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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 Powder, How To Pick The Best One?

Another post today based on questions we have received from readers.  It seems that people are having a hard time comparing Baobab Powder supplements and looking for some help.  No problem, we are here to help!

No, Not All Baobab Powders Are The Same

First, let’s be clear about one thing, not all Baobab powder supplements are the same.  There can be huge differences in the nutritional value of your Baobab pulp powder depending on how the supplement was processed and when the Baobab fruit was picked.

So, to help you find the best Baobab Powder – just ask these questions when shopping…

Is The Baobab USDA Certified Organic?

Buying Organic Baobab is the best way to go.  By having USDA Organic Baobab, you can be certain there are no pesticides in  your Baobab Fruit.

Is The Baobab Powder Raw and Whole Food?

You absolutely do NOT want a Baobab extract.  You want a Baobab powder that is made from the whole Baobab fruit pulp.

Is The Baobab Powder Naturally Dehydrated?

You do NOT want any Baobab powder that has been exposed to heat.  The less processed the Baobab fruit, the more health benefits you or going to see.

Is The Baobab Fruit Supplement Backed By Lab Testing?

Let’s be honest, talk is cheap.  You want to find a Baobab supplement that lab tests their product and is not afraid to publish the lab results.

Does the Baobab Pulp Powder Come in A Bottle?

I know this sounds weird, but we believe that bottles are better than bags.  You want your Baobab Powder to stay fresh and oxygen is the enemy.  A bottle is going to maintain freshness than a bag or pouch.

You Know Our Recommendation…

As you know from the ads on our site, we are big users of the Limitless Baobab Powder.  It is the most nutritious Baobab fruit powder we have ever used.  Of course, we love the social good they do as well.

Keep the questions coming…we love talking about Baobab!

 

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.

 

Why You Should Only Buy USDA Certified Organic Baobab Fruit

We have been getting a lot of questions recently about what type of Baobab Fruit to buy.  Quick recap for those of you who are not familiar with the Baobab Fruit options here in the USA…

The Baobab Fruit grows in Africa.  You pretty much can NOT find the actual Baobab Fruit in the USA, instead what you find is Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder or Supplements.  Normally, we are not a big fan of fruit powders or supplements, since once you start processing a fruit and turning it into powder, you lose the nutrients.  However, the Baobab Fruit naturally dehydrates in the shell, so you do NOT need to heat it or process it in anyway to make Baobab Fruit Powder Pulp.  For this reason, you can do very well with a Baobab Fruit Pulp powder, but you still need to do your homework…

If It Is Not USDA Certified Organic, Simply Don’t Buy It

Baobab Fruit is filled with nutrients and that is great for your health, but you want to make sure the fruit is not filled with things that are NOT good for your health.  As Baobab Fruit gets more popular, more fruit is being harvested, and not always in the most pure way.  You obviously don’t want Baobab Fruit that has pesticides or other harmful contaminants in the pulp.

To make sure the Baobab Fruit Powder you get is pure, you need to look at the label and make sure it says -

Made With 100% USDA Certified Organic Baobab Fruit AND NO OTHER INGREDIENTS

You also need to see the USDA Organic Seal on the label -

Organic Seal

By buying Organic Certified Baobab Fruit, you are certain that the product is free of harmful pesticides.

Just The Word Organic On The Label Is Not Enough

You may see some Baobab Fruit products that say “Made with Organic” or “Contains Organic Baobab” or “All Natural” – THIS IS NOT GOOD ENOUGH.  A product could have some organic Baobab but then also be mixed with non-organic ingredients.  You need to see the 100% USDA Certified Organic Seal as it means the product really is organic.

Ask Them To Prove It, Words Are Cheap

I wish this step wasn’t necessary, but we have heard too many stories of companies claiming to have organic products, only to find out that was not the case.  Anyone can put an Organic Seal on their label or website and tell you their product is 100% Organic.  You have the absolute right as a consumer to ask to see the lab tests and documents that show their Baobab Fruit product is pure and Organic.

This is exactly why we tell people to get Limitless Baobab when looking for where to buy baobab fruit.  If you look here on the Limitless Good site, you see they have all their certifications and lab work right there for you to see.  Nothing is being hidden, they are totally honest and that is very important when deciding where to buy your Baobab Fruit.

Have Questions on Baobab Fruit?  Keep Them Coming…

We love hearing your questions.  Have something you want to know that we did not cover?  Just leave a comment below or hit us up on our Contact Us page!

What Makes Baobab Fruit So Super?

If you read our Baobab Fruit article you can see all the incredible nutrients that the Baobab Fruit has to offer. Sure, it has 6x the Vitamin C of Oranges, Double the Antioxidants of the mighty Acai Berry and more magnesium and potassium, ounce for ounce than the bananas – but to us, that is NOT what makes the Baobab fruit a superfruit.

Processing Is Kryptonite To Superfruits!

You see, there are plenty of fruits that have great nutrients…when they are on the tree.  The problem is, most of the so-called super foods that we try are processed.  The fruits are spray-dried or heated to get them from their natural fruit form into a powder or supplement.  It is during this processing that many super foods and super fruits lose their super powers.

Baobab fruit is one of the only fruits that actually dehydrates in the shell!  Take a look at this photo of the Baobab fruit -

Baobab Fruit

See those little white nuggets?  That is actually the Baobab Fruit Pulp.  Inside the shell, the Baobab Pulp dehydrates, so when you crack it open you get these little dry pieces of Baobab Fruit pulp.  To turn the Baobab Fruit pulp into a powder, all you have to do is crush the large pieces.  Absolutely no heat or drying techniques is used.

The fact that Baobab naturally dehyrdates in the shell, this is what makes Baobab Fruit Super!  All of the nutrients remain when you buy a 100% Organic Baobab Fruit Powder supplement that is made with Organic Baobab and no processing.

Is It Also Important to Find Organic Baobab Fruit?

Absolutely yes!  Baobab Fruit needs to be certified Organic, otherwise you can not be sure what chemicals are in the Baobab Fruit pulp.  It may cost a little more, but make sure your Baobab Fruit Powder is USDA Certified Organic.

Have Questions on Baobab Fruit? Fire Away

We have received great feedback from our readers and we can’t wait to hear more.  Is there something about Organic Baobab Fruit that still does not make sense?  Have a question that is not answered on our site?  Just hit us up on the Contact Us page and let us know.  We love talking about the Baobab Fruit and will do our best to answer your questions.

 

Buying The Best Baobab Fruit Supplements, Not As Easy As You Think

When it comes to buying the best Baobab Supplements, let’s just say things can get confusing!

Clearly we are big fans of Organic Baobab Fruit and also believe that some of the Organic Baobab powders can be terrific.  Here is the important word in the above sentence – “some“.  Many consumers will make the mistake of going with the least expensive Baobab Supplement, figuring they are all the same.  Nothing could be further from the truth!

Sometimes a Label is Just a Label

After reading our site, some consumers understand that they want to find a Baobab Fruit Powder that is 100% Organic and not mixed with any other ingredients.  This is absolutely a great start and the right way to start to compare Baobab Supplements.  The key point, looking at labels is just the start.

Let’s give a graphic example to explain this..

Here are two apples, in a lovely box, that you can buy…

Apple Box

APPLE #1 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 20 cents

 

Apple Box

APPLE #2 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 30 cents

Which Apple Would You Buy?

Perhaps you go with Apple #1, as it is 10 cents cheaper and still 100% Certified Organic.  Seems like a reasonable and prudent decision.

Well, let’s take it out of the box and see if you have a different choice….

APPLE #1 - 100% Certified Organic Apple. Cost - 20 cents

APPLE #1 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 20 cents

APPLE #2 - 100% Certified Organic Apple. Cost - 30 cents

APPLE #2 – 100% Certified Organic Apple.
Cost – 30 cents

Of Course You Switch to Apple #2 When The Box is Removed

Saving 10 cents to get a rotten apple obviously does not make sense.  The problem is, you didn’t know the apple was rotten when it was in the box.  This is the exact same problem with Baobab Fruit Supplements – you can’t tell the quality of the Baobab Fruit, just by looking at the bottle!

How Do You Find the Best Baobab Supplements?

Ask questions and demand documents!  We are working on a full review of Baobab Fruit Powders and Supplements, so look for that in the coming weeks.  For now, your best bet is to ask for lab tests and assays that can prove that the Organic Baobab powder in the bottle is still rich in nutrients.

Examine the Lab Assay for any Baobab Fruit Powder you may be thinking of buying.  Does it show a high ORAC level?  Does it show the Baobab tested negative for any harmful ingredients?  Can you see high levels of Vitamin C, Fiber, Potassium and Magnesium in the Baobab Powder?  If not, you should find another Baobab Fruit supplement.

As we said, we are working on reviews of all the Baobab supplements and powders on the market, so stay tuned for more!

 

How Do You Pronounce Baobab, As In The Baobab Fruit?

Baobab Fruit

Okay, this may be the shortest, yet most important post we do here at Organic Baobab Fruit.  You see, we talk a lot about the Baobab Fruit here – the health benefits, the science, the history – but we might have missed the most important question people always ask -

How Do You Pronounce Baobab?

Sorry to miss the obvious, here you go -

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Organic Baobab Fruit Benefits

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.

 

Organic Baobab Fruit Research

Organic Baobab Fruit

Welcome to the Organic Baobab Fruit information site.  The Baobab fruit is a superfruit that comes from Africa…I know, right about now your finger is on the X button about to close this blog.  You have heard it all before, some magically superfruit from Africa that cures all evils.  But wait, don’t close us yet, Baobab fruit is actually different…

Baobab Fruit, The Superfruit That Is Super In Other Ways

Yes, Organic Baobab Fruit is packed with nutrients.  Here is the quick rundown -

  • Contains six times as much vitamin C as oranges
  • Contains twice as much calcium as milk
  • Baobab Fruit is packed with B vitamins
  • Excellent source of magnesium, iron, phosphorous, and antioxidants

So, yes, Baobab fruit has a great nutritional profile.  However, what really makes Baobab super if the social good it is doing in Africa.  Organic Baobab fruit has become an economic boom for growers in Africa (learn more here).  A number of social programs have been created that give back to the women in Africa who are doing the growing.

The Baobab Tree or The Tree of Life

Baobab fruit grows on the Baobab tree…well, that certainly seems obvious.  Okay, if you want to get technical about it, the scientific name of the tree is Adansonia Digitata.  I know, I can’t pronounce that either, so I go with some common names for the tree, like The Tree of Life, The Upside Down Tree or the Monkey Bread Tree.

It is important to understand that Baobab is not some flash in the pan superfruit of the month.  In fact, most Baobab trees are 200-500 years old.  This is one of the reasons the trees are called the Tree of Life  - they have been growing in Africa forever.

Much More to Come on Organic Baobab Fruit

We are still doing our research and getting some great videos of the Baobab fruit.  Please check back soon for more information.