Superfood: Baobab

Superfood: Baobab

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BAOBAB

 

Known as the upside-down tree, the cream-of-tartar tree or the African tree of life, the ancient baobab gifts us with its exceptional fruit. The beautiful, heavy, white flowers of the baobab tree are pollinated by nocturnal fruit bats. The large green or brownish fruits resemble gourd-like capsules or around 12-16cm in length. These capsules contain a soft, whitish fruit pulp that has the appearance of powdery bread and kidney-shaped seeds. Unlike other fruit, baobab dries naturally on the branches of the tree. The fruit is wild-harvested by collecting the pods from the trees. The powder has a unique tangy taste described as caramel pear with subtle tones of grapefruit.

 

THE MAGIC OF BAOBAB

 

Digestive health

Alkalising vitamins and minerals

Cardiovascular health

Weight loss support

Immune system support

 

Digestive health

Baobab contains higher levels of pectin dietary fibre than many other fruits, including apples, peaches, apricots and bananas. It is also a prebiotic and helps feed the good bacterial in the gut, supporting overall digestive health.

 

Alkalising vitamins and minerals

Baobab contains higher levels of calcium than milk, and is far easier to absorb and digest, allowing the body to maintain strong bones and teeth. Baobab is an excellent source of thiamin (vitamin B1), vitamin C and vitamin B6, which contribute to the processes that yield energy in the body and reduce tiredness and fatigue. Baobab is also a significant source of iron, potassium and magnesium, all of which are important alkalizing minerals to promote correct body pH.

 

Cardiovascular health

Pectin is the main source of fibre in baobab, and has been reported to play a role in reducing LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.

 

Weight loss support

The high levels of fibre in baobab means it is naturally low in calories, assisting in weight loss.

 

Immune system support

Baobab fruit powder has more than double the antioxidants of pomegranates and cranberries, and more than three times that of blueberries. Baobab contains up to ten times more vitamin c than oranges. Coupled with its high essential mineral profile, this makes baobab a great immune system support food.

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