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The Miracle Tree

Mar 02, 16
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AAEAAQAAAAAAAAYDAAAAJDk0ZWMwYmUzLTkyY2QtNDkxNy04YWJiLWMyY2YwMTMxZWRmZA Most parents tell their children to eat as much green, leafy vegetable as they can because it will make them healthy. Not all parents, however, really know why green, leafy vegetables are beneficial for a person’s health. The simple explanation for this is that vegetables contain a lot of nutrients and vitamins that the body needs to fight against infections or diseases. These components are also important for boosting a person’s energy level to enable him or her to do tasks without getting tired or fatigued easily. Vegetables, unlike meat, are simply eliminated from a person’s body after its nutrients are extracted and does not cause any build-up of harmful substances such as cholesterol. Since it cannot be digested by a person’s system, its by-products also help in cleansing a person’s digestive tract. Among the different green, leafy vegetables, however, there is one that specially stands out above the rest. It is scientifically called Moringa oleifera or in common terms the drumstick tree, horseradish tree, malunggay in the Philippines, or sijan in India.

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A lot of researchers who have spent some time studying about the health benefits of Moringa label the plant as the miracle tree. Most people who use this vegetable as part of their daily consumption are usually those who are in the lower socio-economic status, thus, it has also earned the label poor man’s food. The Moringa tree is easy to cultivate and easily grows even in areas that do not have much water for plant sustenance. This is why even in countries such as Senegal in West Africa where malnutrition and acquired immune deficiency syndrome (AIDS) are widespread, it can be accessed by a lot of people as a source of nutritional supplements. It is also fast-growing and drought-resistant, thus, can be utilized immediately if needed and sustainable for a longer period of time.

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Most sources indicate that the Moringa tree contains vitamin C which is seven times more than the amount found in oranges, has four times calcium content and twice more protein amount than milk, four time the amount of vitamin A than in carrots, and three times the potassium-content of bananas. One study conducted in the Philippines has proven that malunggay, the Filipino name of Moringa, when consumed daily by malnourished children, can solve most of the malnutrition problem in the country. Aside from these components, Moringa is also known to contain a lot of iron, beta-carotene, and anti-oxidant. Another study has discovered that Moringa can help poor women during their pregnancy and their babies remain healthy by providing most of the nutrients needed for their growth and by increasing the milk production of the mothers during lactation. Aside from these, the plant can also be used to treat or relieve infections, inflammations, arthritis pain, diabetes, and cancer. It is also said to be an effective skin antiseptic and good for stabilizing blood pressure. It has a soothing effect that it is also used by native people as a treatment for anxiety.

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What makes this miracle tree and vegetable really wonderful is its affordability and accessibility. Unlike most medicine or treatments, it can be utilized even by those who have financial limitations to prevent or cure illnesses. In countries like India and Philippines, the government already includes in their programs the inclusion of growing these trees especially in rural areas to be consumed by the people. They have also provided campaigns to educate the people about the nutritional benefits of the Moringa and various ways of cooking it and using it as treatment. Now, because of this tree, even the poorest of the poor can be healthy and free from ailments. The provision of this highly beneficial plant, especially among financially-challenged people, is almost like divine intervention which is probably why it is indeed a miracle tree.

Moringa Health Benefits – The New Miracle Tree

Mar 01, 16
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Moringa Oleifera is currently the ‘big’ thing when it comes to maintaining excellent health. Dubbed as the new miracle tree, there are dozens of known moringa health benefits today.

If you’re one of the few people in search of a supplement that can boost the quality of your life, following are some moringa health benefits you should definitely know about:

Packed with Vitamins and Minerals

It’s a little impressive just how much vitamins and minerals that moringa tree has. You’ll find that with one cup full of this plant’s leaves, you’ll be getting the following daily value percentages:

  • 22% of vitamin C
  • 61% of magnesium
  • 41% of potassium
  • 71% of iron
  • 272% of vitamin A
  • 125% of calcium

What does this mean exactly? Well, this means that if you need around 500mg of vitamin C on a daily basis. Moringa already contains 22% of that daily requirement – making it easier for you to reach the ‘healthy levels’ required for optimal body function.

Anemia

With the surprisingly high iron content, it’s not surprising that moringa is often used as an herbal treatment for anemia. Don’t forget the calcium and vitamin A content – both of which go beyond the daily requirement. These two can help with the eyes, bones, and teeth.

Antioxidant

Moringa is also packed with antioxidants which are used to remove toxins in the body. Just one serving of this and you’ll be able to aid your kidneys and liver with their job of removing toxins and helping with digestion. Common problems such as bloating and constipation should be fixed with daily servings of this plant. Remember: antioxidants do a lot for the body. They can boost your energy levels, improve the immune system, fight and prevent cancer, and make your skin smoother and flawless!

Helps with Milk Production

In the Philippines, moringa is traditionally used to help mothers who just gave birth with breastfeeding. When consumed in moderate amounts, moringa can help increase breastmilk production, which essentially means that you can provide your child with better and sufficient amounts of food.

Anti-Inflammatory

In some countries, the leaves of moringa are often turned into a pulp and placed directly on a wound to aid with the healing process. When ingested however, you can use them to lower inflammation and essentially ease the throbbing or ache in the body.

Researcher found that a moringa root extract may be as powerful to treat pain and inflammation as the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin

Amino Acids

Another plus is the astounding amino acid content of moringa. This tree contains all the important amino acids the body needs to maintain practically everything in your system. Essentially, these amino acids are the driving force behind the body’s ability to repair and create new cells.

Helps with Diabetes

Studies show that moringa also helps with maintaining sugar levels. It manages to balance the sugar in your blood, therefore preventing and controlling symptoms of diabetes. Compared to other maintenance products, moringa manages to deliver excellent results without some of the dreaded side effects. Further studies reveal that it also helps with high blood pressure and even controls cholesterol!

Moringa Oleifera can be ingested through various means. Since it became very popular in the US, you should be able to find moringa powder, which can be added to smoothies and juices, or  moringa tea.

Moringa is reasonably safe for consumption. However, the consumption of Moringa oleifera leaves should not exceed a maximum of 70 grams per day to prevent cumulative toxicity of its essential elements over long periods.

Sources for this article include:

http://www.lifeinhealth.org/moringa/

http://www.naturalnews.com/034976_moringa_breastfeeding_diabetes.html

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15776678

http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4129914/

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The Many Uses of the Mighty Moringa Tree

Mar 01, 16
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By Dr. Mercola

August 24, 2015

 

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases.1

Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium… you name it, moringa’s got it. No wonder it’s been used medicinally (and as a food source) for at least 4,000 years.2

The fact that moringa grows rapidly and easily makes it especially appealing for impoverished areas, and it’s been used successfully for boosting nutritional intake in Malawi, Senegal, and India. In these areas, moringa may be the most nutritious food locally available, and it can be harvested year-round.3

Personally, I grew a moringa tree for two years and I can attest to the fact that it grows like a weed. For those living in third-world countries, it may very well prove to be a valuable source of nutrition.

However I don’t recommend planting one in your backyard for health purposes as the leaves are very small and it is a timely and exceedingly tedious task to harvest the leaves from the stem to eat them.

The leaves are tiny and difficult to harvest and use, so you’ll likely find, as I did, that growing one is more trouble than it’s worth. That being said, there is no denying that moringa offers an impressive nutritional profile that makes it appealing once it is harvested…

6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood

1. A Rich Nutritional Profile

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:4

  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach

2. Antioxidants Galore

Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels. As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:5

“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.

Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”

Further, in a study of women taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.6

3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects,7 likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent. 8

Separate research revealed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent among diabetic patients.9

4. Reduce Inflammation

The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Epoch Times:10

The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity.

This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer.”

5. Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, and one animal study found its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.11 As noted in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:12

Moringa oleifera is used in Thai traditional medicine as cardiotonic. Recent studies demonstrated its hypocholesterolemic effect.

… In hypercholesterol-fed rabbits, at 12 weeks of treatment, it significantly (P<0.05) lowered the cholesterol levels and reduced the atherosclerotic plaque formation to about 50 and 86%, respectively. These effects were at degrees comparable to those of simvastatin.

The results indicate that this plant possesses antioxidant, hypolipidaemic, and antiatherosclerotic activities, and has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”

6. Protect Against Arsenic Toxicity

The leaves and seeds of moringa may protect against some of the effects of arsenic toxicity, which is especially important in light of news that common staple foods, such as rice, may be contaminated.13 Contamination of ground water by arsenic has also become a cause of global public health concern, and one study revealed: 14

“Co-administration of M. oleifera [moringa] seed powder (250 and 500 mg/kg, orally) with arsenic significantly increased the activities of SOD [superoxide dismutase], catalase, and GPx with elevation in reduced GSH level in tissues (liver, kidney, and brain).

These changes were accompanied by approximately 57%, 64%, and 17% decrease in blood ROS [reactive oxygen species], liver metallothionein (MT), and lipid peroxidation respectively in animal co-administered with M. oleifera and arsenic.

Another interesting observation has been the reduced uptake of arsenic in soft tissues (55% in blood, 65% in liver, 54% in kidneys, and 34% in brain) following administration of M. oleifera seed powder (particularly at the dose of 500 mg/kg).

It can thus be concluded from the present study that concomitant administration of M. oleifera seed powder with arsenic could significantly protect animals from oxidative stress and in reducing tissue arsenic concentration. Administration of M. oleifera seed powder thus could also be beneficial during chelation therapy…”

Moringa Leaves May Even Purify Water… and More

From a digestive standpoint, moringa is high in fiber that, as the Epoch Times put it, “works like a mop in your intestines… to clean up any of that extra grunge left over from a greasy diet.”15 Also noteworthy are its isothiocyanates, which have anti-bacterial properties that may help to rid your body of H. pylori, a bacteria implicated in gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer. Moringa seeds have even been found to work better for water purification than many of the conventional synthetic materials in use today.

According to Uppsala University:16

A protein in the seeds binds to impurities causing them to aggregate so that the clusters can be separated from the water. The study… published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces A takes a step towards optimization of the water purification process.17

Researchers in Uppsala together with colleagues from Lund as well as Namibia, Botswana, France, and the USA have studied the microscopic structure of aggregates formed with the protein.

The results show that the clusters of material (flocs) that are produced with the protein are much more tightly packed than those formed with conventional flocculating agents. This is better for water purification as such flocs are more easily separated.”

There is speculation that moringa’s ability to attach itself to harmful materials may also happen in the body, making moringa a potential detoxification tool.

How to Use Moringa

If you have access to a moringa tree, you can use the fresh leaves in your meals; they have a flavor similar to a radish. Toss them like a salad, blend them into smoothies, or steam them like spinach. Another option is to use moringa powder, either in supplement form or added to smoothies, soups, and other foods for extra nutrition. Moringa powder has a distinctive “green” flavor, so you may want to start out slowly when adding it to your meals.

You can also use organic, cold-pressed moringa oil (or ben oil), although it’s expensive (about 15 times more than olive oil).18 As mentioned, while I don’t necessarily recommend planting a moringa tree in your backyard (a rapid-growing tree can grow to 15 to 30 feet in just a few years), you may want to give the leaves or powder a try if you come across some at your local health food market. As reported by Fox News, this is one plant food that displays not just one or two but numerous potential healing powers:19

Virtually all parts of the plant are used to treat inflammation, infectious disorders, and various problems of the cardiovascular and digestive organs, while improving liver function and enhancing milk flow in nursing mothers. The uses of moringa are well documented in both the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, among the most ancient healing systems in the world.

Moringa is rich in a variety of health-enhancing compounds, including moringine, moringinine, the potent antioxidants quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and various polyphenols. The leaves seem to be getting the most market attention, notably for their use in reducing high blood pressure, eliminating water weight, and lowering cholesterol.

Studies show that moringa leaves possess anti-tumor and anti-cancer activities, due in part to a compound called niaziminin. Preliminary experimentation also shows activity against the Epstein-Barr virus. Compounds in the leaf appear to help regulate thyroid function, especially in cases of over-active thyroid. Further research points to anti-viral activity in cases of Herpes simplex 1.”

How to use Moringa

Mar 01, 16
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August_2011_Moringa_Trees_front_of_house_005Before You Buy Moringa Oleifera Tree Products

WARNING: Beware of Moringa oleifera tree bad cultivation or manufacturing practices when you buy products. Take a good look at this report (feb – 2015) video report – supplement bad practices in major USA shops

The flow of Moringa oleifera products onto the market is skyrocketing. Moringa, a practically unknown plant few years ago, is now more trendy then many other popular plants. Take a look at Moringa trend evolution from 2007 till now. Impressive don´t you think? Blueberries will be soon in its rear-view mirror, Aloe Vera next 🙂 moringa trends

 

Although it is good that more people became aware of Moringa tree benefits, it’s fame brings bad things along.

The market place has plenty low quality Moringa oleifera manufactures attempting to capitalize on unsuspecting and uneducated consumers. A large amount of Moringa oleifera products on the market are made from cheap Moringa with lack of product quality control. While these products may be affordable, they may not be as the label says.

Moringa oleifera nutrients could also easily be lost in the manufacturing process and, or amount of time the product takes, to go from a living plant into your hands.

How are the Moringa oleifera tree products manufactured and where do you buy Moringa oleifera products?

For example: Moringa oil could be faked, not the real stuff or be mixed with other oils. Therefore buyer beware. Moringa oil is 20 times the cost of vegetable oil so the motivation is definitely there for diluting the oil with something cheaper.

Remember that the point of buying Moringa oleifera tree products is the incredible amount of nutrients and properties it contains, not just to buy green powerless powder compressed into capsules with a nice name on it. Therefor beware from whom and where you buy Moringa products.

To do list before you buy Moringa oleifera products

° Make sure that you buy products containing 100% Moringa oleifera.

° Verify that the Moringa oleifera products comes in a vegetarian or vegan capsule.

° Make sure you do your due diligence on the manufacturer and where they source their Moringa oleifera products from.

° Make sure the Moringa oleifera tree supplement that you buy (Moringa powder, capsules…), are the most fresh possible. The longer Moringa oleifera powder stays in a warehouse or the Moringa capsules in shop shelfs, the more nutrients are lost. Loss of up to 50% of vitamins can be reached after six months of storage.

° Identify what process is used to dry the Moringa oleifera leaves. Many farmers, producers of Moringa oleifera powder don´t care how they dry the Moringa leaves. See study on effect of dehydration on the nutritive value of Moringa oleifera tree leaves Moringa Sun dried – VS – Shadow dried – VS – Oven dried

° Before you leap in to buying Moringa oleifera products, ensure the products you buy are of the highest quality, and not mixed with any additives and fillers. The supplier should be intimately involved in the harvesting, cleaning, and production process to ensure the Moringa oleifera products you buy, are of a high standard.

Check Moringa Source Organic Farm. Guaranty Moringa of the purest quality that is sourced from own Moringa oleifera farm or eco-sustainable farming partners that can meet Moringa Source’s rigorous quality control standards.

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After You Buy Moringa Oleifera Tree Products

Moringa oleifera leaf products should be stored in air-tight containers protected from heat, humidity and light. Moringa trees may like lots of sun but the sunlight is not good for the Moringa oleifera products.

If you buy Moringa tea, don´t forget that whats inside the bag is very nutritious. After drinking your tea, open up the bag and use the powder in it for a milkshake, salad or any other dish. Other possibility is to feed your pets with it. Mix your pet food with the Moringa tea bag powder.

Don’t Like The Moringa Taste? Neutralize It!

To enjoy a delicious Moringa drink, simply take half a teaspoon of Moringa powder, add a teaspoon of honey, squeeze a little of lemon, mix them together and add water.

You can also drop a spoon of Moringa into your soup after cooking. Just enough Moringa not to spoil the original soup taste! Use your own imagination to neutralize the Moringa taste!

When you buy Moringa powder, 6g of powder is a good starting amount to eat per day. A teaspoon is around 2 or 3 grams of moringa leaf powder. It roughly equates to 6 Moringa capsules. How to use Moringa

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After Buying Moringa, How To Use Moringa Oleifera Tree Products

The Moringa oleifera leaf, fresh or processed into dried powder, can be used as an every-day food item in a multitude of ways: in ready-made meals, juices, breads, pasta, fritters, condiments, instant soups, etc. Food made with Moringa products can be used in households, school cafeterias, dispensaries, maternity wards, nutrition rehabilitation centers, as well as in restaurants and supermarkets.

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1. Nutritional content of fresh Moringa oleifera tree leaves

Eating 100 grams fresh Moringa oleifera tree leaves provides you with as much protein as an egg, as much calcium as a big glass of milk, as much iron as a 200 grams beef steak, as much vitamin A as a carrot and as much vitamin C as an orange.

Indeed, 100 grams fresh Moringa oleifera leaves are enough to cover

° 30 to 100% of the daily recommended intake of calcium (30 to 50% for teenagers, 40 to 60% for adults, children and pregnant and breastfeeding women, 80 to 100% for young children below 3 years old)

° 25 to 80% of the daily recommended intake of iron (25% for pregnant women, 40-60% for teenagers and women, 50 to 100% for men and children).

° As for vitamins, the recommended daily intake for vitamin A varies from 400 μg retinol equivalents (young children) to 1,000 μg retinol equivalents (breastfeeding women).

Therefore, 100 grams of fresh Moringa oleifera tree leaves could theoretically cover 100% of daily needs, but this is highly variable depending on storage conditions and how they are eaten, as vitamin A degrades over time and when exposed to light or heat. Similarly, 100 grams of fresh Moringa oleifera leaves could cover 100% of the vitamin C requirements, for which the recommended daily intake varies from 60 mg (young children) to 130 mg (breastfeeding women), but this vitamin degrades quickly with time and during cooking.

° For optimal nutrient retention, it is advised to consume fresh Moringa oleifera tree leaves shortly after harvesting and to cook the leaves for a short time (a few minutes only), or even to eat them raw if they are young and tender

2. Nutritional content of dry Moringa oleifera tree leaf powder

Another way of consuming Moringa leaves is to dry them and reduce them into powder, making it easier to store and use at any time. To ensure the good nutritional and microbiological quality of the leaf powder, its water content has to be lower than 7%, the drying time should be as short as possible and the drying temperature not too high (no more than 50-55°C).

Even if a large amount of the vitamins are lost during drying and storage, the leaf powder still constitutes a very rich nutritional supplement, since it is a concentrate of the Moringa oleifera leaves.

Moringa tree leaf powder can be stored for some time before it is consumed. If so, the leaf powder has to be stored in a water- air- and light-proof container to preserve as much vitamins as possible and avoid microbial contamination. In storage, the protein and mineral contents will be preserved for up to six months or more, whereas a loss of up to 50% of vitamins can be reached after six months of storage.

Once the container is opened, the leaf powder should be consumed quickly (within one week) since its water content will increase and it will be exposed to microbial contamination. For this reason, it is advised to package Moringa oleifera leaf powder in rather small containers.

3. Nutritional content of cooked Moringa oleifera leaves

Fresh Moringa oleifera leaves can be eaten raw, if they are very young and tender, but usually they are cooked. Even if cooking the leaves destroys a part of their nutrients, notably vitamins, others become easier to assimilate. For this reason, it is important to consider various ways of cooking the leaves and to understand how to preserve the maximum amount of nutrients. This can be achieved by associating Moringa oleifera tree leaves with other ingredients that enhance the availability of nutrients, by cooking the leaves only for a short time, or by keeping the liquid (water, sauce) in which the Moringa oleifera leaves are cooked. Using Moringa oleifera leaf powder is also a way of preserving nutrients (although some have been lost during drying and storage), as the powder can be added to food after cooking.

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Moringa Calcium – 10g

° About 30% of the recommended daily intake for children between 1 and 3 years old.

° About 25% of the recommended daily intake for children between 4 and 9 years old as well as adult women.

° About 15% of the recommended daily intake for teenagers and women over 55.

Moringa Iron – 10g

° About 30% of the recommended daily intake for children between 1 and 12 years old.

° About 15% of the daily recommended intake for teenagers.

° About 20% of the daily recommended intake for adults over 55.

° About 12% of the recommended daily intake for adult women.

° About 7% of the recommended daily intake for pregnant women.

Moringa Vitamin A – 10g

° 50 to 100% of the recommended daily intake for all population categories.

Moringa Vitamin C

A study from Sri Lanka showed that on average, leafy vegetables lose 32% of their vitamin C content when they are boiled for five minutes, and 54% in ten minutes. Steaming is less damaging, with 15% loss in five minutes and 39% loss in ten minutes. Cooking Moringa oleifera tree leaves or Moringa oleifera tree leaf powder the least possible time is thus a good way to preserve the vitamin C content.

Moringa Beta-carotene 10g

The World Vegetable Centre (AVRDC, Taiwan) showed that the retention of total carotene and beta-carotene of Moringa oleifera tree leaves was enhanced by adding oil to the leaves during pressure cooking (76-99% of retention with oil against 46-63% without).

The bioavailability of Moringa plant nutrients

The bioavailability of nutrients is the ability they have to be digested and used by the human body. The bioavailability of the iron provided by plants is lower than when provided by meat. A good way to improve the availability of iron to the body is to add vitamin C to the dish. This can be done by using lemon juice, lemon peel or fresh tomatoes.

AVRDC demonstrated that boiling Moringa tree leaves in water enhanced the in vitro iron bioavailability of fresh leaves and leaves dried powder by 3.5 and 3 times, respectively. In addition, boiling the leaves in water enhanced aqueous antioxidant activity. This shows that cooking Moringa oleifera tree leaves does not necessarily have a negative impact on nutrient intake. The heat destroys some of the vitamin C, but improves the assimilation of iron. The best option is to vary consumption modes.

4. Moringa oleifera – water soluble and fat soluble vitamins

Vitamin C and all the B vitamins contained in the Moringa oleifera tree leaf are water-soluble. Other vitamins are soluble in fat: such is the case of vitamin A (ß-carotene) and E (a-tocopherol). When cooking fresh or dried leaves, the cooking water should be kept to benefit from the vitamins B and C, soluble in water. In addition, to render the fat-soluble vitamins A and E available, it is suggested that the leaves be cooked using oil or other sources of fat. Ideally, the Moringa leaves should be quickly boiled in a small quantity of water. Add both Moringa oleifera tree leaves and the cooking water to a sauce containing a source of fat. This way both water-soluble and fat-soluble vitamins, only slightly diminished by cooking, are made available.

eat moringa powderHow to eat Moringa leaf powder?

Moringa leaf powder can be added to just about anything you eat. It is extremely versatile.

It takes roughly seven pounds of fresh Moringa leaves, to make one pound of Moringa leaf powder. 7 lbs. fresh = 1 lb. ground and dried. Some people eat between 1 teaspoon and 1 tablespoon daily, others eat a lot more than that.

Moringa leaves make a very “potent” powder, we recommend that you go slowly when eating it. Start out with eating a small amount, and increase it daily.

Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried

Recommended guidelines, how to eat, use moringaYou eat Moringa leaves, as you eat any other vegetables.

To keep the nutrition, add Moringa leaves, right near the end of cooking time for all dishes.

Benefits of Eating Moringa Leaves

Moringa leaves, are a welcome addition to any diet, whether in its fresh state, or dried and ground into powder.

How much moringa should I use and eat? How to use and eat moringa?

How to eat, use Moringa fresh leaves

You can eat moringa leaves in all sorts of ways: Moringa leaves can be eaten in salades, added to rice or pasta or any other dish. The list is endless. Juice the Moringa leaves, fry or steam the leaves in any meal, bake Moringa in goodies, add to shakes and baby milk… use your imagination!

Moringa leaf powder can be used as a tea, added to beverages, sprinkled on food or taken in capsules. It can be used in soups or any other dish

There are a thousand and one ways to eat Moringa. Let’s start with moringa salad. Cut the fresh Moringa leaves with their stalks, wash with water(add salt to it). Remove from the stalk.  Add other salad ingredients like cucumbers, cabbage, carrots, etc. Add moringa oil and you are good to go…

Attention: Excess heat destroys some of the vitamins, and all of the enzymes of Moringa leaves or Moringapowder. Never cook the fresh Moringa leaves or powder for too long! This is the rule of thumb on eating moringa leaves or powder for any dish.

How much Moringa leaves should you use, eat?

100 grams of fresh Moringa leaves will bring twice as much nutritive material as 100 grams of most other vegetables.

Eating 100 grams fresh Moringa oleifera leaves provides you with as much protein as an egg, as much calcium as a big glass of milk, as much iron as a 200 grams beef steak, as much vitamin A as a carrot and as much vitamin C as an orange.

100 grams of fresh Moringa leaves could theoretically cover 100% of daily needs, but this is highly variable depending on storage conditions and how they are eaten, as vitamin A degrades over time and when exposed to light or heat. Similarly, 100 grams of fresh Moringa oleifera leaves could cover 100% of the vitamin C requirements, for which the recommended daily intake varies from 60 mg (young children) to 130 mg (breastfeeding women), but this vitamin degrades quickly with time and during cooking.

For optimal nutrient retention, it is advised to consume fresh Moringa leaves shortly after harvesting and to cook the Moringa leaves for a short time (a few minutes only), or even to eat them raw if they are young and tender

  • One half cup cooked Moringa leaves will meet your day’s need for Vitamins A and C

How to eat, use Moringa powder?

Moringa powder can be added to soups and stews when cooking, but more nutrition is available when added at the end of cooking, or just before eating. Same apply for Moringa fresh leaves

The taste of the powder is strong, so the amount that is palatable may depend upon the strength of the flavor of the soup or stew. Some flavors seem to blend well with Moringa powder (like peanut or lemon) and some don’t. Experimentation is still the best way to find out what tastes good and what doesn’t.

How to eat, use Moringa Pods?

Moringa pods are quite nutritious, and can be cooked, eaten in a variety of ways. They can be boiled, steamed, fried — essentially, eaten in any way that one might use or eat green beans or asparagus.

The pods are best for eating when they are young and tender. When they are too old, they become woody and fibrous. A good test is to bend the pod — if it snaps and breaks in half, it is good to eat. If it does not break, it is likely too old.

How to eat, use Morings Seeds?

Moringa seeds can be eaten when they are very young. When they are mature, they can be eaten, but we prefer the little baby ones. You use them as you would green peas, although you want to “go easy” when eating them, as the seeds have a remarkable ability to clean water – and likewise, a remarkable ability to clean toxins from your bloodstream. Too many at a time can be unpleasant, as the results are – a lot of waste being cleaned out fairly rapidly – and they may upset your stomach. You can “pop” the seeds like popcorn, with oil or butter, and salt, and eat them that way – but – a few at a time! Your system needs to get used to ANY new food that is introduced to it, and Moringa is one very  powerful plant.

When to eat, use Moringa?

There is no specified recommendations on when to eat moringa, same like there are no recommendations on when to eat a banana.

I never heard of a recommendation to eat bananas before, during or after meals. The same goes for Moringa.

In many pages there is information, recommendations treating moringa as if it is some sort of medicine… Its not! Moringa is not a medicine, Its food. You can eat, use it with empty or full stomach. Before, during or after meals.

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