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There’s a lot of buzz surrounding super foods at the moment – but have you read the lists of strange things that
You’ve never heard of
You wouldn’t know where to find
Even if you found them, you wouldn’t know what to do with them
We get it. There are so many weird foods to look at that you’re exhausted just searching for them on Google. So you start to lose the will to live and reach for the cookies.
We’ve come to the rescue with the only super food you’ll ever need. And you can take it in a one a day capsule. And it is so much better than all of those other strange things put together. Ready? Let’s go…
What is Moringa?
Moringa Oleifera is a tree that is native to north western India – the southern foothills of the Himalyas to be precise. They know their stuff in the Himalyas and Moringa has been recognized as a ‘miracle tree’ for thousands of years. We’re just catching up… It’s a tree that grows fast and is resistant to drought. Its increasing popularity means that it is now widely cultivated.
Other names for Moringa Oleifera
The tree is also called Moringa, the drumstick tree (because the long seed pods are shaped like drumsticks), the horseradish tree (because the roots taste like horseradish), the ben oil tree or the benzoil tree (because of the oil that comes from the seeds).
How Moringa Can Help Erectile Dysfunction
Lots of remedies claim to be able to help with erectile dysfunction but not many of them have scientific evidence to back their claims. Moringa has been proven to be beneficial. In a 2012 study  researchers found that rats who were given a supplement of Moringa Oleifera extract were mounting females much more than they had before they were given the extract. An interesting finding was that there was no significant change in their levels of testosterone – and yet they were much more sexually active.
This is quite a bonus because if you take too much testosterone, it can make you aggressive which is a fairly unpleasant side effect. Moringa doesn’t just help with E.D. It’s packed with nutritional goodies.
The World Health Organization Rates It
The World Health Organization has concluded that Moringa is extremely nutritional and medicinal. The benefits have been shown in many scientific studies .
The Health Benefits of Moringa
Here is a quick roundup of nutritional information about Moringa –
Just half a cup of cooked Moringa leaves gives you the recommended daily amount (RDA) of Vitamin A and Vitamin C
1 ounce of raw leaves contains the RDA for Vitamin C
Moringa leaves have 3 times more potassium than bananas
Moringa leaves have almost 5 times more beta carotene than carrots
Ounce for ounce, Moringa has almost 7 times the amount of Vitamin C in orange juice
Once for ounce, Moringa leaves have 3 times more iron than spinach or roast beef
Ounce for ounce, Moringa leave have 4 times more calcium than milk
Half a cup of raw pods contains the RDA for Vitamin C
3oz of Moringa powder has more than 10 times the RDA of Vitamin E
The Massive Health Benefits of Moringa in Depth
The leaves and pods of Moringa Oleifera contain
More than 90 nutrients
46 anti oxidants 
36 anti inflammatories 
It’s no wonder that researchers are saying it’s is the plant with the most nutrients – on earth. That’s some claim. Let’s look at the health benefits in more detail.
Moringa has the highest protein of any plant every studied. The quality of the protein and the quantity are higher than (but similar to) the protein in soy beans. However, soy may trigger allergies where Moringa does not.
Moringa leaves are around 40% and contain all of the nine essential amino acids; histidine, isoleurcine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.
Moringa has not been genetically modified.
Moringa is stuffed with vitamins. It has the most of beta carotene, Vitamin C and Vitamin E of any plant.
Beta-carotene (AKA Pro Vitamin A)
The RDA for beta-carotene is 1mg. Just 3oz of Moringa leaves contain almost 7mg. Beta carotene can prevent lipoproteins (which contain cholesterol) from causing damage to the heart and the coronary arteries. It may also help to prevent strokes.
Beta carotene is used in the body to produce Vitamin A. Vitamin A is used for healing and the development of bone. It’s thought to be the most important vitamin for the immune system so that the body can fight off infections.
Just a single ounce of Moringa leaves will give you the RDA of Vitamin C. This vitamin makes the immune system stronger so that it can fight infections.
Just 3oz of the dried powder of Moringa leaves will supply you with more than 10 times the RDA of Vitamin E. Vitamin E is a powerful anti oxidant. This protects the body from heart disease, arthritis, diabetes, premature aging (by promoting youthful skin) and the effects of pollution. It can also increase stamina and reduce hot flashes experienced during menopause. It is also an effective healer and may reduce the formation of scar tissue.
Vitamin B1 (Thiamin)
Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin B1 than green peas, black beans and corn. The body needs Vitamin B1 to produce energy for all cells of the body. It also has a vital role in metabolizing carbohydrates.
Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin)
Moringa leaves have similar amounts of Vitamin B2 as spinach and broccoli. The body needs Vitamin B2 to produce energy, use oxygen and to metabolize amino acids, carbohydrates and fat. It is necessary for the formation of new red blood cells, producing anti bodies aid the absorption of iron and some vitamins. Vitamin B2 activates Vitamin B6.
Vitamin B3 (Niacin)
The RDA for this vitamin is 18mg. There are 0.8mg of Vitamin B3 in 3oz of Moringa leaves. The body needs Vitamin B3 for energy, to metabolize carbohydrates, protein and fat. It helps the digestive system to work efficiently and is needed for healthy skin and nerves.
Vitamins B1, B2 and B3 work synergistically – which means that they work together to obtain an enhanced result.
Choline is a water soluble essential nutrient that is commonly grouped with B complex vitamins. The RDA for choline is 400 – 550mg. 3oz of Moringa leaves contain around 423mg. Choline is vital for the function of membranes and cells. The kidneys use it to keep the amount of water in the body balanced. The liver needs it to synthesize compounds. It’s necessary for the production of acetylcholine – an important neurotransmitter. 
Moringa leaves contain much higher amounts of calcium than other plants. Calcium is needed for strong bones and teeth. It also helps to prevent osteoporosis.
Ounce for ounce, Moringa leaves have more than 3 times more iron than roast beef and 3 times more iron than spinach. Iron is vital to bind oxygen to the blood cells so that it may be carried around the body. It’s essential for the development and function of the brain, for the regulation of body temperature and for the activity of muscles.
Moringa leaves have 3 times more potassium than bananas. Potassium is vital to keep the brain and nerves functioning efficiently.
Other minerals in Moringa – selenium, magnesium, zinc, copper, phosphorus and sulphur.
Essential Fatty Acids
Moringa Oleifera leaves and seeds both contain essential fatty acids. ‘Oleifera’ is Latin for ‘containing oil’. Oleic acid helps to regulate levels of blood sugar.  It has also been linked to decreased artherosclerosis, which gives decreased rates of heart disease and decreased rates of neurological disease.
Moringa seeds are 30 to 42% oil – 13% saturated fats and 82% unsaturated fatty acids.
Most beneficial plant oils are only around 40% oleic acid. Sunflower oil is around 20%. Moringa competes with Olive oil – Olive oil has 75% and Moringa is not far behind with 73%.
Other Important Nutrients in Moringa
Chloropyll is well known as a plant nutrient but studies have shown that it also helps liver function and therefore detoxification in the human body.
This has incredible health benefits. It has been shown to –
Reduce cholesterol levels
Increase helpful blood lipid levels
Help to reduce prostate enlargement
Boost the immune system
Work like an anti inflammatory
Help to keep blood sugar levels within a normal range
Help the pancreas to function normally
Help to heal ulcers
Help to reduce cramp
Moringa leaves and powdered leaves have extraordinarily high amounts of plant hormones. These are called cytokinins and include zeatin and dihyrozeatin. Concentrations of zeatin in plants are usually between .00002 mcg/g material to .02 mcg/g. The zeatin in Moringa leaves is between 5mcg and 200 mcg/g material. This is thousands of times more than in any plants studied so far.
In cultured human cells, cytokinins have been shown to slow down the processes of aging. Zeatin is known to protect animals against age induced neuronal toxicity.
The RDA for lutein is between 5 and 20mg for an adult. Just 100g of Moringa leaves have more than 70mg. Lutein is known to reduce the development of an eye condition called macular degeneration. This is an age-related condition which can result in lost vision in the center of the visual field.
Artichokes are known for their high levels of caffeoylquinic Acids  and Moringa leaves have a similar content. These anti oxidant acids are
Choleretic – they increase bile which helps the digestion of fat
Hepatoprotective – they protect against liver diseases including hepatitis
Able to lower cholesterol
Good diuretics (help the body to produce more urine).
NOTE: Because of their known ability to increase the production of bile, Moringa and Artichokes should be avoided by people with gall stones or any obstruction of the bile duct.
Other Antioxidants in Moringa
Natural antioxidants are known to be effective against aging. Moringa also contains the antioxidants
How to Get Moringa into Your Diet
If you have access to a Moringa tree, you will be able to use fresh leaves, pods and seeds. If you don’t have a Moringa tree near you, skip ahead to the supplements that you can buy.
How to Cook Moringa Leaves
These can be cooked in the same way as spinach or collards.
Try steaming two cups of Moringa leaves in one cup of water that has been seasoned with onion and salt. You can then use them as a hot vegetable as you would with kale.
You can also parboil the leaves (cook them in boiling water for a few minutes), take them out of the pan and plunge them into cold water. This stops them cooking any further and is a good way to preserve the nutrients. Once they are cool, squeeze the water out carefully with your hands and make a simple salad with the Moringa leaves, fresh tomatoes and a dash of soy sauce.
Don’t forget to save the water that you cooked the leaves in – you can drink it as a refreshing and nutrient laden tea.
Moringa leaves may also be used in salads, added to rice, added to past, juiced, fried or added to shakes.
How to Cook Moringa Pods
The seed pods of Moringa may be cooked and eaten whole. They taste rather like asparagus.
The pods may be used from when they show in the cluster of Moringa flowers to when they are too woody and pulpy to easily snap. The largest ones that you can use will be around 13 – 14 inches in length and a quarter inch around. Here are some ways to eat the pods –
Boiled – cut the pods into one inch sections. Boil with onion, butter and salt for around 10 minutes or until they are tender.
Steamed – Cut the pods into one inch lengths and then steam them until cooked. Add them to a mix of oil, vinegar, garlic and parsley seasoned with salt and pepper
Soup – boil the pods with some raw onion until they are all tender. Drain off the water but keep it to drink later. Add milk (or soy, almond or rice milk) to the pods. Use thickening and seasoning as preferred.
How to Cook Moringa Seeds and Flesh
Moringa seeds (or peas as they are sometimes called) may be used from when they first appear until they go yellow and the shells get harder. Test if they will be good to eat by snapping a pod (also sometimes called a drumstick) just as you would with a pea pod. If it snaps cleanly and makes a good snapping noise, it’s fine. If it bends, it’s probably too old to cook and eat.
To open the seed pod – hold the pod with one hand at each end and twist sharply. A slightly open line will appear. Use your thumbnail to slit the pod open along this line.
Remove the seeds/peas. Now open up the empty pod and scrape the white flesh out with a spoon. Put the seeds and flesh into t strainer and wash thoroughly with water to get rid of the sticky coating. It’s essential to wash them several times as the sticky coating is extremely bitter.
Now drop them into boiling water for a few minutes. Drain them and discard the water. Then boil again for a few minutes in fresh water.
You can now use the seeds and flesh in the same way that you would use ordinary green peas.
You can also pop the seeds as you would with popcorn. Just add oil or butter and salt – and pop!
A note of caution
Moringa seeds are often used for cleaning and purifying water. In the same way, they will ‘clean’ out your system. Don’t eat too many at one go or you may get an upset stomach.
How to Cook Moringa Flowers
The flower buds and blossoms are not suitable for eating raw. They may be fried or dipped in batter and fried.
They make a refreshing and nutritious tea. Steep the flowers in boiled water for around five minutes. Sweeten with sugar or a sugar substitute.
NOTE: Moringa flowers can induce abortion so never use them if you are pregnant.
The flowers are a good pesticide as their essence is repellent to insects.
Grow Your Own Moringa Tree
By the way, if you’d like to try growing your own Moringa Tree – and why wouldn’t you – you can buy seeds here. Just soak the seeds overnight, and then leave them on a damp paper towel in a plastic sealed container for about 4-5 days on the window sill.
You can buy Moringa supplements in health stores and on the internet. Moringa is now becoming so popular that a lot of manufacturers offer supplements. Sadly, some are just out to make money from an inferior product. To avoid disappointment, there are things you can do.
Check that the packaging advertises it as 100% Moringa. You don’t want to buy a product that has any fillers or additives. Good Moringa powder should be a vibrant green color like frozen peas. If it’s a dull faded green or beige, don’t bother.
If you’re buying capsules, check that they have a vegetarian or vegan capsule.
Do a little background reading on the company and see where they source their Moringa. If you’re still not sure, check out Amazon reviews. They are quick to say if a product is not 100% Moringa and it might save you a wasted purchase.
The most usual forms of supplement are
Powder This may be added to smoothies and shakes. It’s also great for adding into soups and stews but add it just before eating to preserve the nutrients. As a rough guide, don’t eat more than 6g of powder each day. That’s only 2 – 3 teaspoons but it’s all you need. Don’t be tempted to use more or you may get an upset stomach. You can also buy it in
Leaf powder capules – just an easier way to take leaf powder as a supplement. These capsules are often ‘one a day’. As with the powder, don’t be tempted to take more than the manufacturer recommends. You’ll get the benefit with their RDA.
Oil This is for external use only – not for cooking. You can buy it as a cold pressed seed oil and may be used on the face and body.
Moringa oil has excellent skin moisturizing properties. It also has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties which make it perfect for using on minor skin complaints such as cuts, bruises, burns, insect bites, rashes and scrapes. Moringa seed oil can be used alone or in creams, lotions, balms, scrubs, body oils and hair care formulations.
Teas This is in tea bags or leaf tea.
The Easiest Way to Improve Your Health…Ever
So, if you came here looking for help with the distressing issue of erectile dysfunction, you’ve found it. And a scientific medical study proving that Moringa can help you.
Not only that, you’ve found possibly the greatest super food known on the planet. And it’s easy to take. Get yourself some capsules or powder and see what this nutrient packed tree can do for you. If you have access to a Moringa Tree – we’re deeply envious.
As with anything new, just don’t overdo it (remember the dire warnings about upset stomachs?). We’re assuming that you’ll be hitting the health store so just follow the instructions on the package and feel your energy levels soar, your health improve and your problem solved.
All from one tiny capsule a day.
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