The secret properties of Australian tropical fruits



by LORENZO CIOTTI

The secret properties of Australian tropical fruits

The Australian Biome is characterized by both plant and animal endemic species. This flora and fauna peculiarity is seriously endangered by the introduction of alien species by man. For this reason the federal parliament has passed a law that protects the particular Australian ecosystem.

Numerous protected areas have been created as part of a project for the protection of biodiversity implemented by various countries around the world. Sixty-four sites (mainly marshes) have been subjected to special protection in compliance with the Ramsar Convention signed by Australia, while another sixteen sites have been proclaimed World Heritage by UNESCO.

Australia, thanks to its commitment to the environment, was included in 16th place in the Environmental Sustainability Index.

The secret properties of Australian tropical fruits

Many tropical fruits found in Australia are proving to have truly amazing properties, spreading around the world for their beneficial health effect.

Tropical fruits from Australia as potential treatments for metabolic syndrome, published on the Current opinion in pharmacology, explained: "Australia has a unique and diverse flora, including indigenous fruits, used by Australian Aboriginals for food and medicines for up to 45,000 years as well as recently introduced fruits for commercial production.

However, this range of fruits has not led to the development of functional foods, for example for chronic inflammatory diseases such as metabolic syndrome including obesity, hypertension, fatty liver and diabetes. of tropical and subtropical fruits from Australia to be used as functional foods for metabolic syndrome, including Davidson's plum, Queen Garnet plum, durian, litchi, breadfruit, jackfruit, mangosteen, papaya, jabuticaba, coffee and seaweed.

Preclinical studies have defined potential responses of these functional foods in metabolic syndrome but the usefulness in humans with metabolic syndrome requires clinical studies which are scarce in the relevant literature.

Overall, these Australian examples show that tropical fruits can provide functional foods to decrease chronic inflammatory diseases."