Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay explains the benefits of Baobab and how to get it
Healthy foods, snacks and drinks have exploded on to the market and it’s left us feeling spoilt for choice when it comes to deciding what non-artificial energy bar or detox tea we are going to try next. But how much do we know about trendy ingredients really? This is why we asked Healthista’s Nutritional Director Rick Hay to fill in the blanks on the most confusing super-nutrients of the moment. Today, he’s covering African superfood, baobab.
Rick Hay says: ‘Baobab is an African berry rich in fibre and has been used traditionally to treat digestive discomfort. The fibre acts as a prebiotic in the body and this helps feed the good bacteria in the stomach.
Baobab is also rich in potassium, vitamin C and magnesium which together can help to reduce stress levels and can lower anxiety. Baobab can also regulate blood sugar spikes, if you have cravings you might be surprised that this sweet tasting fibre will help to reduce those cravings and also keep you fuller for longer.
Baobab comes as a powder and can be taken in your smoothie, juice, or water. You can also try sprinkling some in your porridge or cereals for breakfast.
Rick Hay is an Anti-Ageing and Fitness Nutritionist with many years clinical experience in nutrition, naturopathy, botanical medicine and iridology. He specializes in obesity treatment and weight management. He writes a regular Natural Health and Fitness Blog for Healthista. Find out more at rickhay.co.uk. Follow Rick on Twitter @rickhayuk