Australian nut’s shell has the power to heal
SCIENTISTS have discovered that macadamia nut shells could be a powerful tool for Australian hospitals to use in the treatment of poisonings.
Funded by Hort Innovation, and conducted by Murdoch University, the new research shows crushed macadamia shells could be more efficient than traditional charcoal in treating certain kinds of poisoning.
Australian medical facilities treat patients by getting them to ingest a charcoal made from coconut shells which expands in the stomach to soak up toxins.
This latest research has found the absorption rate of crushed macadamia shells is similar to the traditional coconut shell treatment, but can be specially engineered to be more effective at mopping up toxins, and drug specific.
Hort Innovation chief executive John Lloyd said the new finding would allow growers to tap into an additional income stream.
“Limiting food waste is an increasing area of research investment for horticulture industries. Growers are always looking for novel ways to repurpose their by-products,” he said.
“When it comes to macadamias, 65% of the weight of the nut is in the shell so there is a huge volume of shell generated.”
RESEARCH: Macadamia shells could be used to treat poisons.