Wednesday, 25 January 2017

Moringa Oleifera: The King of Superfoods!

Moringa oleifera is the world record holder for most antioxidants. Gram per gram, it has about 50% more antioxidants than acai berries. Antioxidants can help prevent degenerative diseases caused by aging.  Moringa has been used in Ayurvedic medicine to prevent and treat over 300 different diseases.

Moringa is natures best multivitamin

The abundance of vitamins and minerals found in moringa is astounding. It leads many scientists to believe it is the most nutrient dense food ever discovered. It has over 92 nutrients and 46 antioxidants and all of the essential amino acids which is quite rare for plant foods. So how does moringa stack up against its competition?
Dried moringa leaf powder contains…
  • 10x the Vitamin A of carrots
  • 17x the Calcium of milk
  • 15x the Potassium of bananas
  • 25x the Iron of spinach
  • 9x the Protein of yogurt
  • 4x more Fiber than oats
  • 1/2 the Vitamin c of oranges (7x vitamin c for fresh leaves)
Most people in today’s busy world don’t eat a balanced diet. Most of us eat at least one meal a day we didn’t prepare ourselves. Fast food and frozen TV dinners are convenient and cheap but offer little nutritional value.  Adding moringa to juice and smoothies, or consuming it in tea or capsule form is a great way to get the nutrition your body needs. Since it is all natural it has a bio-availability much higher than synthetic multivitamins.

Moringa can curb your appetite and provide lasting energy

Many people who eat moringa report being less hungry and having more energy throughout the day.  There are various factors that contribute to moringa’s appetite suppressing abilities. Moringa helps to regulate blood sugar. Studies show that after glucose was administered to Wistar and Goto-Kakizaki rats, moringa significantly reduced their blood glucose levels compared to the control group (see source below). Stable levels of blood sugar is very important for controlling hunger and is the main focus of many popular diets. Moringa is so effective in regulating blood sugar that some diabetics report they no longer need to take their insulin treatments.

A great moringa smoothie recipe

Ingredients
  • 1 tablespoon moringa powder (you can’t taste it at all)
  • 1/2 cup of fresh blueberries
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberries
  • 1 cup of your favorite milk (coconut, soy, almond, etc.)
  • Optional- add 1 tablespoon of honey and/or peanut butter for taste
  • 1 cup of ice
Blend it up until it is smooth and enjoy!

Moringa oil is a fantastic moisturizer and has anti-aging properties

So far this article talked about the benefits of moringa leaf powder. Moringa oil, also known as Ben Oil, can be extracted from moringa seeds. It is rare because it takes so many seeds to produce a high quantity of oil. The cosmetic industry has long used ben oil in high end beauty creams and moisturizers. Ben oil has a high concentration of vitamins and antioxidants and its continued use promotes beautiful and healthy skin. It can also be used for cooking, aromatherapy, and as a machinery lubricant. It is said to be the the most shelf stable oil in the world.


Sources used in this article include:
http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC2275769/
http://www.treesforlife.org/


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