22 Oct Moringa & vegetarian Super food
Moringa: The Next Big Superfood?
A Vegan Experience: Let us introduce you to a lesser known green powder called Moringa.
Maybe you are green powder fans, but you would no doubt be a little skeptical about this specific one being especially superior to other nutritious powders out there. The fact is, we were so impressed by this super green powder, we are now growing it and marketing it!
Moringa Oleifera is a tree, commonly known as the drumstick tree, that grows in places such as Africa and India (we grow ours in Malawi Central Africa). It’s been around for a long time, but only recently has been integrated into the health food market. In the developing countries and villages where the moringa trees grow, moringa is being recommended to people, specifically mothers and small children, to combat malnutrition. Starving babies and children who would have otherwise died are given moringa as part of their diets. Quickly, their health returns, and they can live full and healthy lives. Moreover, pregnant women are encouraged to take it, because it’s high in nutrition and promotes lactation, improving the health of their babies. Moringa is also used medicinally in these countries to fight gastrointestinal diseases, diarrhea, and diabetes.
Think about it: villages in developing countries eat mostly vegetarian, since meat is a very expensive and rare item. If you’re a vegan in the developed world, you know that vegans and vegetarians can commonly be lacking in certain vitamins and minerals typically found in meat (especially if they don’t eat right or take supplements). Well, Moringa’s got that covered! It’s loaded with protein, iron, calcium, potassium, and vitamins. (Where do we get our protein and iron? FROM TREES!) Also, because of its ridiculously high levels of vitamin A, it’s being studied in India as a possible treatment for certain forms of blindness.
That’s right: blindness.
Moringa compared to other foods that are high in Vitamins etc.
*Vitamin A (3X more than Carrots)
*Vitamin B1 (4X more than Pork)
*Vitamin B2 (50X more than Sardines)
*Vitamin B3 (50X more than Peanuts)
*Vitamin C (6X more than Oranges)
*Vitamin E (4X more than Corn Oil)
*Calcium (17X more than Milk)
*Iron (30X more than Spinach)
*Zinc (6X more than Almonds)
*Potassium (3X more than Bananas)
*Dietary Fiber (5X more than Common Vegetables)
*Amino Acid (6X more than Garlic)
*GABA (a neurotransmitter responsible for muscle mass) (100X more than Brown Rice)
*Polyphenol (antioxidant) (2X more than Red Wine)
*Protein (2x more than Cow’s Milk)
Altogether, moringa is made up of 92 nutrients and 46 antioxidants.
See all that compassionate (non-animal) protein? Protein is made of up amino acids. Many amino acids can be created within the human body, with 9 exceptions. These are referred to as essential amino acids. Moringa contains 18 total amino acids including the 9 essential ones, making it a more than complete and absorbable source of protein. Worried about being anemic, or deficient in iron, from eating a vegan diet? Moringa beats spinach by light years, and even has more iron than iron-rich meats, like liver and roast beef!
What makes this plant even better? It’s super easy to grow. The roots retain a lot of moisture, so even during the dry season, the trees can thrive. A moringa plant will sprout and grow a few inches within a year and doesn’t need gross chemicals or fertilizers. Easy growing makes it very accessible even in the most impoverished communities. Villagers in Africa and India are encouraged to grow it themselves. With their own trees, families become less reliant on foreign aid for food. It’s also really easy to grow yourself! You can find inexpensive seeds online and plant a few in your yard.
Moringa Source’s Moringa Powder Sets New Record for Most Antioxidant Rich Food in Independent Test
In an independent laboratory test, Moringa Oleifera scored the highest in antioxidant content. Thereby beating the record-holding acai berry by more than a 50% margin.
Moringa measured over 157,000 umoles using the Oxidant Radicals Absorbent Capacity (ORAC) system of measurement developed by the National Institute of Health’s National Institute for Aging. The ORAC test was conducted by independent lab Brunswick Laboratories.
The list of antioxidant super-foods are:
- Acai Berries
- Dark chocolate
- Goji berries
- Green tea
- Red wine
Moringa is naturally vegan, caffeine-free and gluten-free. The World Health Organization (WHO) and other international humanitarian relief organizations have used Moringa to combat malnutrition.
Moringa oleifera is the greatest antioxidant food ever found and nature’s most nutritious super food having naturally-sourced antioxidants aiding in the prevention of cancer and other diseases that dominate the body’s cells.
We were so blown away by this product that we knew we had to share it with you. We now have raw, vegan moringa available in powder, tablets and capsules.
Mix the powder in with your shakes, juices, and water, or use in recipes (sprinkle on top of pasta, salads, or breakfast!), and feel the amazing power of this incredible food!
The moringa tree exemplifies this ideal. When used to its full potential, moringa cannot only combat malnutrition, but also provide our bodies with a plethora of vitamins and minerals, reduce global meat consumption, and rid our planet of the need for harmful chemicals and GMOs (it’s not only sustainable, but it doesn’t require chemical fertilizers to grow). It seems to us, that moringa is truly a Superfood that needs more attention!