Top 6 health benefits of baobab

May 23, 2024
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Top 6 health benefits of baobab

What is baobab?

Baobab is the name of a fruit from the Adansonia genus of trees. It’s found inside hard pods that hang upside-down from the trees. Baobab is usually consumed as a powder made from the harvested fruit that is dried and ground. It has a pleasant, citrussy flavour.

Health benefits of baobab powder include:

  1. May help manage blood sugar levels
  2. May treat fever and high temperatures
  3. Is antimicrobial
  4. Rich in protective antioxidants
  5. May promote fullness
  6. May support nutritional status

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Nutritional profile of baobab powder

A 10g serving provides:

  • 5Kcal / 105KJ
  • 0.2g Protein
  • 0.1g Fat
  • 4.1g Carbohydrate
  • 4.7g Fibre
  • 198mg Potassium
  • 27mg Vitamin C

Top health benefits of baobab

1. May help manage blood sugar levels

There has been little research into the health benefits of baobab in humans, but a 2013 study looked at whether baobab could reduce glycaemic response (blood sugar levels) when baked into white bread or stirred into water. The study found that not only is baobab high in polyphenols – plant compounds with protective antioxidant properties – but that it did reduce starch digestion and glycaemic (blood sugar) responses in humans.

However, these findings were later contradicted in a study in 2016 by Nutrition Research; this study found that baobab-enriched bread did not affect glycaemic response or hunger, but when the fruit extract was added to white bread, there was a reduction in the amount of insulin needed to manage the blood glucose response. More recent 2023 research suggests baobab may be a promising application in this area, although more randomised clinical trials are needed to validate any positive attributes that may help those with blood sugar issues or insulin sensitivity.

2. May treat fever and high temperatures

In Africa, a mash made of the dried bark of the baobab has been used as a herbal remedy to help treat fever and high temperatures. There has been some evidence that the fruit, pulp and seeds of the baobab does in fact have anti-fever properties and may help lower elevated body temperature.

3. Is antimicrobial

There have been a few papers looking at baobab for its anti-microbial properties, but more research is needed to confirm which part of the plant is the most beneficial.

4. Rich in protective antioxidants

Baobab is packed with plant compounds, including polyphenols, that protect cells from damage and help manage inflammation. A number of animal studies suggest that both the bark and fruit pulp may help reduce levels of inflammation. However, more research needs to evaluate the relevance, if any, for humans.

5. May promote fullness

Baobab is high in fibre, which makes it useful in helping to curb appetite and possibly support weight management goals. One small study supported the use of baobab for reducing hunger and having a positive influence on weight management.

6. May support nutritional status

Baobab is a good source of vitamin C as well as other valuable micronutrients, including zinc, potassium, magnesium, iron and calcium which may help support nutritional status.

Is baobab safe for everyone?

Although the seeds and pulp of the fruit contain compounds like phytates and tannins, which may inhibit the absorption of important nutrients, levels are unlikely to be of concern when baobab is included as part of a balanced diet. However, if you are considering it as a supplement, it is best to check with your GP if you are taking prescribed medication, are pregnant or breastfeeding.

Overall is baobab healthy?

Baobab has been associated with a number of health benefits including reducing inflammation and helping to manage blood sugar levels. Although more research is needed baobab may be a useful inclusion as part of a balanced and varied diet for most people.

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Baobab powder recipes

If you do want to try baobab powder, an easy way to incorporate it into your diet is by adding one tablespoon to your favourite smoothie or energy bites, or using it in baking. Here are a few recipes where you might include it:

Strawberry & banana almond smoothie
Orange, oat & sultana cookies
Breakfast muffins
Dried fruit energy nuggets


This article was last reviewed on 24 April 2024 by Kerry Torrens.

Kerry Torrens is a qualified nutritionist (MBANT) with a postgraduate diploma in Personalised Nutrition & Nutritional Therapy. She is a member of the British Association for Nutrition and Lifestyle Medicine (BANT) and a member of the Guild of Food Writers. Over the past 15 years she has been a contributing author to a number of nutritional and cookery publications including BBC Good Food.

Nicola Shubrook is a nutritional therapist and works with both private clients and the corporate sector. She is an accredited member of the British Association for Applied Nutrition and Nutritional Therapy (BANT) and the Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council (CNHC). Find out more at urbanwellness.co.uk.

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