Baobab powder is a nutrient-dense pulp that is extracted from baobab fruit. When the fruit are ripe the pulp inside the fruit dries out naturally, concentrating all the nutrients into a naturally formed powder. The powder is extracted from the fruit, separated from the seed and which is used to make a moisturizing oil for the skin (see our sister brand BaoCare). Our baobab powder is suitable for vegans, raw food diets and is certified organic, halal and kosher.
Baobab powder comes from the huge capsule-like fruit of the baobab tree. Baobab trees grow in the savannah areas of Africa from South Africa right through to east and west Africa.
Did you know it can take a baobab tree up to 200 years before it produces its first hard, green-brown velvety pod-shaped fruit? We get our baobab fruit powder from EcoProducts, the only South African baobab production company based in the Limpopo, the heart of baobab country.
Baobab powder had an impressive nutritional profile of bio-available nutrients. It is exceptionally high in Vitamin C , good for boosting the immune system and dietary fibres which acts as a pre-biotic boosting gut health. Baobab powder is also an excellent source of plant-based minerals such as calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron. BaoActive powder is minimally processed with no added sugar and is naturally gluten-free.
Baobab is rich in Vitamin C, vital for the support for your immune system. Vitamin C is an essential vitamin that our bodies can’t produce which is why it needs to be replenished daily, keeping you strong and healthy by giving your defences a boost against disease and infection.
Baobab has extremely high soluble and insoluble dietary fibre content. Both these fibres are very important for your gut health. Soluble dietary fibres stimulates the growth of intestinal microflora necessary for good digestion, allowing you to absorb more nutrients from your food. The insoluble fibre in baobab powder provides the roughage necessary for the movement of food through your gastrointestinal tract.
Baobab has a stabilizing effect on blood sugar especially when consuming high-starch foods such as bread and pap. It’s rich in polyphenols and just a few tablespoons can help manage blood sugar levels. Mix a tablespoon of baobab powder with water or milk and drink this with your meal. You can also add baobab powder to fruit juices to help slow down the release of sugar into your blood.
Adding baobab to certain foods can help reduce feelings of hunger, allowing you to feel fuller more quickly and thus reducing the amount of food you eat. Just mix a tablespoon of baobab powder into a paste, then add water or milk to make a quick satisfying drink. You’ll already feel full before you have eaten your meal!
Baobab powder is a great revitaliser! Containing good quantities of bioavailable vitamin C, calcium, magnesium, potassium and iron, you’re packing a great nutritional boost in just a few tablespoons of baobab powder. Add it to your recovery drink after a workout or smoothie for breakfast.
As a mineral, potassium works towards maintaining healthy muscle function and as an electrolyte, it assists in regulating blood pH, blood pressure, conducting nerve impulses and much more. Baobab powder contains six times as much potassium as a banana.
Vitamin C is an essential nutrient and antioxidant and baobab powder has one of the highest vitamin C contents of any fruit, offering nearly four times more than an orange. It also has one of the highest antioxidant ratings. Because vitamin C can’t be stored in our bodies, it’s necessary to consume it on a daily basis. Baobab powder provides your daily vitamin C boost.
Magnesium is required for over 350 essential biochemical reactionsand is necessary for energy metabolism, muscle and heart function, ahealthy nervous system and bone density. Baobab is an excellent source of magnesium as it contains twice as much magnesium as dark leafy greens.
One of baobab’s greatest gifts is that it’s possibly the richest plant-based source of calcium known, containing almost 4 times the amount of calcium in milk, making it an excellent source of calcium for everyone, but especially children, vegans, pregnant and post-menopausal women.
Iron promotes increased energy, athletic performance and the proper function of haemoglobin, needed to transport oxygen in the blood. Baobab has almost twice as much iron as spinach and slightly more than meat. Vitamin C is known to enhance the absorption of iron, and the presence of Vitamin C and iron in baobab makes this an exceptionally rich source of bioavailable iron.
Baobab powder has a mildly tart, sherbet-like citrus sweet-sour taste. The powder is traditionally added to water or milk to make a refreshing drink to boost gut health and give energy. The easiest way to use baobab powder today is to add it to your smoothie or recovery drink. You can also make one of our potent power shots. This way you get the best nutritional boost out of your baobab. It is a very versatile ingredient and can be used in both sweet and savoury recipes; anything from cheesecake to bao-mayo. Try our wide range of recipes today!