Baobab: A Natural Source of Calcium

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Calcium is a substance that’s crucial for our bone structure, blood clotting and muscle contracting. When asked about it, most people will tell you that dairy products are the primary source of calcium, but this can sometimes be quite problematic.

You see, at least 75% of all people gradually lose enzymes that help them digest milk soon after weaning. Of course, the degree of this is not the same with everyone, and to some the attempt to ingest milk can be quite an unpleasant experience.

That’s why they need to find an alternative source of calcium. While some look for it in fruit or even mashed eggshells, others are familiar with a calcium-rich baobab powder.

How Much Calcium Are We Talking About?

First of all, it is important to know that milk is not considered the primary calcium source without reason. A lot of people turn to fruit as a potential substitute, but the concentration of calcium found in this food is usually not nearly as satisfactory.

You can find less than 50mg of calcium in a kiwifruit. On the other hand, a single cup of milk has over 300mg which means that you would have to eat more than six kiwifruits in order to replace a single glass of milk.

As you can see, while it’s not impossible for kiwifruit to completely replace milk, this would be impractical and cost-ineffective.

What About Baobab?

PandaVita organic baobab powder

As opposed to this, there are reports of baobab fruit, containing twice the amount of calcium you can find in milk. This, however, isn’t all that this amazing superfood brings at the table.

While oranges stand as an exemplar of a Vitamin C rich food, an average baobab fruit has over six-time its amount. Furthermore, in a single serving of baobab you could even find 1.2mg of iron which is not something one should neglect.

To make things even better, it’s also rich in antioxidants and fibre, making it into a well-rounded food source. For those trying to lose weight, it is also useful to know that this curious African fruit also contains no sugar or starch.

More About Baobab

The main reason why this particular fruit isn’t a part of most diets is because the general public is pretty unaware of its existence. It originates from Upper-East Ghana and the tree it grows on, is one of the most curiously shaped living things.

On closer inspection, its branches closely resemble the roots of a tree, which is why some like call it ‘The Upside Tree’.

One of the main reasons why it is not an industry plant is because, for the baobab tree, it takes more than 200 years to start bearing fruit. In other words, all of its derivatives exist only in their most organic, natural form.

Baobab Treatment

Apart from being vital to some of our body’s basic functions, calcium is also necessary for treating various illnesses some of which are quite dangerous. A lot of people have problems with high blood pressure and increasing the dosage of calcium in your body helps you deal with it.

This makes it especially useful to post-menstrual women, a group most affected by calcium deficiency. Another thing it helps with is gum disease and gingivitis treatment.

While this particular illness is highly treatable in initial stages, having a sufficient calcium intake can also help reduce the risk of this problem altogether.

Conclusion

As you can see, the baobab fruit is one of the healthiest, most natural and most efficient sources of calcium you ever likely to encounter. For lactose intolerant people, it serves as a perfect substitute for milk and dairy products.

Even apart from calcium, the fruit itself is extremely nutritious and possesses high amounts of potassium, magnesium, fibre, protein and fat.

In other words, this unique food can meet most of your body’s needs with relatively small amount of calories which makes it great even for those looking to lose weight. It almost sounds too good to be true, but it isn't!

Blog post written by Peter Minkoff

Peter is a fitness and health writer at Ripped.me, living between London and Brisbane. Besides writing, he is a total organic living devotee! Follow Peter on Twitter for more health and fitness tips.




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