Baobab

BAOBAB

 

The Highest antioxidant containing fruit on the planet

 

BAOBAB

 

The Highest antioxidant containing fruit on the planet

 

-       (ICON) Grows in: Sub-Saharan Africa 

-       (ICON) Source from and processed in: Ghana and South Africa 

-       (ICON) Packaged in: Norway and Sweden 

 

WHAT IS BAOBAB TREE?

Baobab is a tree that is often described as the "Tree of Life." Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the baobab tree is scientifically known as Adansonia digitata, and is the most common species of African Baobab. It is found in 31 African countries. Notably, baobab trees grow naturally in dry areas and store massive amounts of water in their stems to cope with seasonal droughts.

 

It is believed that the trees could live to be as old as 1,500 years. However, the issue regarding the age of Baobab has remained contentious over the years. In late 2004, Grootboom, a well-known and extremely large African baobab located in northeastern Namibia, collapsed unexpectedly. Ten wood samples collected from different areas of the trunk were processed and investigated. The radiocarbon dates of three samples were greater than 1000 years BP (radiocarbon years before present, i.e., before AD 1950). The corresponding calibrated calendar age of the oldest sample was 1275 +/- 50 years, making Grootboom the oldest known angiosperm tree with reliable dating results. 

 

Interestingly, Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch. The fruit that grows on the Baobab Tree, the Baobab Fruit, almost looks like a small coconut or large mango. Baobab fruit has a hard outer shell, and inside the hard casing, you would find the pulp, which is already naturally dehydrated. 

 

BENEFITS OF BAOBAB 

 

Baobab Powder is rich in B vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium. Zinc and phosphorus. It helps to strengthen the immune system and promote natural and holistic health; while keeping the skin healthy and radiant. Adding Baobab to your diet may contribute to the following: 

 

  • Benefit blood sugar level 
  • Keep our immune system strong 
  • Help slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream 
  • Improved digestion 
  • Helping to give you radiant, glowing skin as well as preventing wrinkles.

 

Rich in Vitamin C 

The only fruit in the world that dries on the branch can be sieved into a 100% natural, organic powder that is free from preservatives or additives. Since the human body cannot make or store its own vitamin C, we need to make sure we get a good supply from the foods we consume every day. One of the key benefits of vitamin C is that it helps keep our immune system strong, supporting our body's defense against infections, illnesses, and viruses. 

 

Promote Prebiotic Gut Health

Baobab is high in fiber, which may improve digestive health and prevent conditions such as constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. The Baobab Fruit Powder is composed of 50% Dietary Fiber, 75% of which is soluble Prebiotic Dietary Fiber. Its effectiveness as a prebiotic has been proven both in research and its traditional use in Africa. 

 

Italian researchers have discovered that Baobab Fruit Powder has a positive prebiotic effect on key groups of probiotic gut flora. They discovered that Baobab Fruit Powder promoted significant increases in the production of two of the three key bacterial groups; Bifidobacteri and Lactobacilli (S. Manfredini. "The Health Properties of Baobab (Adansonia Digitata)", University of Ferrara. September 2002). 

 

Positive Effect on High Glycemic Index Foods and Diabetes

The lower the Glycemic Index (GI) of food, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels will be when the food is consumed. Persistent fluctuations in blood sugar levels can lead to serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes. 

 

 

Researchers at the Oxford Brookes University in the UK demonstrated during a clinical study in 2013 that consuming Baobab Fruit Powder helps regulate blood sugar. Notably, they discovered that drinking a mix of baobab fruit powder and water significantly slowed the rise of blood sugar levels 20-60 minutes after eating high Glycemic Index white bread. (SA Coe et al. "The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans." Nutrition Research. 2013 Nov; 33[11]:888-96)

 

Highly effective adaptogen

Adaptogens are naturally occurring, non-toxic substances that can help protect the body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing a host of physiological functions. The name comes from their ability to adapt to whatever your body specifically needs to restore you to peak health. Baobab's unique combination of vitamins and minerals make it a highly effective adaptogen.

 

 

TRADITIONAL USE OF BAOBAB 

 

The dry fruit pulp has many uses; the most popular in most African regions is as a sherbert-like drink that is rich in vitamin C. The seeds can be pressed into oil that has wonderful nutrient and topical properties. The hard outer shell is waterproof and can be made into a variety of domestic articles such as calabashes and castanets. Both the seeds and the leaves can be eaten. The bark can be harvested without killing the tree and pounded to make rope.

 

PUBLISHED BAOBAB RESEARCH 

 

Baobab Fruit is “a source of soluble fibers with PREBIOTIC-LIKE activity” Manfredini S. (2002) The Health Properties of Baobab (Adansonia Digitata), University of Ferrara.

 

“The baobab fruit is a rich source of bioaccessible polyphenols, and the current study shows the potential of baobab for reducing the glycemic response to carbohydrate-rich foods both in vitro and in vivo”. SA Coe et al. “The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans”. Nutrition Research. 2013 Nov; 33[11]:888-96

 

“The baobab’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it valuable for a variety of applications in beverages, it has also proven to be an effective prebiotic ingredient.” Gruenwald. Novel Botanical Ingredients for Beverages. Clinics in Dermatology (2009) 27: 210-216

 

“The integral antioxidant capacity of baobab fruit pulp was more than ten times higher than that of orange pulp.” Vertuani et al. Antioxidant Capacity of Adansonia digitata Fruit Pulp and Leaves. Acta Phytotherapeutica (2002) 2: 86-90.

 

“It is very high in Vitamin C, up to 5000 parts per million.” Sidibe et al. More on Baobab’s Homegrown Vitamin C. Agroforestry Today. (1998) 10 (4): 7-9.

“The flesh of baobab constitutes an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source also of calcium and thiamin.” Wehemeyer. The Nutrient Composition of Some Edible Wild Fruits Found in the Transvaal. S.A. Medical Journal. (1966). 104: 1102

 

“The seed and fruit pulp are excellent sources of potassium, calcium and magnesium … the high calcium content makes the baobab fruit attractive as a natural source of calcium supplementation for pregnant and lactating women as well as for children and the elderly.”Osman. Chemical and Nutrient Analysis of Baobab (Adansonia digitata). Fruit and Seed Protein Solubility. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (2004) 59: 29-33.

 

Diarra B (2006) Book review, Baobab – Adanonia digitata, M. Sidibe ́, J.T. Williams, International Centre for Underutilized Crops, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2002. Agricultural Systems 89, 478-481.

 

Obizoba IC & Anyika JU (1994) Nutritive value of baobab milk (gubdi) and mixtures of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) and hungry rice, acha (Digitaria exilis) flours. Plants Foods Hum Nutr 46, 157-165.

 

Nour AA, Magboul BI & Kheiri NH (1980) Chemical composition of baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L). Trop Sci 22, 383-388.

 

Gebauer J, El-Siddig K & Ebert G (2002) Baobab (Adansonia digitata): a Review on a Multipurpose Tree with Promising Future in the Sudan. Gartenbauwissenschaft 67, 155- 160.

 

Odetokun SM (1996) The nutritive value of Baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata). Riv Ital Sost Grasse 73, 371-373.

 

RELATED PRODUCTS 



PICTURE OF PRODUCT

SAWA BAOBAB POWDER

Link to online shop

FDF PICTURE OF PRODUCT 

SAWA BAOBAB OIL 

        Link to online shop

SAWA Baobab Powder can provide you with B vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium.  The SAWA Baobab Powder has simply been harvested and sieved to produce a 100% natural superfood powder.  2-3 teaspoons of Baobab Moringa a day is sufficient to help you increase your energy levels and infuse your body with nutrients to keep it functioning at optimal levels. 

BUY

SAWA Baobab oil is unrefined, cold pressed oil extracted from the seeds of the Baobab tree. The newly pressed oil is immediately filtered to help clarify the oil. Our Baobab Oil has not undergone any further refinement or processing and has no additives. Baobab oil is rich in nutrients, and significantly hydrating, moisturizing, rejuvenating, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory.

BUY



-       (ICON) Grows in: Sub-Saharan Africa 

-       (ICON) Source from and processed in: Ghana and South Africa 

-       (ICON) Packaged in: Norway and Sweden 

 

WHAT IS BAOBAB TREE?

Baobab is a tree that is often described as the "Tree of Life." Native to sub-Saharan Africa, the baobab tree is scientifically known as Adansonia digitata, and is the most common species of African Baobab. It is found in 31 African countries. Notably, baobab trees grow naturally in dry areas and store massive amounts of water in their stems to cope with seasonal droughts.

 

It is believed that the trees could live to be as old as 1,500 years. However, the issue regarding the age of Baobab has remained contentious over the years. In late 2004, Grootboom, a well-known and extremely large African baobab located in northeastern Namibia, collapsed unexpectedly. Ten wood samples collected from different areas of the trunk were processed and investigated. The radiocarbon dates of three samples were greater than 1000 years BP (radiocarbon years before present, i.e., before AD 1950). The corresponding calibrated calendar age of the oldest sample was 1275 +/- 50 years, making Grootboom the oldest known angiosperm tree with reliable dating results. 

 

Interestingly, Baobab is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch. The fruit that grows on the Baobab Tree, the Baobab Fruit, almost looks like a small coconut or large mango. Baobab fruit has a hard outer shell, and inside the hard casing, you would find the pulp, which is already naturally dehydrated. 

 

BENEFITS OF BAOBAB 

 

Baobab Powder is rich in B vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium, calcium. Zinc and phosphorus. It helps to strengthen the immune system and promote natural and holistic health; while keeping the skin healthy and radiant. Adding Baobab to your diet may contribute to the following: 

 

  • Benefit blood sugar level 
  • Keep our immune system strong 
  • Help slow the absorption of sugar into the bloodstream 
  • Improved digestion 
  • Helping to give you radiant, glowing skin as well as preventing wrinkles.

 

Rich in Vitamin C 

The only fruit in the world that dries on the branch can be sieved into a 100% natural, organic powder that is free from preservatives or additives. Since the human body cannot make or store its own vitamin C, we need to make sure we get a good supply from the foods we consume every day. One of the key benefits of vitamin C is that it helps keep our immune system strong, supporting our body's defense against infections, illnesses, and viruses. 

 

Promote Prebiotic Gut Health

Baobab is high in fiber, which may improve digestive health and prevent conditions such as constipation, inflammatory bowel disease, and hemorrhoids. The Baobab Fruit Powder is composed of 50% Dietary Fiber, 75% of which is soluble Prebiotic Dietary Fiber. Its effectiveness as a prebiotic has been proven both in research and its traditional use in Africa. 

 

Italian researchers have discovered that Baobab Fruit Powder has a positive prebiotic effect on key groups of probiotic gut flora. They discovered that Baobab Fruit Powder promoted significant increases in the production of two of the three key bacterial groups; Bifidobacteri and Lactobacilli (S. Manfredini. "The Health Properties of Baobab (Adansonia Digitata)", University of Ferrara. September 2002). 

 

Positive Effect on High Glycemic Index Foods and Diabetes

The lower the Glycemic Index (GI) of food, the slower the rise in blood glucose levels will be when the food is consumed. Persistent fluctuations in blood sugar levels can lead to serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes. 

 

 

Researchers at the Oxford Brookes University in the UK demonstrated during a clinical study in 2013 that consuming Baobab Fruit Powder helps regulate blood sugar. Notably, they discovered that drinking a mix of baobab fruit powder and water significantly slowed the rise of blood sugar levels 20-60 minutes after eating high Glycemic Index white bread. (SA Coe et al. "The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans." Nutrition Research. 2013 Nov; 33[11]:888-96)

 

Highly effective adaptogen

Adaptogens are naturally occurring, non-toxic substances that can help protect the body from stress by stabilizing and optimizing a host of physiological functions. The name comes from their ability to adapt to whatever your body specifically needs to restore you to peak health. Baobab's unique combination of vitamins and minerals make it a highly effective adaptogen.

 

 

TRADITIONAL USE OF BAOBAB 

 

All parts of the tree are useful. The dry fruit pulp has many uses; the most popular in most African regions is as a sherbert-like drink that is rich in vitamin C. The seeds can be pressed into oil that has wonderful nutrient and topical properties. The hard outer shell is waterproof and can be made into a variety of domestic articles such as calabashes and castanets. Both the seeds and the leaves can be eaten. The bark can be harvested without killing the tree and pounded to make rope.

 

PUBLISHED BAOBAB RESEARCH 

 

Baobab Fruit is “a source of soluble fibers with PREBIOTIC-LIKE activity” Manfredini S. (2002) The Health Properties of Baobab (Adansonia Digitata), University of Ferrara.

 

“The baobab fruit is a rich source of bioaccessible polyphenols, and the current study shows the potential of baobab for reducing the glycemic response to carbohydrate-rich foods both in vitro and in vivo”. SA Coe et al. “The polyphenol-rich baobab fruit reduces starch digestion and glycemic response in humans”. Nutrition Research. 2013 Nov; 33[11]:888-96

 

“The baobab’s anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory properties make it valuable for a variety of applications in beverages, it has also proven to be an effective prebiotic ingredient.” Gruenwald. Novel Botanical Ingredients for Beverages. Clinics in Dermatology (2009) 27: 210-216

 

“The integral antioxidant capacity of baobab fruit pulp was more than ten times higher than that of orange pulp.” Vertuani et al. Antioxidant Capacity of Adansonia digitata Fruit Pulp and Leaves. Acta Phytotherapeutica (2002) 2: 86-90.

 

“It is very high in Vitamin C, up to 5000 parts per million.” Sidibe et al. More on Baobab’s Homegrown Vitamin C. Agroforestry Today. (1998) 10 (4): 7-9.

“The flesh of baobab constitutes an excellent source of Vitamin C and a good source also of calcium and thiamin.” Wehemeyer. The Nutrient Composition of Some Edible Wild Fruits Found in the Transvaal. S.A. Medical Journal. (1966). 104: 1102

 

“The seed and fruit pulp are excellent sources of potassium, calcium and magnesium … the high calcium content makes the baobab fruit attractive as a natural source of calcium supplementation for pregnant and lactating women as well as for children and the elderly.”Osman. Chemical and Nutrient Analysis of Baobab (Adansonia digitata). Fruit and Seed Protein Solubility. Plant Foods for Human Nutrition (2004) 59: 29-33.

 

Diarra B (2006) Book review, Baobab – Adanonia digitata, M. Sidibe ́, J.T. Williams, International Centre for Underutilized Crops, University of Southampton, Southampton, UK, 2002. Agricultural Systems 89, 478-481.

 

Obizoba IC & Anyika JU (1994) Nutritive value of baobab milk (gubdi) and mixtures of baobab (Adansonia digitata L.) and hungry rice, acha (Digitaria exilis) flours. Plants Foods Hum Nutr 46, 157-165.

 

Nour AA, Magboul BI & Kheiri NH (1980) Chemical composition of baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata L). Trop Sci 22, 383-388.

 

Gebauer J, El-Siddig K & Ebert G (2002) Baobab (Adansonia digitata): a Review on a Multipurpose Tree with Promising Future in the Sudan. Gartenbauwissenschaft 67, 155- 160.

 

Odetokun SM (1996) The nutritive value of Baobab fruit (Adansonia digitata). Riv Ital Sost Grasse 73, 371-373.

 

RELATED PRODUCTS 



PICTURE OF PRODUCT

SAWA BAOBAB POWDER

Link to online shop

FDF PICTURE OF PRODUCT 

SAWA BAOBAB OIL 

        Link to online shop

SAWA Baobab Powder can provide you with B vitamins, minerals, fibres, antioxidants, potassium, iron, magnesium and calcium.  The SAWA Baobab Powder has simply been harvested and sieved to produce a 100% natural superfood powder.  2-3 teaspoons of Baobab Moringa a day is sufficient to help you increase your energy levels and infuse your body with nutrients to keep it functioning at optimal levels. 

BUY

SAWA Baobab oil is unrefined, cold pressed oil extracted from the seeds of the Baobab tree. The newly pressed oil is immediately filtered to help clarify the oil. Our Baobab Oil has not undergone any further refinement or processing and has no additives. Baobab oil is rich in nutrients, and significantly hydrating, moisturizing, rejuvenating, antioxidant and anti- inflammatory.

BUY