Benefits of Baobab Powder

Benefits of Baobab Powder

Benefits of Baobab Powder

 

Baobab products are believed to have strong medicinal benefits.

  • Traditionally, baobab leaves, bark, and seeds have been used to treat“almost any disease,” including malariatuberculosisfever, microbial infections, diarrhoeaanaemia, toothache, and dysentery.
  • The leaves and fruit pulp have been used to reduce fever and stimulate the immune system.
  • There are claims that baobab has :-
  • 10 times the fibre of apples,
  • six times the vitamin C of oranges,
  • two times the antioxidants of acai berries,
  • two times the calcium of milk,

The Health Benefits of Baobab are said to include:

  • improving digestive health
  • supporting the immune system
  • general hydration and skin health.
  • It is reported to have antimicrobial, anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antidiarrheal, antiviral, and antioxidant properties, and to be useful in treating or preventing anaemia and asthma.

Gastrointestinal health.

A study conducted by Oxford Brookes University found that polyphenol-rich baobab fruit extract, baked in bread, reduced starch digestion and glycaemic response in humans.

Baobab has traditionally been used in African populations to relieve diarrhoea, constipation, and dysentery. The soluble fibres found in baobab fruit may exert prebiotic effects, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.

Nutrition

The pulp of the baobab fruit contains:

  • Vitamin C
  • Calcium
  • Phosphorus
  • Carbohydrates
  • Fibre
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Lipids

The pulp can be used to add flavour to dishes and in juices.

The seeds contain:

  • Phosphorus
  • Magnesium
  • Zinc
  • Sodium
  • Iron
  • Manganese
  • Lysine
  • Thiamine
  • Calcium

 

A teaspoon of baobab powder, weighing around 4.4 grams, contains:

  • 10 calories
  • 3 g of carbohydrate, of which 1 g is natural unrefined sugar
  • 2 g of fibre
  • 4 milligrams (mg) of vitamin C
  • 352 mg of thiamine
  • 227 mg of vitamin B6
  • 10 mg of calcium

 

According to a study published in Critical Reviews in Food Science and Nutrition, baobab pulp is rich in vitamin C, with 40 g providing from 84 % to more than 100 percent of the Recommended Daily Intake (RDI).

The vitamin C level is said to be 10 times that of oranges.

Baobab leaves are also rich in calcium.

The seeds and kernels of baobab fruit have a high-fat content while the pulp and leaves have antioxidant properties.

four times the potassium of bananas,

and five times the magnesium of avocados.