Baobab, found in Nutrafruit’s Prebiotic and Probiotic Powder, is a fruit with an abundance of health properties. It is actually a type of succulent, meaning it can survive and produce nutrient-dense fruit in the dry season because it can absorb and store more than 30,000 gallons of water in its trunk and branches. This is particularly important in Africa (where it originated from) because it survives even in the arid environment, earning its title as the ‘Tree of Life’.
The fruit is even more miraculous from a nutritional point of view:
- It has more antioxidants than acai or blueberries and is made up of 50% fibre, so it can be taken as a prebiotic to help support healthy digestion. This combination of antioxidants and fibre appears to greatly improve gut microflora composition.
- It is high in minerals such as magnesium, zinc, calcium, iron and potassium. In fact, they have two times the calcium of milk and at least four times the amount of potassium as bananas! Potassium is important to dilate the blood vessels and arteries, lowering blood pressure.
- It is very high in vitamin C – 6 times that of oranges. Promising research has found that taking vitamin C may offer benefits in heart disease and varicose veins. Vitamin C is required in the synthesis of collagen and elastin, components of the vein’s connective tissue. These benefits are thought to be even greater when vitamin C and vitamin E are taken together. Good sources of vitamin E include walnuts, almonds, and sunflower oil.
- Acts as a natural prebiotic, containing both soluble and insoluble fibre. The difference between these types of fibre is the former is soluble in water, forming a sort of gel in the digestive system. It binds sugars and cholesterol, slowing their absorption and therefore lowers blood cholesterol and blood glucose levels. Slower absorption also means you stay fuller for longer, contributing to weight management. Insoluble fibre means it isn’t digested and passes through the digestive tract, acting like a broom that collects any waste.
If you need more convincing that baobab products are worth a try, purchasing baobab products supports women in Africa as they make a living off protecting these ancient trees.