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Recently covered by Channel 4’s ‘Superfoods : The Real Story’, the properties of Baobab are likely to make it hugely popular in the very near future. Grown in South Africa the Baobab is the fruit of a tree. Traditionally used and revered for its health giving properties by the local population it’s harvested when the fruits dry naturally on the tree and then fall to the ground. The contents of the fruit are then ground into a powder whose properties qualify it as a real superfood!
Like other Superfoods baobab’s nutritional benefits are huge. It’s a vitamin C powerhouse for immune health, a source of soluble and insoluble fibre to maintain good digestion and healthy cholesterol levels, as well is a rich source of prebiotics to keep our gut bacteria healthy with all the benefits that come with that.
However Channel 4 stressed another of the fruit’s benefits, it’s ability to regulate blood sugars and in a population where sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy diet are leading to a veritable diabetes epidemic this could be huge.

Aduna is a company who manufacture premium quality Superfoods including Baobab and in 2012 they conducted the world’s first pilot-level clinical trial on a baobab product, looking specifically at glycaemic response. In the trial, which was conducted by scientists at the Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University, a milk drink containing 17.4g of Aduna Baobab Powder consumed by human participants resulted in a lower blood glucose response than a control drink which contained no baobab.

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Commenting on these results, Dr Lisa Ryan from Oxford Brookes University said: ‘these results considered alongside the results from other baobab related studies in our Centre are very encouraging and suggest that extracts from the baobab fruit may have a positive role to play in blood glucose control”.

This is hard to ignore and seems pretty conclusive that for any of us with blood sugar balance issues adding baobab powder to our daily diet could have a majorly positive role. And the good news is that it’s not difficult to do. The powder has a pleasant citrusy flavour a bit like sherbet making it easy to add to juices, smoothies or water to just sprinkled over porridge or cereals.

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And just in case you need more convincing other benefits include :
The powder provides great source of slow release energy making it an ideal addition to breakfast.

Take it with iron rich foods or in water with iron supplements to dramatically increase the mineral’s absorption.
It’s an alkalizing food  and as such can defend our bodies from chronic diseases such as arthritis and hypertension.

Baobab is packed with antioxidants and vitamin C which supports collagen formation – helping to give you radiant, glowing skin as well as preventing wrinkles.

I’m sorry Baobab went under my radar until now but I know it’s going into my porridge from now on.

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