What is Baobab?
The baobab tree provides water and food to some animal species in the wild. Unfortunately, baobab is on the list of endangered plants due to excessive habitat loss (as a result of increased agriculture).
Known as the “upside down tree”, baobab develops dark green, shiny leaves. They are grown in clusters construct of five leaflets that grow from the same point.
Baobab tree is also known as “tree of life” providing shelter, food, and water and can be used for many other purposes. Baobab tree can survive more than 3 thousand years in the wild.
What illnesses are Baobab used to treat?
Commonly, baobab leaves, bark, and seeds have been used to treat numerous diseases.
Baobab leaves and fruit pulp have been used to reduce fever and vitalize the immune system.
What are the Health Benefits of Baobab?
- hydrates skin and promotes skin health
- stimulates the immune system
- promotes digestive health
Studies show that baobab have anti-inflammatory, antimalarial, antidiarrheal, antiviral, antimicrobial, and antioxidant properties.
The pulp of the baobab fruit contains:
- vitamin C
- lipids (fatty acid)
The vitamin C level is said to be 10x that of oranges. Study claims it has 10x the fibers of apples, 2x the antioxidants of acai berries, 2x the calcium of milk, 4x the potassium of bananas, and 5x the magnesium of avocados.
The seeds contain:
Baobab leaves are very rich in calcium. The seeds and kernels of baobab fruit have a high-fat content while the pulp and leaves have antioxidant properties.
Baobab is available as a powder in regions where the fruit is not grown. It is not easy to find fresh baobab fruit outside the regions where it grows.
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