What is Baobab Powder?
Baobab powder comes from the fruit of the baobab tree, which has been revered for centuries as “the Tree of Life”. Baobabs grow wild throughout Africa and can become massive—the largest recorded baobab tree is 98 feet tall and 36 feet in diameter! These magnificent trees live for up to 3,000 years, resiliently surviving in some of the world’s harshest climates by storing water in their trunks and condensing nutrients into their leaves, bark, and fruit. Baobab fruit is a pod that contains incredibly nutrient dense powder and seeds. The powder has a mild flavor and can be consumed in many ways to take advantage of its potent health benefits.
The baobab tree is clearly a remarkable wild plant, but what are the health benefits of baobab powder and why are they so potent? Keep reading for 15 amazing benefits of baobab powder you'll love.
Baobab Powder Benefits
1. Baobab powder is high in vitamin C
We all know how important vitamin C is! It aids in collagen production and is vital for maintaining healthy bones, skin, blood vessels and more. Baobab powder has 6 times the vitamin C of an orange by weight, and provides 24% of the recommended daily amount in just one tablespoon.
2. Baobab powder is rich in prebiotic fiber
You’ve probably heard of probiotics, but do you know about prebiotics? Prebiotic fiber feeds the probiotics (good bacteria) in your gut. Eating enough prebiotic fiber is essential for balancing your microbiome and keeping your gut healthy, which also boosts your immune system and promotes glowing skin. Baobab powder is nearly 50% fiber, 75% of which is prebiotic, making it incredibly convenient for getting more prebiotics in your diet.
3. Baobab powder is a vegan source of calcium
Calcium is one of the most important minerals in our bodies as it’s essential for forming and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Baobab powder has possibly the highest calcium content of any plant food—it provides 2 times the calcium of milk, making it an ideal calcium boost for those who don’t eat dairy (or anyone, really!).
4. Baobab powder has 4 times the potassium of a banana
Potassium is another incredibly important nutrient which plays a major role in nerve, muscle, and cell function in your body. Potassium also helps regulate your heartbeat. Baobab powder provides 4 times the potassium of a banana, making it an excellent source of this crucial nutrient.
5. Baobab powder is a source of magnesium
Fun fact: Magnesium is used in more than 300 reactions in the body! It’s important for things like muscle and nerve function, regulating blood sugar levels, and making proteins, bone, and DNA. Just one tablespoon of baobab powder contains 4% of your daily recommended magnesium intake.
6. Baobab powder provides potent antioxidants
We’ve all heard about how great antioxidants are for your health. Antioxidants are compounds that protect your cells from oxidative damage caused by free radicals. It’s a good idea to consume antioxidants every day to keep oxidative stress at bay, which over time may reduce the risk of certain diseases. Nutrient-dense baobab powder is an excellent source of antioxidants, with about 6 times the amount that berries have—so toss a tablespoon or two into your smoothie and keep those free radicals in check!
7. Baobab powder’s nutrients are bioavailable
What good are healthful nutrients if you can’t absorb them? Not only is baobab powder packed with vitamins and minerals, but these nutrients are actually bioavailable as well. This means a higher proportion of the nutrients actually get digested, absorbed and metabolized by the body.
8. Baobab powder is low glycemic
Even if you’re not diabetic, it’s a good idea to pay attention to your blood sugar. Maintaining stable blood sugar levels throughout the day helps keep your energy up, your brain healthy, and your mood balanced. Eating low glycemic foods that take longer to be digested (such as fiber-rich baobab powder) is a great way to support balanced blood sugar levels.
9. Baobab powder supports gut health
Your digestive system is home to trillions of microorganisms that, when in balance, work to digest food properly and support other bodily systems. Prebiotic fiber acts as food for the good bacteria in your gut, which helps keep the whole microbiome balanced. As baobab powder is an excellent source of prebiotic fiber, adding it to your daily routine is an easy way to boost your gut health.
10. Baobab powder promotes glowing skin
Not only is a balanced gut microbiome good for your digestion, it’s also great for your skin thanks to the gut-skin axis. Baobab powder’s high vitamin C content also helps increase collagen and elastin production, the proteins that keep your skin supple and youthful. Add in baobab powder’s incredible antioxidants that help fight oxidative damage, and you’ve got one of the best foods for glowing skin!
11. Baobab powder is an immune boosting powerhouse
Did you know that a whopping 70% of your immune system is wrapped up in your gut? This means that gut microbiome balance is extremely important for maintaining a healthy immune system. Baobab powder, with its arsenal of potent nutrients, is an excellent immune booster; Its prebiotic fiber helps balance the gut microbiome while its high levels of vitamin C ensure your immune system can do its job.
12. Baobab powder is naturally sweet and tangy
Baobab powder has a delightful, mild citrus flavor that is mostly undetectable when used in recipes. KAIBAE co-founder Barbara Maes says it tastes like “a sweet tart meets a pixie stick” or “healthy fun dip”. Thanks to its mild flavor, It’s easy to take advantage of the health benefits of baobab powder by adding it to any recipe!
13. Baobab powder is versatile
Using baobab powder is an easy way to get more nutrients in your diet because of its versatility. Taking your baobab powder can be as simple as mixing it with water or blending it into a smoothie, or it can be included in recipes for pancakes, breads, sauces, desserts and more. Experiment in the kitchen and boost your nutrient intake at the same time!
14. Baobab powder is wildcrafted and sustainable
The baobab tree is considered to be a Lost Crop™, a wild plant with powerful health benefits that has been undervalued until recently. By including baobab powder in your diet, you’re helping bring economic value to this magnificent tree and protect biodiversity. Since baobab power is harvested in the wild (don’t worry—the trees grow abundantly and the fruit was previously going to waste!) no pesticides, chemicals or harmful farming practices are used.
15. KAIBAE baobab powder is single origin and supports communities
KAIBAE Organic Baobab Powder is wild harvested in Ghana, where there are few opportunities for economic development and poverty is widespread. We’ve partnered with communities there to sustainably and ethically harvest wild baobab fruit. The revenue from these harvests provides stable, year-round income for them and greatly improves their access to healthcare and education. Read our 2020 Impact Report to learn more.
How to Use Baobab Powder
How much baobab powder a day? Our recommended serving is 1 to 2 heaping tablespoons every day, morning or night (or both).
For a quick boost, mix baobab powder into a glass of water or juice. It can also be stirred into yogurt and oatmeal, sprinkled on fruit or salads, and added to baked goods, soups, and desserts. For delicious baobab powder recipes, check out our blog and download our recipe ebook here.
Now you know why baobab is considered a “superfruit” and has been revered for centuries. Baobab powder is an incredibly nutrient dense, prebiotic food for glowing skin, immunity and optimal wellness inside and out. Cheers to good health!