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The Health Benefits of Baobab Powder, The Sum Is Greater Than Its Parts

Baobab Sum of its Parts

As we have discussed in our articles on the nutrients in the Baobab Fruit, Baobab is packed with antioxidants.  We explain how an Organic Baobab Fruit Powder like Limitless Baobab Powder has 1,400 ORAC per gram.  As a serving is 12 grams, you get an incredible 16,800 ORAC per serving, which is about 10 x as much as the average American gets in their diet per day.

The problem is, we may have created a misconception by focusing on ORAC numbers in the Baobab Fruit.  We have received a number of emails from readers who will find a supplement that has 1,600 ORAC per gram and then figure this supplement will have more health benefits than the Baobab fruit.  This is not the case.

When It Comes To Baobab, The Sum is Greater Than Its Parts

If a company goes into the lab and creates a product, or makes an extract that has 1,600 ORAC per gram…that is all it has.  They have created a substance that delivers high ORAC values.  That has some benefit, but what that supplement is lacking is phytonutrients, phytochemicals and micronutrients.

The Baobab Fruit is more than just a high antioxidant fruit.  If you were to extract just the phytonutrients in the Baobab Fruit that gave it a 1,400 ORAC per gram, you would be missing out on a huge amount of nutrients.  You would lose the heart healthy fiber, the potassium, the iron, the calcium and more.  It is all the nutrients in the Baobab fruit – the micronutrients and phytonutrients that make Baobab Fruit so healthy.  If you just focus on the ORAC number, you are missing out on so much of what makes the Baobab Fruit special.

Raw, Whole Food Baobab Powder Is Key

The other big takeaway here is that you need to go with a Raw, Whole Food, unprocessed Baobab Powder.  Stay away from Baobab extracts as they will not have the complete nutritional profile of the Baobab Fruit.

We have become big fans of the Limitless Baobab – in addition to being 100% Organic, Raw, Whole Food Baobab Powder, the Limitless Good company is fantastic.  For every bottle of Limitless Baobab sold, they will donate 8 meals to people in need.  A really neat idea – Do Good, Feel Good, Laugh Loud

Baobab Research Videos

If you prefer to learn about Baobab from watching videos over reading.  Here are two great Baobab videos -

What Is Baobab

The Health Benefits of Baobab

Keep the questions on Baobab coming – we love to talk all things Baobab!

 

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.

 

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!

 

Baobab Fruit: Interesting Facts and Figures on Nutrition and Health Benefits

Baobab Fruit

There has been plenty of discuss about the Baobab fruit recently in the news.  Is it the next big Superfruit?  Does it cure various aliments?  In truth, the Baobab fruit is an incredibly nutritious fruit, that is packed with antioxidants, vitamin C, fiber, magnesium, potassium and other nutrients.  Does that make the Baobab fruit a Superfruit?  Who knows, as they is no scientific definition of a super fruit.

Fast Facts and Figures on the Baobab Fruit

If you are interested in learning more about the Baobab fruit, we highly recommend you check out our article on Organic Baobab Fruit Research. That article provides details about both Baobab fruit pulp and Baobab fruit powder.

Still, we understand that some people just want the quick bulleted facts on the Baobab Fruit, so here you go, everything you wanted to know about the Baobab Fruit in under 60 seconds…

  • Baobab Fruit Powder Has An ORAC of Over 1,400 per gram
  • ORAC is used to measure the antioxidant levels in foods
  • Baobab Fruit has more than DOUBLE the antioxidant levels of Acai and Goji berries
  • More Than 6 times the antioxidant levels of Cranberries, Blueberries and Pomegranates
  • More Than 6 times the Potassium of a Banana
  • More Than 6 times the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • Baobab Fruit is 50% Heart Healthy Fiber
  • Ounce for Ounce, As Much Magnesium As Coconut Water
  • Twice as Much Calcium as Milk

You have to admit, those are some pretty impressive facts about the Baobab Fruit

Buyer Beware, Search for Certified Organic Baobab Fruit Powder

Unfortunately, there are less than honest companies who are trying to take advantage of the positive media surrounding the Baobab fruit.   Here in the US, it is not possible to get the whole Baobab fruit – shell and all, so your options are Baobab fruit powder or Baobab fruit pulp.  Both are good options, just make sure you get certified Organic Baobab Fruit and that is has been tested to be free of any harmful ingredients.  As Baobab grown wild in Africa on the Tree of Life, some companies have bee selling rotted Baobab fruits, which contain no nutritional value.

As they say, Buyer Beware!

We have been using the 100% Organic Limitless Baobab Fruit Powder and have been very impressed.  The quality is outstanding and we love that they make all their lab testing available so you know they have the best baobab fruit powder.