Have you heard of baobab powder? It is a great addition to any diet and has wonderful benefits if you are pregnant. Learn six ways it can support your health and watch this video showing a delicious, nutritious and easy recipe using baobab powder .
Vitamins and mineral-rich superfoods are a blessing to expectant mothers. Before the nine months are over, there is a likelihood that you will get too many recommendations on what to and what not to eat. However, super organic foods and extracts will help in the development of a healthy baby. One of the safest extracts to include during your pregnancy is baobab powder. It’s not only healthy, but it’s safe for the growing fetus.
Packed With Vitamins and Minerals
In the past, studies have shown that the baobab fruit has been a darling for African mothers. The powder tops many nutritional charts when it comes to the supply of iron, phosphorus, potassium and calcium. In fact, the baobab fruit contains some of the highest levels of vitamin C. It’s even better than some of the largely known citrus fruits and oranges. The pulp and powder from the baobab fruit can be sprinkled onto your favourite dessert, snacks and smoothies to add to the flavour.
Contains Useful Fibres
Baobab powder is great for pregnant and lactating mothers. The fruit has high levels of soluble and insoluble fibre. Insoluble fibres are assimilated within the intestines, and they offer the best resistance to constipation, which can be a bother throughout the pregnancy trimesters. The soluble fibre is absorbed and provides excellent probiotic effects, and they are good for a healthy gut in a pregnant woman.
Contains Baby-Friendly Vitamins
For pregnant mothers, who add baobab powder into their daily diets, the body benefits from antioxidants, amino acids and essential fatty acids. The pulp powder has high levels of Vitamin C. This is important for both the mother and the baby. Vitamin C helps the body to build bones, cartilage and helps fight cell damage. There are other important vitamins found in baobab powder including A, B1, B2, and B6.
High Levels Of Antioxidants
Baobab powder contains high levels of antioxidants. For pregnant mothers, there is a lot of hormonal activity going on within their bodies. The antioxidants in the powder help fight inflammation. Oxidation within the pregnant mother’s system can harm the baby’s development but with baobab powder, it’s smooth sailing all the way.
Kicks out Cramping during Pregnancy
Pregnant mothers require essential minerals. With baobab powder, expectant mothers will get high levels of magnesium. In fact, baobab contains high magnesium levels just like the good old leafy greens. Pregnant women, who have enough magnesium levels, will avoid muscle cramping that saps out a lot of energy. Baobab powder is natural and it provides other useful minerals including potassium. This mineral is crucial for balancing your blood pressure, blood pH levels and keeps your kidneys in god shape for the whole nine months.
Natural Supply of Energy
For pregnant mothers, fatigue is never far away. Adding baobab powder to your smoothie gives you renewed burst of energy. It’s a much better alternative to things like energy drinks that may have components which could cause harm to the developing baby. It is never advisable to include too many artificial ingredients in your food when you are expectant. Instead of supplementing with corn starch, or processed flours to thicken your sauces, baobab powder is ideal even for your bake mix.
Ready to try it? Here is a simple, delicious and nutritious way to include the benefits of baobab powder in your diet.
Another wonderful way to use baobab during pregnancy is as a topical body oil. It contains up to 35% Omega 6 and 3% Omega 3 essential fatty acids and is known for its anti-inflammatory and moisturising properties as well as improving skin elasticity and skin regeneration. Find it in Nom Nom Organic Pregnancy Stretch Butter.
Jayne Russell has over twenty years of experience as a pre’ and postnatal massage and nutritional therapist and is the founder of Nom Nom – award winning, certified organic pregnancy and baby skincare. Sign up for your free skincare guide “10 Steps to Super Healthy Baby Skin” at nomnomskincare.com