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A Closer Look: Moringa Oleifera

Named the “Botanical of the Year” in 2008 by the National Institute of Health, moringa oleifera is a powerful natural ingredient found in our flagship product, Zeal for Life. Originating from the Moringa Tree native to the Indian subcontinent, the potent ingredient has medicinal properties and traditional uses dating as far back as 5,000 years ago. Cultivating into thirteen distinct species over the centuries, people have found a wide range of uses for moringa oleifera in many different parts of the world. However, in other parts of the world (including the U.S.) it is still highly unknown and yet to be used by a vast majority of people who can truly benefit from it. Take a closer look with us as we take a deep dive into moringa oleifera.

The Nutrition Factor

According to the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, scientists agree that moringa oleifera is the most nutrient dense botanical on earth weighing in with over 92 verifiable cell-ready nutrients including 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 amino acids with vitamins, minerals and omega oils. Moringa oleifera is loaded with nutrients, especially in its leaves. A rich source of micronutrients, when dried, moringa oleifera leaves are packed with:

Vitamins

  • Vitamin A – Helping to shield against diseases of the eyes, skin and heart; diarrhea and many other ailments.
  • Vitamin C – Helping to fight a host of illnesses including colds and flu.

Other vitamins included are vitamins B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, D, E, K, folate (folic acid), biotin and many more.

Minerals

  • Calcium – Helping to build strong bones and teeth, and preventing bent spine conditions common in older people.
  • Potassium – Helping the functioning of the brain and nervous system.

Other minerals included are chloride, chromium, copper, fluorine, iron, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, phosphorus, sodium, selenium, sulfur and zinc.

All 8 Essential Amino Acids

Isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine.

10 Additional Amino Acids

Alanine, arginine, aspartic acid, cysteine, glutamine, glycine, histidine, proline, serine and tryosine.

Other Beneficial Nutrients

Protein, chlorophyll, carotenoids, cytokinins, flavanoids, omega (3,6,9) oils, plant sterols, polyphenols, lutein, xanthins and rutin.

These are all essential nutrients on their own, but their combination in moringa oleifera leaves create an even more invigorating health aid.

Did you know?

Dried moringa leaves contain:

  • ½ the vitamin C in oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach
  • 17 times the calcium in milk
  • 15 times the potassium in bananas
  • 12 times the vitamin E of almonds
  • 10 times the vitamin A in carrots
  • 9 times the protein in yogurt

The Benefits of Moringa Oleifera

Moringa oleifera encompasses many healing aids and is full of health benefits. This powerful plant comes with a vast array of traditional herbal medicinal uses. Plus, as an iron-rich food source that helps to combat malnutrition while providing water purification in underdeveloped parts of the world. It can also be used to help:

  • Increase mental clarity
  • Normalize blood sugar
  • Suppress appetite
  • Improve would healing
  • Detoxification
  • Act as an anti-ulcer
  • Eliminate constipation
  • Improve digestion
  • Act as an anti-tumor
  • Reduce wrinkles/age lines
  • Act as an anti-fungal
  • Aphrodisiac and promoter of libido
  • Strengthen immune system
  • Act as an anti-depressant
  • Normalize blood pressure
  • Improve vision
  • Increase energy and endurance
  • Act as an anti-cholesterol
  • Enhance skin health
  • Stimulate hair growth and thickness
  • Strengthen nails
  • Act as an anti-inflammatory
  • Act as an antioxidant
  • Improve UTI
  • Increase metabolism
  • Support immune function
  • Nourish the brain
  • When we thought of each ingredient that would make Zeal for Life truly a complete source of foundational support for people’s health and nutrition, moringa oleifera was without a doubt a vital ingredient. In Zeal, as well as in our super-energizing formula Zeal+, the moringa oleifera acts as a strong antioxidant which maintains an already established healthy digestive system and joint function. Combined with a healthy lifestyle and diet, Zeal’s synergistic blend of whole food concentrates provide the body with the food-based nutritional components it needs to thrive. Learn more about Zeal for Life, here.