From heart disease and type 2 diabetes to lower cholesterol and weight loss, super nutritious moringa, which is rich in antioxidants, has been praised for its many and varied health benefits for thousands of years.
It is no wonder the moringa is also referred to as The Miracle Tree or Tree of Life. This drought resistant tree produces small leaves year round and seasonally produces large seed pods. which are rich in phytonutrients.
Moringa oleifera is super rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds. Scientists have only investigated a fraction of its many reputed health benefits.
It’s an unfortunate fact that our modern food supply gives us all the nutrients our bodies need. Too much of what we eat is over-processed, denatured and acidic. This is robbing and depleting our bodies rather than feeding us and our cells.
Our modern diet has double the calorie intake than in 1965 and we are receiving 75% less nutrient value for the current calories we currently consume.
We all need to supplement our diets in the most efficient and economical means possible. I don’t think this is an option but rather a requirement for our health.
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The Tree Of Life
Moringa is a vegetable tree that is extremely nutritious and has many potential and healthy uses. The Moringa tree is believed by many to be the most giving plant in all of nature. It is loaded with nutrients, antioxidants and healthy proteins. Moringa is quite possibly the most amazing plant that anyone has ever studied.
Moringa Oleifera is called the Tree of Life because it is one a natures most nutritious foods. Not only does Moringa contain vitamin A, vitamin C, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, and Protein, it contains it in high amounts that are easily digested and assimilated by the human body. Moringa also contains, not one, not two, not three, but over 40 antioxidants.
Benefits of Moringa
The leaves are about 40% protein, with all of the 9 essential amino acids present in various amounts (histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan, valine). Moringa is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far studied on earth. Moringa has protein quality and quantity similar to soy beans, but there are no reports of Moringa triggered allergies so it can be used for baby nutrition replacing soy. Moringa is not genetically modified or altered by humans.
Moringa is a vitamin treasure trove. The amounts of beta-carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E found in Moringa exceed those amounts commonly found in most other plants.
Beta-carotene (pro-vitamin A):
Leaves contain more beta-carotene than carrots, about three to five times more, ounce per ounce. There is about 7-8 mg of beta-carotene in 100g (about 3 oz). The daily recommended value is about 1 mg. The body produces Vitamin A from beta-carotene. It is believed that Vitamin A is the most important vitamin for immune protection against all kinds of infections.
Just one ounce of Moringa leaves contains the daily recommended amount of Vitamin C (60 mg).
Moringa contains large amounts of Vitamin E, at 113 mg per 100 g (about 3 oz) of the dried leaf powder. The recommended daily intake of Vitamin E is 10 mg.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin):
The leaves contain high amounts of Vitamin B1 even compared with the best sources already known. It is higher than green peas, black beans (boiled) and corn (boiled).
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin):
Leaves compare with broccoli and spinach in Vitamin B2 content. Vitamin B2 is required for the production of energy, proper use of oxygen and the metabolism of amino acids, fats and carbohydrates.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin):
Leaves and pods contain about 0.5 to 0.8 mg of Vitamin B3 per 100 grams (about 3 ounces). Recommended daily intake is 18 mg. Vitamin B3 is important for energy production and metabolism of protein, fats and carbohydrates.
Leaves and pods contain about 423 mg of Choline per 100 g (3 oz). Diet recommendations call for about 400-550 mg/day. Choline is critical for normal membrane structure and cellular function.
Ounce per ounce, The leaves contain far higher amounts of calcium than most plants, and 4 times the amount of calcium found in milk.
Ounce per ounce, The leaves contain over three times the amount of iron found in roast beef, and three times that found in spinach. Iron is necessary for many functions in the body including formation of hemoglobin, brain development and function, regulation of body temperature and muscle activity.
Bananas are an excellent source of potassium but ounce per ounce, Moringa leaves contain three times the potassium of bananas. Potassium is essential for the brain and nerves.
Other minerals that Moringa contains include selenium, zinc, magnesium, phosphorus, copper and sulfur.
Essential Fatty Acids
Moringa oleifera leaves contain beneficial essential fatty acids.
CHLOROPHYLL: Moringa is one of the few foods that contain chlorophyll together with so many other nutrients. Chlorophyll is often referred to as the blood of plants. Studies have shown that it supports liver function and detoxification of the body