22 Nov

The Power of Moringa Leaf

General Health 

When people are looking to turn their healthy lifestyle from an interest into a commitment, often times they’re looking for that one perfect ingredient to bring the whole enterprise together. It has to have the nutrients to make up for deficiencies, deliver hard-to-get yet essential minerals, and be easy to consume.

Unfortunately, there’s no perfect ingredient – if there were, it would be a lot easier to stick to a diet! Fortunately, many foods make your commitments a lot easier, providing a nutritional boost that is both effective and easy to take. Moringa leaf powder is one of them, providing plant-based nutrition that can help when one is deficient in important nutrients.

What Is Moringa Leaf?

Moringa Oliefera, also known as the drumstick or horseradish tree, is one of the 13 species of Moringa (and will be referred to here on out as the Moringa leaf, because it’s the most cultivated). This species is native to the sub-Himalayan region in India and Pakistan, but it’s drought-resistant and fast-growing properties have allowed it to thrive in hot, dusty locales around the world.

The entire plant is edible, but the most nutritious part is the leaves. Their power has made them an integral part of traditional healing, dating back to Ancient Egypt, where healers used the oil for cosmetic and skincare purposes. The Ayurveda medicine tradition holds that the Moringa leaves can cure or prevent over 300 different diseases, and traditional Siddha healers in the Indian state of Tamil Nadu have used it in their healing methods.[i]  The tree’s seeds are even being used to clean water in places where drinking water is often unsafe![ii] This reputation on its own would be good news, but for many people in subtropical areas, its versatility has been a blessing: in arid environments ravaged by drought, Moringa leaf provides year-round relief from malnutrition, and for nursing children and mothers, it’s used to promote lactation and boost the immune system.[iii] [iv]

In short, Moringa leaf is a source of key nutrients for many around the wor
ld, but is now just coming to our attention here in North America. What’s really in it?

What’s The Nutritional Profile of Moringa Leaf?

Moringa leaf is, to put it mildly, a great source of just about everything. It contains over 90 nutrients, a complete profile of the nine essential amino acids that make up protein,[v] preventative phytochemicals, and antioxidants.[vi] The latter are found mostly in fruits and vegetables, and the amount found in Moringa leaf has been found to be therapeutic, helping to prevent oxidation, protect cells and their macromolecular components (protein, DNA, and good fats), and fight free radical damage.

Moringa leaves contain high amounts of vitamins A, C, and minerals like potassium, calcium, and iron. [vii] [viii] These levels are so high that gram-for-gram, it contains more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach, and more protein than milk or eggs.[ix] Of course, because you’re not consuming Moringa leaf as a whole here in Canada, gram-for-gram comparisons with other foods don’t sketch a true picture of its benefits. However, using it to complement a healthy diet can improve the amount of nutrients you’re ingesting, and can be a great booster for the supplement-wary among us.

Moringa Leaf and Your Health

Adding the nutritional power of the Moringa as a nutrient booster can sustain health and well-being. More than just the aforementioned protection from oxidative damage, which protects against infections and degenerative inflammation,[i] the nutrient-rich Moringa can lower cholesterol levels and help reduce heart disease. Animal studies have shown that Moringa has a “hypolipidemic effect”[ii], as it can help lower the lipid or fat levels in the blood. Scientific research also seems to point to Moringa being effective at reducing blood glucose levels and helping those with diabetes.[iii]

Chronic inflammation is a problem that can manifest itself in many different ways, causing or worsening heart disease, degenerative brain diseases, and joint problems. Studies have shown that all parts of the Moringa Oliefera plant have immunosuppressive capabilities that can reduce inflammation in the body,[iv] and using it to supplement your diet with important nutrients can help your body overcome chronic inflammation.

Moringa comes in very easy to use forms. The roots taste very similar to horseradish (giving it the colloquial name mentioned above) but most Moring leaf powder you’ll find on the market come flavoured or in capsules. Without flavouring, it generally has a mild, earthy taste that some enjoy, but can just as easily be masked with other natural ingredients. Add it to a morning smoothie, drink it as a tea with a little honey, or mix it into an omelet.

If you’re new to Moringa leaf, just make sure to start slowly; too much at once can have laxative effects, so start with half a teaspoon to a teaspoon and work up slowly.

[i] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19904611

[ii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12738086

[iii] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3290775/

[iv] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20435128

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4490473/

[1] http://news.psu.edu/story/358048/2015/06/09/research/researchers-study-inexpensive-process-clean-water-developing

[1] http://www.mdpi.com/1422-0067/16/6/12791

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4490473/

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25374169

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19904611

[1] https://www.researchgate.net/publication/233779289_Nutritional_Potential_of_two_leafy_vegetables_Moringa_oleifera_and_Ipomoea_batatas_leaves

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4471650/

[1] http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19904611

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12738086

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3290775/

[1] https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20435128

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11 Mar

Is Burlington Ready For a Surge in Public Healthcare Demand?

Beginning in 1947 Canada was hit with a boom that, from an economists point of view, influenced the country for years to follow. This era was known as the baby boom. Canada’s birthrate skyrocketed through until about 1965 which caused a ballooned population segment to ripple through the decades. Today, generation Boomer is approaching their senior years which means the start of another boom. The boom of public healthcare demand. The big question: Is Burlington ready?

According to the last census from Statistics Canada, Burlington seniors make up 16.9% of the total population. This ratio is higher than Oakville, Milton, and Halton Hills. Burlington’s social profile also shows that this number has been increasing. Moreover, 1 in 4 seniors in Burlington are living alone. Based on these stats, it is no wonder why there is growing concern about how prepared our healthcare system will be as this large cohort ages and the demand for public health services increase. Our healthcare system is already viewed as over burdened so where will these patients go when even the beds stacked in the hallways at our hospitals are completely filled?

The impending strain extends much further than the borders of Burlington. It has been just over a year now since the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) published their press release on what is being viewed as a nationwide dilemma. The press release highlighted a poll in which Canadians demonstrated a “desperation for a national seniors care strategy as population ages”. There were concerns about access to health services, worry about not having the money to afford necessary treatment, and doubt that the hospitals and long-term care facilities will be equipped to meet the increasing demands. Despite the outcries from the CMA over the last year, there doesn’t seem to be much reaction from our campaigning federal leaders in support for senior care strategy. Dr. Chris Simpson, President of the CMA warned the campaigning leaders early this month that healthcare in Canada won’t survive unless they get serious about seniors care.

Luckily for Burlington, Mayor Rick Goldring views health as a serious matter. He is known for his vision for Burlington to be the healthiest city in Canada. Perhaps the solution to the problem can be found within this dream. Our current system is fractured with a weak integration of available health services from public to private. A solution can always be found in the cause. There must be a change in the way that the community views and manages their health. If we can steer in that direction, begin to bridge all available services from public to private sectors and reform healthcare policy to focus on health rather than sickness then we just might avoid a complete system collapse. Sit on our hands however, and beds filling up the halls of our hospitals will be the least of our concerns.

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11 Mar

Healthcare Myths – Part 2

The right way for you and your family to get well?

MYTH:  Getting well is through the use of medications, supplements, surgery, or some sort of doctor.

FACT: Wellness from your family does not come solely from an outside-in source.  The only way to get well is to remove theinterference to the signals allowing for normal functioning of the body and healing.  Never believe a chiropractor that says he can heal you!  Chiropractic doesn’t heal anything.  Chiropractic does however play a role in removing interference to your nervous system by correcting problems with the spine.  Essentially, Chiropractors turn your power on!

Remember, Chiropractors do not prescribe drugs for their patients and furthermore can not tell patients to get off their drugs if they have been prescribed by another doctor.  That is the role of a medical doctor.  Chiropractors on the other hand are lifestyle wellness experts who can advise on the dangers of poor lifestyle decisions to naturally maximize health.  As your body starts to heal you can work with your family doctor to help reduce or eliminate prescriptions all have dangerous side effects.

“The person who takes medicine must recover twice; once from the disease and once from the medicine” – William Usler, MD

The Top Five Ways to Reach Your Health Potential

  1. Maximize Your Mind
  2. Maximize Your Nerve Supply
  3. Maximize Your Quality Nutrients
  4. Maximize Your Oxygen Circulation and Lean Muscle
  5. Minimize Your Exposure to Toxins
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11 Mar

Healthcare Myths – Part 1

How can you tell when your family is healthy and well?

MYTH:  You’re family is healthy because they look or feel good.

FACT:  Judging your families health based on how they look and feel can be a fatal mistake.  All too often people who look and feel good will die suddenly of heart attacks, or discover that they have had cancer building for years.  Health has nothing to do with how you look and feel.  According to the World Health Organization health is when your body is healing and functioning at 100% and not just the absence of disease or infirmity.  This means that you and your family  can only be truly healthy when you have the full amount of nerve flow or “life” impulses from the brain, down the spinal cord and out to the body.  Remember, these nerve signals control and coordinate every gland, muscle, connective tissue, organ and healing of the body.

How do we get sick?

MYTH: Someone that has been around us with a bug or is sick and we “catch” the sickness like catching a football.  We get cancer and heart disease because of bad luck, genes or old age.

FACT: Sickness or illness is very rarely caused by genes.  Environment within and outside the body is the key factor here.  Sickness or illness is generally caused by only two things.  That’s it!  Either a deficiency or toxcity.

  • Deficiency: Not giving your body or exposure of enough of what it needs
  • Toxicity: Giving your body too much or exposure of too much of what it doesn’t need

These are the main five areas that can be toxic or deficient that need to be addressed to acheive 100% health:

  1. Your Mind – Your thoughts affect your health
  2. Your Nervous System – This is the master controller of the body.  You can’t have health unless there is no interference to this vital system
  3. Your Nutrition – Keeping your body equipped with the highest quality building block for physiology is essential
  4. Maximized Oxygen and Lean Muscle – Physical fitness is key for burning visceral fat, and increasing oxygen circulation
  5. Environmental Exposure to Toxins – We are bombarded with toxins all day and each person has a toxic bucket.  If it gets too full, the body won’t be able to do its job and break down.
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