The baobab is a tree that grows in some parts of Africa, Australia, and Middle Eastern countries. It produces a pod fruit with a citrus-like flavor that enthusiasts can eat fresh or grind into a powder and used as a dietary supplement. For centuries, people native to the regions in which the baobab tree grows have used the leaves, bark, and seeds to treat a range of health conditions. Though there is not much medical research into the plant, we should not discount the nutritional and health benefits of baobab fruit.
Baobab fruit contains a wide range of nutrients. In particular, it is very high in vitamin C. Nutritionists estimate a 40 gram serving of baobab fruit pulp contains between 84-100% of the recommended daily amount of this essential vitamin -- significantly more than oranges. Furthermore, baobab leaves contain high levels of calcium, and both the fruit pulp and the leaves are rich in anti-oxidants.
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