We have now learned exactly what the Baobab fruit is and the nutrients that make up the Baobab fruit. This is all you need...if you want to be a Baobab fruit trivia expert, but from looking at you, I can see you have EVEN bigger dreams. You are probably wondering, what would happen to you if you ate the highly nutritious Baobab fruit. In that case, let's dive right into the health benefits of the Baobab Fruit...
Yeah, I get it. You're busy and before you invest the time to read all these words on this page, you want to skip to the end and know what the Baobab Fruit can help you with. We will save you from having to scroll to the end and get the payoff, here are some of the possible health benefits from including Baobab Fruit in your diet -
Do we have your interest now? Great, then let's jump into some of the specifics on the Baobab Fruit and health benefits...
In our last article we explained how the Baobab fruit is just bursting with antioxidants. We have all heard that antioxidants are good for you, but let's dig a little deeper into why having a diet high in antioxidants is so important. Don't worry this will not be filled with boring scientific mumbo-jumbo, this is one of those rare cases where scientific words actually make sense!
Antioxidant means...wait for it... Anti Oxidation. You may know oxidation by its more common name when we see it on our car - RUST! Basically, when something is exposed to air (oxygen) for a long period of time it rusts, or oxidizes. This is true with our car, lawn mower, bicycle and our body.
I know, it is weird to think of our bodies rusting, but that is what happens over time. Our cells are exposed to oxygen and oxidize and decay. The nasty little components that cause the problems in our body are free radicals. Rather than drinking a quart of WD-40 (note to the kids - NEVER drink WD-40) we need to eat foods with antioxidants to combat the free radicals that are responsible for oxidation in our body. Eating a diet rich in antioxidants can have profound health benefits since we are reducing oxidation and decay in the body.
To help us compare the antioxidant levels of different foods there is something called ORAC - Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity. Scientist can measure the ORAC value of foods and this gives us a point of reference when comparing different foods. The higher the ORAC value, the more antioxidants in the food and the better its ability to fight free radicals. That is slightly over-simplifying things, since there are different ways to measure ORAC and different types of antioxidants, but in general, the higher the ORAC the better the antioxidant fighting powers of the food.
To answer that question, take a look at a few quotes from the USDA website -
"Studies at the Jean Mayer USDA Human Nutrition Research Center on Aging at Tufts University in Boston suggest that consuming fruits and vegetables with a high-ORAC value may help slow the aging process in both body and brain"
"Science has long held that damage by oxygen free radicals is behind many of the maladies that come with aging, including cardiovascular disease and cancer. There's firm evidence that a high intake of fruits and vegetables reduces risk of cancer and that a low intake raises risk. And recent evidence suggests that diminished brain function associated with aging and disorders such as Alzheimer's and Parkinson's diseases may be due to increased vulnerability to free radicals, says Joseph, a neuroscientist."
Inflammation and its role in both healing and hurting is fascinating. We strongly recommend you read the Time Magazine Cover Story - Health: The Fires Within. The only catch is I think it cost $2.99 to get access to the Time Magazine article, so let's give you the very quick and cheap summary...
Stub your toe, get a bug bite or get a splinter and your body uses Inflammation to fight off infection. The inflammation process is a defense mechanism that kills off bacteria, viruses and any tissue that may have been infected. When the whole process works, everything is cool. The problem is, sometimes things get out of whack and you get Chronic Inflammation. Sometimes the body continues to release inflammation agents like C Reactive Protein, long after the infection is gone. It is like the off switch is broken and our body keeps battling, long after the war ended.
Why is this such a problem? Well, it is now believed that inflammation my be linked to basically every known disease and health issue -
"Hardly a week goes by without the publication of yet another study uncovering a new way that chronic inflammation does harm to the body. It destabilizes cholesterol deposits in the coronary arteries, leading to heart attacks and potentially even strokes. It chews up nerve cells in the brains of Alzheimer’s victims. It may even foster the proliferation of abnormal cells and facilitate their transformation into cancer. In other words, chronic inflammation may be the engine that drives many of the most feared illnesses of middle and old age."
Source: Time Magazine, The Fires Within
Sorry, this is all starting to sound like a major bummer. Here is the good news, antioxidants can have an anti-inflammatory effect and that is obviously a great thing. If you can eat fruits high in antioxidants and reduce the C-Reactive proteins that are causing chronic inflammation in the body, you can start to see some real health benefits.
I am getting tired of writing and I can only imagine how tired you are getting reading all this words. Wow, some words even have over 5 letters, that really should be illegal. Let's take a quick break and let this Dr in the video explain why eating a diet high in antioxidant rich foods is a good thing...
While there are all different theories on how much ORAC we need to consume to see health benefits, the general belief is that we need to be at least 5,000 ORAC per day. What would just 6 Grams of Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp give you? 8,400 ORAC! It is very clear that Baobab fruit is an excellent source of antioxidants and a great addition to any diet.
Absolutely! As we discuss in the Baobab Fruit Nutrition article, Baobab is packed with Fiber, Potassium, Magnesium, Iron and more. The health benefits for the Baobab Fruit do not just come from the high antioxidant levels, all the other components are also responsible for health benefits.
A diet rich in fiber can have positive effects on the heart and digestive system. There are actually two types fiber - soluble fiber (dissolves in water) and insoluble fiber (does not dissolve). Soluble fiber can help reduce blood cholesterol and glucose levels. Insoluble fiber passes right through you, so it is good for the digestive system and helping with constipation.
Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp is 50% fiber. So, if you take 12 grams of Baobab Fruit pulp, you are getting 6 grams of fiber. The breakdown of the fiber is 67% Soluble Fiber and 33% Insoluble Fiber. Therefore in a 12 gram serving you are getting about 4 grams of Soluble Fiber and 2 grams of Insoluble Fiber. In just one serving of Baobab Fruit you are getting 24% of the RDA for Fiber.
This article is getting way too long and we haven't even touched on the health benefits of the magnesium, potassium, calcium and iron found in the Baobab Fruit. Things like better energy, better endurance, enhanced recovery, a stronger immune system and more can all be tied to these ingredients. By now, it should be clear that all the nutrients in the Baobab Fruit have clear health benefits. Just like your Grandma always said, "Food is the best medicine!"
Absolutely not! Here at Limitless Good we are not about hyping things up and making crazy claims. Don't believe us - fine, what if the mascots said it...
We do think Baobab Fruit is an excellent fruit and a great addition to your diet if you want to FEEL GOOD! There are no magic cures, but eating a healthy diet rich in healthy fruits and veggies can go a long way to helping you feel good.
If you don't live in Africa, you are going to have a hard time finding fresh Baobab Fruit. The good news is, you can get Organic Baobab Fruit Pulp - and that is the subject of our next article -