What exactly is Moringa?

  1. What exactly is Moringa?

    Moringa has been referred to as the miracle tree not only for its nutritional value, but for its many uses. The ancient world used the tree for a variety of uses and now many in sub-Saharan Africa are finding out the uses of this powerful tree. It has gone by many names, but is know by most as Moringa the miracle tree.

    Moringa is available in thirteen different varieties. Most varieties grow in Asia and Africa with the most widely grown variety being Moringa Oleifera. It is a hardy variety able to withstand the drought season and roots sturdy enough to withstand high wings and a long Sub-Sahara rainy season. Moringa Leaf Powder is the most widely used and well know part of the plant. Green-Fu leafs are picked fresh washed and dried out of direct sunlight from the sun. The leaves are dried and ground into a powder.

    Moringa Powder's Vitamins and Minerals

    Vitamin A: Vitamin A and its precursor, beta-carotene, are powerful free radical scavengers. Vitamin A also is necessary for healthy skin and mucous membranes, the body’s first line of defense against invading microorganisms and toxins, and promotes the immune response. Beta-carotene and vitamin A destroy carcinogens, guard against heart disease and stroke, and lower cholesterol levels.

    Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine enhances circulation and aids in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the creation of hydrochloric acid, which is essential for proper digestion. Thiamine also optimizes cognitive activity and brain function. It has a positive influence on energy, growth, normal appetite, and learning capacity, and is needed for muscle tone of the intestines, stomach, and heart. It also acts as an antioxidant, protectingthe body from the degenerative effects of aging, alcohol consumption, and smoking.

    Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin): Riboflavin is important for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth. It alleviates eye fatigue and is essential in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. It supports the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Together withvitamin A, it maintains and enhances the mucous membranes in the digestivetract. Riboflavin also facilitates the use of oxygen by the tissues of the skin, nails, and hair. Consumption of adequate quantities of riboflavin is essential during pregnancy, because a lack of this vitamin can damage a developing fetus even though the women shows no signs of deficiency.

    Vitamin C: Vitamin C is an extremely powerful antioxidant that also protects other antioxidants, for example vitamin E. The cells of the brain and spinal cord, which regularly incur free radical damage, can be protected by significant amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as a stronger free radical scavenger in the presence of a bioflavonoid called hesperidins.

    Calcium: Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and for the upkeep of healthy gums. It is also important in the maintenance of a regular heartbeat and the transmission of nerve impulses. Calcium lowers blood choleseterol levels and helps prevent heart disease. It is needed for muscular growth and contraction, and the prevention of muscle cramps. It may increase the rate of bone growth and bone mineral density in children. This important mineral is also essential in blood clotting and helps preventcancer. Finally it protects against the development of preeclampsia during pregnancy, the biggest cause of maternal death.

    Potassium: Potassium is vital for healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction and works with sodium to manage the body’s water balance. It also regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes. Signs of potassium deficiencies include abnormally dry skin, acne, chills, cognitiveimpairment, constipation, depress, diarrhea, diminished reflex function, edema, nervousness and fluctuations in heartbeat.

    Iron: The main iron function in the body is the creation of hemoglobin and myoglobin and the oxygenation of red blood cells. Iron is the mineral found in the largest amounts in the blood. It is essential for many enzymes, including catalase, and is essential for growth. Iron is also required for a healthy immune system and for energy production. Iron deficiency symptoms include anemia, brittle hair, difficulty swallowing, digestive disturbances, dizziness, fatigue and fragile bones.

    I prefer Green-Fu. Its all natural with its Moringa and Organic Green Bean Coffee Extracts.

  2. Very interesting Herb, I just ordered some Moringa oleifera Powder after my aging parents and relatives swear they feel energized and rejuvenated after taking this supplement for a couple of weeks. I have read that in some parts of the world they feed it to malnourished children as an effective way to help them gain weight. Maybe there is some anabolic properties? Luckily its relatively cheap on Amazon and easy to find. I am also curious about the anti inflammatory and potent anti oxidant properties. Hey for 19.00 dollars a pound, a very cheap way to add more nutrients to my daily protein shake!

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