Baobab (Adansonia sp.) is a tree native to certain regions of Madagascar, Australia, Arabia, and Africa. It grows up to 30 meters and produces a large fruit.
The pulp, leaves, and seeds of the fruit - usually in powdered form - have been associated with health benefits for a very long time:
Rich in nutrients
Baobab is an excellent source of vitamins and minerals - vitamin C, antioxidants, potassium, magnesium, iron, and zinc.
The leaves are rich in calcium and high-quality, easily digestible proteins.
The seeds are packed with fiber, healthy fats, and micronutrients like thiamine, calcium, and iron.
As a good source of fibers, baobab has shown to have positive effects on the health of the gastrointestinal tract - from feeding the beneficial bacteria in the gut, thus optimizing the gut microbiome, to protecting against ulcers, hemorrhoids, and inflammatory bowel disease.
Balance blood sugar levels
Several studies have shown the beneficial properties baobab has on blood sugar levels.
Baobab reduces the amount of rapidly-absorbed and digested starch, thus slowing down the spikes in blood sugar and insulin. High fiber content may also help slow down absorption of sugar into the bloodstream, leading to the same effect - balanced blood sugar levels.