As I have been conducting my research on Moringa oleifera over the past few years I have become more and more fascinated with the many benefits of this densely rich nutrient herb.
Not only are there studies on the benefits of Moringa oleifera for humans but also for animals. One research team at Nicaragua found when they fed Moringa oleifera to cattle, their milk production increased by 45% and their weight gain was 33%. Interestingly, when they removed the Moringa oleifera from their diet, their milk and weight reverted to their previous state. When they reintroduced the Moringa to their diet, once again their health and milk production improved. With this research in mind, Moringa is used widely in cattle fodder, not only Nicaragua but also other countries where it grown.
Of course, it is not only humans who require extra nutrition to maintain good health. Our pets also need nutrient rich food to stay healthy. Unfortunately our pets are now suffering similar diseases to humans - arthritis, obesity, blocked arteries, diabetes, cancer and more. As with humans bad nutrition means our pets will suffer from ill health and early death just as we will if we don’t take care of our health. And as with humans our pets these days generally don’t get nearly enough exercise to stay healthy.
Often commercial pet food is nothing more than low nutrient junk food. No wonder our pets are suffering. There are obviously some pet foods which are of better quality but even those foods can be missing the vitamins and minerals needed for a healthy pet.
Our pets are no different to us - they will often develop arthritis as they age and their immune systems will suffer if they are not fed the nutrients they need for a healthy immune system. As with humans, as they age they will suffer even more when being fed nutrient poor food. And as with humans they will also benefit from adding Moringa oleifera to their diet. The 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, amino acids, iron, quality protein, calcium and trace minerals from this nutrient dense food will be as beneficial for your pets as it will be for you.
As I wrote last week, Moringa oleifera is believed to contain some of the most potent anti-inflammatory compounds in natural medicine. These anti-inflammatory qualities may be as beneficial for your arthritic pets as they will be for you. We know low grade chronic inflammation can be the source of many diseases including cancer, obesity and heart disease. It is no different for our pets and another good reason to feed our pets Moringa oleifera. Supplementing with this nutrient dense food is understood to encourage good healthy joints and muscles in our pets as well as a healthy immune system.
Of course, as with humans, Moringa oleifera because of its high nutrition content may also be helpful in increasing energy levels especially as our pets age.
Which leads me to the benefits of supplementing the diets of pregnant and lactating animals – Moringa oleifera is understood to increase milk production and encourage superior quality milk. Plus the extra nutrients may be hugely beneficial for the health of the animal.
As I have previously mentioned the Moringa tree is being planted throughout many subtropical countries by aid agencies such as UNICEF to help prevent and treat malnutrition. These trees are not just being planted for humans but also to feed livestock, to produce better quality meat and milk.
Moringa oleifera comes in a powder, it doesn’t have a strong taste or smell and is easily mixed into your pet’s food. It is also available in capsule.
If you want to know more about the benefits of Moringa oleifera call to see Bev and the team at Go Vita, Your Health Shop in 5 North St, Batemans Bay or phone on 44729737. Don’t forget to tune into Bev and Marianne on 2EC on Go Get Healthy every Wednesday at 12.30pm.