Product Feature- Biovit's Baobab Cleanse
Baobab is a superfood that sprung on to the western market only a few years ago. Since its first appearance, it has gained a loyal fan group that champion the ingredient for supporting a healthy digestive system. Today’s article is a product feature for our bestselling Baobab Cleanse Tablets.
Outside of Western culture, Baobab is highly valued as a commodity. It has been used for a multitude of purposes including medicine, animal feed, cosmetics, and insect repellent. Knowledge of the fruit is a family-secret that is passed through generations. The most common uses for baobab were nutrition and medicine. Leave and Bark are often used to treat a host of ailments in traditional cultures. Here are some common ailments that baobab has been used for, constipation, diarrhoea, dysentery, fever, intestinal inflammation, coughs, asthmas, blood pressure and many more.
The plant itself is very hardy. It has a bulbous trunk which is capable of absorbing vast water stores which enables it to produce a nutrient-dense fruit in the dry arid season. Typically, it grows where very little else will, therefore, it is seen as a symbol of life and prosperity. Many trees are protected by tribes from their spiritual value. As such, it has earned the following names “magic tree”, “chemist tree "and “symbol of the earth”.
Baobab is considered to be a prebiotic, this is a source of fibre which feeds the growth of beneficial probiotics such as lactobacilli and bifidobacteria in the digestive tract. In 100grams of the dried pulp you will find between 45.8-53.9% dietary fibre, in the dried seed you will find 14.9% crude fibre and lastly dried baobab leaves contain 11% fibre. Not only is baobab considered a super-food due to its fibre content but also because it contains all 8 essential amino acids. Also, baobab is famed as being a natural source of vitamin C, providing anywhere between 54% and 100% of your recommended daily intake of Vitamin C. This is equivalent to x10 oranges in one serving of baobab fruit. Lastly, baobab is a sufficient source of the following minerals and trace elements, magnesium, zinc, iron, manganese and calcium.
Biovit’s Baobab Products
After reading an encouraging article from Professor Tim Spector about the wonderous health benefits of baobab the minds of our formulators were set into motion.
Tim Spector and colleagues lived with the Hadza tribe for 3 days. The purpose of the experiment was to measure the beneficial effects of their native diet to health. Their native diet is rich in natural ingredients rich in fibre, particularly Baobab. Measures of gut microbiome biodiversity were taken before and after the experiment. The results showed that after just 3 days on the hunter-gatherer diet there was a 20% increase in gut microbial biodiversity. Not to mention the introduction of some endemic African microbes such as phylum synergistetes. Unfortunately, after a few days back on a westernised diet without the addition of high fibre foods like baobab, these positive effects had subsided.
Our Baobab tablets have been formulated to support a healthy gut through a combination of five herbal ingredients including, baobab, ginger, fennel, calcium and prune. These ingredients have been shown to contribute to the normal function of the intestinal tract, support digestion and regular bowel movements.
If you would prefer not to take tablets, we also offer this formula in a patch form.
Here are a couple of our reviews on this product from happy customers:
Brilliant product- I swear by this product. I have seen amazing reduction to my IBS symptoms and I really feel it’s good for my digestive system
STOMACH PROBLEM GONE THANK GOODNESS! I've been plagued with IBS, cramps and other tummy troubles for years - nothing seemed to help or get me back on my feet. I read an article about baobab and it's healing properties in respect to the stomach and digestion. I thought why not, give it ago. Within a few days digestion was back to normal and I've lost pounds around my waist. The bloating has subsided and I'm feeling so much better.
Below we discuss studies support some of these 5 powerful ingredients. Aloe vera is a championed ingredient for digestive distress. Multiple studies have looked at using aloe vera as a therapeutic assistant for irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). One study took 68 patients diagnosed with IBS. These were split into an aloe vera and placebo group. There was a larger response in the treatment group for ‘adequate relief’ while taking aloe vera. Not to mention a remarkable improvement in the severity of the symptoms felt by the test group. Additionally, another study demonstrated a positive trend when using aloe vera in diarrhoea predominant IBS patients. In addition, to the Tim Spector Study mentioned above, studies demonstrate baobab fibre can balance the intestinal flora.
Lastly, is a review into Ginger. Ginger has long been promoted by old wives tales as a cure-all for stomach aches and nausea which has led to scientists investigating this further. One study looked at the effect of ginger on digestive enzymes. Digestive enzymes break down specific components in food to make digestion more efficient. In this study they found that ginger has been shown to increase gastrointestinal enzymes including trypsin, chymotrypsin, lipase and amylase. Ginger had the highest efficacy with 184% increase in enzyme activity when compared with other herbals (fenugreek, mustard, piperine and capsaicin) and placebo.
- Nutritional Evaluation of Baobab Dried Fruit Pulp and its Potential Health Benefits Leatherhead Food Research for Africa (2009) Summary Report: Prepared by Available at http://www.phytotradeafrica.com