Baobab, for those not in the know, is an African tree. Although you might not be familiar with the name, chances are you'd know the tree from childhood cartoons. The fruit dries naturally whilst still on the tree and the purchased product is a light, floury powder. The fruit in this particular product are harvested from trees naturally found in the wild rather than from a plantation.
It has a taste that is described as if a combination of pear, caramel and vanilla with the slightest hint of grapefruit. To serve, the powder can be mixed with yoghurt or smoothies or whatever else your imagination allows. The taste, in my opinion, is nice and so with this product it isn't the case that you have to find things to mix it with to disguise the flavour. I simply take three teaspoons with fruit juice and mix it up in a standard sports shaker for a natural energy boost in the morning.
|Aduna Baobab Range|
Aduna claim that the product is an excellent source of vitamin C, calcium, potassium, thiamin and fibre and a good source of vitamin B6. They write that it has one of the highest antioxidant capacities of any fruit in the world which has clear beauty benefits in helping to protect the skin from free radical damage and resulting premature ageing.
Of course, I didn't take too much notice of the claims the Aduna rep made. I very rarely do when these kinds things are discussed in sight of a cash register. I just thought I'd go along with it, give it a whirl, and research Baobab later. Research is something that one does have to do with these kinds of products. What I'd hate to do is repurchase a product that might or might not work and spend fortunes over the years with questionable gains. The assistant at the exhibition suggested a paper I could look at (I don't recall which) but instead I did my own digging around on the University's library system.
I read, for example, that Chadre, Linnemann, Hounhouigan, Nout and Van Boekel (2009) found that the reported nutritional content of baobab parts varies greatly between research papers and suggests that this could be due to the quality, age, treatment and preparation of the samples used. They recommend that research on digestibility and bioavailability of baobab products is needed and the effect of storage and processing on the nutritional value of baobab products needs to be assessed in future research. However, despite this, they point to the undeniably high vitamin C content of the fruit's pulp and the antioxidant content that is higher than oranges, acai and apples--many times over, in fact.
I think, on the whole, that I am more confident repurchasing this product than many other supplements I've tried in the past. The studies I have read seem to support Aduna's claims in respect to the vitamin C and antioxidant content. With time more studies will emerge. In the meantime, I feel that considering the product's reasonable price, nice taste, and high vitamin C content, that my choice to use it is a fairly safe one. Although I haven't noticed any physical changes in the time I've been using it, the nature of anti-oxident supplements is that they reveal their benefits over time. I think perhaps people who don't have such a healthy diet as I do would notice a quicker improvement due to their newly-increased vitamin C consumption. Since beauty from the inside out is, in my opinion, just as important as using cosmetics, this will be a product I go to each day for the foreseeable future, though I'll probably switch to the sachet packaging for ease of use. For me, this is a five-star product.
Although you can order it from their website, you can't pick it up with your weekly supermarket shop.
High in vitamin C
Helps prevent ageing naturally due to high antioxidant content
Backed by reliable research
Price: £7.99 - £13.99
Ingredients: Baobab Fruit Pulp Powder
Chadare, F. J., Linnemann, A. R., Hounhouigan, J. D., Nout, M. R., & Van Boekel, M. S. (2009). Baobab Food Products: A Review on their Composition and Nutritional Value. Critical Reviews In Food Science & Nutrition, 49(3), 254-274.