Moringa’s been getting a lot of attention lately—so if you’re already familiar with this most nutrient-dense plant in the world, then you already know why it was chosen as crop of the month! For those of you haven’t yet been introduced to this amazing plant, read on.
What is Moringa? It’s a plant that has more vitamins, minerals, proteins, anti-oxidants and amino-acids than any other food in the world. The Food & Agricultural Organization website defines Moringa as follows:
Moringa is a genus of shrubs and trees with multi-purpose uses: its leaves, roots and immature pods are consumed as a vegetable. All parts of the moringa tree are edible. The leaves are used fresh or dried and ground into powder.
Although fresh leaves are very high in nutrition, dried moringa leaf powder contains the highest nutritional content. Just look at these incredible comparisons:
- 10x the Vitamin A of carrots
- 17x the Calcium of milk
- 15x the Potassium of bananas
- 25x the Iron of spinach
- 9x the Protein of yogurt
- 4x more Fiber than oats
- 1/2 the Vitamin C of oranges
Where does Moringa come from? Found in Africa, the Philippines, tropical Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean, Moringa is popularly known in many countries as a “miracle plant” because of its nutritional and medical properties. According to WebMD,
Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition…It’s also used for “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections…
So, it’s a ‘miracle plant’ that provides a high level of nutrition as well as major medicinal properties…and it’s affordable? Where can consumers purchase it?
Moringa comes in many different forms, powder, tea, oil, capsules and more. There are several online sellers providing Moringa, but not all Moringa is created equal. Do your homework, and keep in mind that the leaves of the Moringa plant are by far the most nutritional component of the plant (which is why ALL of Green Virgin’s moringa is 100% leaf powder). Avoid products that state “proprietary blend” as this can be a deceptive marketing practice. Read the fine print and know what you are buying.
In addition to researching the quality of the Moringa product, Ken Marion, Founder of Green Virgin Products recommends consumers pay particular notice to how the Moringa is packaged.
“Just as an apple turns brown when cut and exposed to the air, Moringa is very susceptible to oxidation. If not packaged properly most of the nutritional value will be destroyed before you even open the package…it is imperative that moringa must be packaged in oxygen free (not just air tight) packaging that also blocks 100% of light.
All our moringa is packed in a sophisticated three-layer, resealable pouch…it shuts out 100% of the light and sucks up all the oxygen inside. We are the only manufacturer to take the time and effort to package in this manner…which is why Green Virgin Products’ moringa is more potent than any other brand.
Ken also mentioned that “consuming Moringa leaf powder gives you all day energy and mental clarity. It contains no Caffeine, and unlike energy drinks that last 5 hours, there are no health hazards or jittery feeling, just a clear feeling of alertness you can't get with energy drinks or coffee.”
Moringa boosts the nutritional value of many recipes. Touted as the ultimate ingredient in smoothies, due to its amazing nutritional profile, Moringa leads the way next to any superfood!
More Moringa?....YES, Please!
My Take on This Product
This was great and mixed so well with the fruit smoothies that I have for breakfast every morning. Best of all is that it did not seem to alter the flavor of the smoothie adversely. It mixed well and I enjoyed the fact that I knew that I was gaining some great nutrients along with the fruit and vegetables that I added into the smoothies. I love that this product can easily supplement your body and can really make a difference to your health overall. All-in-all I am impressed with this, and look forward to continuing to use this and reaping the health benefits that it offers as well and I encourage you to try it and do the same, you will not be disappointed!
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