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BAOBAB FRUIT
Articles by a Naturopathic Doctor (N.D.)
Last Updated: August 13th, 2015

An African Super fruit from the Tree of Life.

Baobab fruit is a fairly new superfood to North America, but has legendary medicinal properties that are well known to the people of Africa, who commonly refer to the tree it grows on as “The Tree of Life”. Interestingly, most of these trees (Adansonia digitata) are 200-500 years old and actually store water in their trunks. In fact, one of these trees alone can store approximately 4,500 liters of water!

What is Baobab Fruit?

BAOBAB FRUIT

Baobab fruit has more antioxidants than acai berries!


Baobab fruit is a fruit that is native to Africa, Madagascar, Arabia and Australia. This well known African super fruit is packed with nutrients including twice the amount of calcium normally found in milk, six times the vitamin C naturally found in oranges, six times the potassium found in bananas and is an excellent source of B vitamins, iron and magnesium. It is also an excellent source of protein, fiber and essential fatty acids.

The antioxidant content of Baobab fruit is incredibly significant. In fact, Baobab fruit has six times the antioxidants found in blueberries and cranberries and even has twice the antioxidants of acai berry! Baobab fruit truly is a potent antioxidant, with an ORAC value (a way of measuring antioxidant levels) of 1,400/gram, blueberries weigh in with ORAC values of 65/gram, pomegranates are 105/gram and goji berries are 125/gram. Clearly, Baobab fruit is the new antioxidant king of fruits!

What is Baobab Fruit used for?

This nutrient dense super fruit has so many health benefits. For starters it can increase over all energy levels, and enhance muscle recovery from exercise while boosting the immune system. This is due to the high levels of magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron that it contains. Baobab fruit is 50% fiber, of which 75% is soluble fiber and 25% is insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is known to reduce cholesterol, maintain healthy blood levels, heart function, and enhances diet by creating a feeling of fullness are some other health benefits. Baobab promotes mental clarity, healthy skin, improves sleep pattern, and reduces fatigue levels and much more.

If you are looking to try a new superfood in your smoothie, this fruit truly has the most to offer in overall nutrient and antioxidant content.

How does Baobab Fruit work?

The medicinal properties of Baobab fruit can be attributed to its high antioxidant levels as well as its vitamin and mineral content. It is the phytonutrients within foods that will improve immunity, reduce inflammation and boost energy. Regularly adding superfoods, like baobab fruit, to your diet is an excellent strategy to increase the nutrition in your diet.

Also, Baobab fruit is 50% fiber, of which 75% is soluble fiber and 25% is insoluble fiber. Soluble fiber is known to reduce cholesterol, maintain healthy blood sugar levels and helps to fill your stomach to create a feeling of fullness.

How do you use it?

Baobab fruit has a unique tangy fruit flavour that some describe as, “caramel pear with subtle tones of grapefruit”. In Africa, you can experience this fruit first hand; otherwise you will find it in powder form. You can add 1-3 teaspoons to smoothies, juices, nut milks, yogurt, or sprinkled on oatmeal or cereal. You can also add it to muffins, homemade energy bars and other baking, however heat will destroy antioxidants.

BAOBAB FRUIT QUICK FACTS

PARTS USED

Fruit, leaves

APPLICATIONS

General health and wellbeing, increasing energy, boosting immunity, improving mental clarity, inflammation, balancing blood sugar levels and more.

DOSAGE

There are no current studies documenting a ‘therapeutic dosage’ range. Some experts say using 1-3 teaspoons daily can have a beneficial effect on health.

WORKS WELL WITH

Acai, blueberry, pomegranate, cranberries, etc.

IMPORTANT INFORMATION

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The safety and adverse reactions related to baobab have not been studied in clinical research. Insufficient research has been done on baobab use during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

For informational purposes only.  Please consult your health care practitioner before taking natural health care products. Click here for full disclaimer.

All articles copyright National Nutrition 2001 - 2015.  For educational purposes only.  Please note that while National Nutrition supports your right to use natural health care products for any therapeutic purpose that you see fit, that the information on this website should not be considered as a claim or as a substitute for medical advice.

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