Entries by Andrew Bruck

Daily Express Coronavirus News: The Baobab Fruit Could Help Protect You

The UK-based newspaper, Daily Express, recently reported on the importance of maintaining high levels of vitamin-C by taking Baobab fruit powder daily, as a defense against respiratory infections. With the current increase in cases of the Coronavirus around the world, we know the Baobab fruit’s ability to boost the immune system could prove to be […]

Investigation of polyphenol synergism for reducing sugar release from white bread

Abstract: Polyphenols are known to exhibit a number of health promoting effects such as reducing the postprandial glycaemic response. It has been proposed that polyphenols in combination, as found together naturally in foods exert synergistic health effects compared to isolated polyphenols. In the body, polyphenols undergo structural changes throughout digestion which can alter their bioavailability […]

The acute effect of a baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata) smoothie on cognitive function in healthy adults

Abstract: The baobab fruit is high in both dietary fibre and polyphenols. Results from previous studies show that foods rich in low glycaemic dietary fibre(1) and those that are abundant in polyphenols(2), can improve cognitive function. The aim of the study was to measure the effect of baobab fruit extract on different measures of cognition […]

The acute effects of baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata) on satiety in healthy adults

Abstract: Background: The baobab fruit is high in both dietary fibre and polyphenols and therefore may increase satiety. The aim of the study was to measure the effects of baobab fruit extract on satiety. Methods: The study was conducted on 20 healthy participants. The study was a one-day single-blind crossover design. Participants were randomised to […]

The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L.) reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans

Abstract: The baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L.) is found throughout regions of Africa and is becoming increasingly recognized for its high nutrient and polyphenol content. Polyphenols have been beneficial for their effects on reducing the glycemic response (GR) and for improving various other metabolic parameters. Based on previous research, it was hypothesized that the baobab […]

Impact of polyphenol-rich sources on acute postprandial glycaemia: a systematic review

Abstract: Increasingly, evidence suggests a role for polyphenols in blood glucose control. The objective of this systematic review was to evaluate the effect of polyphenol-rich sources in combination with carbohydrate sources on resulting postprandial glycaemic and insulin responses. A literature search was conducted using Medline, CINHAL and Web of Science databases. Selected studies included randomised […]

White bread enriched with polyphenol extracts show no effect on glycemic response or satiety, yet may increase postprandial insulin economy in healthy participants

Abstract: Extracts from different plant sources have been shown to modify starch digestion from carbohydrate-rich foods and lower resulting glycemia. It was hypothesized that extracts rich in polyphenols, added to white bread, would improve the glycemic response and insulin response and increase satiety in healthy participants. An in vitro dose-response analysis was performed to determine […]

Reuters: ‘Superfood’ craze makes big business of Africa’s baobab

Recently, Reuters®, an international news agency headquartered in London, UK, published an interesting article discussing how the baobab “superfood” is affecting African communities, their livelihood, and whether or not we should be concerned about the sustainability of these iconic African trees. As the world’s leading processor and supplier of organic baobab, we take pride in […]