Nutritional Benefits of Moringa

Apr 27, 2015

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Moringa is a good source of vitamins A, B1, B2, B6, B12, E and minerals Iron, Calcium, Magnesium, Zinc, Potassium and what’s more…

• Moringa could be helpful as part of your diet plan. That’s because Moringa is very high in fibre, and high fibre foods help you to feel fuller for longer, so you’re less inclined to over-eat.
• Adding Moringa to your diet will contribute to your recommended daily fibre intake. 10g of Moringa will provide you with about 4.92g of fibre.
• The Calcium in Moringa contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.
• When we’re full of energy and life, we are also more likely to be active and exercise. To lose weight exercise is key factor, and vitamins B2, B3, as well as Magnesium, and Iron in moringa contribute to the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
• Moringa is also a good source of protein and protein contributes to both a growth in muscle mass and to the maintenance of muscle mass, while potassium contributes to normal muscle function.
• The vitamins and minerals in moringa powder including vitamins , B2 and B3 contribute the maintenance of normal skin.
• Antioxidants found in moringa, such as vitamins B2, and E contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress.
• The vitamins and minerals in Moringa powder are important for our overall health. Calcium is needed for maintenance of normal teeth, while Phosphorus contributes to the maintenance of normal teeth and bones.
• Potassium, Calcium and Magnesium contribute to normal muscle function, and vitamin B1 contributes to the normal function of the heart.
• Potassium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure, Vitamin B2 contributes to maintenance of normal red blood cells and Iron contributes to the normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin.
• Iron also contributes to normal oxygen transport in the body. Vitamins B2 contribute to normal metabolism of Iron.
• For our mental health, Vitamins B1, B3 and B12 contribute to normal psychological function. Iron to normal cognitive function, and Calcium contributes to normal neurotransmission.
• Vitamins B1, B2, B6, B12 and Potassium support the normal function of the nervous system, and Iron, B6, and B12 contribute to the normal function of the immune system.
• Moringa Powder is produced naturally without chemical pesticides or fertilisers.
Suggested Use: add 1-2 heaped teaspoons of Moringa Powder to smoothies, juices or water.
Moringa Oleifera
Moringa Oleifera, commonly referred to simply as Moringa, is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. Moringa is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. Moringa is considered by many to be nature’s most giving plant. Chock full of nutrients, anti-oxidants, and a vital protein, Moringa is possibly the most amazing botanical ever studied.
Known as the Tree of Life, Moringa Oleifera is one of nature’s most wholesome foods. Moringa leaf powder contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants, as well as all 8 essential amino acids. It is rich in flavonoids including quercetin, kaempferol, beta‐sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and zeatin.
Moringa has an amazing range of medicinal uses because of its high nutritional value. Most parts of the Moringa plant contain a profile of important minerals and are an excellent source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol. In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, Moringa is very important for its medicinal value.
Moringa grows in over 82 countries and is known by over 200 different names. It is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far studied on earth. It is recognized throughout the world as an amazing source of nutrition by The National Geographic Society, The National Science Foundation, and The United Nations World Food Program. Hundreds of charity organizations around the world have based their entire nutrition programs and sustainability programs around Moringa Oleifera.
Amazingly, Moringa Oleifera is referenced in over 300 folk medicine remedies. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seeds, bark, fruits, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, antiulcer, anti-spasmodic, diuretic, anti-hypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, anti-diabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities. Moringa Oleifera is being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine, particularly in South Asia.
The ayurvedic medicine of India has many uses for the Moringa tree, including a natural antibiotic, an aid in childbirth, treatment of liver disorders, and many other uses. Siddha medicine holds that the leaves are full of medicinal properties. A common name given to the Moringa tree in Indian culture is ‘Mother’s Best Friend’. Moringa seed is used as a sexual virility drug for treating erectile dysfunction in men and also in women for prolonging sexual activity.
Also known as the Malunggay tree, Moringa Oleifera is recognized for its rich nutrients, proteins and vitamins. Moringa Oleifera is rich with Vitamin A, which is important for the development of eyes from growing children, and contains high levels of calcium, important for brain and skeletal health.
Today the Moringa Oleifera tree can be found cultivated across Asia, Africa and South America. Countless products are made from the various parts of the Moringa plant, including the leaves, seeds, roots, and bark. Vitamin capsules for nutritional food supplements, teas, shampoos, soaps, skin care products, and perfumes are just a few of the many products that use Moringa as an active ingredient. Moringa seed cake is also used for water purification where industrial water treatment is unavailable. Moringa’s many benefits are continuing to grow as the plant continues to rise in popularity and further research is conducted.

Post by Matorwmasen

My name is Clement Matorwmasen. Together with my wife I have co-founded Green Gold Social Enterprise. Since childhood I have always been a social and environmental activist and I was a youth leader in many activist groups. As a child I grew up in difficult circumstances when my parents abandoned me and I grew up at the homes of different foreign missionaries. As a teenager I re-established the contact with my family members and my tribe and I learned I was high up in the royal family lineage. I now have very strong ties to my tribe and I want to make a difference in not only their lives, but that of all Ghanaians. When I reconnected with my family, I was already running several not-for-profit projects trying to improve the living conditions in several poor communities, like organising finances for a community boreholes to improve access to clean drinking water. I was doing this alongside my teaching job as an IT-specialist at a tertiary institution. In 2007 my boss and mentor introduced me to Moringa. I was intrigued and went to learn more about the plant and all its qualities and I saw it as a potential solution to combat malnutrition in our communities. This inspired me to set up my own NGO called Drive Aid Ghana and we started promoting the usage and cultivation of Moringa. I was happy that I could make a difference for some people, but scaling and sustaining our activities were highly problematic. Initially I was able to interest farmers in growing Moringa, but mostly they ended up cutting it down because they were not able to generate income from it. This was because there was no established local market. They also challenged me: ‘if Moringa is so useful and if you can earn so much money with it, then why don’t you do it yourself?’ These experiences made me think and slowly the idea of starting a social enterprise to promote Moringa as a cash crop started to develop. With the full support of my wife I handed over my IT-business to my brother and went full-time into developing our social enterprise Green Gold. We have been donated an abandoned state farm of 3000 ha by one of our communities, which we are currently developing into a Moringa plantation and processing factory. My quest is simply to make a difference in other people’s lives and to make the world a better place one smile at a time, Moringa is my pivot point for sustainable development

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