If plants could be superheroes, the Moringa (Oleifera) tree would be one of them. Moringa is draught tolerant, grow rapidly, has leaves that can be used as a biofertiliser, and has seeds that can help purify water.
Even more interesting about this tree, is that it’s a food, a vegetable, and a medicine. Every part of the tree can be consumed; leaves and young fruits (pods) as food; and the seeds, bark, flowers, and roots as medicine.
The leaves are highly nutritious. Once harvested and dried, they contain 30% protein, all essential amino acids, and have abundant levels of vitamins and minerals.
The trees have a natural defence mechanism against environmental stress and pests. These are unique chemical compounds, known as phytochemicals, which include antioxidants and defence compounds. When consumed these compounds they also protect people agains various conditions and diseases.
As a postdoctoral research at Rutgers University working with botanicals to treat obesity and diabetes, we demonstrated a simple way to harness the potent anti-inflammatory compounds in moringa leaves.
Moringa’s safety and efficacy have been reviewed, and have shown promise for the management of diabetes and risk of cardiovascular diseases.
How it works
The way it works is that when we’re sick, or have an underlying health condition like cancer, diabetes, or obesity, our bodies overreact and cause chronic inflammation. This constant inflammation throws the body off balance as it’s always in fight mode. While acute inflammation can help the body heal, like when you cut your finger, chronic inflammation can be detrimental to health because the immune system is over working. Inflammation can also cause improper processing of sugars and toxins that we are exposed to. The phytochemicals from moringa can help reduce this inflammation.
The bioactive compounds in moringa are called isothiocyanates (ITCs) and are similar to ones found in broccoli, cabbage and rocket – giving them a little peppery taste. We were able to patent a simple process of crushing the leaves when fresh, to release the active ITCs, and then dry them to a powder containing some of the most beneficial plant compounds for human health.
We showed their ability to reduce chronic inflammation, blood sugar levels, cholesterol, obesity and inflammatory bowel disorders.
How to consume
We suggest one mini pack of moringa leaf powder in morning (preferred wtih empty stomach) and follow up with 1 cup of water water around 200-300ml and during 3pm one mini pack of moringa seed kernel powder and follow 1 cup of water around 200-300ml. The consumption can be increased due to invididual's condition especially when you are using it for treatment.
The maximum of 3 mini pack per day for moringa leaf powder and moringa seed kernel powder. For prevention, just need one mini pack for each moringa leaf powder and moringa seed kernel powder per day.