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Often referred to as the tree of life, the baobab tree can be found in various places in the world such as Africa, Madagascar and Australia. Almost every part of these enormous and ancient trees can be used, including the fruits, seeds, bark and leaves. This superfood has been eaten and used medicinally for centuries and has been known to help cure a wide range of health issues and diseases. 

As a great source of nutrients like vitamins C, B6, iron, magnesium and potassium; baobab is also known for its anti-inflammatory, antiviral, antimicrobial and antioxidant properties. Although fresh baobab is difficult to find in North America it’s luckily readily available as a supplement in both powder and capsule form. 

Baobab Benefits

Improves Skin Health: The baobab tree’s fruit and leaves have extremely high levels of antioxidants and vitamin C; both of which are critical for protecting and improving skin health. 

Boosts the immune system: The elevated vitamin C and antioxidant content found in the baobab’s leaves and fruit can boost our immune system and help the body prevent infections and fight diseases.

Increases Iron Absorption: Based on the amount of vitamin C present in baobab, it can help your body increase its iron absorption. 

Elevates Endurance Levels: In addition to high levels of vitamin C, baobab is also a good source of electrolytes. Together, this helps to increase stamina and energy levels.

Reduces Inflammation: Although more research is needed, the high concentration of antioxidants and polyphenols present in baobab suggests that it may help reduce inflammation; a key contributor to many health issues and diseases. 

Supports Weight Management: Rich in health-boosting dietary fiber and polyphenols, the baobab fruit has been proven to help keep you full longer, which in turn supports weight loss and weight management.  

Promotes Digestive Health: The increased levels of fiber helps promote digestive health and inhibit gastrointestinal issues such as intestinal ulcers and constipation. 

Regulates Blood Sugar: Since baobab is so high in fiber, it can help slow down the rate at which sugar is absorbed into the bloodstream thereby regulating blood sugar levels.

As you can see from the impressive list of benefits, regardless of the type of baobab supplement you take, you clearly can’t go wrong. When choosing your supplements, as always do your research and look for one that is well sourced and pure. While we love adding Keevo baobab powder to our smoothies for that extra citrus-like flavor and burst of nutrition, baobab powder is actually very versatile and can be added to many things like baked goods, salad dressings or even sprinkled on top of fruit. Although there are no known side effects of baobab, it’s never a good idea to overdo anything so always make sure to use baobab supplements in moderation.   


Feature image via JSTOR Daily

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