Baobab: The ancient African fruit that fights diabetes

Paul Gugenheim of Minvita, the company which sells baobab in the UK in tablet and powder form, and is partnered with The Eden Project in Cornwall says: “This exciting research confirms that Baobab is a fruit with extraordinary health-giving properties.

Diabetes is one of the main health issues of our time, and is projected to affect millions of people and cost the NHS billions of pounds over the next 25 years. If a natural, readily available product can be found to be useful in controlling the symptoms of this dreadful disease it can only be of benefit to us all.”

Dr Sarah Brewer says: “Baobab offers a number of nutritional health benefits which are only now being recognised in the West. It carries high concentrates of anti oxidants, energy, immune boosting vitamins and minerals and bone strengthening calcium.

“Rich in iron, high in potassium and containing vital blood clotting ingredients it can even help support the circulatory system whilst the high-fibre content benefits the digestive system.”

But Bridget Benelam, senior nutrition scientist at the British Nutrition Foundation says: “Many sources say that it is high in vitamin C and calcium but you have to eat it in a processed form such as a powder or jam rather than the whole fruit.”

She adds: “I am sceptical of how much difference such foods actually make to people’s nutrient intakes as realistically, most people will not eat them that frequently or in large quantities compared to the foods that are a more staple part of the diet.”

Boabab is available from Holland Barrett, Planet Organic and health food shops, priced from £8.49 for a 250g tub of superfruit powder.  £19.99 for 90 tablets. Or order online from minvita.co.uk