Although I am not a huge lover of dietary supplements, preferring a whole foods, seasonal, predominantly plant based diet over pills, I do acknowledge that there are times when supplements can be beneficial in the support of the body while healing from an chronic or even acute illness. Even though GNC probably has a hit out on me for stating this opinion, it is one I stand behind knowing we can get every vital nutrient, be it vitamin, mineral, enzyme or healthy bacteria, from the foods we eat.
Even though I am not a lover of many supplements you will catch me, on any given morning, adding a few strange concoctions to my smoothies and juices beyond the normal fruits, green veggies, almond milk and seeds. I am a huge believer in the power of some superfoods such as maca root, spirulina, chlorella, and bee pollen (which I get in a blend called Virgin Bee Panacea) and my recent addition of Moringa Leaf Powder. I have had many positive experiences with moringa leaf over the years in Ayurvedic compounds, seeing the vitality of the cultures that incorporate it into their diet, and drinking the tea during my various travels through India, Southeast Asia, Africa and even the West Indies but it wasn’t until the last six weeks of using Moringa Leaf Powder that I realized the powerful punch this superfood packs.
As you all know I am 10 weeks along in my pregnancy with triplets. Very early on I experienced a great deal of nausea and headaches that sometimes accompany pregnancy. A South African doctor friend of mine recommended Moringa leaf powder to me as this is an old “home remedy” in her village. Though they take the leaf from the tree and make tea from it, she told me to find a source that was not heat treated and take it in powdered form, either in water or juice, first thing in the morning. Luckily, after much research I found Dolce Bella Organics and decided to try it as it is made from the highest quality moringa leaf, is guaranteed raw and unprocessed, vegan and gluten-free. It is also packaged in a dark glass container (rather than BPA laden plastic) to preserve its Vitamin A content.
The very first time I took it, after the first 10 minutes of deciding whether it was coming back up or not, the headache that I woke up with was gone and so was the nausea! Within a week of starting it, I wasn’t waking up with any nausea or headaches at all. I have started giving it to clients who were struggling with chronic inflammation as my research showed that moringa leaf contained high levels of anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant content. Every single client, including the ones with autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Polymyositis have come back and reported increases in energy levels and decreases in both pain and inflammation within a few weeks of use. These clients have already seen dramatic results changing their diet and lifestyle so to have them come back and report even more dramatic positive changes was just icing on the cake.
Before you go charging down to GNC to buy the pills let me just interject and say that the leaf, if not used fresh, is best processed without heat and more easily and quickly absorbed in powder form as capsules have to break down in the body.
History of the Moringa Leaf::
For centuries the Moringa leaf (also known as the “Miracle Tree”) has been used as medicine in many cultures around the world. As early as 150 AD writings about its medicinal uses have appeared. The Romans, Greeks and Egyptians extracted edible oil from the seeds and used it for perfume and skin lotion. In the 19th century, plantations of Moringa in the West Indies exported the oil to Europe for perfumes and lubricants for machinery. People on the Indian sub-continent have long used Moringa pods for food. The edible leaves are eaten throughout West Africa and parts of Asia.
Moringa trees are widely grown tropical and subtropical areas, in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malaysia and the Philippines. Moringa is considered to be one of the most useful trees, since almost every part of the Moringa tree has some beneficial property: the leaves, leaf powder, pods, seeds, flowers, roots and bark of the drought-resistant Moringa are edible or have some other healing property.
Moringa seeds have been used in India, and throughout Central and South America for water purification. Clay, bacteria, heavy metals, and other toxic materials are negatively charged while the seeds of the Moringa tree are positively charged allowing the pathogens to be “attracted” like metal to a magnet and be filtered away.
Health Benefits of Moringa Leaf::
The nutritional profile of Moringa Leaf is nothing short of miraculous. It is nutrient dense providing high levels of Vitamins A, C, and E; is a prime source of calcium and potassium, and is rich in iron. It is also a great source Vitamin B (choline), Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Vitamin B6. It has a strong amino acid profile and is a source of quercetin, selenium, zinc, leutine, tryptophan (making it a fantastic mood stabilizer) zinc, and many more micronutrients.
Ayurvedic medicine uses the leaf of the Moringa tree to treat over 300 conditions and it is no wonder as it is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory sources on the planet making it the perfect treatment for those with inflammatory disorders such as Autoimmune disorders, osteoarthritis, colitis, Chron’s disease and migraine and other headache sufferers.
As an anti-inflammatory source it is also highly alkalizing and, when combined with a healthy, predominantly plant based diet, can ease, if not eliminate, a lot of the inflammatory conditions normally associated with the aging process. So let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of Moringa leaf.
- *Moringa is known for its chelating effects making it perfect for heavy metal detox and estrogen dominance issues.
- *Balances and maintains a healthy hormonal profile
- *Balances blood sugar levels making it perfect for the treatment of insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes
- *Nourishes eyes, skin, and brain.
- *Improves the cell structure of the body.
- *Is highly anti-inflammatory and has been used for pain management due to reduction of inflammation in the body.
- *Boosts immune system.
- *Boosts metabolism.
- *Enhances kidney and liver profile
- *Balances moods (perfect superfood for those suffering from adrenal insufficiency.)
- *Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
- *Boosts radiance of skin.
- *Promotes normal healthy cholesterol levels.
- *Helps build strong bones and aids in osteoporosis treatment.
- *Eases asthma and other bronchial issues.
- *Has an antioxidant effect on the entire body.
- *Full of beneficial enzymes and is prebiotic helping restore positive balance to gut flora.
- *Increases vitamin and mineral absorption by digestive tract.
- *Has been known to increase and improve quality of milk in breastfeeding mothers.
- *Boosts sperm count in men.
- *Has anti-parasite properties and has been used to kill parasites in humans for centuries.
The list goes on, of course, as adding such a nutrient dense superfood to the diet has far reaching positive implications on health as trace minerals and vitamins are more readily absorbed and assimilated into the body. I would urge all of my readers, without hesitation, to add Moringa leaf powder to their morning routines and watch your energy levels soar, your skin radiate, with health and kiss chronic inflammation goodbye.
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