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by Bridget Boakye, at 04:55 pm, April 25, 2018, Lifestyle

Baobab, Africa’s best kept health and beauty secret

Many people know of the infamous upside down tree, baobab. But few know of its tremendous health and beauty benefits.

Also known as Adansonia, the baobab tree can be found in the arid regions of Africa, Arabia, and Australia. The ‘Tree of Life’ can live between 3000 to 5000 years. A young baobab tree can take 200 years to bear fruit and once it reaches fruit production, it blooms once a year. It is the only fruit in the world that dries naturally on the branch. 

The fruit, a dry white-ish pulp of the baobab fruit can be eaten or ground into powder and consumed. The powder has tremendous health benefits.

The baobab oil, which is obtained from the kernel of the baobab seed, has a high concentration of linoleic, oleic and palmitic fatty acids.

Health 

The baobab powder can be added to many foods.

It is exceptionally nutrient-rich. It is almost 50% fiber and contains more antioxidants than any other whole fruit. It is rich in vitamin C, high in potassium, and contains good amounts of calcium, magnesium, and protein. It is known to boost the immune system, facilitate iron absorption, slow energy release, regulate blood sugar, and aid in digestion.

Moreover, because it is a natural source of these nutrients and more bioavilable than manufactured vitamin supplements, it is easily and largely absorbed by the body.

Many people add it to their smoothies, yogurts, and pre/post workout drinks.

Skin and Nails 

Baobab oil has been a trusted aid in healthy skin, hair, cuticles, lips, and nails in the areas in which it is local.

High in vitamins A, B, C, D, and E, it is known to be an excellent emollient, serving as a great moisturizer and conditioner for skin and hair.

With high antioxidants and vitamin C, it is known to improve the skin’s defense system and its fatty acids make hair strong and shiny but does not clog pores. It restores skin’s elasticity, treating scars, marks, and skin conditions. This makes it the perfect addition to any pregnant woman’s beauty regimen.

As many companies begin to integrate baobab into their food and skin products, be sure to remember African roots and bask in many of its raw benefits.

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