7 Amazing Benefits of Baobab: The Tree Of Life If you’ve watched the Lion King, you’ll surely remember the baobab tree – it’s the tree Rafiki sits on! Baobab is native to the African continent but is grown in Australia, India and some parts of Ceylon as well. Why is it called “The Tree of Life” ? Firstly, the baobab tree can adapt to its environment, whatever be the conditions – it absorbs and stores up to 100 litres of water during the rainy season to survive the dry seasons. Secondly, it provides clothing, shelter, food and water for animal and human inhabitants in the nearby areas. The bark is used to make ropes and clothes. The leaves are used to make medicines. The baobab tree is known botanically as Adansonia digitata L. Baobab fruits are born from the Adansonia tree, known to live up to 3000 years. The fruit is exceptionally high in vitamin C, antioxidants and potassium. Did you know? The baobab tree grows fruit as big as a coconut! The flesh of the fruit is dried before being pounded and powdered. This powder is renowned for being a potent source of vitamin C – which is the secret to healthier skin and better absorption of nutrients. It also promotes digestion and helps the body regulate fluids due to its high fibre content. So, here’s what you need to know about the benefits of baobab: 1) It’s a nutritional powerhouse It’s got so many of the essential nutrients that all of us need. Here’s the nutrient content : a) Vitamin C: 7-10 times more than oranges b) Calcium: 2 times more than dairy milk c) Fibre: 12-13 times more than apples d) Potassium: 6 times more than bananas e) Magnesium: 5 times more than avocados And according to The Journal of Nutrition, the baobab fruit is the fruit with the highest antioxidant content. 2) It boosts the immune system The baobab fruit is packed with vitamin C. Research shows that vitamin C is essential for the immune system’s function. A deficiency in vitamin C results in a reduced resistance against pathogens. And since our body doesn’t produce vitamin C on its own, we have to consume it through our diet. So, the next time you think of reaching out for an orange or a lemon to fulfil your vitamin C needs – remember that baobab can do so much more. 3) It improves digestive health Baobab fruit has both kinds of fibre that our body needs: soluble and insoluble fibre. Soluble fibre is the type that dissolves in water. It can help reduce blood cholesterol levels and glucose levels. Insoluble fibre promotes the movement of material through your digestive system and increases stool bulk, thereby helping those who suffer from constipation or irregular stools. A high fibre diet is beneficial to the gut in many ways. It normalizes and maintains bowel movements, lowers cholesterol levels, helps control blood sugar levels, aids in weight management, and helps you live longer by reducing your chances of cardiovascular diseases (source). 4) It improves iron absorption Studies show that vitamin C improves iron absorption. And baobab contains both vitamin C and iron. Good news is that it increases the absorption of non-heme iron. But what is non-heme iron? It’s the iron that is found in plant-based foods. Vegans out there, rejoice! 5) It boosts workout recovery Baobab fruit and powder contains all the essential nutrients to aid in workout recovery. Vitamin C speeds recovery after workout. It prevents free radicals from accumulating. Magnesium helps to calm muscles down and reduces soreness. Sodium and potassium are lost in sweat. Hence, they need to be replaced through food or beverages after the workout. And instead of your banana, how about you shake things up with baobab powder? Calcium is your bones’ best friend. Consuming it during or just after workout can prevent calcium loss and help in recovery. And guess what, baobab contains all these. It’s an all-in-one! 6) It enhances skin health The high vitamin C content in baobab fruit promotes collagen formation. And collagen is the protein responsible for skin elasticity, reduced wrinkles and increased blood flow to the skin. Antioxidants in baobab aid in self-repair of the skin – they fight free radicals which damage healthy skin cells. 7) It fights inflammation As said before, baobab was found to be the fruit with the highest antioxidant content in all fruits. Antioxidants fight oxidative damage in the body. They prevent the imbalance between free radical production and fight against them. This is important because chronic inflammation is what leads to life-threatening diseases such as cancer and type-2 diabetes. Baobab powder is easy to use. Its citrusy flavour will blend well with anything. Top into your salads or snacks. Bake into brownies or cakes. Mix with your porridge or cereal. Or shake with water for a pre or post-workout drink. The list is endless just like the benefits of baobab! Amazed by how much baobab can do? Grab your tin of baobab powder! 100% Baobab Powder SGD 21.90 — or subscribe and save 25% Add To Bag Our 100% organic baobab powder is brought to you with love from South Africa. It’s also vegan-friendly, gluten-free and non-GMO.