5 Reasons to use Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder
Updated: Apr 16, 2019
In our post, "Baobab: What is the Tree of Life?", we gave an overview about the Baobab tree and listed its practical uses from the roots to leaves. Now we want to share the magic of Baobab fruit pulp powder, what it is, how to use it, and why it should be a staple in everyone's diet.
What is Baobab powder made from?
Baobab powder is made from Baobab fruit pulp which is inside the fruit's shell. The pulp is white and contains copper colored fibers as well as dark brown seeds. After the seeds are removed, the pulp is pulverized and made into the off-white powder. The powder has a citrusy taste with a hint of vanilla.
How do I use Baobab powder?
There are many different ways to use one of the motherland's finest superfoods, but some of our favorites include in:
Check out our other blog posts for more recipes!
What are the benefits of Baobab powder?
Vitamin C content
Baobab powder is famous for its vitamin C content which is the highest recorded vitamin C content of any fruit (10x the amount that is in oranges!). Vitamin C is a powerful antioxidant that helps our bodies to:
-maintain immune system health
-lower LDL or "bad" cholesterol
-allow for the body to absorb more iron
-fight free radicals which can cause diseases such as hypertension, Parkinson's, and cancer.
Our skin is made up of 75% collagen and overtime our bodies can no longer produce the amount of collagen needed to keep our skin looking young and vibrant. The vitamin C content in Baobab coupled with other antioxidants promotes collagen production leading to healthy and glowing skin.
Studies show that ingesting collagen is actually more effective than the more common method of injecting it into our skin. However, most ingestible collagen capsules and supplements are made from animals and can carry harmful diseases.
Baobab powder is a natural supplement that has been ingested for thousands of years, and helps the body produce collagen naturally. Not to mention that many of the people living in areas with Baobab trees have notably flawless skin!
Fatigue can be described as the feeling of mental and physical exhaustion, a feeling that is quite common and sometimes difficult to diagnose. Baobab powder is a suitable natural supplement for those experiencing fatigue as it is well known to boost energy levels due to the vitamin C content.
Vitamin C aids the body in the process of burning fat and turning it into energy. According to reports by the National Institute of Health, reports of fatigue were often associated with vitamin C deficiency. Try adding a teaspoon of Harima Naturals Baobab powder to your coffee for an extra boost in the morning!
Improves digestive health
Our digestive system is made up of about 1 trillion bacteria! Some bacteria known as "good bacteria" assists our bodies in digesting food, absorbing nutrients, and boosting our immunity against viruses. Baobab fruit pulp powder contains soluble fibers which act as a prebiotic, a food that promotes the growth of "good bacteria", contributing to a happy and healthy gut.
Traditionally, Baobab fruit pulp has been used to treat stomach issues and alleviate symptoms of diarrhea, dysentery, and constipation. The fruit pulp powder is mixed in water and ingested.
Calcium is an important mineral in our bodies that is responsible for bone and teeth health. In order for our bones to thrive and our blood to clot, we need calcium. For those who do not consume cows milk, there are many alternatives for sources of calcium and Baobab fruit pulp powder should be on the top of your list. The calcium content in the fruit pulp powder is exceptionally high with 60g providing 42.1% of the recommended daily intake. Baobab fruit pulp powder is even considered a suitable calcium supplement for pregnant and lactating women.
What are the risks of Baobab fruit pulp powder?
Baobab fruit pulp powder is generally recognized as safe "GRAS" by the Food and Drug Administration. There is still much research being done on Baobab and its side effects, however, there is currently no literature or research articles that suggest that Baobab products have adverse side effects.
The Baobab has been used for thousands of years in Africa and the health benefits are listed in its nutritional content. With new and upcoming Baobab products entering the market it is important to know where the product is coming from and how it is processed.
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Health and Nutritional Benefits of Baobab
Why Calcium is Good for Your Body
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