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Date posted: 4 May 2012
The Commonwealth Scientific and Industrial Research Organisation (CSIRO) is hoping to further study the traditional bush fruit gubinge after laboratory tests indicated it may help protect the human body against cancer.
The native plant, also known as the Kakadu plum, is harvested in the Kimberley, and has the highest vitamin C concentration of any fruit.
A CSIRO team has been studying the effects of gubinge extract on cancerous and non-cancerous cells.
Researcher Izabela Koncheck explains why the results are encouraging. 'The same evaluation was conducted in regards to potential cancer prevention properties and we could observe that Kakadu plum extract modulates certain enzymes which could be beneficial to suppressing the growth of cancer cells'.
Source: ABC News
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