8 Amazing Benefits of Baobab Powder

The baobab tree is native to the African Savannah and grows in very dry climates, it survives in the environment as it absorbs rain during the rainy seasons and stores the water within its trunk. It then uses this water to produce baobab fruit during the summer dry seasons. This fruit stays on the branch and dries naturally in the sun forming one of the most nutrient dense foods on the planet. Due to this fact, the baobab tree is often referred to as ‘the tree of life’.

  1. Nutrient profile

Baobab powder is packed full of nutrients, and contains excellent levels of fibre, potassium, calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc and B6.

Just two tablespoons give you:

  • Calcium – 70mg, 7% of the RDI
  • Iron – 1.7mg, 9% of the RDI
  • Magnesium – 31.5mg, 8% of the RDI
  • Potassium – 348mg, 9% of the RDI
  • Vitamin C – 35mg, 58% of the RDI
  • Niacin – 4mg, 20% of the RDI
  • B6 – 0.48mg, 24% of the RDI

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  1. Weight Loss

Many people experience high fiber weight loss when consuming baobab powder, as it is packed with fibre and polyphenols.

A Study from the UK showed that adding just 15g of baobab to your diet can help with feeling full after a meal and reduce hunger pangs [3]. This is because a high fibre diet means food passes through your stomach slower meaning you feel fuller for longer.  

In fact, just increasing soluble or insoluble fibre by just 14g daily has shown to decrease people’s calorie intake by over 10% and a weight loss of approximately 2kg over a four-month period [4].

  1. Blood sugar levels

Baobab can help with regulating blood sugar levels in the body. A study conducted in the UK showed that adding baobab to baked bread significantly reduces the speed of which starch is broken down. Meaning the glucose from the bread is released slower into the blood [5]. This means you are less likely to have energy crashes.

  1. Reduce inflammation

Inflammation is when the body produces white blood cells to protect the body against infections, viruses or to help heal the body after an injury. When there is constant inflammation in the body it can result in weight gain, chronic fatigue, increased risk of CVD, increase risk of cancers and disease and arthritis.

A great way to fight inflammation is to have a diet high in antioxidants as they help with fighting free radicals in the body.

Baobab is excellent at fighting inflammation as it is packed with polyphenols which are micronutrients and antioxidants and is also one of the most alkaline foods on the planet. Animal studies have shown that supplementing with baobab can reduce inflammation markers in the body [6] [7].

 

 

  1. Improve digestion/prebiotic

Most people have heard of probiotics, but have you heard of prebiotics? Prebiotics are dietary fibres and when added to your diet they feed the good bacteria in your gut which improves the body’s digestive system.

The gut is made up of good and bad bacteria, when there is too much bad bacteria and too little good bacteria you get a poor digestive system, poor immune system and skin problems.

Baobab is the best prebiotic fiber supplement as it has high levels of fibre and polyphenols and therefore can improve the digestive system and can help with reducing bloating, constipation and other digestive issues.

  1. Immune system

Baobab powder has an ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) level of 140,000. This measures the antioxidant levels of food. In comparison blueberries have an ORAC level or 9500!

Due to the role antioxidants play in fighting free radicals it makes baobab an excellent immune system booster. Free radicals are generated from normal cellular metabolism and from exposure to cigarettes, certain foods, pollutants and too much sun. If these free radicals are allowed to grow, they can damage DNA, membranes and enzymes. This can increase the risk of illness, disease, cancer, and make us more susceptible to infections, colds and flus.  

Baobab actually has more than six times the level of vitamin C than an orange, vitamin c supports various cellular functions and helps support the immune system [8].

  1. Absorption of iron

Iron is a vital nutrient needed in the body and is a component of haemoglobin, which is the red blood cells. It helps transport oxygen to all the cells in the body.

When we consume foods with iron, not all of the iron gets absorbed by the body, but adding vitamin c to your diet has shown to increase the amount of iron absorbed into the body by up to 67% [9].

As baobab has iron and high levels of vitamin C, it can help with iron absorption in the body.

  1. Skin

People who consume baobab powder usually experience glowing skin and it can help with premature ageing.  Making it a must for any beauty regime. It does this because baobab has three vital ingredients which are essential nutrition for skin health.

Polyphenols – baobab has high levels of polyphenols which help fight pre-mature ageing.

Antioxidants – antioxidants are vital in fighting free radicals. Free radicals can cause skin damage, the high levels of antioxidants in baobab help to produce clearer skin.

Baobab is full of antioxidants and polyphenols so it can help reduce free radicals and toxins, which can cause bad skin. It also improves digestion and skin issues related to poor digestion.

Vitamin C – collagen production is vital for glowing skin and skin elasticity. Vitamin C is essential for collagen production and baobab is packed full of it resulting in healthier looking skin.

Final Thoughts

Baobab is such a nutrient dense food that it can make an excellent addition to anyone trying to improve their health and wellbeing. It helps support your vital immune system and makes you radiant from the outside with glowing and vibrant skin.

Just having 1-2 teaspoons daily can give you all these incredible benefits. It has a natural zesty/sherbet taste it’s a great addition to cold water on a summer’s day.

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