Wednesday, April 24, 2013

The Tree of Life


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Moringa Oleifera.  If you’re anything like me you probably can’t pronounce it,  but you might want to remember that name.  Why?  Because I’ve just told you the name of the Tree of Life.
Actually,  you may have already heard of Moringa. People in developing countries have been taking Moringa Oleifera for hundreds of years due to its nutritional properties. Dr Oz has mentioned this product in the past referring to it as an “energy blaster”.
It is native to the Himalayan region of Northwest India and is now found throughout the world in tropical and sub-tropical regions.  It can live in very poor soil.  The whole tree from the leaves to the seeds can be used to make medicine.
The nutritional benefits of Moringa truly blow me away. No other “superfood” on Earth can make claims like Moringa. The primary benefit of Moringa Oleifera is the high nutritional value of the leaves. In one serving of Moringa Oleifera leaves, you can find:
  • 125% daily value of Calcium
  • 61% daily value of Magnesium
  • 41% daily value of Potassium
  • 71% daily value of Iron
  • 272% daily value of Vitamin A
  • 22% daily value of Vitamin C
This is just the beginning!  There are over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants as well as ALL the essential amino acids and in good proportion.  Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.  Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and without loss of nutritional value.  This tree is offering hope nutritionally, medicinally and economically to devastatingly poor 3rd world countries.
Arthritis, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, hypertension, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, and infections are just a few of the many things that Moringa has been used to treat.  The Moringa tree has great use medicinally both as preventative and treatment. Unfortunately, much of the evidence is anecdotal as there has been little actual scientific research done to support these claims.  My understanding is that this is because the tree was only recently heard of in Western medicine.  Sadly, I think most research funding is given for chemical drugs and not natural cures.  In the research that I reviewed,  I noted nothing but very positive findings in any research conducted.
Doctors are saying that it’s safe to take 400mg per day.  I can’t wait to try it!
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