Why Luka?

We all know that you need to nourish yourself on the inside to look and feel good. The full list of SUPERFOODS and their myriad of benefits below will give you many reasons to choose LUKA and it will also become very clear why we were very specific about what we wanted to include (and took well over a year and a half to formulate)!!  

 

SUPERFOODS

Wattleseed

Proudly our HERO ingredient but considered the unsung hero of Australian natives. If it was for the taste alone, we still would have included this ingredient - it has a deliciously nutty, roasted coffee aroma, with touches of sweet, spice, raisins and chocolate. When roasted it heightens these flavours even more!

It is not only a rich source of protein but also has a low glycemic index reducing  spikes in your blood glucose levels leaving you with a long lasting feeling of satisfaction. It also provides a wonderful source of magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron and selenium.

Kakadu Plum

Our very own Aussie home grown fruit is where you get the most bang for your buck! This incredible SUPER POWERFUL food also known as Gubinge offers an extensive list of benefits due to its incredibly potent level of Vitamin C, more than any fruit in the world, in fact it’s 100 TIMES THAT OF ORANGES. Vitamin C is one of the most important vitamins your body needs daily as it cannot store it, it's essential for glowing skin (and anti-aging), the immune system, cognition, iron absorption, and heart health.

Why is it good for skin you ask...? Yes, this was the main reason we included it.....Well, Vitamin C works to stimulate the skin's natural collagen production. The Kakadu Plum also has an extremely high antioxidant profile due to the harsh drought affected areas it thrives in allowing each plum to develop a highly efficient defence mechanism made up of diverse antioxidants. These antioxidants help detoxify the body and fight off free radical damage caused by environmental factors that cause ageing.

Our plums are harvested from Palngun Wurnagat Association; a women’s organisation based in the Wadeye, Northern Territory, the largest Aboriginal community in Australia. We are grateful for the sustainable practices and community driven development of our suppliers of the Kakadu Plum honour.

These two amazing Australian native ingredients have been used by our Indigenous Australians for over 50,000 years as a source of food and natural medicine. We love and honour that we can utilise their knowledge and these beautiful ingredients in our products. Both of these plants are drought resistant requiring very little water and maintenance making them incredibly sustainable and environmentally friendly. 

Cacao

Known as the Food of the Gods, this ingredient we feel is really not given the accolades it deserves! These dried seeds really pack a punch in the nutrient stakes by holding more flavonoid antioxidants per gram than blueberries, goji berries, red wine and pomegranates. As we have stated, antioxidants are KEY to skin health.

As a society that is naturally depleted in magnesium from the deterioration of our soil, cacao is one of the highest sources of plant based magnesium you will find, did you know that your body best absorbs magnesium from a food source?

One of the reasons we also adore Cacao so much is its ability to help trigger positive emotions. It contains anandamide, AKA the ‘bliss molecule’ so when consumed it results in lifting your mood and boosting the brain’s serotonin levels, giving us an overall sense of well being while providing gentle, natural, long-lasting energy. Thank us later!

Chicory Root

We all love talking about probiotics but PREbiotics are actually the good guys! PREbiotics feed the friendly bacteria in your gut.

Chicory root AKA Inulin is high in dietary (prebiotic) fibre which helps the gut bacteria produce nutrients for your colon cells and in turn leads to a healthier digestive system, better gut, removal of unwanted toxins....oh and has also been linked to increased weight loss.  

Green Tea Extract

Clean energy and a big antioxidant boost - need we say more?  There are sooo many wonderful health benefits associated with Green Tea including improved skin and liver health, reduced blood fat levels and improved brain health. This is all mainly to do with its rich antioxidant’s catechins and polyphenols - these little guys are also amazing at fighting oxidative stress associated from environmental damage - hello healthy skin!

Coconut Milk Powder

This ingredient adds such a lovely creamy element to LUKA. We just had to have it. What surprised us was that it actually has superfood powers- including weight loss and immunity! It contains medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs), which researchers have linked with weight loss by stimulating energy through a process called thermogenesis, MCT has also been proven to balance out unstable gut microbiota and provide the body with QUICK CLEAN ENERGY to help fuel your body and brain! 

Monk Fruit

Everyone knows sugar isn’t great for the waist! We made it our mission to make LUKA sweetened without sugaralific calories OR artificial sweeteners - we told you we wouldn’t make any compromises! That’s when we discovered monk fruit and it blew us away, it worked perfectly to provide a delicious sweet flavour complimenting the rest of our ingredients beautifully. The health benefits of the fruit have been well known in Traditional Chinese Medicine for decades, but its sweet little secret is finally making it into the wellness world.

Monk Fruit extract is 150-250 times sweeter than white sugar, has zero calories and carbohydrates, and does not raise blood glucose levels not to mention it is also anti inflammatory - need we say more?

 

Carob

This sweet tasting pea sized pod provides LUKA drinking chocolate with a deliciously creamy and sweet chocolate flavour to help balance out the bitterness of cacao, as well as adding a few health benefits! It is very high in fibre to aid with a healthy digestive tract and help you stay full for longer, it also has high calcium and antioxidant levels.