A study conducted by Oxford Brookes University found that polyphenol-rich baobab fruit extract, baked in bread, reduced starch digestion and glycemic response in humans.
A study conducted by Oxford Brookes University found that baobab fruit powder, mixed in water or baked into white bread, slowed the absorption of starchy food glycemic response in humans. This reduces spikes and crashes in blood sugar and energy. Researchers believe the fruit may block enzymes that break down starch and sugar, in addition to slowing absorption with its fiber content.
Baobab has traditionally been used in African populations to relieve diarrhea, constipation, and dysentery. The soluble fibers found in baobab fruit may exert prebiotic effects, promoting the growth of healthy bacteria in the gut.
Traditionally, baobab leaves, bark, and seeds have been used to treat "almost any disease," including malaria, tuberculosis, fever, microbial infections, diarrhea, anemia, toothache, and dysentery. The leaves and fruit pulp have been used to reduce fever and stimulate the immune system.
- Improving digestive health
- supporting the immune system
- general hydration and skin health
- It's also a potent pain reliever
- Energy release
- It helps your body absorb Iron
- It helps regulate blood sugar level
- It is a very potent prebiotic
- Lowers Blood Pressure.
- Increases Bone strength.
- Anti-Inflamatory Properties
Are there any side effects of baobab?
There don’t appear to be any significant side effects to baobab but, as more research is needed, it is best to check with your GP if you are taking any medication, pregnant or are breastfeeding before consuming baobab powder.
As baobab is a good source of vitamin C, consuming too much may cause stomach pains, diarrhoea or flatulence if you exceed tolerance levels of 1,000mg a day – but you would need to be consuming over 300g of baobab fruit powder a day in order to reach these levels.