Over the past few weeks, you may have heard some news reports about the Baobab fruit. Perhaps you were told Baobab is a superfruit from Africa that has endless health benefits. Of course, this is the internet, so who knows if anything you read here is true!
To help clear the confusion about the Baobab fruit, we will go over what exactly Baobab fruit really is and what, if any, health benefits can you get from eating Baobab.
The 2 Minute History of the Baobab Tree and Baobab Fruit
Let’s start at the top – how do you pronounce Baobab? It is pronounced “Bey-Oh-Bab“. Well, there you go – everything you need to know about Baobab…
Just kidding! Okay, here is the amazingly quick history on Baobab. The Baobab fruit grows on the Adansonia, a genus of eight species of tree, of which six are native to Madagasca and one is native to mainland Africa and the Arabian Peninsula.
Just because you may see various names for the Baobab tree – here are the most common alternative names – tree of life, boab, boaboa, tabaldi, bottle tree, upside-down tree, and monkey bread tree.
The Baobab tree has been around for thousands of years, and it is not uncommon to find 150-1,000 year old trees across Africa. The tree has a very funny look, as it is leafless most of the year, with its branches looking like roots in the year. This is how it earned the nickname of Upside Down Tree.
Learning About the Baobab Fruit and Its Nutrients
The Baobab fruit looks almost like a strange shaped coconut. There is a hard shell that must be cracked open to reach the Baobab fruit pulp. The very interesting thing about the Baobab fruit pulp is that it is dry – again, almost like coconut flesh. The important point here is that you do NOT need to process the Baobab fruit to turn it into Baobab fruit powder. You simply remove the Baobab seeds and mill the Baobab fruit powder. No heat is introduced and this is key, so the nutrients are not killed.
The Baobab fruit is absolutely packed with nutrients. Here are the highlights on a gram for gram basis -
- 10 Times The Antioxidants of Oranges
- 6 Times More Antitoxidants than blueberries
- 2.5 Times The Antioxidants of Goji Berries
- More Antioxidants Than The Acai Berry
- 6 times the Vitamin C found in oranges.
- 4 times more potassium than a banana.
- More calcium than milk.
- More magnesium than spinach.
Baobab Fruit Health Benefits
As you can see from the nutrient highlights, the Baobab fruit is truly a Superfruit. What health benefits can you see from all the nutrients in Organic Baobab fruit?
- Increased energy levels
- Improve Skin tone
- Reduce the signs of aging
- Improve Digestive Function
- Maintain Healthy Blood Pressure Levels
- Improve Overall Wellness
- Increase Endurance
What Is The Best Way To Take Baobab Fruit For Maximum Health Benefits?
The first thing you want to do is make sure you are getting Organic Baobab Fruit. You need to stay away from any Baobab powder or fruit pulp that is not certified organic. In terms of Baobab fruit powder versus Baobab fruit pulp – both are excellent choices. We will address the differences between Organic Baobab fruit powder vs Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp in a future article, but both forms of Baobab will get you tremendous health benefits.