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Moringa: The Adaptogen You Should Know About

By February 29, 2020September 14th, 2020No Comments

Moringa.
You’ve heard of this plant.
You may have seen it in your local health food store.

Hand holding fresh Moringa Muringa leaves

But What Is It and Why Do You Need It in Your Diet?

Referred to as “plant of the year” by the National Institute of Health, moringa is unlike any other plant species[1]. There have been over 1,300 articles, studies, and reports that have focused on the health benefits of this plant.

This adaptogen is a power-packed plant that has been around for thousands of years, used in traditional herbal medicines. Believe it or not, moringa is actually a tree that grows primarily in the tropics.

Moringa is often referred to as the “tree of life” in different cultures around the world. However, western civilization is only beginning to understand the amazing health benefits of this powerful plant.

Moringa supplies both anti-inflammatory and healing compounds that benefit your body in a number of different ways.
Throughout different cultures of the world, moringa has been used in treatments for conditions including[2]:

  • Inflammatory diseases
  • Diabetes
  • Anemia
  • Arthritis and other joint pain, such as rheumatism
  • Allergies and asthma
  • Constipation, stomach pains, and diarrhea
  • Epilepsy
  • Stomach ulcers
  • Chronic headaches
  • Heart conditions
  • Kidney stones
  • Fluid retention
  • Thyroid disorders
  • Low sex drive
  • Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections
Rachael and Abel moringa seedlings Morocco)

Rachael and Abel (moringa seedlings – Morocco)

One cup of fresh moringa leaves contain about:

  • Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA (recommended daily value)
  • Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA
  • Riboflavin: 11% of the RDA
  • Vitamin A: 9% of the RDA
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDA

Gram for gram, moringa contains:

  • 7x the amount of vitamin C as oranges
  • 4x the amount of calcium as cows’ milk
  • 2x the amount of protein of yogurt
  • 3x the amount of potassium as bananas
  • 4x the amount of vitamin A as carrots

The micronutrients provided by this adaptogenic super-food are vital for proper health.
But first things first, what is an adaptogen?

What Is an Adaptogen?

Adaptogens are the new buzzword in the media and for good reason, too. Adaptogens (also known as adaptogenic herbs) help the body resist certain physical, chemical, or biological stressors. Each one is thought to do something unique and special.

For example, the holy basil found in our Elderberry & Holy Basil provides a number of anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Our other adaptogen-powered infusions are no different.

But what are the benefits of this adaptogenic plant?

The Benefits of Moringa

  1. Balances blood sugar levels
  2. Reduces inflammation
  3. Improves immune system function
  4. Reduces the risk of cognitive decline
  5. Improves and protects skin and hair health

#1: Balances Blood Sugar Levels

One of the key benefits of moringa is that it helps prevent sugar spikes after meals. Studies show that moringa helps reduce fasting blood sugar levels in both diabetic and non-diabetic animals.(1) Another study involving 30 female subjects showed that taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa every day for 3 months reduced fasting blood sugar levels by an average 13.5%[3].

#2: Reduces Inflammation

Moringa is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent. While inflammation is a naturally occurring biological process, the issue begins when the inflammation becomes chronic. This adaptogen-powered plant helps decrease levels of chronic inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes (a molecule that speeds up chemical reactions in the body)[4].

#3: Improves Immune System Function

The moringa plant is also known to help defend the body against viral, fungal, and bacterial infections. This herbal plant contains compounds that are naturally antibacterial, antiviral, antifungal, and antiparasitic. What does that mean? It means moringa can help to protect you against infections as well as food-borne illnesses such as salmonella.

#4: May Help Reduce Risk of Cognitive Decline

The compounds found in this adaptogen-powered plant provide an abundant amount of antioxidants which may help protect against neurodegeneration and cognitive decline[5]. The moringa leaf, in particular, may be helpful in treating diseases such as Alzheimer’s and dementia.

#5: Improves and Protects Skin and Hair Health

The moringa leaf found in Moringa Vinga benefits you from the inside and out. Science is showing us that plants rich in levels of vitamins, carotenoids, tocopherols, and flavonoids can help to promote skin health and beauty, and can even slow the effects of aging [6].

Michal Javier moringa trees Cuba

Michal and Javier (moringa trees – Cuba)

How Is Moringa Used in Moringa Vinga?

While most parts of the moringa tree are useful for both food and medicine, the most potent part of the tree comes from the moringa leaves.
That’s why each of our carefully crafted apple cider vinegar (with Mother) and raw honey (straight from the hive) infusions are powerfully packed with nourishing leaves from the moringa tree.

Yep, you read that right. No root, no bark, no powder, and no extracted flavors.
And we only use 100% USDA organic moringa leaves!

Why is this?

We wanted to ensure that only the purest form of this plant is used in Moringa Vinga for outstanding quality with no question of what ingredients you may be consuming.
And because nothing is ever heated or cooked over the course of our two-month-long slow-infusion process, everything is kept intact and alive, “unlocking” the nutrients and antioxidants of these adaptogenic plants, making them bioavailable (more easily absorbed by the body).
The end result is a raw, living and nutrient-dense organic concentrate that will nourish your body 1 oz. at a time! Sip it straight, mix it with sparkling water or pour it over yogurt and granola.

It’s easy.
It’s delicious.
It’s good for you.

And guess what?

Moringa isn’t the only adaptogenic herb in Moringa Vinga. Our infusions are powerfully loaded with several other adaptogenic herbs such as holy basil, rosemary, and elderberry.

Want to try it for yourself?

Add Moringa Vinga to your daily practice by ordering yours today!

Moringa Vinga Gift of Health Box

Gift of Health Box

References

  1. https://nihrecord.nih.gov/past-issues
  2. https://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.3109/09637489309017439
  3. https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007%2Fs13197-012-0859-9
  4. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27013794
  5. https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453016300362
  6. https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3583891/

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