Feel the Goodness
Nutrafruit has worked closely with the University of Queensland (UQ), University of Southern Queensland (USQ), Queensland Government’s Department of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF), CSIRO and other organisations to explore the health benefits of various fruits, and related products, including the jewel in its crown – the Queen Garnet.
The completed research includes:
- DAF – Various studies to determine the optimal horticultural production methods to maximise the production of anthocyanin in
the QueenGarnet plum.
- USQ – In an initial study, we tested the QG Nectar in a pre-clinical rat model of diet-induced obesity. The QG Nectar containing anthocyanins reduced body weight, systolic blood pressure, blood lipids and improved heart and liver structure and function
- Griffith University – Conducted a pilot study to assess the anti-thrombotic properties of QG plum juice and anthocyanin-free prune juice in a randomised test. The study demonstrated QG plum juice is effective in reducing platelet activation related thrombogenesis in healthy human subjects.
- UOW – Studied the dose-timing effect of taking three 100 mL QG Nectar over 3 hours versus a single 300 mL dose over 3 hours for both young and old participants. The results showed that blood pressure decreased post-consumption.
Further research is currently being undertaken by:
- USQ to identify food products for attenuation of ageing-related complications such as weaker bones, weaker muscles, cardiovascular problems and diabetes.
- Queensland Alliance for Agriculture and Food Innovation (including UQ, DAF and CSIRO) to provide initial research Into developing innovative nutrient dense fruit and vegetable products that are both visually attractive and flavoursome to consumers.
- Victoria University into the impact of consuming QG Nectar on reducing hypertension in otherwise healthy humans.
- The University of Wollongong into the impact of ingesting QG Nectar on improving cognitive function in elderly people.
Click on the links below for information on the research findings.
Journal of Food Biochemistry - Urinary excretion of antioxidants in healthy humans
Urinary Pharmacokinetics of Queen Garnet Plum Anthocyanins in Healthy Human Subjects
Production of the High Anthocyanin Plum Variety, Queen Garnet, as a New Ingredient for the Functional Food Market
Phytochemicals in Japanese plums: impact of maturity and bioaccessibility
Japanese plums (Prunus salicina Lindl.) and phytochemicals – breeding, horticultural, practice, postharvest storage, processing and bioactivity
Cyanidin 3-glucoside improves diet-induced metabolic syndrome in rats
Consumption of anthocyanin-rich Queen Garnet plum juice reduces platelet activation related thrombogenesis in healthy volunteers
Anthocyanin-rich plum juice reduces ambulatory blood pressure...
hypertension and improve cognition. However, the effect of dose timing in studies is
rarely considered. The researchers hypothesized that timed-dose consumption of juice from an
anthocyanin-rich Japanese plum variety (Queen Garnet plum, QGP) will have acute and
dose-timing effects on cardiovascular responses, cognition, and urinary anthocyanin
excretion profiles. The study objective was to investigate the impact of plum juice on
these health parameters.