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What Is Baobab And What Are Its Benefits?

by Toni Olukiran

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Baobab powder has grown increasingly popular as a supplement, so what exactly is it and what are the benefits? We had a look at its nutritional value and why it may be worth getting in on the hype. 

What is baobab?

Baobab is a tree from the adasonia genus, native to Africa and Australia. The trees contain hard pods which can be collected and ground into a powder, making baobab powder. This can then be used as a supplement, and it has a pleasant, citrusy taste. 

Nutritional benefits of baobab

Baobab is a popular dietary supplement due to a number of reasons:

  • Very high in vitamin C. A teaspoon is over half of your recommended daily intake, making it a great natural supplement for boosting vitamin C which is needed for a healthy skin and bones
  • A great source of fibre
  • A good source of key vitamins such as potassium, calcium and magnesium
  • Contains several B vitamins

Is Baobab worth adding to your diet?

Baobab is used in holistic herbal remedies in Africa to treat fevers and has been used for years, however there have not been many studies conducted that show it can reduce certain health problems or help prevent any issues. The NHS states that you should be able to get all the vitamin C you need from a balanced diet alone, but if you are concerned you aren’t getting enough, baobab may be an option to discuss with your GP. 

Got any other questions for us? Let us know in the comments below. 

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Toni Olukiran
by Toni Olukiran

Toni is one of our lovely Content Marketing Assistants, and when she’s not writing posts about everything from Jamaican cooking to vegan champagne, she’s making a Spotify playlist (she was at 200, at her last count) or playing tennis in the park.

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