The baobab tree is Africa’s best kept secret. It has been used as shelters, jails, post offices, bush pubs and ceremonies but very few people know its health features. Its antioxidant capacity is 10 times higher than orange pulp, due to ascorbic, citric, malic, and succinic acids.
- Ascorbic and citric acids form collagen in bones, cartilage, muscle, and blood vessels.
- Malic acid prevents and helps conditions like fibromyalgia, chronic fatigue & oral hygiene.
- Succinic acid is a natural pain reliever, anti-inflammatory and a central nervous system calmer.
Turned into an acidic pulp, seeds are used in botanical skin and hair products. The fruit of the baobab tree is the highest in phenolic and flavonoid content which may prevent aging and cancer and can reduce the negative effects of stress. Last but not least, baobab leaves are a source of calcium, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, molybdenum, phosphorus and zinc. The amino acid content of the leaf makes it an ideal protein.
- Calcium & magnesium support bone formations, muscle function, nerve transmission, cellular communication, hormonal secretion and activate vitamin D in the kidneys.
- Iron supports oxygen transfer from the lungs to tissues, metabolism, growth, development, normal cellular function; and synthesis of some hormones and connective tissues.
- Potassium aids in stroke relief, blood pressure, heart and kidney disorders, anxiety and stress, enhances muscle strength, metabolism, water balance, electrolyte function and nervous system.
- Molybdenum plays an important role in biological functions and may help in preventing cancer.
- Phosphorous is essential in bone formation, improved digestion, protein formation, hormonal balance, improved energy and other biological functions.
- Zinc aids in proper functioning of the immune and digestive systems, diabetes control, reduction of stress levels, energy metabolism, better healing for acne, eczema and wounds, in pregnancy, hair care, weight loss, and many others.
Whether you use it as food, medicine, fiber, juices and beers, the baobab tree lives up to being the “tree of life”. Is it fair to just say that baobab tree is a blessing to health…