Guest Post – Author: Michele Watts, The Green Lady Eco Store
What is Moringa?
Moringa oliefera is a fast growing tree, found mainly in tropical and subtropical areas. Other common English names of Moringa include drumstick tree (from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish), ben oil tree, or benzoil tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds). Imported leaves from China, Asia, and Africa can be obtained, but often these leaves are contaminated by their industrialised surroundings or local inhabitants and animals.
However, The Green Lady Eco Store’s supplier has managed to grow it successfully in a micro climate region in Spain on their own farm.
Here the Moringa is organically grown, without herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides, so you can be sure of the finest, freshest, purest quality Moringa.
It is important that you are aware of the difference between Moringa, and The Green Lady Eco Store’s Moringa. You could be purchasing Moringa that is processed in unsanitary conditions, and which has little or no benefit to your health and wellbeing.
Moringa from The Green Lady Eco Store
Moringa from elsewhere (note the yellowing leaves)
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese and protein, among other essential nutrients. Moringa leaves contain 18 types of amino-acids, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and more than 90 nutrients, making it one of the best nutritional supplements ever. Moringa is a total powerhouse of goodness. It is an excellent source of minerals like iron and calcium, and of vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E as well as macro-minerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients. All in all, moringa is a treasure trove of antioxidants that work together, hand in hand.
Benefits of Moringa
Here are just some of the fantastic benefits that this plant provides:
*Rapid improvements in energy, stamina, and endurance
*Better mental clarity
*Lowers blood sugar levels for diabetics
*Lowers blood pressure when taken regularly
*Balances your hormones
*Boosts your immune system
*Detoxifies your body
*Serves as a diuretic
*Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-parasitical properties
*Relieves skin problems
*Assists with sleep
*Supports hair health and growth
*Heals cuts and wounds
*Helps treat depression
*Treats minor infections
*Improves appearance of skin
Moringa seeds also purify dirty water! If this plant can clean water, it can purify your body too!
How To Take Moringa
Begin slowly with half a teaspoon per day for 3 – 5 days, preferably with breakfast and ALWAYS with food. Moringa powder is strong and may cause side effects such as nausea if taken in too large doses. Gently does it. After 35 days increase the dosage to 1 teaspoon per day which is more than enough for a healthy person.
There are no known bad side effects from Moringa – however, too much of anything is not good for you. Moringa is actually a good laxative – a couple of teaspoons of Moringa on an empty tummy will usually do the trick. So, remember, begin slowly, and let your body get used to the increased nutrients.
If you feel you are taking too much Moringa or you develop a runny tummy, simply ease off for a day, then start again with a smaller amount. You will soon find what is good for you – and there is no ‘stated dose’. A man weighing 300lbs will need more than a woman who weighs 120lbs. You get the idea.
Points to note:
*Keep the powder, capsules, leaves etc. dry. Moringa can ferment quickly. Do not remove it from the packet with a wet spoon.
*Keep moringa powder in a cool dark place, away from the sun.
*Moringa is a superfood so take it regularly as it works best as a preventative.
*Do not cook moringa powder. If it is put into heat above 47 degrees Celsius it diminishes many of the nutrients that it contains.
*DO NOT take too much too soon. Start with 1 teaspoon a day initially, or 1 capsule three times a day with food, and build it up to 2 capsules three times daily, or 2 teaspoons of powder per day. I personally take both the capsules, and a large amount of fresh Moringa on salads etc., and it is wonderful.
Servings, Recipes, Tips
Some people love the taste, some don’t. If you don’t like it, take it in smaller doses over the course of the day.
*You can easily mask half a teaspoon of moringa with fruit, juice, honey, etc.
*Mix the powder into your breakfast cereal. Sprinkle moringa into salad dressing and seasonings.
*Sprinkle moringa powder over the food or stir into the food just before serving. (Do not cook moringa powder).
*Add moringa powder to your smoothies with lemon, honey or dates for sweetness.
A full teaspoon may affect the taste, so use half a teaspoon.
Moringa Cocao Drink
1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder
1 and a half teaspoons raw organic cocao powder (together with moringa it makes a powerhouse of antioxidants)
Half a teaspoon stevia or agave syrup
Add either 1 cup water or half a cup raw milk and half a cup water. Add a little water to make a paste and then add the rest whilst stirring constantly.
Moringa Energy Smoothie
1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder
1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (or your favourite fruit, vegetable)
Half a cup blueberries (or your favourite fruit, vegetable)
1 peeled orange
tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
A quarter of an avocado
Moringa Ginger and Banana Smoothie
Half a cup of yoghurt
Half teaspoon of moringa leaf powder
1 tablespoon of organic honey
¼ cup fresh grated ginger
Water and a few ice cubes
The Go Green Energy Smoothie
1 organic avocado
1 cup of almond milk
1 eating apple
1 cup chopped kale without the ribs
1 cup spinach
1 teaspoon of moringa leaf powder
Water and a few ice cubes
Simply add all the ingredients to your blender, and enjoy these wonderful smoothies to set you up for the day.
The following chart shows the %RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) provided by 30 grams of moringa leaf powder:
|Magnesium||110.4 mg||37 %|
|Iron||8.46 mg||84 %|
|Copper||0.171 mg||19 %|
|Potassium||397.2 mg||11.3 %|
|Phosphorus||61.2 mg||9 %|
|Vitamin A||4.89 mg||163 %|
|Vitamin B1||0.792 mg||52.8%|
|Vitamin B2||6.15 mg||361 %|
|Vitamin B3||2.46 mg||13 %|
|Vitamin C||5.19 mg||8.6 %|
|Vitamin E||33.9 mg||226 %|
It Would Be Advisable To Consult With A Qualified Medical Practitioner Or Exprienced Healthcare Professional Before You Begin Any Course Of Vitamins Or Supplements.
If Taking Conventional Medicines Or Drugs, Ask Your Medical Practitioner If It Is Safe To Take The Supplement In Conjunction With Said Medicines Or Drugs. It Is Important To Consult With Your Doctor If Your Are Pregnant Or Breastfeeding
Food Supplements Should Not Be Considered As A Substitute For A Normal Healthy Diet.
Consumption Of Any Herbal Or Natural Product Depends On Several Factors Such As Age, Sex, Health. See Above
Herbal Supplements Should Not Be Used To Treat, Cure Or Prevent Illness Or Disease. If You Have, Or Believe You Have A Health Problem Seek Professional Medical Advice
Vitamins And Supplements May, In Some Instances Cause Side Effects Or Allergic Reactions. If This Happens Stop Taking The Product And Seek Medical Attention Before Continuing Use.
Use Responsibly And Do Not Exceed Stated Dosage Or Recommended Use.
About The Green Lady Eco Store
The Green Lady Eco Stores’ Moringa is unique in so many ways. Apart from the highly nutritious powder, we supply vegan capsules, plus the delicious Moringa leaf and flower tea. Also, we will soon be supplying FRESH Moringa leaves for you to enjoy on salads etc. – the process is being worked on. And you can ‘buy’ your very own moringa tree, with your nameplate on, and once a year (apart from obtaining moringa on a regular basis at a discount) you will be able to obtain the moringa from your own tree, specially produced for you personally!