Baobab prebiotic powder is the exciting newest addition to CHAMP Pro! “Prebiotic” is the term used for substances that support the implantation, growth and proliferation of probiotic bacteria such as L. acidophilus and B. longum. Baobab is classified as a “resistant starch.” This means that it resists getting fully digested in the stomach and small intestine, and passes through relatively intact into the large intestine. There the bacteria digest it through fermentation and turn it into short-chain fatty acids (SCFA’s). The most important SCFA is butyrate, which gives us energy and is the preferred fuel of the colon cells. Butyrate has been shown to help prevent inflammatory bowel disease, ulcerative colitis, and colon cancer.
The resistant starch found in the baobab fruit and the short chain fatty acids it yields has been shown in research studies to favorably change the composition of friendly versus pathogenic microorganisms in the gut, slow glucose absorption to help control blood sugar levels by reducing insulin resistance, increase satiety and weight loss, reduce inflammatory allergic responses and improve immune system functioning (over 60% of the immune system is located in or around the digestive system). Several studies have demonstrated that this prebiotic fiber can additionally help support optimal cardiac functioning by reducing inflammation and blood pressure.
Baobab is exceptionally rich in nutrients including vitamin C (why it has a citrus-y flavor), thiamine, vitamin B6 and dietary fiber (75% of which is soluble). In fact, this “superfruit” has more vitamins and minerals than is typically found in oranges, bananas and even blackcurrants. Baobab contains as many as 18 minerals including calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc—and a “virtual absence of heavy metals.” (I. Baidoo, et al. “Major, minor and trace element analysis of baobab fruit and seed by instrumental neutron activation analysis technique,” Food and Nutrition Sciences, 2013, Volume 4, 772-778.)
Baobab fruit has been eaten by traditional cultures all over the world for thousands of years as a daily food, and medicinally in greater amounts to reduce acute dysentery , as well as chronic diarrhea and constipation. It has also been recommended for pregnant and nursing mothers, and in some instances is included in baby food for infants. (A. Prentice, et al. The calcium and phosphorus intakes of rural Gambian women during pregnancy and lactation. British Journal of Nutrition, Volume 69, Number 3, 1993, 885-896.) The Hadza of Tanzania, often referred to as the “last true hunter-gatherers in the world,” eat this baobab fiber daily. Recent studies have shown that the Hadza have an exceptionally healthy and diverse gut microbiome—far superior, in fact, to the US and European populations studied. (S. Schnorr, et al. “Gut microbiome of the Hadza hunter-gatherers,” Nature Communications, 2014, Volume 5, Number 3654, 1-20.)
The baobab tree (Adansonia Digitata L.) grows plentifully in Africa and is often referred to as the “Ancient Tree of Life” since some of these trees have been reported to be up to 1000 years old. The fruit is unusual in that it is the only fruit in the world that dries out naturally while still on the branch of the tree. The benefit of this is that these dried fruit pods are easily harvested when they fall to the ground, which greatly reduces the amount of handling and processing of this natural supplement. In fact, the seeds only have to be mechanically separated from the pods, and the powder is then passed through a sieve to render a finely textured powder that mixes easily in water. Another benefit is that there are no baobab tree plantations; each tree is community-owned and wild-harvested. Thus, utilizing baobab powder supports rural communities and individuals—not big corporations.