Moringa for Life!Posted: August 25, 2012
Moringa For Life !
Some of the benefits of continuous Moringa intake :
1. Increases the natural defenses of the body
2. Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain.
3. Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients
4. Promotes the cell structure of the body
5. Promotes natural serum cholesterol
6. Lowers the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
7. Promotes the normal functioning of the liver and the kidney
8. Beautifies the skin
9. Promotes energy
10. Promotes proper digestion
11. Acts as an antioxidant
12. Takes care of the immune system of the body
13. Promotes healthy circulatory system
14. It is an anti-inflammatory
15. Gives a feeling of general wellness
16. Supports the normal sugar levels of the body
Moringa leaf boosts your energy in a natural manner, and is a remarkable source of nutrition. This energy promotion does not happen because of sugar, so it is lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted; there is a reduction in arthritis pains and inflammations; helps control blood pressure; the skin health is restored, and finally it provides stronger defenses against diseases.
Another property of the Moringa leaf is its soothing ability, because of which it can lower the blood pressure and help promote good sleep.
It can also purify water since it has a detoxifying effect. Also a coagulant agent, Moringa can attach itself to hazardous bacteria and other materials. The happy outcome is more sustained energy without any over-activity, balanced hormone and gland system, controlled blood pressure, and a rested nervous system.
The Bridge to Better Health is through Better Nutrition
One cannot maintain good health if you do not consume food that is nutritional. How does nutrition, with its vitamins, minerals and other nutritional compounds promote a healthier lifestyle? Professor Mike Golden, who works with United Nations agencies involved in malnutrition, says much of the problem with nutrition is not the quantity of food, but the quality of food we eat, with people needing about 40 different nutrients to be healthy.
Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins or amino acids, lipids, and vitamins. Inorganic nutrients include minerals. Water is sometimes included in a listing of nutrients. Vitamin A acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other ailments. Vitamin C fights a host of illnesses including colds and the flu while supporting the cardiovascular system. Calcium is necessary in building strong bones and teeth, plus it helps prevent osteoporosis.
The combination of vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk. Potassium is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and significantly lowers the risk of a stroke. Finally, proteins are necessary for the basic building blocks - amino acids - of all of our body cells.
Interaction between nutritional compounds is necessary for health in all ways. Vitamins cannot function without minerals. Without minerals, your body can’t function. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds, not as separate compounds as formulated in pills.
A new review involving dozens of studies of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, confirms this, finding the popular supplements don’t help you live longer. As a result, some researchers now believe antioxidants work only when they are in food. Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University, not involved with the review, says the study’s main message is: “Rely on food to get your nutrients.”
Health begins in the Individual Cell
Wellness exists and disease begins in the individual cell
The human body requires 20 amino acids to grow, build, and maintain cells. Amino acids are the building blocks of protein. Amino acids relate to proteins as letters of the alphabet relate to words.
The proteins in Moringa give 18 of the 20 known amino acids, including all eight amino acids classified as essential. These essential amino acids cannot be synthesized by the body and must come from a person’s diet, usually from red meat or dairy products. These foods are not available in many parts of the world and are lacking in the diets of vegetarians, elderly people, and children.
Moringa, with its 90+ verifiable nutrients, not only contains all these elements, but also has significant portions of Vitamins B, B1, B2, B3, D, and E, polyphenols (antioxidants), other minerals, fiber, and is one of the highest, naturally occurring sources of chlorophyll.
Inflammation is serious
Independent studies that appeared in the New England Journal of Medicine say inflammation is as potent as cholesterol. An article in Men’s Health (Dec 2004), Bonfires of the Arteries, concurs, reporting that “inflammation is the slow burn that sparks thousands of heart attack and strokes every year”.
According to Paul Ridker, MD, a professor of medicine at Harvard Medical School, “Half of all heart attacks and strokes in the United States each year occur among people with essentially normal cholesterol levels”. Dr. Ridker continued, “There is more to heart disease than just lipids. A heart attack occurs when plaque ruptures inside your vessels. Rupturing is not dependent just on how much plaque is present, but also on the level of inflammation”.
According to a 2003 report from the University of South Florida, chronic inflammation partly due to an estrogen deficiency may render postmenopausal women vulnerable to degenerative conditions such as arthritis, osteoporosis, atherosclerosis, and Alzheimer’s disease.
Low-grade inflammation is also a precursor to aging and age-related disease, according to dermatologist Nicholas V. Perricone, MD. Perricone says, “The skin is always getting inflamed by sun, weather, pollution, and products because it is our interface between the environment and our body. So the best ways to decrease disease risk and slow the aging process is to take nutrients with powerful anti-inflammatory activity on a regular basis. Through a three-tier approach involving diet, supplements, and creams, we can control the rate at which we age”.
Moringa contains 36 anti-inflammatories
Moringa and Skin Health
Moringa contains a recently discovered cytokinin (plant hormones that induce cell division, growth, and delay aging of cells). In recent clinical tests, this naturally occurring substance increased both the growth and yield of agricultural products and, when added to the diets of dairy cattle, significantly increased their milk production and furthermore promoted more rapid cellular regeneration. Clinical studies have shown Moringa produces anti-aging properties in humans. The human skin life cycle is approximately 300 days. Every minute more than 40,000 individual skin cells die. With the use of Moringa the human skin cycle was altered by the fact that new skin cells grew faster than the older cells died. This resulted in an amazing reduction of wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body.
Zeatin, one of the compounds in Moringa, is a supreme anti-oxidant with powerful anti-aging properties. Zeatin slows the aging process by helping the body replace cells at a faster rate than they age, giving a more youthful appearance to the skin. A 2004 study by Seneteck PLC shows that Zeatin does not interfere with the genetic control of cellular lifespan, that it promotes maintenance of small cell size (key determinant of youthful skin), and prevents the accumulation of macromolecular damage in the cell. It was also found the Zeatin increases the activity of anti-oxidants to counter act the damage caused by free radicals during cell aging and protects healthy cells from the stress of daily life. Moringa has several thousand times more Zeatin than any other known plant.
Dietary and Health Benefits of Moringa
Until recently, only a smattering of research had been completed in India, its bordering countries, and in parts of Africa. Even less research had been done in the West. Then, not long ago, the University of Leicester in England performed a number of studies. The results from these studies along with the limited number of studies conducted in the United States confirm the dietary and health benefits of the Moringa, with some of the results showing to help lower cholesterol, assist the respiratory system and minimize the effects of asthma. Moringa has no known impurities or adverse reactions when consumed.
While some of the benefits of the Moringa plant have been tapped by various impoverished civilizations, the plant’s nutritional potential was not “discovered” by modern societies until the late nineteenth century. The indigenous knowledge and use of Moringa is referenced in more than 80 countries and known in over 200 local languages, has over 300 references to it in ayurvedic medicine. Even with the known value of this plant, little has been done to introduce its amazing benefits to the world.
The pH Effect
Everything we eat affects the pH of our bodies, either raising the pH or lowering it. The body, which prefers an alkaline state, should have a pH of about 7.3. Processed foods create an acidic state in our bodies that over time is very susceptible to disease. For example, cancer flourishes in an acidic environment, but not in an alkaline one. The majority of cancer patients possess a very low body pH (6.0 or lower). Soda pop, with a pH ranging from about 2.7-3.0 is extremely acidic. The pH level of pop can more than double by the time it has passed through the body. It does this by stealing precious minerals and fluids that may already be in short supply. The proper pH level is critical in maintaining good health. Chlorophyll is very effective in reversing the pH level in the body, and Moringa has the one of the highest levels of chlorophyll, along with an abundance of other beneficial nutrients. .
Moringa Oleifera, the
most nutritious plant discovered to date
While no one food gives us all the nutrition we need, Moringa Oleifera, comes closer than anything else. Moringa, with its 90 plus nutritional compounds, is the most nutrient rich plant discovered to date.
Diitta B.Sambou, a midwife in Senegal Africa where Moringa is being used to combat malnutrition in pregnant women and babies, says under-nourishment and over-eating both have harmful consequences on the health of the individual. State of the World 2000, published by World watch Institute, reports that the number of people who are overfed and undernourished (a staggering 1.2 billion) now equals the number of those who are starving from from lack of food. Looking at the chart below in reverse shows some of the consequences of poor nutrition.
Pain Relief : COX-2 Inhibitors
COX-2 is short for cyclooxygenase-2, one of the key enzymes that helps the body produce the inflammatory hormone-like compounds prostaglandins and cytokines. COX-2 is activated by injury and inflammation and is essential for fighting infections and healing injuries, but when the body produces too much, the result ischronic inflammation and pain.
When properly nourished, the human body is able to counter many of the daily aches and pains that life, exercise and age routinely bring. The Moringa Oleifera plant contains tremendous phytonutrients that directly support the body’s efforts to inhibit and modulate enzymes that manifest joint pain and age or exercise induced aches and pains. The United States Department of Agriculture has studied and identified natural COX-2 inhibitors such as caffeoylquinic acid, kaempherol and quercetin, all abundantly, placed by Mother Nature, in the Moringa plant.
These natural compounds within the Moringa plant support a healthy, active lifestyle that enhance the body’s ability to relieve pain, inflammation and many other health concerns affecting the body’s various systems. Moringa’s natural COX-2 inhibitors assist the body to selectively block the COX-2 enzyme, impeding the production of the chemical messengers (prostaglandins) that cause pain and swelling.
Along with these natural COX-2 inhibitors and thanks to Mother Nature’s wisdom, Moringa also provides the body additional documented pain-relieving nutrients that include: arginine, beta-sitosterol, calcium, chlorophyll, copper, cystine, omega 3, omega 6, omega 9, fiber, glutathione, histidine, indole acetic acid, isoleucine, leucine, magnesium, oleic-acid, phenylalanine, potassium, rutin, selenium, stigmasterol, sulfur, thiamin, tryptophan, tyrosine, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol, delta-tocopherol, gamma-tocopherol), zeatin, and zinc. In addition, Moringa’s abundantly bio-active compounds, such as carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols have been researched regarding their ability to naturally reduce inflammation, promote joint and bone health and they have been found to be both effective and fast-acting.
This proper nourishment provided by the Moringa plant contributes to a healthy and happy life, especially when complemented by weight management through exercise and diet that also significantly reduces pressure on weight-bearing joints.
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