Good Moringa...I mean Good Morning to you!
Feeling a little blurry eyed?
Missing you mojo?
You might just want to try some moringa.
Morninga, in case you are unaware, is a plant that has crazy-ass nutrients packed into its leaves.
I was sent a package of Green Virgin Products' Moringa Powder to review and was initially skeptical of its vaulted claims.
The most nutrient-dense plant on the earth...seriously?
Well it just very well may be true!
Here's the scoop. Moringa contains:
- 90 different types of Nutrients
- 46 Antioxidants
- 36 Anti-Inflammatory Agents
- 18 Amino Acids and 9 Essential Amino Acids
- 10x the Vitamin A of carrots
- 17x the Calcium of milk
- 15x the Potassium of bananas
- 25x the Iron of spinach
- 9x the Protein of yogurt
- 4x more Fiber than oats
- 1/2 the Vitamin c of oranges (7x vitamin c for fresh leaves)
- Anti-diabetic properties
- Anti-hypertensive properties
- Anti-tumor properties
Just to make sure this wasn't marketing hype, I did my own independent research to verify this information.
The Moringa tree grows primarily in Africa and South America. The peer-reviewed research I found confirmed its anti-cancer properties and heart health benefits.
Green Virgin Products' Moringa Powder label also claims that it provides a feeling of alertness and mental clarity, even though it is caffeine free. I could use some of that!
Moringa's nutrients are destroyed if heated so you don't want to cook with it. They also say it is so fine it dissolves in liquids and won't sink to the bottom. The best thing to do is to mix it with juice or into smoothies. Unfortunately I don't like either, so I mixed in a teaspoon, along with a few drops of stevia water enhancer, into my water bottle before my workout the other morning. I didn't mind the taste at all and it did stay suspended in the water. I also tried throwing in a teaspoon to my coffee frappe after my workout. That was alright but I think I will stick with it in my water bottle. I can also guarantee you I'll be throwing some into the girls' smoothies. I don't think they need any additional alertness, but they could certainly use some antioxidants!
I can't say whether or not it does actually improve cognitive function based on my own experience, which would be completely unscientific, but I did find one study that found it may have the potential to help protect against Alzheimer's Disease.
What amazes me, is that in a 1 teaspoon serving, you get 1g of protein (pretty good for a plant!), and 300 IU of Vitamin A!
I have to say, I am quite impressed with this plant and given its relatively high protein content, its great for vegans!!
All of Green Virgin Products' Moringa line are available online.
Disclosure: I was sent a complimentary package of Moringa to sample but all the opinions on this blog are my own.
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