What is Breadfruit?

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Our company name, Altilis Beauty™, is derived from the tree species Artocarpus altilis, or, more commonly known as breadfruit. Breadfruit is currently grown in 86 countries worldwide and is a traditional staple crop in the Pacific Islands, known for both its nutritive and medicinal qualities [1]. Nutritionally, breadfruit is superior to other common island staple foods such as taro, plantain, cassava, sweet potato, and rice [1] Even when relied on as a sole food source, breadfruit provides all the essential nutrients for a sustainable diet. These fruits are rich in carbohydrates, and are a good source of protein, vitamins and minerals [1,2]. This includes calcium, phosphorus, carotenoids, copper, dietary fiber, iron, magnesium, potassium, thiamine, vitamin A and vitamin C [3].  Medicinally, all parts of the plants can be purposed, especially latex, the inner bark and leaf tips [2].  Its chemical constituents allow for the extraction of antioxidant, antimicrobial, anticancer and anti-hyperglycemic properties, thus allowing it to be used for a wide variety of remedies [1].

On top of that, breadfruit provides a multitude of additional uses such as clothing materials and fabrics, construction materials, insect repellant, and animal feed [2,3]. Truthfully, the possibilities are endless, making breadfruit culturally indispensable. Here at Altilis Beauty™, we look to further expand its applications by harnessing the beneficial qualities of breadfruit and integrating them into our innovative, ethically sourced, and sustainable skincare line.

 

(1) Baba, Shigeyuki, Hung Tuck Chung, Mio Kezuka, Tomomi Inoue, and Eric Wei Chiang Chan. “Artocarpus altilis and Pandanus tectorius: Two important fruits of Oceania with medical values.” Emirates Journal of Food and  Agriculture, vol. 28, no. 8, 2016, pp. 531-539.

(2) Mohanty, Monalisa, and Chinmay Pradhan. Phytoconstituent Analysis and Comparative Bioefficacy Assessment of Breadfruit Leaf and Fruit Extracts for Antipathogenic Potentiality American Journal of Phytomedicine and Clinical Therapeutics, vol. 2, no. 1, 2014, pp. 077-087.    

(3) “Why Breadfruit?” Global Breadfruit, 2017,http://globalbreadfruit.com/about/why-breadfruit/