriginal community as a potent bush medicine, Gumbi Gumbi is quickly becoming the latest natural superfood. But what is it about Gumbi Gumbi that is getting health enthusiasts so excited?
Gumbi Gumbi is made up of five compounds; saponins, tannins, phenols, flavonoids and triterpenoids. Much research has taken place to determine exactly what these compounds do for the human body, and this is what was found.
Saponins Aid the Immune System
Saponins contain many health-promoting components, including antioxidant, anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties. They may also decrease blood lipids, which could aid the body to combat cancers and lower cholesterol levels. Saponins are known to improve immune function by stimulating the production of certain cells. With COVID-19 ever-present in our society, anything that can aid immunity is certainly one to watch.
Tannins Contain Antioxidant Properties
Tannins have been reported to contain anti-carcinogenic and anti-mutagenic properties, due to its antioxidant compounds. The properties have been known to reduce blood pressure, decrease cholesterol levels and promote the immune response. You may have heard of tannins before, as they are also present in red wine. As well as acting as a wine preserve, they also give the drinker a powerful boost of antioxidants!
Phenols Can Prevent Long-Term Health Effects
Plant phenols have been receiving increased attention amongst researchers for their potent antioxidant properties. They can reduce oxidative stress and antioxidant action which may play a beneficial role in preventing long-term illness. The antioxidant action in phenols are also responsible for the primary health benefits in dark chocolate and berries.
Flavonoids Can Prevent Disease
Flavonoids can be associated with a reduced risk of chronic diseases including cancer, cardiovascular disease and neuro-degenerative disorders. They demonstrate antioxidant effects and the modulation of several enzyme pathways that can enhance the repair of DNA, inhibit cell proliferation and reduce oxidative stress. Flavonoids are found in a range of fruit and vegetables including Gumbi Gumbi; it’s what gives the native apricot its vibrant yellow colour.
Triterpenoids Contain Anti-Inflammatory Properties
Triterpenoid compounds have been found to possess antioxidant and anti-inflammatory activities that can protect against chronic conditions such as cardiovascular disease. They trap free radicals, inhibit enzymatic generation and block the oxidation of both cellular and extracellular compounds. Triterpenoids are basically a plant’s self-defence mechanism, which has been known to pass to humans when consumed.
Gumbi Gumbi has many traditional uses that span thousands of years amongst the Australian Aboriginal community. However, it is yet to be thoroughly tested and approved by the Therapeutic Goods Association (TGA) for therapeutic use in humans. As such, we cannot state that it has any effect in preventing, curing, alleviating, or influencing any illness, injury, or physiological process in a person. Although, we can share with you the growing body of research on Gumbi Gumbi completed by scientific bodies and universities. Read more on our Research page.