Several years ago, I wrote a series of articles on the therapeutic benefits of Moringa oleifera. When I first began my research on Moringa, I was quite sceptical as there appeared to be so many astounding claims about the health benefits of this plant. However, the more I read, the more I became convinced this may well be a plant which ticked many of the boxes when it came to a supplement for good health. In fact, the health benefits of this nutrient dense plant are so well recognised and acknowledged, Moringa oleifera is used by many international aid groups including UNICEF to help fight malnutrition across the world.
Fortuitously, Moringa grows well in subtropical areas, where malnutrition is most prevalent. Trees for Life International is an organisation at the forefront of encouraging and educating communities to grow this nutrient dense tree. Interestingly other NGO’s undertaking Moringa tree projects believe planting these drought resistant Moringa trees to be a sustainable approach to combating poverty, malnutrition and environmental degradation as well as nurturing economic development and generating income for rural villagers. These trees are grown in orphanages and schools with the belief that providing adequate and affordable nutrition for children will enable these children to realise their full intellectual and physical potential.
The Moringa oleifera tree originates from the northern regions of India where the leaves have been valued for centuries for their nourishment. For centuries many cultures have used Moringa oleifera as a medicine and for many it was known as the “Miracle Tree” because of its many astounding health benefits. In fact, there are believed to be so many health benefits it really is hard to list them all.
After writing my article several years ago we had customers reporting quite amazing results from taking Moringa. Many found it helped lower blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar. Others found it helped with inflammation particularly with arthritis. Others found they slept better. Many, and I can personally attest to this, found an increase in energy levels and a feeling of general wellbeing.
This tree has been recognised to contain more than 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. It contains all the essential amino acids we need to build strong healthy bodies. The nutritional content of Moringa oleifera really is quite gobsmacking. It contains high levels of Vitamin A, C and E. It’s a fantastic source of Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, Biotin and Choline plus Calcium, Vitamin D and K, Potassium and Iron. It contains high amounts of Lutein for eye health and prevention of macular degeneration, Zeatin which has potent antioxidant properties to help fight aging, Tryptophan which is a known to help with insomnia, plus selenium, quercetin and zinc.
When it comes to protein, Moringa leaf powder is about 40% protein. Moringa leaf powder is so abundant in Vitamin C, gram for gram it contains 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges. As we know Vitamin C is important for strengthening our immune system and preventing colds and flu as well other diseases.
Gram for gram Moringa Leaf Powder contains 5 times more Beta Carotene than carrots. Beta Carotene is important in our diet as our body produces Vitamin A from Beta Carotene and once again Vitamin A is important when it comes to helping our immune system fight infections. It is believed Beta Carotene can help to prevent strokes plus some cancers. In conjunction with Beta Carotene we also need Vitamin C, Vitamin E and Selenium to deliver the greatest cancer protection and guess what? Moringa Leaf Powder contains them all. Many would not realise Beta Carotene has the ability to prevent cholesterol damaging the heart and coronary arteries, thereby protecting against heart disease.
Moringa Leaf Powder also contains high amounts of B1, B2, B3 and B6. These B Vitamins work synergistically to help with energy production as well as metabolism of carbohydrates, proteins and fats. They also support the nervous system. When it comes to Calcium, Moringa contains 4 times the amount of calcium found in milk, 3 times the amount of iron found in spinach, 3 times the amount of potassium found in bananas.
Now you can now understand why Moringa oleifera has been embraced by NGO’s to help combat malnutrition and also our customers who have gained great health benefits from supplementing with Moringa.
Moringa is ideal for all ages. It is available in capsules, powder or tea. The powder can be added to a juices, smoothies or other foods. Children will love it in a smoothie, it is wonderful for the elderly and it is amazing if you just need an energy boost.
If you want to know more about Moringa Leaf Powder call in to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop at 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev and Marianne on 2EC every Wednesday at 12.30pm