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What is Baobab Powder?

The bark, fruit and leaves of the baobab tree have been used for centuries to remedy various ailments such as fever and digestive problems. The fruit from this tree has a hard outer shell filled with pulp which dehydrates as the fruit matures. When the pulp is ground into powder it is known as baobab powder and contains a variety of nutrients including vitamin c, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants.

Baobab powder for weight loss

Among other benefits of baobab powder, the tangy-sweet fruit flavour of the baobab extract supports your immune system, improves digestion and can aid weight loss. Certain types of gut bacteria break down food and store it as fat while other gut bacteria convert food to energy. If these bacteria are not well balanced it can lead to excess fat storage which can contribute to weight gain. The prebiotic fibre in powdered baobab feeds energy-burning bacteria which makes losing weight easier.

Baobab powder for high fibre

Fibre is essential for a healthy lifestyle and weight management but daily intake can be tricky. The recommended daily fibre intake is 25g for women and 38g for men. With 4gm of fibre per tablespoon, powdered baobab is an easy and effective way to get your daily fibre.

Baobab vitamins and minerals

Baobab powder is packed with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C. 100gm of baobab fruit pulp has 500mg of vitamin C.

It also contains 50% fibre and has more antioxidants in comparison to most other fruit.

The mineral content of baobab powder has been known to lower blood pressure and improve circulation which helps to prevent heart disease, another benefit of baobab powder. The antioxidants found in baobab powder can protect your cells against free radical damage.

How to use the baobab fruit and powder

  • Stir into your favourite beverage or incorporate it into your daily recipes.
  • It can also be used with smoothies, fruit juices, cereals, granola bars, yoghurt and other dairy products.
  • Two to three teaspoons a day are all you need to reap the rewards of this natural ingredient.
 

Prebiotic Gut Health

Baobab Fruit Powder is composed of 50% Dietary Fiber, 75% of which is soluble Prebiotic Dietary Fiber. Its effectiveness as a prebiotic has been proven both in research and its traditional use in Africa. Italian researchers have discovered that Baobab Fruit Powder has a positive prebiotic effect on key groups of probiotic gut flora. Compared to controls, they found Baobab Fruit Powder promoted significant increases in the production of two of the three key bacterial groups; Bifidobacteri and Lattobacilli.

Baobab and Diabetes HealthBaobab and Diabetes Health
 

Diabetes & Glycemic Index

The lower the Glycemic Index (GI) of a food, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels will be when the food is consumed. Researchers at the Oxford Brookes University in the UK demonstrated that consuming Baobab Fruit Powder helps regulate blood sugar – which is particularly good news for those with Type 2 Diabetes. Baobab is rich in soluble dietary fiber which slows down the rise in blood glucose, helping prevent sugar spikes. It is also high in polyphenols which have been shown to effect the release of sugars from carbohydrates into the blood stream, reducing their conversion into glucose.

Baobab Powder can act like an adaptogen to reduce stressBaobab Powder can act like an adaptogen to reduce stress
 

Adaptogen

Adaptogens are natural substances that are able to decrease the level of stress, anxiety, fatigue and tiredness in the human body. And increase the ability of the human body to react and adapt to stressors. Baobab unique combination of vitamins and minerals make it a highly effective adaptogen.

 

Blood Alkalizing

Blood Alkalinity is believed by many to be the key to greater overall health, lowering illness, and promoting longer living. For our bodies to function optimally, we should make sure that we have an alkaline pH blood level. How do we do this? By eating highly alkaline foods.

The PRAL rating (potential renal acid load) is a measure of the alkalizing properties of foods. With a PRAL Rating of -52, Baobab Fruit Powder is one of the most blood alkalizing foods on the planet!

PRODUCTFOOD GROUPPRAL
Tomatoes Vegetables -58
Baobab Powder Fruit -52
Apricots Fruit and fruit juices -33
Bananas Fruit and fruit juices -30
Mushrooms Raw and dried vegetables -20
Beet greens Vegetable and juices -17
Lychees Dried fruit and fruit juices -16
Peaches Fruit and fruit juices -16
Nuts, Chestnuts Peeled nuts -16
Raisins Fruit and fruit juices -14
Beans Legumes -13
Soybeans Legumes -6
Carrots Vegetables -6
Passion Fruit Fruit and fruit juices -6
Kiwi Fruit Fruit and fruit juices -6
Broccoli Vegetables -5
Coconut Water Fruit juices -5
Brussel Sprouts Vegetables -5
Melons, Cantaloupe Fruits and fruit juices -5
Cabbage Vegetables -5
Peppers Vegetables -5
 

Electrolytes

While exercising we lose electrolytes through our sweat, mainly sodium and potassium. Ingesting potassium in combination with water helps the body to rehydrate more efficiently. Baobab Fruit Powder has potassium values ranging between 1800 mg and 2400 mg/100g; which is six times higher than bananas, the fruit most commonly recommended by nutritionists for its potassium content. The fact that it is over 80% soluble makes it ideal for hydrating powdered drink mixes and sports beverage applications.

 

The vitamin C in baobab is in an easily assimilated form and acts as a potent antioxidant, protecting our cells from damage by free radicals as well as aiding the absorption of iron and calcium. it is is also important for healthy skin as it helps in the formation of collagen in connective tissue.

Baobab fruit pulp also contains pectin –  up to 56% water soluble pectins by weight. Pectins are particularly important for aiding digestion and balancing blood sugar levels. Baobab contains both soluble and insoluble fibres to aid intestinal health and promote healthy gut flora.

Trace element analysis shows that baobab fruit is a good source of calcium with 100g of baobab fruit providing  anywhere from116 to 370 mg (recommended daily intake for calcium is 500 mg/day).

In fact its calcium content it is thought to be one of the main reasons that baobab is consumed by pregnant women and children in Senegal. One 1993 study found that  eating the fruit pulp in season  (December to April) without the seeds once a day, contributed 30 mg/day calcium to the diet.

The iron content per 100g of fruit pulp is 1.7 to 9.1 mg (RDA for iron is 17 mg/day) and it is very low in sodium.

Overall studies have shown that baobab has:

  • 10 x the antioxidant level of oranges and 6 x more antioxidants than cranberries, blueberries and blackberries
  • Up to 6 x more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 4 x more potassium than a banana
  • 2 x more calcium than milk
  • More magnesium than spinach

Baobab also contains zinc, manganese,essential fatty acids, phosphorus, protein and B vitamins.

The anti-inflammatory properties of baobab could also make it a supportive treatment in inflammatory conditions such as heart disease and diabetes.

Keeps Skin and Hair Healthy

Baobab is high in vitamin C, which helps the body absorb other nutrients more easily. Even more, it plays an important role in protecting skin and hair.

Regulates Body Fluids

This fruit also includes high levels of potassium, magnesium, and calcium, which are electrolytes that stimulate muscles and nerves as well as regulate body fluids. For physically active people, electrolyte loss can be a concern, so having some baobab powder on hand is a good way to maintain this balance.

Protects and Repairs Cells

Baobab is one of the world's richest sources of antioxidants, which are important for overall health because they help delay, repair, or prevent the damage to our cells caused by free radicals. This cell damage can result in serious health conditions such as diabetes, Alzheimer's, and cataracts.

Maintains Gastrointestinal Health

Also rich in dietary fiber, baobab can support digestion and improve satiety, meaning you'll feel full longer.

Controls Blood Sugar

Fiber can also help control blood sugar levels, which prevents any sudden fluctuations that may lead to feelings of fatigue, headaches, and, over the long-term, serious health conditions like diabetes.

 

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