Food Forest at Florida Gulf Coast University

The Florida Gulf Coast University has an incredible learning opportunity for both its students and the community. Students of the university have set up and maintained something called the Food Forest.

The Food Forest is a botanical garden mainly comprised of tropical and subtropical edible species that grow well in South Florida, where the University is located. In the Food Forest, they also grow some non-edible native species so that they have enough native fauna to maintain the balance needed for optimal growth.

The diversity of the plants of the Food Forest show that a sustainable lifestyle is not only possible in South Florida, but could richly provide for anyone who puts the time and effort into it. That is one of the reasons why the students at FGCU combined engineering, ecology, horticulture and even the beauty of design to create the Food Forest.

The Food Forest was meant to become a tool to educate the community. The goal is for South Floridians to learn about the tremendous variety and quantity of foods from all over the world that can be grown locally. Locally grown food means less wasted resources transporting food and thereby less damage to our precious planet.

The main idea behind the Food Forest is something called “permaculture.” Permaculture is a system based on what humans need, but to keep those needs in a symbiotic relationship with the planet in order to maintain sustainability. This practice includes building homes with natural materials, restoring landscapes and ecosystems that have failed due to human mistakes, and of course, growing your own food.

Permaculture is also about water from sustainable sources, for example, rainwater collection. It’s about getting your energy via sustainable resources as well. Permaculture also relies on ethics–doing the right thing for the planet and for the community.

The Food Forest was initiated in the Spring of 2011. Since its beginning, it has continued to grow and flourish, providing food and education to the community. It was founded by not just dedicated students, but also faculty, staff and community members who saw the value and potential in the idea.

The Food Forest is open to everyone in the South Florida community. The Food Forest has become a place where community members can go to learn how to grow their own food and participate in a more sustainable lifestyle, especially in learning the balance of permaculture.

The Food Foresters club, also run by FGCU students, meets weekly to share information and to give hands on experience to anyone who wants it. For students that need Service Learning hours, there are more than enough available to meet the necessary requirements.

The Food Forest is a great, positive way to showcase the potential that a backyard in South Florida has for growing food. It’s a fantastic tool for the community and for students as well. If the balance of permaculture can be understood and more widespread, the benefit to our planet would increase exponentially. From a little Food Forest in South Florida, to the world.

Health Inequality Gap Widening

A recent study, published in The Lancet, offers evidence that health and wealth are connected. Not only are they related, but the trends in health and wealth are pointing towards a health care disaster as the inequality gap widens.

The study, led by Dr. Frank Elgar, psychiatry professor at McGill University in Quebec, Canada, measured and monitored a variety of categories over a period of 8 years, from 2002-2010. They monitored physical activity, body mass index (BMI) psychological symptoms, physical symptoms and sleep habits.

To ensure they received the data they needed, they studied almost half a million adolescents from 34 different countries. What they found was unsettling.

Over the eight year time period, they found that adolescents from the poorer socioeconomic group were more likely to be in poor health. Not only that, but the gap in quality of health between the less-fortunate and the wealthy was much bigger at the end of the study than at the beginning.

What this means is that, as time goes by, those with less money will become less and less healthier. Dr. Elgar found this information quite disconcerting and seemed to believe it called for action to counteract this trend. “If health inequalities are now widening in such abundantly rich countries, particularly during the so-called ‘healthy years’ of adolescence, then these trends are especially alarming for future population health,” Dr. Elgar said.

“Our results also point to policy options for governments that could help reduce health inequalities early in the life course, such as reducing economic inequality or investing in the health of disadvantaged youth. To improve health and reduce health disparities across the lifespan, a focus should be on social factors that affect the health and well-being of young people,” Dr. Elgar also said.

The trend of inequality in health and money requires addressing on a large scale. The richest 1% of the world is likely going to surpass the other 99% of the world’s population as early as next year (2016). This study is not the only study to show these kinds of results.

There are other studies showing that economic inequality is a determining factor in health, including the length of life, early death, obesity and infant mortality. Mental health is also a part of this inequality, falling into the same trend of physical health.

OxFam, a global organization that seeks to overcome poverty, hunger and injustice, reports that the wealthiest 80 people on the planet, have the same wealth as the poorest 50% of the rest of the world population combined. Just five years ago, in 2010, that number was 388 of the world’s richest people.

Some, like OxFam, call for governments around the world to make progress on “evening out” the wealth gap. The authors of the health inequality study also call for similar measures, stating that “Widening gaps in adolescent health could predict future inequalities in adult health and need urgent policy action.”
Not only does quality of life rely on a healthy body, but it also affects whether these adolescents can get an education, a job, and how long they will live. The authors of the study feel very strongly that this gap in health be addressed and made the focus of new policies, with further studies continuing to assess the status of the situation.

Treating Rheumatoid Arthritis with Moringa Oleifera

Moringa Oleifera is one of the world’s most potent super foods, containing twice or even three times the necessary vitamins and minerals of other foods. More than fruits and vegetables which are considered to be high in necessary nutrients.

Moringa Oleifera has 36 times more magnesium than eggs, 25 times more iron than spinach (a well-known vegetable high in iron), and 272 percent of your daily value of vitamin A. These amounts are astronomic and no other food comes close to containing the density of nutrients that Moringa Oleifera contains.

Moringa Oleifera has nearly limitless uses for benefiting the human body. From feeding starving infants in Chad to a vitamin boost in a health food junkie’s smoothie, Moringa Oleifera can help. Moringa Oleifera has many different nutritional benefits, but it can also be used to treat various medical conditions.

Recent information has come to light that suggest Moringa Oleifera may be able to assist those who suffer from the debilitating pain of rheumatoid arthritis.

Rheumatoid arthritis is a disease that progressively worsens, causing painful inflammation in joints, especially in the hands and feet. The pain can become unbearable and causes deformity and even total immobility in the sufferer’s affected areas.

This is where Moringa Oleifera can make a difference: inflammation control. Moringa Oleifera has natural anti-inflammatory properties that can help your body deal with the inflammation that comes from rheumatoid arthritis.

In a French-led study published in Dakar Med journal, it was found that Moringa Oleifera can help with inflammation caused by not only rheumatoid arthritis but also other diseases that cause inflammation such a bronchitis.

Rats were injected with both Moringa Oleifera and indomethacin (a common anti-inflammatory drug), after they were injected with a carrageenan to induce swelling. Both the Moringa Oleifera and the indomethacin reduced swelling at a similar rate, thus proving that Moringa Oleifera can be used for anti-inflammatory purposes.

There are many different ways to consume Moringa Oleifera, should you wish to do so for the purpose of reducing rheumatoid arthritis pain. Some cook the leaves or pods as they are, since their extoic flavor can add interest to any dish. One of the easier ways to obtain and ingest Moringa Oleifera is in powder form.

Putting powdered Moringa Oleifera in your food, smoothies, or juices is an easy way to get the added antioxidants, vitamins and minerals you need to stay healthy, as well as a way to keep any inflammation related to rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory diseases at bay.

One thing to consider when using Moringa Oleifera powder is that heat can break down and even destroy the beneficial properties. If you add it to your regularly cooked meal, add it at the end so the heat doesn’t affect its nutritional value.

Moringa Oleifera is a food that has many nutritional and medicinal benefits. According to this recent study, the medicinal benefits include anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce pain and swelling due to rheumatoid arthritis. If you suffer from rheumatoid arthritis or other inflammatory medical conditions, try adding Moringa Oleifera to your diet. You might just reap the benefits of the ultimate superfood.

Simple Ways to Eat Healthy on the Go

Eating healthy can take some extra effort. When hunger strikes, it’s easy to go back to less healthy convenience food. However, with a little planning, you can beat those junk food cravings by substituting with a healthy alternative. Here are some quick, healthy, snacks that can be eaten on the go.

Cottage cheese with fruit
○ All you have to do for this healthy and delicious snack is mix half a cup of fruit with half a cup of cottage cheese. The result is a protein filled snack with enough natural sugars to give you an energy boost.

Mixed nuts
○ Nuts are packed with protein, as well as a good source of healthy fats. Don’t forget they come with a great boost of omega-3 fatty acids.

Pumpkin seeds
○ Pumpkin seeds are packed with phosphorus, magnesium, manganese, copper, zinc and iron. They are full of protein, making them a great, fast and portable healthy snack.

Hard-boiled eggs
○ Protein and vitamin D, all in one little portable egg! Great for breakfast, lunch or a snack. Hard-boiled eggs can be made ahead of time, making them convenient to grab and go.

Healthy granola bar
○ There is a huge quantity of granola bars on the market, and some are healthy, but most are not. A granola bar can be a good snack, but only if you carefully check the label before buying. Look for a granola bar with low sugar content, and with as much protein as sugar. Look for bars with high protein and high fiber, as well as simple ingredients.

Edamame
○ Edamame is a delicious, protein filled easy to eat snack. It’s high in protein, fiber and almost all essential vitamins and minerals.

Hummus and vegetables
○ Get in some high fiber with hummus, a heart healthy snack that can be made portable by simply throwing some celery and carrot sticks in a mason jar. Delicious and filling with little prep time.

Cheese slices
○ Cheese is full of protein and calcium. A few slices can be a great, simple and easy pick-me-up.

Greek yogurt
○ Greek yogurt blows conventional yogurt out of the water. It has twice the protein as regular yogurt, and with half the carbs and half the sodium. It’s a filling snack than you can buy in portable cups for breakfast at the office or an after school snack.

Banana
○ Bananas are nature’s most portable snack! A heart healthy snack that requires no prep time, they are chock full of potassium, fiber, vitamin C and B6.

Turkey jerky
○ If you choose the right brand, turkey jerky is high in protein and low in fat. The texture of the jerky makes chewing hard work, tricking your body to thinking you’ve eaten more than you have. Just be cautious about the sodium levels.

These are just some of the healthy snack options available to you if you are truly invested in maintaining a healthy lifestyle, even when that late afternoon hunger pang hits. Give these healthy snacks a try!

Moringa Feeding Babies in Chad

Moringa Oleifera, also known as the Moringa tree, is a superfood known around the world for its high saturation of necessary vitamins and minerals, including antioxidants. Moringa is a nutritionally complete food, making it a boon to those in less fortunate circumstances in dry climates all over Africa and India.

The Moringa tree has been called “the Miracle tree” for many reasons, one of which is due to its high content of vitamin A. Vitamin A deficiency is one of the leading problems in developing countries like Gambia or Chad. VAD (Vitamin A deficiency) can cause problems with the eyes, and increases the rate of mortality in both children and their mothers. Collectively, 21% of the children of the world have vitamin A deficiency and die more frequently from diarrhea, measles, and malaria due to it. Roughly 800,000 deaths in children and mothers can be attributed to VAD. This number is slowly decreasing, likely due to the increase in programs that encourage the fortification of diets with vitamin A. Moringa is one of these foods that can do that.

Moringa thrives in dry climates, making it an ideal candidate for increasing vitamin A intake in developing countries in Africa and India. Professor Mike Gordon (University of Reading), an expert in nutrition has said “If a country in Africa really wants development, it has to put good food in the mouths of its babies. There is no other way to develop than to put good food in their mouths and build up the human resource of the country.”

This is why there has been significant research into the benefits of Moringa for infants. A study done recently shows promise for the positive effect of Moringa as a component of “infant flours”, a fortified flour used to feed young children and babies. The study, done by the University of Ouagadougou and spearheaded by Barnabas Kayalto, found Moringa to be an excellent option for feeding infants in developing countries, especially in Chad and other areas with similar climates. The study concludes that Moringa powder is rich in calcium, magnesium, iron, and zinc, as well as protein and vitamins A and C. In fact, the protein, fat, iron, zinc and vitamin A levels were higher than seven traditional, more commonly used, porridges. The study also concluded that by grinding the Moringa leaf into powder, it can be better preserved for future use as well as the best way to get the highest concentration of nutrients.

Dr. Isatou Semega Jammeh, director of Gambia’s National Nutrition Agency has said “Malnutrition causes a great deal of human suffering and is associated with more than half of all deaths of children worldwide…Malnutrition severely impacts on the socio-economic development of a nation because a workforce that is stunted both mentally and physically may have a reduced work capacity. The interaction of poverty, poor health and poor nutrition has a multiplier effect on the general welfare of the population and also contributes significantly towards keeping a population in a downward trend of poverty and nutritional insecurity. Thus nutrition plays an important role in the reproduction of poverty from one generation to the next.”

The proper growth and development of children is of the utmost importance for these countries. Moringa can help these children grown stronger, be better able to resist and overcome illness, and go on to make a difference in their country and the world.

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Beautiful Hair with Moringa Oleifera

Everyone knows that the leaves and pods of the Moringa Oleifera tree are saturated with vitamins that are great for your overall health. What many people may not know is that the very vitamins that keep your body healthy can also improve your appearance, especially your hair.

If you have nutritional deficiencies, not only will your overall well-being suffer, but the health of your hair can suffer as well. Dandruff, split ends, breakage and dullness are all manifestations of nutrient deficiency. This is why proper nutrition is not only important to your overall health but your hair health as well.

Here are the various vitamins, minerals and amino acids that promote hair health.

● Vitamin A: Moringa Oleifera is full of vitamin A, a vitamin that promotes hair growth and strength. Because vitamin A is the foundation for the growth of healthy cells and body tissues, it extends this role to hair as well, and can prevent breakage and hair loss.
● Zinc: The zinc in Moringa Oleifera encourages hair growth due to its positive effects on the body’s immune function. Combined with vitamin A and silica, zinc keeps the sebaceous glands (which produces sebum) working properly. Your hair needs the proper amount of sebum in order to keep it shiny and protected.
● Vitamin E: Vitamin E is responsible for good blood flow in the body and around your scalp. Having good circulation around the scalp makes it easier for your hair follicles to absorb the nutrients that they need to be healthy and beautiful.
● Vitamin B: Hair loss is typically due to a lack of vitamin B, especially B6 and folic acid. Moringa Oleifera is rich in various B vitamins which will preserve follicle strength and prevent hair loss.
● Calcium: Calcium has many important roles to play in your health, but one lesser known function calcium assists with is to help the body secrete hormones and enzymes. By having calcium in your diet, your body can secrete the androgen necessary for hair growth, as well as the biotin you need for healthy and strong hair.
● Potassium: Potassium can help remove excess sodium from your system. Sodium can block your body’s ability to absorb nutrients, including your hair. By adding Moringa Oleifera powder to your diet, you are boosting your potassium intake which gives your hair the ability to absorb the nutrients it needs to be healthy, shiny and strong.

The benefit of Moringa Oleifera for your hair does not need to be restricted to simply being a part of your diet. Moringa Oleifera oil directly applied to the hair will improve its strength and health, reducing split ends and reducing dandruff. Through this direct application, the follicles and scalp can directly absorb the nutrients that keep your hair healthy and beautiful.

The benefits of Moringa Oleifera for your body and appearance are many. Getting a full dose of A, B, and E vitamins, calcium, potassium and zinc will not only keep your body systems running smoothly, it can also keep your skin and hair healthy. By adding Moringa Oleifera to your diet, you benefit your body’s overall health, as well as the health and beauty of your hair.

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Moringa Oleifera Seeds Used in Mining

Moringa Oleifera, the well-known superfood, is now expanding its uses well beyond exceptional nutrition or healthy oils. It looks like the “miracle” tree is even more miraculous than previously thought.

Moringa Oleifera leaves, seeds and pods contain complete nutrition, which is why they are used to fight hunger and malnutrition in third world countries. They also keep exceptionally well and are a cheap and readily available oil source, additional reasons why Moringa Oleifera is helpful in places where people are suffering from malnutrition.

Recently, it’s come to light that Moringa Oleifera is actually capable of purifying water, something that greatly benefits areas of the world with limited access to clean drinking water. The crushed Moringa Oleifera seeds bind to the particles and impurities in the water, which in turn makes it possible to get the impurities out of the water after settling and straining. Clean drinking water is something that is vital for good health.

The latest Moringa Oleifera benefit digs into a completely different arena – mining. A study, led by Professor Adrian Rennie which was published in the Journal of Colloid and Interface Science, suggests that the crushed seeds of the Moringa Oleifera tree can be manipulated to separate different materials in the mining process.

Separation processes are a vital part of the mining industry. When done accurately, the maximum amount of valuable material can be separated from the undesirable materials. Because the protein in crushed Moringa Oleifera seeds binds to impurities and particles, scientists are learning to tweak the detergents so the protein can bind to mining waste materials.

Testing was done by adding detergents to the bound protein from the crushed Moringa Oleifera seeds. Different detergents made it possible to separate different materials, giving Moringa Oleifera separation an extremely wide range of possibilities. Professor Rennie said “‘combining the protein with detergents offers new ways to use this natural material in mineral industries.”

This especially affects the types of mining done in countries where Moringa Oleifera grows. Having a natural, local, non-synthetic resource to use in mining separation processes is a tremendously valuable resource in countries that would otherwise have to spend money on importing man-made separating chemicals.

Moringa Oleifera is a drought tolerant, hardy tree that can be grown in a variety of conditions. Between the nutritional benefits of Moringa Oleifera, the water purifying capabilities, and now playing a vital role in the mining process it’s hard to think of a tree or plant that even comes close to having the variety and quantity of benefits and capabilities of Moringa Oleifera.

Now Moringa Oleifera will not only provide complete, readily available nutrition in places where health and proper sustenance are not easily obtained, it will also boost the local economy with its new role in the mining industry by replacing expensive, synthetic chemicals with its more natural separation process. It’s clear that Moringa Oleifera should not be relegated to the status of the latest nutritional fad or buzzword. Moringa Oleifera can and does benefit a lot of people, now in more ways than ever before.

Moringa Oleifera for Joint Pain

The wonders of the health benefits of Moringa Oleifera never cease. New information is coming to light about the benefits of Moringa Oleifera in treating joint pain related to arthritis.

Moringa Oleifera is native to northwestern India, in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. It grows well in adverse conditions, especially drought, and has excellent nutritional value in addition to all of its health benefits. As a nutritionally complete food that retains is nutrients even after being dried, it has made a huge difference in controlling and relieving malnutrition in some parts of Africa and India. It can also be a delicious, exotic meal ingredient, if that is how you choose to incorporate it into your diet. Otherwise, Moringa Oleifera is widely available in a powder that can be added to smoothies or teas, as well as in a traditional supplement capsule form.

Moringa has been used for ages in African folk medicine, and recent studies are beginning to see why it has been counted on to treat various illnesses and maladies for so many years. A study done in 2011 studied the effects of Moringa Oleifera as an analgesic for rats with arthritis. The study concluded that the methanolic extracts from Moringa Oleifera were effective in reducing arthritis pain in the rats.

Moringa Oleifera also showed promise when used in conjunction with other pain relief methods without reducing their effectiveness. The study used extracts from both the roots and leaves of Moringa Oleifera, which were administered via injection to the rats. This study is just one of the many discoveries on the effects of Moringa Oleifera on joint pain or arthritis.

Some of the most powerful testimonies of the effects of Moringa Oleifera on joint pain come from people who consume Moringa Oleifera on a regular basis. Many people who include Moringa Oleifera in their diet (whether pod, leaves, root, powder or supplement) report that within a few days, their arthritis or joint pain has significantly diminished, and in some instances, completely disappeared.

Morgina Oleifera has some of the most potent natural anti-inflammatory compounds that have been discovered by the scientific community. It also contains a high concentration of phytonutrients that assist your body’s efforts to stop the production of enzymes that bring on joint pain. The USDA has studied enzyme inhibitors such as kaempferol and quercetin, and Moringa Oleifera has them in good supply.

Not only is Moringa Oleifera rich in the phytonutrients that prevent the development of enzymes that in turn bring on joint pain and arthritis, it is also high in bioactive compounds. Moringa Oleifera is rich in carotenoids, flavonoids and polyphenols, which are beginning to show promise in studies. This suggests that they are effective at naturally reducing joint inflammation rapidly, as well as keeping joints and bones healthy.

Though some may think that Moringa Oleifera and its nutritional and medicinal properties sound too good to be true, science is catching up with the long-held belief in its health giving qualities. With each new study, science continues to reveal more and more of the benefits of Moringa Oleifera.

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New Spa Treatments using Moringa Oleifera Oil

While the nutrition and water purification benefits of Moringa Oleifera are well known, the relaxation and rejuvenation possibilities that Moringa Oleifera can provide are also gaining worldwide acclaim. Two new spa rituals provided at an exotic resort in western Africa are examples of treatments that shows Moringa’s soothing power. With the popularity of these new treatments, other spas are sure to follow and incorporate Moringa Oleifera oil into their treatments offerings too.

On the white beaches of Tanzania lies world famous The Residence Zanzibar. The property is comprised of 66 private villas that collectively form one of the most beautiful and tranquil resorts on the island known as “Spice Island”. The guests that stay at The Residence Zanzibar have access to The Spa, where they can receive all the treatments they desire to restore and relax their bodies.

Massages, saunas, and a choice of six different treatment pavilions are just the tip of the rejuvenation iceberg. The Spa at The Residence Zanzibar offers unique, one-of-a-kind spa treatments using the oil of the Moringa Oleifera tree. Their treatments, called ila spa treatments, offer two massages, the Tree of Life ritual and the Yemaya ritual. According to their website, “‘ila’, which means ‘Earth’ in Sanskrit, illustrates that the spa is “passionate about the power of nature as the source of real wellness, using only the finest natural plant and mineral ingredients”.

The massage uses a blend of essential oils, called the “African tree of life” blend. This oil concoction contains Silky Baobab oil extracted from the seeds of the Adansonia tree, enriched Argan oil, and of course, Moringa Oleifera oil which is rich in phytonutrients. These phytonutrients provide health promoting antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa Oleifera oil helps to fight free radicals that can cause skin tissue damage, thus rejuvenating dull, tired and aging skin.

The Tree of Life ritual is made specifically for men. As it begins, the initial step is a vital energy body scrub, which invigorates the skin. Then, an adaptogenic herbal liver pack is applied to the body, which is intended to cleanse and purify the liver. Last but not least, a massage to relax the muscles.

For women, there is the Yemaya ritual, which is very similar to the Tree of Life ritual but is geared towards a feminine energy. The Yemaya also begins with a body scrub that exfoliates and invigorates, followed by the herbal liver pack and then the African tree of life oil massage.

One of the greatest advantages of Moringa Oleifera oil is that it restores vitality to your skin. This blend of oils, combined with the massage, gives the unique benefits of Moringa Oleifera directly into the body in a way that both relaxes and nurtures. These rituals show the versatility of Moringa Oleifera. As well as being a part of your healthy diet or water purification process, Moringa Oleifera oil provides health benefits through the power of calming and rejuvenating massage.

Moringa Tea for Good Health

Many people are discovering the health benefits provided by the Moringa tree. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of Moringa is to make a tea with it. It’s a simple, easy way to absorb the nutrients that Moringa has to offer.

The Moringa tree (Moringa Oleifera) is native to India, at the foot of the southern Himalayas. It’s a deciduous, rapidly growing tree that does very well in dry or hot conditions. Many parts of the tree are edible, including the immature seed pods (also referred to as drumsticks), mature seeds, leaves and roots, as well as oil pressed from the mature seeds.

Moringa is so powerful, it’s often the heavy hitter in the lineup of nutritional options used by organizations battling malnutrition in third world countries. Its ability to grow in dry climates is a huge benefit in areas where other plants struggle. The seed cake, a byproduct of the oil extraction process, is also a benefit in areas where clean drinking water is not available, because of its ability to filter water.

The reason why Moringa is so good for you is simple– it’s full of antioxidants. Many popular foods are full of antioxidants, including green tea and acai berries. What many people don’t know is that the antioxidants in Moringa puts all those other “superfoods” to shame. Antioxidants are measured in units called umoles, in the Oxidant Radicals Absorbent Capacity (ORAC) system of measurement. Acai berries are considered to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants at 102,700 umoles. Moringa blows this already high amount out of the water with an antioxidant concentration of a whopping 157,000 umoles.

Our bodies need these antioxidants to fight harmful free radicals, which cause damage to healthy cells. One of the best ways to get the high concentration of antioxidants that come from Moringa is to brew it as a tea. Starting with three or four stalks of Moringa leaves, dry them out for a day or until the leaves become crisp. Grind them in the blender for 15 to 20 seconds, then put them into tea bags. Make Moringa tea with lemon and honey or sugar to balance out the unique flavor of the Moringa. Avoid making your water too hot or it’s possible that you will lose some of the nutrients due to the heat.

If you don’t have access to the stalks, or don’t have the time to make it from scratch, you can purchase Moringa tea already made. A daily cup of Moringa tea will elevate your body’s ability to fight free radicals, as well as give your body a high concentration of other valuable nutrients. One serving of Moringa leaves contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium. Surpassing the amount of these nutrients, one serving of Moringa leaves also contains 71% of your daily value of Iron, 125% of your daily value of Calcium, and a whopping 272% of your daily value of vitamin A.

Moringa tea is a great way to get a very large dose of antioxidants and other nutrients, without the drawbacks of other teas like green tea which contains caffeine which can be harmful to your body. Try adding Moringa tea to your diet today.

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