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Organic Baobab SuperFruit? Sure, If You Believe Talking Baobabs!

Sorry guys, been caught up in a few different things, so have not posted in a while.  I promise that will change in 2014.  It is looking like 2014 is going to be a big year for the Baobab Fruit, which as our regular readers know – we think is fantastic!

Is Baobab A SuperFruit?  Just Ask The Baobab Fruit!

There is always endless debate about SuperFruits and SuperFoods and we tend to stay out of it.  They are all just labels, which really don’t mean much – so why stress about it?  Well, I was doing some research on the Baobab Fruit and I came across this video and it made me LOL -

Check out the Baobab Fruit Talking About Being a SuperFruit -

You Heard it From the Mouth of Baobabs!

You got to admit, that was pretty fun.  In addition, those were actual photos of the Baobab Fruit – well done Limitless Good folks!  All kidding aside, the article they mention from Natural Products Insider was very interesting.  Here is the article.  Yes, the fact that the Baobab Fruit is picked as one of the top SuperFruits for 2014 is nice, but I really felt the Bioavailability information was the most interesting.

If You Don’t Absorb Nutrients, They Just Don’t Matter

We have talked at great length about the nutrients in the Organic Baobab Fruit, but none of that would matter if the Baobab fruit was not absorbed by the body.  This is why the Bioavailability information on the Baobab Fruit, in the article, is so important -

“Recent tests by Brunswick Laboratories indicate that baobab fruit powder’s bioavailability exceeds that of acai, pomegranate and grape seed extracts,” said Ray Vincenzo, public relations director for Baobab Foods. While those three extracts fall between 15 and 60 on the test scale, baobab fruit powder scored 220, Vincenzo said.”

The fact that the Baobab Fruit has a bioavailability of 220 is super and incredible.  This puts the Baobab fruit in a whole different world when compared to things like Acai and Pomegranate.  More than the raw antioxidants, fiber and nutrients, I would say this 220 bioavailability is what really makes the Baobab Fruit a superfruit or superfood.

Keep The Baobab Questions Coming

Please keep all the Baobab questions coming, we promise to be faster about answering things now!

 

 

Bioavailability of Baobab Powder Confirmed In New Report

Clearly we are big fans of the Baobab Fruit, but we have had a number of questions about how the Baobab Fruit does when turned into a powder.  One of the truly unique things about the Baobab Fruit is that the Baobab Pulp naturally dehydrates inside the shell.  This means you do NOT need to dry the Baobab Fruit at all to turn the Fruit Pulp into Fruit Powder.

What is The Problem With Drying A Fruit?

The problem is heat.  Most fruit pulps contain a large amount of water and you need to use heat to dry out the water and make the pulp into a powder.  Of course, once you expose a fruit to high heat, you start to kill off the nutrients in the fruit.  So, the fact that the Baobab Fruit does NOT have to be exposed to heat to be turned into a powder is very important.

What About the Bioavailability of Baobab Powder?

The next question is… Is the Baobab Powder bioavailable?  Baobab Foods has just finished doing testing at Brunswick Laboratories for bioavailability of Baobab Powder and the results are impressive.  It turns out the Bioavailability of Baobab Fruit powder exceeds that of acai, pomegranate and grape seed extracts. Simply put, Raw Organic Baobab Fruit Powder is absolutely absorbed in the body and the nutrients have full impact.

So, Do All Baobab Powders Have The Same Bioavailability?

No.  Our research indicates that Baobab that comes from Malawi has more nutrients that Baobab Fruit from other regions.  In addition, you want to find a Baobab Powder that is Organic and processed without heat.  We have been using the Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder for a number of months and find it to be fantastic.

Keep the Baobab questions coming – we love to answer them!

 

Baobab Fruit Powder Gets Big in Britain, UK Going Baobab SuperFood Crazy?

Britain gave us the Beatles, now it’s giving us Baobab???

Well, not exactly.  If you have spent some time on this site, you know that the Baobab fruit is native to Africa, so Britain and the UK are not responsible for introducing the world to the Baobab fruit. Where the UK and Britain are playing a big role is in eating the Baobab fruit!

In an article in the Mirror UK it was reported that Baobab fruit supplement sales are up 200% in the past year in the UK.  You have celebrity chefs cooking and making recipes that use the Baobab fruit powder.  It is becoming clear that the UK is the place where Baobab fruit is receiving the most attention.

Why is the Baobab Fruit So Popular in the UK?

It seems as if the UK media has done a good job on educating consumers about the health benefits of the Baobab fruit.  Here is a quote from the Mirror UK article -

“Found across sub-Saharan Africa, the small, melon-like fruit grows on the legendary upside down tree, named because it looks like it has been stuck in the ground with its roots pointing skyward.
Inside, the fruit is packed with a dry powder that contains three times more anti-oxidants than blueberries and six times more potassium than a banana. It also contains thiamin and vitamin B6 – all known to benefit general health. Baobab is used by those in the know to ward off cancer, heart disease, wrinkles, diabetes, fight colds, tummy upsets and boost the immune system.”

Are All Baobab Fruit Powders The Same?

Based on the recent press Baobab has been getting, we expect many consumers will run out and pick up any Baobab supplement they can find.  We strongly caution against this.  Baobab Fruit powder needs to be certified Organic, tested for bacteria and processed without heat so the nutrients remain intact.

Recently we have been using the Limitless Baobab Fruit supplement and love it.  We love that it is 100% Certified Organic and contains no other ingredients.

Do your own research, but just make sure the Baobab powder you buy is pure and free of any bacteria.

 

What Is The Correct Dosage For Baobab Fruit?

One of the questions we have been getting more frequently goes along these lines…

What is the best dosage for a Baobab Fruit Supplement?

Before we answer this, we want to be clear about a few terms and definitions.  First off, by asking about dosage, it implies that Baobab Fruit is a drug or medicine.  Organic Baobab Fruit, even if you have it in powdered form, is simply a fruit.  Just as you would not really talk about dosage for blueberries, dosage for Baobab fruit does not make much sense.

The other term we need to talk about is “supplements”.  Technically, a 100% Pure Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, with absolutely nothing else added to it is not a dietary supplement.  This type of Baobab Fruit product would just be a dried fruit powder.  Again, not the type of thing that would have a dosage.

Maybe Serving Size is Better Than Dosage With Baobab Fruit

All of that being said, we think that talking about a correct serving size for Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp powder makes more sense than a dosage.  In terms of serving size, our research indicates that you should aim for 6-12 grams per serving.

In 12 grams of Organic Baobab Fruit you are getting a full 6 grams of fiber.  If you go much over 12 grams of Baobab Fruit per serving, you end up with a ton of fiber.  For some people this is fine, but for others, having this much fiber at once can cause problems.

By staying in the 6-12 gram range for Baobab fruit you are getting between 8,400 and 16,800 ORAC, which is an incredible amount of antioxidants. In addition you are getting high levels of Vitamin C, Iron, Magnesium and Potassium.

Can You Take Too Much Baobab Fruit Powder?

Just as you can’t eat too many blueberries or strawberries, you really can’t eat too much Baobab Fruit.  While it is true if you have high amounts of fiber in one serving, you might be spending some extra time in the bathroom, that is not always a bad thing!

Overall, rather than focusing on dosage or serving size of Organic Baobab Fruit Powder, we recommend that consumers spend their time trying to find the most pure and potent Baobab Fruit Powder.

 

Baobab Fruit Powder, How Do You Go From Baobab Fruit Pulp to Powder

Baobab Fruit Powder

In our article on Baobab Fruit Health Benefits we discussed all the nutrients that are packed into the tiny Baobab fruit.  If you have not yet read the article, give it a quick read as it will explain why we are so excited about the Baobab fruit.  We will wait, go ahead, give it a read…

Back now?  Pretty impressive stuff, right?  Well, since writing that article on Baobab fruit we have had a number of questions on how to get Baobab fruit here in the USA, so we wanted to provide some more insight…

Fresh Baobab Fruit, Something You Just Can’t Find In The USA

Unfortunately, if you think you can go to a local fruit market and pick up a few Baobab fruits, you are mistaken.  The whole Baobab fruit is generally not imported into the USA, so you need to find another form of the Baobab fruit.  Luckily, you can find Baobab fruit powder here in the USA, and if processed correctly, it can have all the nutrients and health benefits of the fresh Baobab fruit.

How To Make The Best Baobab Fruit Powder

When it comes to processing any fruit – less is more!  The less you need to heat it, dry it or process  the fruit in anyway, the more nutrients the fruit powder will have.  The cool thing about the Baobab fruit is that the pulp is already dry.  So, to make Baobab powder, you simply need to remove the seeds from the pulp and then crush up the Baobab fruit pulp into a fine powder.

When shopping for Baobab fruit powder, you want to make sure no heat or processing was done to the Baobab fruit pulp.  The ideal Baobab fruit powder would be 100% Organic Baobab Fruit, with nothing else added and no heat used to make the powder.

Why is Organic Important When Shopping For Baobab Fruit?

We could write a whole book just on the benefits of eating organic, but let’s just say we are big believers in eating organic fruits whenever possible.  There is plenty of 100% Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder on the market, so why not buy Organic Baobab fruit?

Tests on Baobab Fruit Powder Are On The Way

We are big believers in science and testing, so we are currently testing the nutritional content of a number of Baobab fruit powders and will post our results soon.

Stay tuned!