Friday, June 29, 2012

Easy Ways to Use Moringa in Meals

Using Fresh Moringa Leaves or Moringa Powder is easy to use everyday in meals! 

Fresh leaves:   

1st choice is your salad always. Any dish in which you use spinach leaves, you can substitute Moringa leaves or use them both as I do.  

You can also put them into your sandwich instead of lettuce or spinach or in addition to those things.  You pick them straight off the tree branch and it is the freshest vegetable you can eat.

Make tea with the leaves. If you want cold tea, you steep the leaves in boiling water for 20 minutes then put in the refrigerator or on ice to make a great cool drink. You can blend Moringa with Gingko tea or green tea as well.  

Breakfast: I make an egg omelet then after it is nearly cooked, I add moringa, spinach, and green peppers to it.  Moringa Quiche is another dish I fix.  We love it. I am also using our own home raised chicken eggs.

Soup with Moringa leaves as a topping

Add the fresh leaves at the end to blend with other steamed veggies.   

Add to green split pea soup or other soups. Always add the leaves after cooking, so you don't cook the nutrients out.  

Top your pizza with it after its cooked as a topping.  

Pizza with Moringa Leaves as a topping

Moringa Powder:   

 Since right now I only have young trees and few leaves, I depend on the powder.  I put a teaspoon or more in one of the following: plain yogurt, sugar free applesauce, cooked cereal, smoothies , cranberry juice, or in a drink with half juice and half water. I vary how I use the Moringa so I don't get tired of it. 

green drinks and smoothies

I also make Moringa goats milk.....I drink goat's milk so I add two teaspoons of powder to the milk with a tsp of honey....for a Moringa Milk drink.   You could add it to almond milk or other kinds of nut milks.

Add the powder to soups right before you eat them or to dips.  Avocado and Moringa is a good dip.

You can also add Moringa to rice.  I just throw it in and try it in different dishes.  

Make peanut butter- Moringa powder-ground nut balls.....uncooked healthy no bake cookies. My husband loves them.  There is a recepie here in the blog.   

Moringa/peanut butter on crackers or in a sandwich.  Mix one tsp to 1 tablespoon of Moringa powder with peanut butter in a bowl.  Use on crackers or in a sandwich.  I eat it without the bread and carbohydrates. It is really good........For kids add a tsp of all fruit preserves for a traditional PB/Jelly version for kids. 

Even if you have little time, you can use some of these ideas.  Be creative.  However you use it, it will be good for your health and energy. 

This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


Thursday, June 28, 2012

How Much Moringa Should I Eat?

I am answering this question once more after two phone calls.

Moringa is a food not a drug.  Even though it has healing properties, super packed nutrition, and lots of health benefits, it is still a food.

Almost every vegetable has healing properties depending on the nutrients it is dense it.  Garlic is a food as well. Onions have healing properties.   Since it is a food, I cannot tell you to eat 5 carrots or 4 apples to get a desired effect.   There are suggestions that you should eat for instance 4 servings of green vegetables per day or two servings of fresh fruit....but these are suggestions.

When you go from fast food to raw veggies, you change the way your bowel works. You may have a little constipation or loose stools until your gut gets accustomed to the changes you are making.

Dark green leafy vegetables contain minerals such as iron, calcium, potassium and magnesium. They are packed with vitamins such as Vitamin K, C, E, and B vitamins.  They provide phytonutrients such as beta-carotene, lutein, zeaxanthin, and some contain Omega-3-fatty acids.

What does Vitamin K do?  It is a very important vitamin that has many functions including regulating blood clotting, protecting your bones from osteoporosis, regulates the inflammatory process, help to prevent diabetes and atherosclerosis.   A cup or two of green leafy vegetables provides this needed Vitamin K.
Vitamin K is fat-soluble so that means you need to apply salad dressing to your greens or perhaps saute it briefly in oil, so your body absorbs it.

Chlorophyll is what makes green veggies and Moringa leaves green. Chlorophyll helps the body to cleanse itself of toxins, fight infections, and promote the health of every body system.  Because it does help cleanse the system, when you add in lots of greens into your diet, you may get a cleansing effect that includes loose stools for the first few days. Chlorophyll also thins the blood when taken in concentrated amounts.  You can buy liquid chlorophyll by itself.  It is quite refreshing when you add a tablespoon to a glass of cold water.

Moringa leaves are exceptional in that they contain Iron, protein, Calcium, minerals, antioxidants and those nutrients are concentrated  in this beautiful green food.  You can put lots of Moringa leaves in your salad or a is up to you and your taste buds.  Moringa is a great food for vegetarians because of its iron, protein, and calcium content. It is hard to find a vegetable that contains all that you need to be healthy. It is a survival tree with leaves that contain all the needed nutrients to stay alive and be healthy.

Moringa for Emergency Food Storage: Moringa powder should be in everyone food storage list for emergencies.  I believe that with all my heart.  All you need do it add the powder to water or juice in an emergency food shortage. It does not need to be cooked. It is there for your optimum nutritional needs.  It can be put in baby food or cereal for children. 

It is Suggested that a tablespoon of the powder will give you a good helping of the tremendous nutritional benefits that Moringa leaves contain.

In reality, it is up to you whether you take a teaspoon or a tablespoon a day or one cup or two cups of the leaves.  It is a food that is good for you and can only improve your dietary regimen of nutrition. 

If you are taking it for a specific reason, such as to see if it improves your blood just have to experiment.  In this country, I cannot tell you to take a certain amount to lower blood pressure.  That is prescribing medicine without a license.  I can get sued for telling you that. I can get all sorts of officials from the FDA to the AMA down on my back legally for giving you advice that like. There are research studies you can investigate that show the positive effects on various health conditions so it is up to you to do that investigation.

You can get mad at me all you want because I will not give you medical advice on the phone, but that is what your government has created. Here is the United States you cannot say that without legal problems.  The other problem is this, I don't know anything about you.  I have no idea of your family health history, your personal health history, your medical problems, your lab tests, your diet, your life style, or habits.  You cannot know how to help a person, without that information. How do I know what prescription drugs you might be taking that impact your health, your weight, and the effect that any herbal program might have on you.  I cannot give you medical advice for all these reasons. 

I have had three calls this week that has prompted me to write this article.  You need to take control of your health, by investigating the research that is published on Moringa and other herbs.  Not the ones published by organizations against alternative medicine therapies but research that is unbiased and honest.  

So again folks, Moringa is a food with many benefits both health and medicinal. If is safe to eat everyday and there is no amount that is toxic to your system.  It is given to pregnant women in third world countries to help them boost their nutrition, support milk production, and give babies added nutrition in their baby food.  In saying that, some women during pregnancy cannot eat certain foods because they get gas or an upset stomach.  When pregnant at times, the same foods you eat before pregnancy, may have a different digestive effect when pregnant.  So  keep this is mind.  You must learn to listen to your own body.

I hope this answers your questions.

Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin

I am selling exceptional Moringa Leaf powder from Nicaragua that is superior to any other brand. Go check it out here,

Monday, June 25, 2012

Are your Moringa Leaves Gamma Irradiated?

The symbol on packaging for irradiated food products. This symbol may or may not be on the label depending  on the origin of the food. 

The answer to this question, is much of Indian Moringa is gamma irradiated.  You must call or write the company to know for sure on this question.  If the company who sold you your Moringa leaf powder does not state that his product is not gamma irradiated, it probably is. 

That is why Moringa Delight products state on the description of their products, they are NOT gamma irradiated. They are checked by a FDA lab for mold, bacteria, E-coli, and other contamination such as insect or mouse parts.  

But what does gamma irradiated really mean? Here are some answers:


Does it take out the mouse parts and insect parts from the leaf material?

It does not take the insect or mouse parts out of the product. It does not take the dirt out of the product or weeds mixed in with the product. It does not mean your product is pure grade leaf.  It does nothing to clean the product.

How are gamma irradiated goods treated?

What is irradiation?

Irradiation is the process of treating food and other consumer products with gamma rays, x-rays, or high voltage electrons to kill potential harmful bacteria and parasites, delay sprouting, and increase shelf life. 

Irradiation is also referred to ass "ionizing radiation" because it produces energy waves strong enough to dislodge electrons from atoms and molecules, thereby converting them to electrically charged particles called ions.  Ionizing radiation reduces the number of disease causing organisms in foods by disrupting their molecular structure and killing them.  It is also called "cold pasteurization" and "irradiation pasteurization".

Food irradiation is permitted in more than 40 countries. In the US, it is approved for beef, pork, poultry, shell eggs, fruits, vegetables, wheat, wheat flour, seeds for sprouting, herbs and spices.

The Effects of Gamma Irradiation on Food:
  • Dr. Mercola states, "Irradiation masks and encourages filthy conditions in slaughterhouses and food processing plants. Irradiation can kill most bacteria in food, but it does nothing to remove the feces, urine, pus and vomit that often contaminate beef, pork, chicken and other meat. Irradiation will not kill the pathogen that causes mad cow disease." 

  • It kills  E. Coli 0157:H7, Bacillus cereus, lostridium botulinum, Listeria monocytogenes, salmonella, staphylococcus aureus, Campylobacter jujuni, Cyclospora, and Toxoplasma gondii. 
  • Irradiation can kill or substantially reduce the number of potentially dangerous organisms in foods.  Estimates range for 90 to 99.9%.
  • The bacterium that causes botulism is no killed by irradiation, but its natural enemies are. Food may be contaminated without any warning smell. This can be a big problem for meat that is irradiated in a sealed package. 
  • Irradiation can kill insects and pests infesting foods such as grains and flours without leaving chemical residues.
  • Irradiation delays ripening and sprouting so food can be stored longer.
The Dark Side of Gamma Irradiation: 

  • Irradiation at recommended doses will not eradicate all pathogens. The remaining organisms are by definition "radiation resistant" and may create super strains of hard-to-kill pathogens.
  • Irradiation at current allowable levels is ineffective against viruses such as the Norwalk virus found in seafood.
  • Irradiation can only be used on a limited number of foods.  Fresh produce such as lettuce, grapes, tomatoes, and cucumbers turn mushy and unpalatable.  Thus, the risk from contaminated fresh produce, a major carrier of food borne disease, cannot be fully addressed by irradiation.
  • Critics  contend that not enough is known about the potential health effects of radiolytic products, particularly about radiolytic products formed from pesticide residues on foods.
  • Studies used to approve irradiation in food have been criticized as flawed.   Even the FDA acknowledges that the studies are inadequate when reviewed singly.  
  • Critics  contend that not enough is known about the potential health effects of radiolytic products, particularly about radiolytic products formed from pesticide residues on foods.

Nutrient Loss   
  • Irradiation destroys vitamins, essential fatty acids and other nutrients in food -- sometimes significantly. The process destroys 80 percent of vitamin A in eggs.
  • Some vitamins, like A, C, E, K and some B complex vitamins, are damaged. From 5% up to 80%, depending on how long the food is stored. Some of these vitamins are natural anti-oxidants: that is, they destroy dangerous free radicals in the body. Irradiation both  a) increases the amount of free radicals in a food, and b) damages the vitamins necessary to neutralize the free radicals! 
  • Some develop off-flavors, or mushy textures, or become more susceptible to molds and fungus. When potatoes sprout, they develop a green color, which indicates the presence of the poisonous chemical solanine. When irradiated potatoes sprout, they do not turn green even when solanine is present.
How do you know if your food has been irradiated?

Consumers will have to carefully scrutinize food labels if they wish to avoid irradiated products.   Until recently, the FDA required labels on products containing irradiated ingredients representing more than 90% of the total product.  These labels were to prominently display the radiation symbol (called the "radura") accompanied by the words "treated by irradiation," or "treated with radiation".

Now, the US Food and Drug Administration Modernization Act of 1997 (FDAMA) has drastically impaired consumer's ability to identify irradiation foods on store shelves.   The FDAMA Sec 306, effectively caused FDA to amend its labeling requirements so that the required irradiation disclosure statement on food packaging no longer need be any more prominent than the declaration of ingredients.

Safety of Irradiated Foods?

We don't know. There have been no long-term human studies, and almost no studies on children. The FDA based its approval of irradiation to treat meat products on only 5 animal studies of 441 studies submitted, and these 5 either showed health effects or had obvious scientific flaws. In fact, animal studies have shown many health effects, such as tumors, kidney failure, death of offspring and miscarriages. Irradiation for fruits and vegetables was based on a theoretical calculation of the danger of the new chemicals that were created, not on animal studies

Dr. Mercola states, "Research dating to the 1950s has revealed a wide range of problems in animals that ate irradiated food, including premature death, a rare form of cancer, reproductive dysfunction, chromosomal abnormalities, liver damage, low weight gain and vitamin deficiencies."