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Nature's Protein Powerhouse

Nature's Protein Powerhouse

The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) also goes by the more commonly used “drumstick tree” or “horseradish tree” or “Ben Oil tree” names. It is one of the most powerful health enhancing plants on the planet and luckily it is highly sustainable and grows easily in many tropical parts of the world. The Moringa oleifera is a fast growing (they can grow over 6 metres per year), leafy plant that produces flowers and pods that have been used by health professionals and authorities all over the world – particularly to address malnutrition. Moringa is capable of growing in dry, poor quality soils where many other plants cannot survive. As well as providing plenty of healthy nutrition, it also restores soil fertility, filters water and can produce beneficial oils. It grows year round, and when it decomposes it leaves fertilises the soil to allow other plants to prosper. In 2008 The National Institute of Health in the USA called Moringa “The plant of the year” saying “like no other single species this plant has the potential to help reverse major environmental problems and provide a sustainable solution for many unmet human needs”

Many studies have been undertaken around the world to focus on the numerous healing and nutritional qualities of this plant. Almost every part of the plant can be used in some way productively. Moringa is best known for its ability to provide nutrition and as a natural energy booster, it is also a great source of Vitamin E and potassium which can support healthy blood pressure. Being high in protein means it may assist with muscle growth, development, energy, immunity and detoxification.

It offers the highest protein ratio of any plant so far found out there, and the quality of the protein is comparable to soy- but without the issues that some people have with soy! Moringa contains all eight of the essential amino acids usually only found in meat products, and 18 of the 20 amino acids required by humans. So the real nutritional benefit here is the extra protein and minerals which can be especially beneficial for vegetarians, vegans, those recovering from long term illness and those who are fussy over food or have a poor appetite.

When buying Moringa, look for a package that blocks out light (no transparent bags) as light destroys the vitamin C content very quickly. Once you have opened your pottle, close it up as soon as you can and keep in a cool dark environment (pantry cupboard under 30 degrees is fine). It absorbs moisture, so keep it tightly shut or it will go lumpy and mouldy. The best Moringa comes from countries where tropical fruits grow well.

There are different types of Moringa plants- the one you are looking for is Moringa oleifera as it is much more nutrient dense. Choose certified organic (check it is certified in NZ by either BioGro or AsureQuality and not just claiming it is Organic in the title), and look for sources outside of China or India as the trees will take up any chemicals and contaminants from the soils around them – especially heavy metals.

To guarantee a pure product, we test the Moringa Powder when it arrives here in NZ to ensure it is free from bacteria, heavy metals or other toxins. BioBalance Certified Organic Moringa Powder is certified organic here in NZ by AsureQuality who are also satisfied that our supplier and their farm staff are being ethically treated and the product is truly organic.

BioBalance Certified Organic Moringa Powder comes from the Guayaquil region of Ecuador from a small co-op of local farmers who have a USDA certified organic farm. There the Moringa trees are planted, tended, cut and prepared for sale all by hand. The local farmers are experienced in the growth of the plants and have been able to set up a clean source of water for the farm to feed the trees and to supply water to the village. Sales of the various parts of the trees provide them an income to support an independent sustainable lifestyle for their families year round.

TAPS Code: PP9674