What is Moringa?
Moringa has been called 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 comes 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. Global Moringa leafs are picked fresh washed and dried out of direct sunlight from the sun. The leaves are dried and ground into a powder. Global Moringa’s powder is used as a dietary supplement and can be added as seasoning to your food or mixed in with shakes.
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 C: Vitamin C is a very powerful antioxidant that also protects other antioxidants, such as vitamin E. The cells of the brain and spinal cord, which frequently incur free radical damage, can be protected by significant amounts of vitamin C. Vitamin C acts as a more potent free radical scavenger in the presence of a bioflavonoid called hesperidins.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamine): Thiamine enhances circulation and assists in blood formation, carbohydrate metabolism, and the production of hydrochloric acid, which is important for proper digestion. Thiamine also optimizes cognitive activity and brain function. It has a positive effect 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 necessary for red blood cell formation, antibody production, cell respiration, and growth. It alleviates eye fatigue and is important in the prevention and treatment of cataracts. It aids in the metabolism of carbohydrates, fats, and proteins. Together withvitamin A, it maintains and improves 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 amounts of riboflavin is important during pregnancy, because a lock of this vitamin can damage a developing fetus even though the women shows no signs of deficiency.
Iron: The most important iron function in the body is the production 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 important 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.
Calcium: Calcium is vital for the formation of strong bones and teeth and for the maintenance of healthy gums. It is also important in the maintenance of aregular heartbeat and the transmission of nerve impulses. Calcium lowers cholesterol levels and helps prevent cardiovascular 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 number one cause of maternal death.
Potassium: Potassium is important for healthy nervous system and a regular heart rhythm. It helps prevent stroke, aids in proper muscle contraction and works with sodium to control the body’s water balance. It also regulates the transfer of nutrients through cell membranes. Signs ofpotassium deficiencies include abnormally dry skin, acne, chills, cognitiveimpairment, constipation, depress, diarrhea, diminished reflex function, edema, nervousness and fluctuations in heartbeat.