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Guess What this is Describing?!?!

If you guessed Moringa Oleifera, you guessed correctly!

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(NaturalNews) Moringa oleifera is a tree that is native to the Himalayan mountains of northern India. Though it is not well-known in the United States, the tree is treasured in many parts of the world (especially Africa and South America) due to the healing properties of its leaves. In fact, moringa‘s small, light green leaves are so nutrient-dense that the tree has been nicknamed ‘The Tree of Immortality’ and ‘The Miracle Tree’ by the inhabitants of the countries in which it is cultivated. Let’s find out whether these nicknames are deserved.

Moringa‘s health benefits

Rich in antioxidants – Analysis has shown that dried and powdered moringa leaves (which is how moringa is usually sold and consumed) contain 46 antioxidant types, including carotenoids, zinc, selenium, chromium, and all the vitamins (even vitamin B and vitamin K). Moringa leaves also contain 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, including calcium, copper, chlorophyll, omega-3, omega-6, omega-9, and sulfur. All of these antioxidants and compounds occur naturally in the plant, and work together to maximize absorption. For example, the magnesium found in moringa helps us to absorb its calcium.

Nutrient concentrations – Like most superfoods, moringa contains a lot of nutrients. What really sets it apart from others, though, are the concentrations of those nutrients. For example, ounce-per-ounce, dried moringa leaves contain three times more potassium than bananas, 2,500 times more amino acids than green tea, three times more iron than spinach or roast beef, three times more calcium than milk, and 10 times the recommended daily amount of vitamin E.

A complete proteinMoringa leaves are between 30 and 40 percent protein, and contain 18 amino acids. Of these, nine (valine, lysine, leucine, histidine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan) are essential amino acids. This makes moringa a ‘complete’ protein source – something seldom found in the plant world. We need protein, of course, to build bones, skin, blood, and cartilage, and to produce hormones and enzymes. Without it, our bodies would biochemically dismantle.

Makes a great oil – Though the moringa tree is best-known for its nutritious leaves, its seeds also have a use: The matured pods can be processed into ‘ben oil,’ a clear, sweet oil that rivals olive oil in antioxidant activity. Ben oil is extremely durable and doesn’t spoil, and has been used for centuries as a perfume base, cooking lubricant, and salad dressing.

Given moringa‘s healthiness, it is unsurprising that regular consumption of its leaves – in cooked or dried states – has been linked to reduced blood pressure, weight loss, improved mood and digestion, healthier skin (some Western cosmetic companies are now adding moringa extracts to their skincare products), and much more. In fact, Ayurvedic medicine claims that over 300 diseases can be treated by consuming moringa leaves. So why not try it out?

Sources for this article include:

http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586

http://www.veria.com

http://www.moringatreeoflife.com/About_Moringa.html

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ben_oil

Learn more: http://www.naturalnews.com/041264_moringa_oleifera_protein_tree_of_life.html##ixzz3G3fmAP3F

The Moringa that is found online and in health food stores is either powder capsules or powders meant to mix with smoothies and other foods.

They are comprised of using dried and crushed leaves. While this is still better than nothing. Getting the complete nutritional benefit of Moringa comes from more than just the leaf.

Zija International has gone to great lengths to ensure that their proprietary blend uses the leaf, the seed cake, and the seed pod. All of these provide different core nutrients.

In addition to using various parts of the plant, Zija also shade dries their raw materials. This ensures that none of the components lose their enzymatic activity or bio-availability.

Zija also uses various age groups of the plant. Juvenile, adolescent, and mature plants. They discovered that the nutrient profiles were different at the various age groups.

Last but not least they studied the 58 species of Moringa from various countries and regions around the world. They found that the most nutrient dense hailed from India at the best of the Himalayas.

Given the nutritional profile of Zija’s Moringa the daily cost of this complete daily nutritional supplement is just about $3.00 a day.

Give Moringa a try…. www.lwalling.myzija.com  **Save 25% and sign up with a Wholesale Membership, it’s only $20.00 a year!  Or contact me for more info!!

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Anti-Inflammatory Pineapple Ginger Smoothie To Get Rid of Chronic and Acute Pain!!

Inflammation is the root cause of all disease, and also the reason you feel pain. This anti-inflammatory pineapple ginger smoothie is loaded with fruits and roots to help reduce the levels of inflammation in your body so that you can feel your absolute (pain-free) best!
Thank you Live Love Fruit for this recipe!  Click here for the recipe and to read more!

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I add ginger to all of my smoothies!!

Enjoy!

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Summer Time Salads

Came across this yummy sounding salad in my cookbook…”The Complete Idiot’s Guide for Anti-Inflammation Cooking”…

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Red Cabbage with Apple Slaw

Makes approx. 8 cups

4 cups red cabbage, cut into 1-in. pieces

2 medium Organic Golden Delicious apples, cored and cubed

2 medium carrots, sliced

2 T. unsweetened dried cranberries

1/4 cup olive oil

1/4 cup red wine vinegar

1 T Dijon-style mustard

1/4 tsp. salt

1/4 tsp. freshly ground black pepper

1.  In a large bowl, combine cabbage, apples, carrots, and cranberries.

2.  In a small bowl. whisk together olive oils, vinegar mustard, salt, and pepper.  Add to salad and toss to coat.   Serve at once or refrigerate, covered, for 2 to 24 hours.

I try to buy all of my produce Organic.. See an earlier post on the Clean Fifteen and Dirty Dozen for a little guidance.

** If your local grocery store doesn’t stock unsweetened dried cranberries, look for them at a health-food grocer.  I get mine at Trader Joe’s.

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The Tree of Life!!

I know I have posted on Moringa Oleifera before, but it is so worth repeating! This amazing botanical superfood has more benefits than you even know!  I am so glad that I have made Moringa a part of my daily health routine!  And, I am so glad to have those that I love including it in theirs!

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The moringa tree is often referred to by its advocates as the ‘tree of life’ due to its seemingly miraculous nutritional benefits and sheer versatility. This unassuming, curiously shaped tree is grown as a landscape tree and food source in many parts of the world – although its use as a type of vegetable and nutritive food first developed in countries such as Africa, the Himalayas, China, Malaysia, Thailand, and the Philippines. This hardy plant grows in a wide variety of soils ranging from sandy, loamy, and even clayish soils and is resistant to drought and is fast-growing. Due to its hardiness, moringa can be found growing in different climates, and with its adaptability (with the exception that it does not tolerate frost very well), the trees are easily grown and cultivated with very little to no maintenance required. – See more at: http://www.herbs-info.com/moringa.html#sthash.QtMXiNdY.dpuf

However, not all Moringa is created equal….

Thank you Dr. Plant for all of your caring and knowledge!

There are five key points that are critical in ensuring the highest possible quality of Moringa.
1) Species:
There are 13 different species of the Moringa genus, each specie differs widely in it’s nutritional content and value. Moringa oleifera, is claimed to be the most nutritiously dense through numerous scientific publications.
2) Sourcing:
Additionally to Moringa oleifera being the most nutritiously dense of all the Moringa genus, Moringa oleifera’s nutritional value also depends on where it is grown, and when it is harvested. Several studies, including thesis work from prominent universities has shown this. Look for a company that sources their Moringa oleifera from India near the base of the Himalayas, numerous data points to this as the ideal location for maximizing Moringa’s nutritional impact.
3) Preparation:
There are several ways in preparing Moringa oleifera for consumption. The most nutritiously advantageous way is to shade dry the moringa leaves, this helps to naturally preserve and enrich for Moringa’s inherent nutrition. The second, and much more common way, is to dry the moringa in the sun. Though cheaper and quicker the ultra-violet radiation from the sun can crosslink the nutrients rendering them inert for physiological benefit.
4) Blend:
Moringa oleifera is a tree, and with that the nutritional power of the Moringa’s nutrition is found in different parts of the tree. For example, the leaves are enriched in amino acids, while the seeds are enriched in the essential fatty acids, and finally the fruit contains the powerful minerals critical for cell to cell communication. To maximize the nutritional power of Moringa oleifera, one must look to these three components.
5) Manufacturing:
Manufacturing can create havoc on natural products. It is often in this step that many natural botanicals loose their effectiveness. To overcome these challenges one must look to a company whose manufacturing is NSF certified, thereby giving greater confidence that they are adhering to practices that allow for quality found throughout the manufacturing process.

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Enjoy this short YouTube documentary on Moringa Oleifera!

Contact me for more info or visit my website… http://www.lwalling.myameo.com

When I became a part of Améo Essential Oils, never in my wildest dreams, did I think I would find such an amazing botanical superfood in addition to all of the wonderful Clinical Grade essential oils!  Thank you Zija/Améo/Ripstix!

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What Do You Mean You Hate Brussels Sprouts!?!?!?

I know that a lot of your say “YUCK” when it comes to Brussels Sprouts…  I probably did way back when too!  I know my grandfather did! Ha!  However these little guys pack a powerful punch!!!  My husband cooks up a mean recipe!  Believe me…they can be absolutely delish! Read on for more info on Brussels Sprouts! http://thescienceofeating.com/2015/01/23/benefits-of-brussels-sprouts/

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Add some Brussels Sprouts to your diet!!

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Fight Inflammation with this Yummy Smoothie!

Heal inflammation from the inside out!  Inflammation creates havoc in your system, and can cause all kinds of issues!  Try this  smoothie, and attack that inflammation!!

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Anti inflammatory smoothie

1 cup berries of your choice (such as blueberries, raspberries, cranberries)
1 compressed cup of leafy greens of your choice (such as kale, spinach)
2 inch (5 cm) piece of ginger
1 tablespoon unrefined coconut oil
1 teaspoon, or more, of fresh chia seeds
Green tea
A little bit of honey, maple syrup, or stevia to sweeten (if needed)

Directions

Put all ingredients in a blender (add green tea according to your desired consistency). Drink immediately to enjoy the most nutritional benefits.

http://www.healthyandnaturalworld.com/ultimate-anti-inflammatory-smoothie/?sce

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Meet Moringa Oleifera!!!

You say…”What the Heck is Moringa Oleifera“…Well check this out!

Native to the Himalayan Mountains, Moringa Oleifera is nature’s “miracle tree”!  A botanical superfood!

It is packed with 90+ verifiable, cell-ready vitamins, minerals, proteins, antioxidants, omega oils and more.

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GRAM FOR GRAM..FRESH MORINGA LEAVES CONTAIN:

*  4x the calcium of milk

*  3x the potassium of bananas

*  2x the protein of yogurt

*  4x the vitamin A of carrots

*  7x the vitamin C of oranges

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HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA:

*  Delivers anti-inflammatory support

*  Promotes health digestion

*  Heightens mental clarity

*  Increases energy

*  Provides natural anti-aging benefits

*  Nourishes body immune system

*  Regulates blood glucose levels

*  Promotes health circulation

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ALL 9 ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS:

Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine, Arginine

NINE ADDITIONAL AMINO ACIDS:

Alanine, Aspartic Acid, Cystine, Glutamine, Histidine, Proline, Serine, Tyrosine

OTHER BENEFICIAL INGREDIENTS:

Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Cytokinins, Flavonoids, Omega (3, 6, 9) Oils, Plant Sterols, Polyphenols, Lutein, Xanthins, Rutin, and more….

VITAMINS:

Vitamin A (Alpha & Beta-Carotene), B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Folate (Folic Acid), Biotin, and more…..

MINERALS:

Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc

**These statements have not been evaluated by the FDA

I start my morning with Moringa every day! (you don’t have to pay retail..ask me..it’s too easy)

Will you?

To ensure the highest quality possible, all of Zija’s Moringa trees are grown on proprietary farms in hot, dry climates.  They are raised without chemicals, harvested carefully by hand, and then shade dried, ensuring that essential nutrients remain intact.  Zija’s uses all the most beneficial parts of the tree:  the leaves, the seeds, and the fruit in our line of Moringa based products!

https://www.lwalling.myameo.com

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