The superfoods of the vegetarian vegan athlete – Baobab powder

The baobab is a sacred tree in Africa. Its cult originates among other things from its atypical shape and its many therapeutic virtues. The nutritional value of the dried pulp of its fruit is impressive, which makes it a wise choice as part of a vegetarian sports diet / vegan.

Calcium, for quality muscle contraction

Sometimes in nature, the plant somewhat resembles what it produces on the human body. The baobab is an incredible tree, almost mystical, and this on all levels. First visually, it can reach 20m high but it is above all by the size of its trunk that it stands out, reaching 30 meters in circumference (almost 10m in diameter!). Which makes it a very imposing tree, well “tanked”.

And precisely, baobab pulp is rich in calcium, which will have a predominant role for anyone who wishes to acquire muscle mass and power. In addition to having a capital role in maintaining normal bone density (by reducing the risk of fractures), calcium will simply allow muscle contraction to take place, and to be done with high quality. br>

A normal level of calcium will also help reduce the risk of muscle cramps, which is not negligible to help keep the training volume high.

Vitamin C and antioxidants, for shape and strength

Then, the baobab can live up to 2000 years, which places it among the earth trees with the longest life expectancy. Its huge trunk is filled with a colossal amount of water (up to 120,000 liters), itself essential for life. Its particularity is also to have impressive regenerative capacities (it is able to reproduce from old branches).

How does this relate to the human body? The baobab fruit has a very high level of vitamin C, 10 times higher than that of the orange. And vitamin C participates in cell renewal and strengthening the immune system, two actions that help fight disease and the aging of the body. This high level of vitamin C is particularly interesting in the context of a vegetarian / vegan diet since vitamin C increases the assimilation of fer .

Even though studies tend to show that iron deficiency anemia (lack of iron) is mainly caused by an unbalanced diet (and does not necessarily have a link with vegetarianism / veganism), this better assimilation is ideal for avoiding deficiencies.

As everyone knows, vitamin C will also be necessary to gain energy, in order to be as productive as possible throughout the day, whether during or outside workouts. Ideal for not focusing only on training, but on gaining flexibility for example.

It will also participate in the synthesis of neurotransmitters (being themselves involved in the transmission of nerve impulses), and this better functioning of the nervous system is essential to aim for strength gains and better recovery between workouts .

Baobab powder is also very rich in antioxidants, which are responsible for a strong immune system and normal muscle growth. Finally, its soluble fiber content is also important, which makes it a quality prebiotic food for the intestinal flora.

How to consume baobab powder?

Baobab powder has a rather sour taste, to be expected. Personally, I don’t mind. I put it in my morning shaker for a few weeks (one teaspoon per day), and I could feel its beneficial effects.

Less fatigue and better tolerance to effort (for fatigue I’m sure, but for tolerance to effort, there are many factors that come into play in game because I often make modifications and I cannot be sure that the baobab is the origin – although I do not doubt that it could be involved -).

I advise you to choose it organic if possible to have a superior nutritional quality and of course for the respect given to baobabs during harvest, like that of the Force Ultra Nature site, or this one for example:

If you take some, I invite you to add for example raw cocoa powder or spiruline (rich in iron) to benefit from the combination with vitamin C, which is strongly present in baobab powder. I have seen that it can also be consumed with plain water, in sauces or in soy yoghurts, it’s up to you! You can also make a smoothie or a vegetable juice with it, it’s up to you to find the right taste combinations!

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