Nutrition-Packed Moringa Beats Out Just About Every Fruit and Vegetable
Dr Mercola is the first to say that the word “superfood” has become one of the most overused and sometimes misused words in the English language.
However, what other term can you use to describe a food that, gram for gram when dried, has:-
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 9 times the protein of yogurt, and
- 3 times the vitamin A of carrots
Moringa, or Moringa oleifera contains over 90 vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, 46 types of antioxidants, and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds. And it has one of the highest, if not the highest protein ratio of any plant studied.
First exposed to the world at large by a televised documentary, it quickly garnered the attention of the National Science Foundation and National Geographic Society for its nutritional and environmental attributes.
Historically Used for Over 300 Conditions – What Could Moringa Do for You?
With as many nutrients that Moringa contains, it‚’s no wonder it has been valued for so many thousands of years for countless conditions. Over 1,300 studies, reports and articles have been published, highlighting Moringa’s potential benefits for health. Here are just some of the more popular uses for Moringa that researchers are now confirming:
- Antioxidant support against free radicals: Moringa’s leaves contain high amounts of polyphenols that exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals and help protect against oxidative damage.
In a study of postmenopausal women who took 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.
- Digestive support: The flavonoids, phenolic acids, and isothiocyanates (super compounds also found in Brussels sprouts and arugula) in Moringa leaves support a healthy inflammatory response and help protect your stomach lining from insults.
- Mood, sleep, and brain health support: Moringa is a rich source of tryptophan, an amino acid that helps boost serotonin levels. Possibly working through your gut-brain axis, the communication channel between your gut and brain, an increase in serotonin may positively support your mood, sleep, and even memory.
- Supports blood pressure already in the healthy normal range: Moringa contains four different niazicin glycoside compounds that have been shown in laboratory testing to support healthy blood pressure levels.
- Immune function support
With Moringa’s abundant vitamin C, antioxidants, minerals and other nutrients, it has been shown in studies to support immune function.
How to Choose the Best Moringa for You
Once Moringa became recognised for all its potential, it didn’t take long for products to start flooding the marketplace. But how can you tell a high-quality Moringa powder from one that is just mediocre?
Here’s what to look for in a Moringa that is worth your time and attention:
- Make sure it is made only from the leaves. Its valuable nutrients are concentrated in its leaves.
- Make sure it is raw and not exposed to high heat. Excessive heat can destroy Moringa’s fragile compounds.
- Make sure at a minimum it is organic to avoid potentially dangerous pesticides and herbicides, but ideally goes beyond organic and is produced according to Biodynamic standards for optimal environmental stewardship.
- Make sure it is a dried powder. When Moringa is dried and turned into a powder, its potency increases. A dried Moringa leaf has three to five times more nutrients than a fresh leaf.
- Make sure it contains no fillers or genetically engineered ingredients. You want 100 % pure Moringa with nothing else added.
- Make sure it is made by a company you can trust as some so-called organic Moringa powders are being found to contain pesticides and heavy metals!
Dr Mercola’s Organic Biodynamic Moringa is raw, organic and produced according to Biodynamic standards. Plus, it’s made only from the leaves of the Moringa tree, so you get nothing but pure Moringa.
Why Biodynamic Moringa?
Food can only be as good a quality as the soil in which it was grown. Poor-quality, nutrient-depleted soil simply cannot produce high-quality nutritious food. While Certified Organic may be a good first step, it is less than ideal. Yes, it helps you avoid health-harming synthetic pesticides, but it may potentially lack in some other important areas.
So just because a food is organic doesn’t guarantee it is a high-quality food. If the soil lacks important nutrients, the food will lack nutrients. For nutritious food, you need good topsoil. And to build good nutrient-rich topsoil, you must follow regenerative farming methods.
A step above organic, Biodynamic farming utilises regenerative farming methods with a spiritual-ethical-ecological approach. The Biodynamic concept views a farm as a living organism. It is self-contained, self-sustaining, and follows the cycles of nature. The farm creates its vitality and well-being out of its own dynamics.
So how did this concept come about? Back in the 1920s, Rudolf Steiner, the founder of Waldorf education, and someone regarded as a very wise man, was approached by a group of farmers. They were alarmed at what was happening on their farms. Their seeds weren’t germinating, their food wasn’t as tasty. Even their animals weren’t as healthy. They were beginning to notice the effects of industrialised agriculture with its re-purposed nitrogen fertiliser and synthetic pesticides.
Steiner’s sage advice? Stop viewing farms as factories and instead, see them as the living organisms they truly are!
Comparing Certified Organic to Certified Biodynamic
Let’s take a closer look at how NOP’s Certified Organic standards compare to those of Certified Biodynamic.
|Certified Organic||Certified Biodynamic|
|Allows imported organic fertilisers||Reduces imported materials by utilising nutrient-rich humus created within the farming system|
|Allows imported organic pesticides||Creation of biologically diverse habitat encourages balanced predator prey relationships|
|Does not require the use of livestock||Integrates livestock to improve soils|
|Does not address the rotation of crops||Promotes crop rotation and makes intensive use of cover crops (green manure) to add nutrients to the soil|
|Organic feed for livestock can come from anywhere in the world||50% of livestock feed must be grown on the farm|
|No requirement for biodiversity||10% of total farm acreage must be set aside for biodiversity|
|Focused on crops and allows only one section of a farm to be certified||Focused on farms and requires that the whole farm be certified|
|Product certification focuses mainly on ingredients used||Product certification uses 12 Biodynamic processing standards so the agricultural ingredients used define the product|
Of course, many organic farmers recognise the importance of caring for their soil and may already be practising some of the Biodynamic methods, thereby exceeding the Organic standards.
However, a Demeter Certified Biodynamic farm must meet all of the Biodynamic standards, not just a handful. And if a farm is Demeter-certified, it means that it has also met the organic standard, even if it isn’t certified organic! Certified Demeter Biodynamic is as good as it gets in agriculture. It‚is the platinum standard for high-quality, nutrient-dense food.
How to Get the Most from Organic Biodynamic Moringa
Related to broccoli, cauliflower, and Brussels sprouts and somewhat similar in taste, Dr Mercola’s Organic Biodynamic Moringa can be sprinkled over or added to casseroles, soups, and other recipes.
Since Dr Mercola’s Moringa comes to you raw, it is best consumed uncooked as excessive heat may damage its nutritional compounds.
Ideally add it to cooked foods, salads, soups, and cold drinks. If you want to add it to hot entrees or soup, do so after it is finished cooking or in the last few minutes of cooking to minimise heat exposure.
Moringa powder makes a great addition to smoothies as well as fresh squeezed vegetable juice. For a delicious beverage on its own, try blending it with unsweetened coconut milk, fresh ginger, lemon, and a light touch of honey.
You can also add the powder to hot water to make Moringa tea. Just don’t allow the Moringa to boil. Simply brew the powder for a few minutes in the pre-heated water.
These are a few examples, but why not experiment yourself!