How baobab can help manage your blood sugar
Diabetes is a common life-long health condition that affects approximately 60 million people in Europe. According to the WHO, approximately 10.3% of men and 9.6% of women aged 25 years and over in the Europe region have diabetes – with as much as 50% of sufferers remaining undiagnosed. Worldwide, high blood glucose kills about 3.4 million people annually.
Diabetes is a condition where the amount of glucose in your blood is too high because the body cannot use it properly. This is because your pancreas doesn’t produce any insulin, or not enough insulin, to help glucose enter your body’s cells – or the insulin that is produced does not work properly (Diabetes UK).
The prevalence of diabetes is increasing amongst all ages, mostly due to increases in weight and obesity, unhealthy diet and physical inactivity. Maintaining a healthy diet is essential to preventing diabetes.
The potential of baobab for blood sugar control.
Baobab is an African superfruit that is naturally sweet and nearly 50% fibre (half soluble, half insoluble). Soluble fibre can help control blood glucose levels, improve blood cholesterol levels and heart health, helping you feel fuller for longer, reducing visceral fat and slowing down digestion.
The high fibre content of baobab means the high levels of natural sugar in the fruit are released slowly into the blood stream, making baobab suitable for people suffering from issues with blood glucose control.
In 2012, Aduna conducted the world's first pilot-level clinical trial on a baobab product, looking specifically at glycaemic response. In the trial, which was conducted by the Functional Food Centre of Oxford Brookes University, a milk drink containing 17.4g of Aduna Baobab Superfruit Powder consumed by human participants resulted in a lower blood glucose response than a control drink which contained no baobab.
Commenting on these results, Dr Lisa Ryan from Oxford Brookes University said: 'these results considered alongside the results from other baobab related studies in our Centre are very encouraging and suggest that extracts from the baobab fruit may have a positive role to play in blood glucose control".