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An up & coming superfood..that tastes like fruit tingles / sherbet / citrus zest
Pronounced either ‘BowBab’ or ‘Bey-O-Bab’ from what I can gather!
Baobab fruit has been used medicinally in Africa for centuries to treat many ailments, including fevers, malaria and gastrointestinal problems, yet is relatively unheard of in the western world. As more research comes to light, many health conscious folks are showing an interest in products made from this newly discovered superfood.
MAIN KEY POINTS:
MEGA VITAMIN C – skin, heart & cv system, immunity, inflammation, bl glucose, stress / adrenals.
MINERAL RICH – required for every body system – the building blocks…without them we fall apart / systems breakdown.
LIVER TONIC / CLEANSER – detox, cleansing, energy, weight loss
Most of the potential health benefits of baobab fruit powder are due to its very high levels of vitamin C. A 100-gram serving of baobab fruit pulp has been reported to contain up to 500 milligrams of vitamin C (nearly 10 times the amount of vitamin C found in an equivalent serving of orange).
Vitamin C helps your body form collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that give your skin support and elasticity. Vitamin C & other antioxidants in baobab neutralize free radicals that can cause damage to your body at the cellular level, increasing the risk of degenerative diseases and other signs of aging, including wrinkles and fine lines on the skin. Here’s an overview of the antioxidant capacity of the pulps of some common fruits, expressed as Integral Antioxidant Capacity (IAC), to give you an idea of the incredible antioxidant potential of the baobab fruit:
- Baobab: 11.11
- Kiwifruit: 0.34
- Orange: 0.10
- Strawberry: 0.91
- Apple: 0.16
Adding vitamin C rich baobab fruit powder to your diet might also enhance your body’s fat burning capabilities during a workout – especially if your current diet does not contain enough vitamin C. Studies reveal that people with low blood concentrations of vitamin C burn 25 percent less fat during a 60-minute walk on a treadmill, compared with those who have adequate levels of vitamin C in their blood. The potential weight loss effects of vitamin C may be linked to the fact that it is needed for the production of carnitine, a compound that encourages your body to turn fat into fuel, rather than to store it as body fat.
Baobab may also help obese people reduce weight due to its effects on starch digestion / glycemic response. A study published in the November 2013 edition of the journal Nutrition Research found that baking baobab extract into white bread at 1.88% concentration significantly reduced rapidly digestible starch from the tested white bread samples. The baobab fruit extract was also found to significantly reduce the glycemic response in the study participants, both when consumed at a low-dose (18.5 g) and at a high-dose (37 g) in 250 milliliters of water along with white bread. Meals that trigger a low glycemic response (also called low Glycemic Index, or GI, meals) promote weight loss by reducing appetite and cravings, and by keeping the fat-storing hormone insulin under control.
Foods that supply your body with plenty of vitamin C also help keep your heart and overall cardiovascular system healthy. A study from University of California found that study participants who took a vitamin C supplement (providing 500 milligrams of vitamin C) daily for two months experienced a 24 percent drop in their plasma C-reactive protein levels. New research suggests that C-reactive protein levels, or CRP levels for short, are an excellent measure of a person’s heart disease risk, potentially even better than cholesterol levels.
Varicose veins and venous insufficiency are further examples of cardiovascular problems that may sometimes be alleviated by adding vitamin C rich foods, such as baobab fruit powder, into the diet. Vitamin C is needed for the manufacturing of collagen and elastin, connective tissues that help keep veins strong and toned, plus it can help boost circulation within the body. Therefore, it is not surprising that low levels of vitamin C have been associated with varicose veins. The positive effects of vitamin C on veins are believed to be stronger when vitamin C is consumed together with vitamin E, so next time you blend yourself a smoothie featuring baobab pulp powder, be sure to add a healthy source of vitamin E (such as ground walnut, another great superfood) to the mix as well.
If your liver is not healthy, detoxifying toxic substances becomes difficult / inefficient. Environmental pollutants, metabolic wastes, and things like alcohol, drugs, medications, household chemicals – all require a healthy liver for proper processing & excretion. In one study, researchers tested the hepatoprotective activity against liver injury in rats (the term hepatoprotective is used in medical circles to refer to substances that are capable of preventing damage to the liver). The water-based baobab extract used in this study was found to have significant protective effects against liver damage.
Baobab also contains many beneficial minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc. Minerals act both individually and synergistically to perform hundreds of tasks in the human body. The following Nutrition Facts table shows the approximate concentrations of the most important minerals found in 100 grams (3.5 oz) of fresh baobab pulp:
- Calcium: 295 mg (or 30% of the Daily Value)
- Copper: 1.6 mg (or 80% of the Daily Value)
- Iron: 9.3 mg (or 52% of the Daily Value
- Magnesium: 90 mg (or 23% of the Daily Value)
- Potassium: 1240 mg (or 35% of the Daily Value)
- Sodium: 27.9 (or 1% of the Daily Value)
- Zinc: 1.8 mg (or 12% of the Daily Value)