By Ma’at Seba
The Moringa tree is made up of 13 species the most common is the called “Moringa Oleifera.” It is found in many tropical and sub-tropical regions such as Africa, South America and Asia. Moringa can be grown in the even the harshest and driest of soils, where barely anything else will grow. One of the nicknames of Moringa is “the never die tree” due to its incredible ability to survive harsh weather and even drought. The Moringa is an exceptionally fast growing tree at a rate of about one foot a month and it will even grow indoors. Every part of the Moringa can be used and no part of it is toxic which is very unusual for a tree.
Health Benefits: For thousands of years Moringa has been used for medicinal purposes in many countries for various illnesses and diseases such as: diabetes, cholesterol, arthritis, prostate, fungus, thyroid, liver conditions, common cold, warts, HIV/AIDS, Herpes Simplex, nervous disorders, colitis, migraines/headaches, diarrhea, flatulence, asthma, psoriasis, intestinal worms, blood pressure, bronchitis, anemia, urinary disorders, colitis, painful joints, skin infections, diarrhea, ear and eye infections, lactation, hysteria, insect bites and much more. It is also anticancer, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and is the perfect survival food. Although its presence and benefits are not widely known in the United States, its popularity is growing quickly.
Nutrition: The nutritional properties are profound and contain Vitamins A, B 1,2,3, C, Calcium, Chromium, Copper, Iron, Magnesium, Phosphorus, Protein and Zinc. Since the protein is from a non-animal source it is excellent for vegetarians and vegans. Said to contain 539 known compounds, the Moringa which according to traditional African and Indian (Ayurvedic) is said to prevent over 300 diseases and maladies. It also contains approximately 46 antioxidants which are the cells that destroy free-radicals (free radicals are the cells that seek out and destroy healthy cells). The nutritional content is so complete that it is used as an excellent source for combating malnutrition and starvation in so-called “developing nations”. It has been effective in fighting and preventing diseases and building the immune system.
Fertilizer: The fresh leaves are juiced and used as a spray to increase any vegetable crop (onions. melons, coffee, bell peppers, sorghum, sugar cane, maize, tea, soya etc.) yield by 25-30% because it contains a growth hormone called Zeatin, which is also known to have anti-aging properties. As a fertilizer, the Moringa is called “green manure” and is used as a highly nutritious supplement in cattle, poultry and swine food.
Water purification: The Moringa seeds can be used to purify turbid water reducing bacteria by 80-99.5% within the first two hours or treatment. This in and of itself makes the Moringa a natural, multit-functional, priceless item to have in any survival kit.
Research: Over 700 medical and scientific reports have been written proving the nutritional, medicinal and healing powers of the Moringa tree. Some of the endorsers of the Moringa include the John’s Hopkins School of Research, US National Academy of Sciences, the Indian Council of Medical Research, Andrew Young, former Atlanta mayor and United Nations Ambassador. The reports document the effectiveness of diseases and disorders such as: Lupus, edema, arthritis, epilepsy, asthma, parasites, Epstein-Barr virus, herpes, bronchitis, ulcers, gastritis, prostate disorders, kidney pain, gout and more.
The most potent Moringa (from the island of St. Vincent, Ethiopia and Ghana) is available at Loving Life Health Store in the form of the seeds, powder and leaves.
For additional information, contact Loving Life Health Food Center at (313)861-1118.
(StatePoint) According to the American Diabetes Association (ADA), approximately 30.3 million Americans are living with diabetes, which affects people of all ages.
Diabetes requires time and energy to manage but there are many simple things people can do to help make living with the disease easier. Here are five life hacks for those living with diabetes.
• Get Moving. Experts say that exercise helps maintain stable blood glucose levels, but not everyone loves the gym. Whether it’s learning ballroom dancing or joining a basketball league, enjoyable hobbies can boost motivation to exercise. A fitness tracker that counts steps is a good way to discover how much movement you’re getting and allows you to make changes if necessary.
• Travel Smart. Don’t let the logistics of travel put a damper on your next trip or vacation. It just requires a bit of additional preparation. The ADA recommends having a medical exam prior to a trip and bringing at least twice as much medication and supplies as you think you need. If you are flying, be sure to keep your medical supplies in your carry-on baggage.
• Rethink your diabetes management. Consider new medical advancements that can help make diabetes a smaller part of your life. For example, the Omnipod Insulin Management System, a wearable insulin pump, eliminates the need for injections. Its small, lightweight design gives people living with diabetes more freedom and flexibility, and, unlike traditional pumps, has no tubes to disconnect. Offering up to 72 hours of nonstop insulin, the Pod is water-resistant and is the only tubeless insulin pump available in the U.S. A great option for both adults and children, it is discreet, easy-to-use, and allows users to take part in just about any activity.
“Diabetes limits you as a person,” said Ross Baker, an Omnipod user. “I thought using an insulin pump would control my life more – needles, cords, machines. Then I started using the Omnipod System, which takes away the typical limitations of a tubed pump, liberating me to control my diabetes without setbacks.”
To learn more, visit myomnipod.com.
• Make Friends. Diabetes communities exist online and locally, and include specialized support groups for everyone from children to college students to adults. Finding the right group can help make living with diabetes something you don’t have to face alone.
• Use Apps. Free apps available on iPhone and Android phones can make tracking important metrics easier and more streamlined, and can help patients more easily share their data with their healthcare providers. Find and monitor carbs, track glucose levels, fitness, vital stats and more.
To make life with diabetes more manageable, discover the habits, tools and support systems that work for you and your lifestyle.
Five hacks for living