Today's blog entry is for anyone new to the world of Moringa Source! We'll be giving you the scoop on the top health benefits of each of our 4 raw superfood powders: Cacao, Ashwagandha, Turmeric, and of course, Moringa. We're also including recipes for each of our powders, just in case you're stumped on how to use them in the kitchen.
Each of these powders offers its own unique set of health perks. From promoting sleep, to supplying the body with antioxidants - there is something for everyone when it comes to the benefits we can reap from these potent superfoods - So, let's get started!
*While we also offer Ashwagandha, Turmeric, and Moringa in the form of capsules, teas, and extracts, we are choosing to discuss solely the powder forms because that is the only form we offer our Cacao in.*
In case you didn't already know, cacao powder is the newest member of the Moringa Source superfood family!
Our malty, chocolate-colored cacao powder is derived from the Theobroma Cacao tree. Native to the tropical regions of Central and South America, this tree produces pods which are used to make both raw cacao powder and cocoa powder. Raw cacao is the purest form of cocoa. It is not processed the way that cocoa is; Rather, raw cacao is made by cold-pressing unroasted cocoa beans. This does not kill or remove the enzymes in the cocoa, but does remove the fatty cacao butter.
Cacao is most well-known for 3 things:
- Being a very rich source of antioxidants
- Having a high magnesium content
- Elevating the mood
How can these 3 qualities of cacao benefit us?
- Antioxidants are vital to a healthy body because they protect our cells from free radicals, which come from harmful oxidants. Oxidants come in many forms that our bodies are constantly in contact with. Some common oxidants are cigarette smoke, air pollution, toxic industrial chemicals, and pesticides. Because antioxidants work to combat these oxidants, they are responsible for preventing us from developing a wide range of diseases and health issues, as well as increasing our immunity. Cacao is especially high in the antioxidants resveratrol and anthocyanidin, which protect the nervous system and help the body improve deficiencies and physiological problems, respectively.
Magnesium is great for keeping the heart healthy because it improves heart function, lowers blood pressure, improves blood flow, turns glucose into energy, reduces plaque in the arteries, and can even promote muscle relaxation.
- Studies have shown that cacao can actually raise serotonin and dopamine levels in the brain - providing feelings of happiness, contentment, and overall well-being. It also has the ability to increase our endorphins, which reduce stress and pain.
Ready to try it yourself? Here are some recipes containing our raw cacao powder!
Ashwagandha is an adaptogenic herb that produces bright red berries and is commonly used for the restorative benefits it provides.
Ashwagandha is most well-known for 3 things:
- Having an adaptogenic effect on the body, thus reducing stress and anxiety
- Promoting relaxation, sleep, and serenity
- Enhancing the immune system
But how does Ashwagandha do these things?
- Because it is an adaptogen, Ashwagandha has the ability to "adapt" to specific health needs within our bodies, such as varying hormone and stress levels. This is key to keeping our body healthy, because stress - whether internal or external - can have an immunosuppressive effect on the body, meaning it reduces the strength of our immune system. When our immune system becomes weakened, we are extremely vulnerable to sickness because our body cannot fight back efficiently against infection and illness.
- Ashwagandha can be used as an all-natural approach to achieve a good night's rest and reduce insomnia because it acts as a depressant on the central nervous system. The interesting thing about Ashwagandha is that instead of increasing the sleep-inducing hormone, melatonin, it decreases the "wake-up" hormone, cortisol. It does this by blocking stress receptors and instead signaling GABA receptors, boosting clarity and a state of relaxation.
- Additionally, Ashwagandha can increase both white blood cell and killer cell count, which also aid in strengthening the body’s immunity and fighting a wide range of diseases.
Stumped on how to use our Ashwagandha powder? Try this:
Turmeric, most commonly known for its bright yellow color, is a plant that has been used in Chinese and Indian culture for centuries in both medicinal and culinary practices, mainly because of its high curcumin content.
Turmeric is most well-known for 3 things:
- Reducing inflammation
- Protecting brain cells
- Supplementing gradual weight loss
What gives Turmeric these powers?
- Numerous studies have found that Turmeric is extremely effective in reducing inflammation, as it contains over 2 dozen anti-inflammatory compounds. Among these compounds are 6 that work specifically to prevent and reduce pain, swelling, joint stiffness, and inflammation.
The curcumin in Turmeric is believed to boost cognitive function because it binds to abnormal proteins and dissolves them, making turmeric a powerful aid in protecting brain cells. It also prevents cell damage by inhibiting oxidation, which would otherwise result in harmful chemical reactions.
Due to the thermogenic effect it has on the body, turmeric may increase the metabolism, leading to gradual weight loss.
Want to incorporate our Turmeric powder into your diet? Here's how:
Moringa oleifera, popularly called the "miracle tree" because of its diverse range of health benefits, is a tree that is native to tropical regions throughout Africa and Asia.
Moringa is most well-known for 4 things:
- Housing an abundance of vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants
- Naturally increasing energy (caffeine-free)
- Possessing anti-aging effects
- Reducing inflammation
How can Moringa do all of this?
- The Moringa plant contains 25 bio-available vitamins and nutrients, 47 active antioxidants, all 8 essential amino acids, and soaring vitamin C, A, calcium, and iron levels.
- Moringa contains various B vitamins which help your body better absorb its other vitamins and minerals. More specifically, Vitamin B1 helps your body convert sugar into energy. This is part of what gives Moringa its all-natural energizing properties.
- The plant does not contain an energy-boosting chemical like caffeine, but rather contains specific vitamins that aid in your body's effort to create energy. Additionally, the magnesium in Moringa helps to increase energy, while simultaneously calming nerves and reducing anxiety. This is what allows Moringa to provide you with an energy boost that is not accompanied by shakes or jitters. Lastly, Moringa contains all 9 of the essential amino acids. Among them are leucine, isoleucine and valine. These are the three amino acids that make up a group known as The Branched Chain Amino Acids, or BCAAs. This group of amino acids is most well-known for providing your muscles with fuel for energy.
- Moringa is the world's leading source of something called Zeatin - a naturally-occurring plant hormone which is known for its ability to prolong youthfulness of the skin. It belongs to the plant-growth hormone family known as the Cytokins, which all share the ability to hinder the aging process. Zeatin slows down the aging process within the body and improves cells' ability to respond to oxidative stress. It works by making sure cells undergo division before they become too large, and therefore, old. Because of this, the amount of fresh, young, newly-produced cells remains greater than the number of older, large cells. This results in a total rejuvenation of the skin, because younger, newer skin cells means better elasticity and less fine lines and wrinkles.
- The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds provide powerful anti-inflammatory properties.
How to use our Moringa powder in the kitchen:
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