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African Baobab Fruit

African Baobab Fruit

Maybe you’ve heard of this spectacular fruit called the African baobab fruit. It’s a true nutritional marvel, since, ounce for ounce, baobab fruit contains:

• 28 times the ORAC value of blueberries.
• 15 times more vitamin C than pomegranates.
• 10 times the antioxidants of oranges, and 6 times the level of vitamin C found in oranges.
• 10 times the vitamin C of cranberries.
• 6 times the potassium of bananas.
• 4 times the magnesium of sweet potatoes.
• 3 times the iron in spinach.
• 3 times the calcium of milk.
• 2 times the antioxidants of acai berries.

The baobab (pronounced bey-oh-bab) tree, known scientifically as Adansonia digitata, is an extraordinary African tree that can live for over a thousand years and is among the largest trees of the world. 

Amazingly, the African baobab tree can survive extended droughts by storing up to 30,000 gallons of water in its sponge-like trunk, which can measure up to 30 to 60 feet in diameter. That’s one reason why it’s called “the tree of life.” Since its branches have the appearance of roots, it’s also often called the “upside down tree.”

The baobab tree itself is nothing short of amazing, but its fruit is truly spectacular—a virtual storehouse of vitamins and other nutrients. Maybe that’s why it’s often considered the king of the super fruits.

Outwardly, the baobab fruit looks like a large velvety-green coconut, but inside, its seeds are coated with a powder that tastes like a tangy, caramel pear with grapefruit overtones and is packed with life-giving nutrients. In short, the African baobab fruit offers an array of nutrients and health benefits. Included are:

• the vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and C.
• the minerals magnesium, calcium, potassium, manganese, zinc, phosphorous and iron.
• protein.
• all 8 essential amino acids that the body must obtain from the diet.
• an excellent source of soluble and insoluble fiber to support digestive health, a healthy weight and to create a feeling of satiety as well as delivering prebiotic activity to support the growth of probiotics, including Bifidobacteria
• a low glycemic index rating.
• strong antioxidants—a 1,4000 value on the ORAC scale (per gram), exceeding the ORAC values of many other popular super fruits.
• supporting several metabolic processes, such as collagen biosynthesis in connective tissue and in neurotransmitter support.
• assisting in the absorption of calcium and iron in the body.
• the support of healthy inflammation levels.
• maintaining cholesterol levels in the normal range.
 

Altogether, organic African baobab fruit is an extraordinary fruit with extraordinary health benefits.   

 

This information is intended for educational and informational purposes only. It should not be used in place of an individual consultation or examination or replace the advice of your health care professional and should not be relied upon to determine diagnosis or course of treatment.


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