What The Research Says About Baobab – Part Two
Following on from Part One of this article where we highlighted the role of Baobab on supporting cognitive function and gut health, this part of the article will present the impact Baobab may have on sustained energy levels, rehydration and skin health too.
Maintaining energy levels in the 21st century can be challenging. The modern lifestyle gives rise to a huge amount of stress and the fast pace of today’s world means it can be challenging to keep up. As a result, not only are energy levels impacted, but hydration status can be compromised as individuals often forget to rehydrate and in turn low energy, high stress, poor sleep and poor hydration status can contribute to impaired skin health. So, how can incorporating Baobab into your diet support your overall wellbeing?
How Can Baobab Support Your Energy?
Baobab is a rich source of a wide variety of micronutrients involved in supporting and maintaining energy function. Baobab contains plant based iron which is fundamental to the transportation of oxygen around the body. Furthermore, it contains manganese which is vital for carbohydrate metabolism and energy maintenance. Vitamin C is the other potent micronutrient which contributes to sustained energy production as it supports the mitochondria with the production of ATP (the primary fuel source in the body).
The Role Of Baobab on Rehydration
Baobab is rich in many electrolytes which are often lost through sweat during exercise. Electrolytes are essential for maintaining muscle and nerve contractions (including the heart muscle), blood fluid balance and acid base balance within the body. Ensuring that you’re replacing lost electrolytes is absolutely pivotal as symptoms of electrolyte imbalance include: nausea, dizziness, fatigue, confusion, muscle cramps and increased heart rate to name a few. Electrolyte imbalances can occur from excess sweating, vomiting, nausea and impaired dietary intake. It has been suggested that adding 5g of baobab to rehydration drinks can significantly increase the electrolyte concentration of these drinks. Overconsuming can be dangerous so remember to drink in moderation.
The Role of Baobab on Skin Health
Baobab is a rich source of Vitamin C which plays a crucial role in supporting normal skin cell production and collagen synthesis. Collagen is the protein in the skin which provides the soft and supple appearance. Furthermore, baobab contains niacin otherwise known as vitamin B3 which also contributes to supporting normal function of the skin and the protection of the mucosal membrane. The mucosal membrane surrounds our organs and external entrances to the body such as the mouth, ears and nostrils.
Evidently there are a mound of benefits associated with the nutrients present in baobab. Whilst more research is always beneficial, baobab can be said to be a powerhouse for many micronutrients including: Iron, Vitamin C, Niacin, Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium, and would be a welcomed addition to a healthy, balanced diet.