Baobab



Baobab is a fruit native to Australia and many African countries. Both the seeds and the flesh of the fruit can be eaten and natively have been used as a thickener, to add flavour and as a sweetener in foods. Baobab is known for its high vitamin C content, containing six times the amount of vitamin C as oranges. It also contains twice as much calcium as cow’s milk, and is rich in vitamin A, potassium, iron and zinc.

 

Nutritional Benefits

Vitamin C
  • Prevention of cell damage by oxidative stress
  • Aids in the absorption of iron in the body
  • Aids in the utilisation of iron
Vitamin A (Beta-carotene)
  • Maintains immune system health
  • Helps maintain healthy skin
  • Helps maintain eye health and vision in dim light
  • Contributes to iron metabolism
Calcium
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Contributes to normal muscle function
  • Maintenance of normal teeth and bones
  • Contributes to cell specialisation and division
Potassium
  • Maintains nervous system health
  • Maintains normal muscle function
  • Maintains normal blood pressure
Iron
  • Contributes to normal energy yielding metabolism
  • Aids in the reduction of tiredness and fatigue
  • Contributes to red blood cell and haemoglobin formation and the transport of oxygen around the body
  • Contributes to normal immune system function
Zinc
  • Aids in the metabolism of macronutrients, fatty acids and vitamin A
  • Contributes to DNA and protein synthesis
  • Maintains normal bones, nails, hair and skin
  • Protection against oxidative stress and damage to cells
  • Maintains immune system health
  • Contributes to normal fertility levels
  • Helps to maintain normal levels of testosterone in the blood

 

Risks and Side Effects

No noted risks or side effects

 

Uses

Baobab should be consumed as part of a balanced diet.
Baobab powder can be added to juices, smoothies and used in baking.

 

Baobab products we have available can be found here.

Recipes using baobab can be found here.

 

Photo: My New Roots