“Her name was Lola, she was a showgirl…” Lyrics from Barry Manilow’s Copacabana, a familiar song from my childhood, written and produced in 1978. But if you noticed I swapped the meringue for Moringa. I have never done the meringue, but I have done the Moringa…in fact, I have done the Moringa every single day, for the last 58 days.
Doing the meringue daily, Dancing with The Stars style, would have given me a great work-out. But doing Moringa has given me much more benefit. When I first heard of it, I had my doubts. But I will be doing the Moringa everyday for the rest of my life!
What is Moringa?
To be exact, what is Moringa Oleifera?
“Moringa oleifera (synonym: Moringa pterygosperma) is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae.” -Wikipedia
I am sure that answers all of your questions! Ha! Here is another definition…
“Imagine a tree in your backyard that will meet all your nutritional needs, take care of you medicinally, and purify your water for you. This tree actually exists. For centuries, the natives of northern India and many parts of Africa have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera. Virtually every part of the tree can be used. Native only to the foothills of the Himalayas, it is now widely cultivated in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines. This tree, though little known in the Western world, is nutritional dynamite. There are literally hundreds of uses for this tree.”-Natural News
“M. oleifera is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal.”-Phytotherapy Research
Named Plant of The Year on Earth Day 2008 by The National Institute for Health (NIH)
Moringa Oleifera has been used for tens of thousands of years but recent investigation of the plant has shown that it may change the world in the future. Moringa Oleifera is nature’s “miracle tree”. It’s packed with 90+ verifiable, cell-ready vitamins, minerals, vital proteins, antioxidants, omega oils, and other benefits.
Every single part of this plant has incredible benefit:
Seeds: contain oil that is very beneficial in treating burns, cuts, scrapes, and is used in moisturizer. This oil also creates a very clean burning fuel.
Seed Pulp: Used to purify water without using harmful chemicals. Detoxifying. Also works in the body to help remove toxins.
Leaves: Full of nutrition essential and non-essential amino acids, Vitamin A, B1, B2 ,B3,C calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, zinc.
Flowers: - improves quality and quantity of mothers’ milk when breast feeding, helps urninary issues, cold remedy, toxin removal.
Roots and bark: healing and nourishment.
Stems: Proteins, Carbohydrates, Amino Acids,Calcium, Niacin,Potassium, and sodium among other nutrients found in the stems.
What this means to you:
Moringa Oleifera is considered “The Miracle Tree“. And in my case I can strongly agree with this statement. As discussed in the previous articles, nutrition is essential to the function of our bodies, but it is very hard to achieve with the lessened nutritional values in our food today. In future articles Moringa Oleifera will be broken down into digestible pieces to show you what it could mean for you and your health.
A few short weeks ago I could not have done the meringue…but as I consume Moringa Oleifera my body is becoming healthy again…Dancing with the Stars…and Barry Manilow…watch out!
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