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Baobab: The most powerful antioxidant in the world

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Baobab trees in Madagascar. Photo: Shutterstock

Baobab trees have been an icon of Madagascar’s landscape for centuries.

The tree can reach heights of 5 to 30 meters and carbon dating indicates that they may live to be 5,000 years old.

There are nine species of the baobab tree – six from Madagascar, two from Africa and one from Australia.

The trees are unique in that they regenerate themselves which is most likely why they have survived for so long.

Fire, drought, termite attack, it can recover from it all.

Baobabs are also one of the hottest new trends in the health world.

Baobab health benefits

American researchers have hailed the baobab fruit as the ultimate superfruit, thanks to its high levels of calcium, iron, potassium, and vitamins.

The fruits can be up to a foot long and contain seeds that are also edible.

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Baobabs in a food market in Madagascar. Photo: Shutterstock
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A broken baobab fruit. Photo: Shutterstock

One study found that the Baobab fruit has the highest antioxidant content of any fruit.

It has 6 times the antioxidants of blueberries and cranberries and double the antioxidants of the Acai berry.

In addition to being the most powerful antioxidant fruit, it’s also very good for our immune system, heart, liver, blood, and skin.

Boabab is also packed with vitamin C which helps our body form collagen and elastin, two structural proteins that give our skin support and elasticity.

But the most positive attribute of the baobab fruit is that it’s loaded with enzymes and good gut bacteria.

Modern research indicates that healthy people have different gut bacteria compared to individuals with certain diseases and other health problems.

In other words, unhealthy people appear to have either too much bad gut bacteria or not enough of the good bacteria.

Studies of the Hadza Tribe in Tanzania found they have 40% more diverse gut microbiomes than the average Westerner.

Tim Spector, a physician and professor of genetic epidemiology at King’s College London, spent three days living and eating with the Hadza community in Tanzania and found the baobab fruit was a key staple of the Hadza Diet.

And this could be linked to the tribe’s good health – they noticeably lack many common western ailments including diabetes and asthma.

“The Hadza have the healthiest guts in the world in terms of diversity,” said Professor Spector.

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Pure baobab fruit powder. Photo: Shutterstock

Baobab oil

Will all these amazing health benefits, the oil obtained from the fruit seeds is now an ingredient in high-end skin care formulations.

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The oil improves skin elasticity and soothes dry skin. It also contains moisturizing Vitamins A, D, E and F, which help to rejuvenate damaged skin cells.

There is also plenty of hype surrounding baobab oil and its ability to prevent hair loss and promote hair growth.

It can also be used to treat dandruff, or dried out, and damaged hair.

For best results, try using Baobab oil as a hot oil treatment.

Combine one-third cup of baobab oil with one-third cup of jojoba oil and 10 drops lavender essential oil. Mix together thoroughly in a small bowl and then place that bowl into a larger bowl of boiling water.

Once hot, gently massage the oil mixture into your scalp, working down through the ends of your hair.

Wrap a wet, hot towel around your head and leave it on until the towel has cooled. Afterward, you can wash and condition as you normally would.

Once out of the shower, apply a few more drops to your hair and ends (not on your scalp) for shiny, glossy hair.

Baobab side effects

Excess baobab powder can cause wind, bloating and constipation but at usual doses, it is well tolerated.

In order to enjoy the health benefits, choose organic brands that don’t use preservatives in their product.

A good organic brand can be found at most health food stores.

You can also buy it online just like I do.

I use a 100% Certified USDA Organic Baobab fruit powder – the highest quality – from Limitless.

Remember, the more whole, natural foods you eat, the better off you will be.

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