The delightfully otherworldly-looking African Baobab tree is the source of the white powdery baobab fruit, which has been bestowed ‘superfood’ status for its host of nutritional advantages. Growing to the size of an average coconut and weighting over a kilogram, the baobab fruit is one of the most nutrient-dense whole fruits on the planet supposedly supplying more potassium than bananas and more antioxidants than blueberries. Keep reading to discover our Top 5 Health Benefits of Baobab!
1. Vitamin C
Baobab is rich in vitamin C, boasting a higher concentration than even oranges or red peppers! Unlike other animals, humans cannot naturally produce vitamin C, so it is essential we obtain it from our food or through vitamin supplements. Vitamin C helps to maintain healthy skin, bones and powerfully assists in healing wounds (those who bleed heavily on dentist visits please note!).
Antioxidants are predominantly found in fruits and vegetables, and baobab has been proven to contain a wealth of these essential molecules. Antioxidants can help prevent and reduce the signs of premature ageing, act as an anti-inflammatory and protect the eyes and heart. Damaging free radicals in the body are neutralised by antioxidants in the bloodstream, protecting the body against disease and cognitive problems such as dementia.
3. Immune boosting
Baobab is an excellent source of prebiotic fibre, which assists with digestion and promotes the growth of ‘good’ probiotic bacteria in the intestines. When probiotic bacteria can successfully populate, the body will naturally absorb all essential nutrients from food. This builds a strong immune system and prevents illness such as the flu and common cold.
4. Fibre dense
Fibre is an important part of a healthy balanced diet, helping to lower the risk of heart disease and Type 2 diabetes. Baobab is made up of a whopping 50% soluble and insoluble fibre, both of these are necessary. Soluble fibre dissolves when it comes into contact with the water in your gut, helping to ease constipation and lower cholesterol, insoluble fibre prevents digestive problems and keeps you feeling fuller for longer.
5. Sweet taste!
OK, perhaps more a psychological benefit than a strictly health one; the powdered form of the baobab fruit has a tart, citrus flavour that has been compared to the sharpness of a grapefruit and the sweetness of vanilla. However the fruit in its whole form has a tangy flavour which has been said to be similar to that of sherbet.
Baobab can aid in the regulation of energy release, combat fatigue and lethargy making it an excellent addition to your post-workout boost or as an afternoon pick-me-up. Just add 1-2 teaspoons of baobab powder to a smoothie, shake or juice to fortify your immune system and restore electrolyte levels. Tried this zingy super fruit? Let us know below or @KeepfitKingdom !