The brilliant benefits of Baobab powder December 06, 2016 22:03
The Baobab tree is an icon of African Savanna and has been used medicinally for centuries to treat all sorts of medical issues including fevers and even malaria.
It is a pretty special fruit, with a high micronutrient profile of vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants. It's a fantastic source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. Also it acts as a prebiotic due to high fiber content.
The fruit pulp is extracted from the hard pods and is used to produce a raw powder. It is almost 50%fibre (half soluble and half insoluble) and contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit.
It is a hard fruit with soft and nutritious pulp inside the shell. When it comes to taste it's quite tangy and citrus like flavour.
More and more scientific research is being done on the nutritional value and health benefits of the baobab.
The health benefits of baobab have largely focused on the huge amounts of vitamin C that can be found in it. For example 100grams of the fruit contains around 500 milligrams of Vitamin C. To put that into perspective that's approximately 10 x the amount found in the same weight of oranges.
The Baobab tree is an icon of African Savanna
Vitamin C is used in anti-wrinkle creams and solutions. This is because Vitamin C from food or in other forms can help form elastin and collagen within the skin, these are both things are proteins that give support the skin. Baobab powder isn't all about Vitamin C though, it also has high antioxidant properties, which enhance the benefits of consuming Baobab Fruit or powder greatly.
Did you know that a single serving of Baobab Powder (2-3 teaspoons, or 10g) provides: 33% of your daily Vitamin C needs.
There's been a huge buzz around antioxidants over the past few years, this is because they neutralise 'free radicals' that are known to cause damage to the cells in the body. Cell damage increases the risk of disease as well as the signs of ageing.
It's suggested that foods rich in Vitamin C (of which Baobab fruit powder is one) can enhance your the body's fat burning abilities. What's more, the baobab fruit may also help overweight people reduce weight due to its effects on digestion of starch and also its 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."
Prevent Heart Disease and Varicose Veins
Vitamin C is also known to help keep the heart as well as the 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 are associated with cardiovascular problems which can be helped by consuming more vitamin C rich foods. Vitamin C can help boost circulation within the body.
A source of Fibre
Studies show that a large portion of the UK population do not have enough fibre in their diet. Baobab powder is a great source of fibre with 50% of it being fibre. Fibre comes in two types, there's soluble fibre and insoluble fibre, baobab has this covered as it contains both in equal measures. Soluble fibre is known to help slow the release of sugar into the body and blood stream and can reduce the occurrence of energy spikes. As well as this Fibre can help with a healthy digestive system and can help you feel fuller for longer.
A healthy liver is essential for cleaning toxic substances out of the body. Exposure to toxins like alcohol, cigarette smoke etc can cause damage to the liver and limit its abilities.
"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. It has been proposed that the potential hepatoprotective properties of the baobab fruit may be linked to the presence of triterpenoids, beta-sitosterol, beta-amyrin palmitate and ursolic acid in baobab pulp."
An abundance of minerals
Even after the skin benefits, vitamin C, weight support, heart protection, Baobab has lots of beneficial minerals including calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc.
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Rise Organic Baobab powder offers a high micronutrient profile of vitamins, trace minerals and antioxidants. It's an excellent source of Vitamin C, Potassium, Magnesium and Calcium. Also it acts as a prebiotic due to high fibre content. With a pleasant citrusy flavor it's excellent choice to add to a wide range of foods and drinks: smoothies, juices, yoghurts, desserts and fruit salads.
- High Nutritional Value. High in Vitamin C, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium
- 100% pure Baobab, Soil Association Certified Organic
- Baobab is almost 50% fibre (half soluble and half insoluble)
- Baobab contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit
- Baobab has a pleasant citrusy flavour, great to add to a wide range of foods and drinks: smoothies, juices, yoghurts, desserts and fruit salads.