Today we take a look at the herbal supplement called moringa oleifera.
What is it supposedly for?
To increase the micro density of nutrients within your diet. This due to the bioavailability of the powered form that is sold in.
Why the popularity?
It achieved the current status when it proved to be easy to cultivate and grow in different environments. It’s an up-and-coming superfood and used by more and more people, who seek natural ways to increase their health.
Does it work?
It has many proven properties. It’s main purpose is to act as a high nutrient food support through its high bioavailability. Here is a list of nutrients contained (Nutritional value per 100 g – 3.5 oz):
- Energy 64 kcal (270 kJ)
- Carbohydrates 8.28 g
- Dietary fiber 2.0 g
- Fat 1.40 g
- Protein 9.40 g
- Vitamin A equiv. (47%) 378 μg
- Thiamine (B1) (22%) 0.257 mg
- Riboflavin (B2) (55%) 0.660 mg
- Niacin (B3) (15%) 2.220 mg
- Pantothenic acid (B5) (3%) 0.125 mg
- Vitamin B6 (92%) 1.200 mg
- Folate (B9) (10%) 40 μg
- Vitamin C (62%) 51.7 mg
- Calcium (19%) 185 mg
- Iron (31%) 4.00 mg
- Magnesium (41%) 147 mg
- Manganese (17%) 0.36 mg
- Phosphorus (16%) 112 mg
- Potassium (7%) 337 mg
- Sodium (1%) 9 mg
- Zinc (6%) 0.6 mg
1. Oduro I, Ellis WO, Owusu D (2008). “Nutritional potential of two leafy vegetables:Moringa oleifera and Ipomoea batatas leaves” (PDF). Scientific Research and Essay. 3
2. Atawodi, S. E.; Atawodi, J. C.; Idakwo, G. A.; Pfundstein, B; Haubner, R; Wurtele, G; Bartsch, H; Owen, R. W. (2010). “Evaluation of the polyphenol content and antioxidant properties of methanol extracts of the leaves, stem, and root barks of Moringa oleifera Lam”.Journal of Medicinal Food. 13 (3): 7106. doi:10.1089/jmf.2009.0057. PMID 20521992
It’s a product you should try unless you have any allergies or any other personal reason for not being able/wanting to take this. I would highly recommend to use it as part of your diet to help increase your energy levels and keep your vitamins and minerals up. It’s easily absorbed by our bodies and has benefits ranging from skin care to bone health. Look for information on websites from Medical Association, Sports Journals and/or nutrition books or consult nutrition specialists.
Till next time,
Ben – Founder Spartan’s Lane – http://www.spartanslane.com