The Baobab tree
Also known as the Tree of Life, it has risen in popularity and with good reason. The Baobab tree is well known in many African cultures and can survive harsh drought conditions.
How can you benefit from the Baobab tree?
Baobab seeds are pressed to extract baobab oil which can be used topically on the skin. This oil has antioxidants, vitamins A & E, and omega fatty acids.
Uses for Baobab Oil:
- Soften fine lines and wrinkles
- Improve emollience
- Increase elasticity
- Protect skin from environmental stressors
What is Baobab Powder?
The bark, fruit and leaves of the baobab tree have been used for centuries to remedy various ailments such as fever and digestive problems. The fruit from this tree has a hard outer shell filled with pulp which dehydrates as the fruit matures. When the pulp is ground into powder it is known as baobab powder and contains a variety of nutrients including vitamin c, calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium and antioxidants.
Baobab powder for weight loss
Among other benefits of baobab powder, the tangy-sweet fruit flavour of the baobab extract supports your immune system, improves digestion and can aid weight loss. Certain types of gut bacteria break down food and store it as fat while other gut bacteria convert food to energy. If these bacteria are not well balanced it can lead to excess fat storage which can contribute to weight gain. The prebiotic fibre in powdered baobab feeds energy-burning bacteria which makes losing weight easier.
Baobab powder for high fibre
Fibre is essential for a healthy lifestyle and weight management but daily intake can be tricky. The recommended daily fibre intake is 25g for women and 38g for men. With 4gm of fibre per tablespoon, powdered baobab is an easy and effective way to get your daily fibre.
Baobab vitamins and minerals
Baobab powder is packed with essential vitamins and minerals including vitamin C. 100gm of baobab fruit pulp has 500mg of vitamin C.
It also contains 50% fibre and has more antioxidants in comparison to most other fruit.
The mineral content of baobab powder has been known to lower blood pressure and improve circulation which helps to prevent heart disease, another benefit of baobab powder. The antioxidants found in baobab powder can protect your cells against free radical damage.
How to use the baobab fruit and powder
- Stir into your favourite beverage or incorporate it into your daily recipes.
- It can also be used with smoothies, fruit juices, cereals, granola bars, yoghurt and other dairy products.
- Two to three teaspoons a day are all you need to reap the rewards of this natural ingredient.