Moringa – The Power Plant The following is a comprehensive guide outlining the benefits etc. of Wikaniko’s Moringa, plus uses, recipes etc. Moringa oliefera is a fast growing tree, found mainly in tropical and subtropical areas. However, we have managed to grow it successfully in a micro climate region in Spain. Bear in mind that there are other companies importing moringa from countries like China where the ground is awash with pollutants and contamination from over-industrialisation. (For example, Spain has banned the sale of goji berries in the supermarkets due to tests carried out on the imported products from China, which revealed hugely excessive contamination!) Or they are importing from Africa or India, where some villages process the moringa in unclean conditions, using the same water over and over again, and where the huts or buildings are inhabited by children, dogs, and other animals – pigs, goats etc. that roam in and out, to eat the leaves and stems that fall on the floor, and perhaps defecate at the same time! These are far from ideal conditions in which to produce something which is ingested. Please be fully aware of this. Visitors are welcome by appointment, and indeed have been welcomed at our eco farm in Spain to inspect the trees, and have been involved in the whole process to assess and verify that what we have stated is correct in every sense.
Wikaniko Distributors James (in green) & Laura (in blue) - our first ever ‘inspectors’ September 2016
First harvest, carried out by James and Laura!
How Wikaniko’s Moringa is Produced Note: The seeds that the plants were grown from were organic seeds. Any further planting will be made by cuttings from the mother plants to ensure good quality moringa. Wikaniko’s moringa is organically grown, i.e., grown without pesticides or herbicides, and the whole process from planting to products is personally supervised by the company owners. We currently do not have organic certification which can take several years to obtain in Spain. However, the moringa is grown without herbicides, fertilizers or pesticides, so you can be sure of the finest, freshest, purest quality moringa. The branches are cut from the moringa trees by hand using secateurs. We do not use, and will never use dirty machines to do this task. The branches and leaves are then washed by hand in pure running osmosis water to ensure that no impurities are in the water used. No other moringa producer in the world does this as far as we are aware. The leaves are stripped from the stems by hand. Protective gloves are worn at all times during this procedure. (The normal method is by machine which is far less labour intensive. However, this can lead to contamination by fumes, oil, diesel etc., apart from the machinery being contaminated because it is not cleaned regularly). Here are James and Laura ‘hard at it’, trying out the leaf shredding process. Yes, if you visit the farm, you will be rolling your sleeves up too!
The harvested leaves are then inspected and any yellow leaves, minor stalks, etc., are taken out to ensure the highest quality moringa. The method favoured by many other moringa producers (especially from India, China, Africa etc.) is to include the stalks and poor leaves, to bulk it out and get as much profit as possible. Wikaniko’s Moringa is only of the purest quality, and we use only the lush green leaves. Here is an example of moringa tea, currently being sold in the UK, imported from India. Notice the yellow leaves, stalks, etc.
Here is a photo of different moringa tea from a UK importer (sent in by Ian Marshall a distributor, who purchased it recently)
Here is Wikaniko’s Moringa leaf tea. See the incredible difference (and Wikaniko’s moringa tea costs about the same!)
It is important that you are aware of the difference between moringa, and Wikaniko’s Moringa. You could be purchasing moringa that is processed in
unsanitary conditions, and which has little or no benefit to your health and wellbeing. Let’s move on?? After washing, the leaves are then air dried naturally for a short while according to the weather, then placed in dehydrators up to 40 degrees centigrade for a short while to kill off any remaining pathogens etc. The leaves are subsequently processed, and turned into powder, tea, and capsules. The seeds are crushed using a hand operated press to extract their magnificent oil. This can be used for cooking, but to many people this is a waste, as it is the best anti-ageing oil in the world! However, do not put your face in the frying pan to find out ☺
The remaining stalks, yellow leaves etc. are turned into animal pellets or plant fertiliser. Nothing whatsoever is wasted. Plants, animals and humans all benefit from this extraordinary plant.
Moringa – The Natural Power Plant The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, vitamin A as betacarotene, vitamin K, manganese,and protein, among other essential nutrients. Moringa leaves contain 18 types of amino-acids, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and more than 90 nutrients, making it one of the best nutritional supplements ever. Moringa is a total powerhouse of goodness. It is an excellent source of minerals like iron and calcium, and of vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E as well as macrominerals, trace minerals and phytonutrients. All in all, moringa is a treasure trove of anti-oxidants that work together, hand in hand.
The following chart shows the %RDA (Recommended Daily Allowance) provided by 30 grams of moringa leaf powder
Analysis of moringa leaf powder per 100 grams: Leaf powder Moisture (%) 7.5 Calories 205 Protein (g) 27.1 Fat (g) 2.3 Carbohydrate (g) 38.2 Fibre (g) 19.2 Calcium (mg) 2,003 Magnesium (mg) 368 Phosphorus (mg) 204 Potassium (mg) 1,324 Copper (mg) 0.57 Iron (mg) 28.2 Sulphur (mg) 870 Oxalic acid (mg) 1.6 Vitamin A - B carotene (mg) 16.3 Vitamin B1 - thiamine (mg) 2.64 Vitamin B2 - riboflavin (mg) 20.5 Vitamin B3 - nicotinic acid (mg) 8.2 Vitamin C - ascorbic acid (mg) 17.3 Vitamin E - tocopherol acetate (mg) 113 Arginine (g/16g N) 1.33% Histidine (g/16g N) 0.61% Lysine (g/16g N) 1.32% Tryptophan (g/16g N) 0.43% Phenylanaline (g/16g N) 1.39% Methionine (g/16g N) 0.35% Threonine (g/16g N) 1.19% Leucine (g/16g N) 1.95% Isoleucine (g/16g N) 0.83% Valine (g/16g N) 1.06% Nutrient Comparisons per 100 grams Nutrients Vitamin A Calcium Potassium Protein Vitamin c
Common Foods 1.8mg Carrots 120mg Milk 88mg Bananas 3.1g Yoghurt 30mg Oranges
Fresh Leaves 6.8mg 440mg 259mg 6.7mg 220mg
Dried Leaves 18.9mg 2003mg 1324mg 27.1mg 17.3mg
In an independent test, Moringa oleifera scored the highest in antioxidant content of any food yet discovered. Beating the record-holding acai berry by over a 50% margin, Moringa oleifera leaf powder measured over 157,000 umoles using the Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity (ORAC) system of measurement. Note: This measurement system is controversial but the only one available so far.
Benefits of Moringa It is important to not that we do not make medical claims – moringa is first and foremost a nutritious superfood. However, numerous studies carried out, and usage over centuries has shown that it could help in the following: *Possible rapid improvements in energy, stamina, and endurance *Better mental clarity *Lowers blood sugar levels for diabetics *Lowers blood pressure when taken regularly *Lowers cholesterol *Balances your hormones *Boosts your immune system *Detoxifies your body *Antibiotic, anti-inflammatory, and antiparasitical properties *Relieves constipation *Serves as a diuretic *Relieves skin problems *Improves eyesight *Assists with sleep *Supports hair health and growth *Heals cuts and wounds *Helps treat depression *Treats minor infections *Improves appearance of skin Moringa seeds also purify dirty water! If this plant can clean water, it can purify your body too..
How To Take Moringa Begin slowly with half a teaspoon per day for 3 – 5 days, preferably with breakfast and ALWAYS with food. Moringa powder is strong and may cause side effects such as nausea if taken in too large doses. Gently does it. After 35 days increase the dosage to 1 teaspoon per day which is more than enough for a healthy person. There are no known bad side effects from moringa – however, too much of anything is not good for you. For example, red wine is supposed to be good for you, but if you have more than a few glasses, you may begin to feel unwell! Moringa is actually a good laxative – a few capsules of moringa on an empty tummy will usually do the trick. So remember, begin slowly, and let your body get used to the increased nutrients etc. If you feel you are taking too much moringa or you develop a runny tummy, simply ease off for a day, then start again with a smaller amount. You will
soon find what is good for you – and there is no ‘stated dose’. A man weighing 300lbs will need more than a woman who weighs 120lbs. You get the idea.
Points to note: Keep the powder, capsules, leaves etc. dry. Moringa can ferment quickly if wet or damp. Do not remove it from the packet with a wet spoon. Keep moringa powder in a cool dark place, away from the sun. Moringa is a superfood so take it regularly as it works best as a preventative. Do not cook moringa powder. If it is put into heat above 47 degrees celsius it diminishes many of the nutrients that it contains. DO NOT take too much too soon. Start with 1 teaspoon a day initially, or 1 capsule three times a day with food, and build it up to 2 capsules three times daily, or 2 teaspoons of powder per day. I personally take both the capsules, and a large amount of fresh moringa on salads etc., and it is wonderful.
Servings, Recipes, Tips Some people love the taste, some don’t. If you don’t like it, take it in smaller doses over the course of the day. You can easily mask half a teaspoon of moringa with fruit, juice, honey, etc. Mix the powder into your breakfast cereal. Sprinkle moringa into salad dressing and seasonings. Sprinkle moringa powder over the food or stir into the food just before serving. (Do not cook moringa powder). Add moringa powder to your smoothies with lemon, honey or dates for sweetness. A full teaspoon may affect the taste, so use half a teaspoon.
Lentils and Moringa Leaf Powder 1 Bowl cooked Lentils with salt added
Half a small finely chopped raw onion 1 small tomato finely chopped 1 egg yolk (optional but highly nutritious and delicious) 3 teaspoons olive oil 1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder 1/4 teaspoon turmeric Only add the moringa leaf powder, olive oil and egg yellow when the lentils have cooled down.
Moringa 'Mashed' Eggs 1 teaspoon moringa 2 soft to medium boiled eggs 1 clove crushed garlic 3 teaspoons Olive Oil Quarter teaspoon turmeric 4 teaspoons finely chopped onion Himalayan or sea salt to taste Mash the eggs, and spread on toast, etc.
Yoghurt and Moringa Leaf Powder Simply add half to 1 teaspoon of moringa leaf powder to a pot of yoghurt!
Moringa Porridge 1/2 cup ground flax seeds
Pinch of stevia to taste 4 teaspoons raw cocoa powder 1 to 2 teaspoons moringa powder Add warm water to the above mix and into a porridge. Stir in 15 ml coconut oil Add 1 teaspoon raw honey
Moringa Cocao Drink 1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder 1 and a half teaspoons raw organic cocao powder (together with moringa it makes a powerhouse of antioxidants) Half a teaspoon stevia or agave syrup Add either 1 cup water or half a cup raw milk and half a cup water. Add a little water to make a paste and then add the rest whilst stirring constantly.
Moringa Energy Smoothie 1 teaspoon moringa leaf powder 1 banana 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks (or your favourite fruit, vegetable) Half a cup blueberries (or your favourite fruit, vegetable) 1 peeled orange 1 cup water 2 tablespoons coconut oil (optional)
A quarter of an avocado
Moringa Ginger and Banana Smoothie 1 banana Half a cup of yoghurt Half teaspoon of moringa leaf powder 1 tablespoon of organic honey ¼ cup fresh grated ginger Water and a few ice cubes
The Go Green Energy Smoothie 1 organic avocado 1 banana 1 cup of almond milk 1 eating apple 1 cup chopped kale without the ribs 1 cup spinach 1 teaspoon of moringa leaf powder Water and a few ice cubes Simply add all the ingredients to your blender, and enjoy these wonderful smoothies to set you up for the day.
Summary Wikaniko’s moringa is incredibly unique in so many ways. Apart from the highly nutritious powder, we supply vegan capsules, plus the delicious moringa leaf and flower tea. Also, we will hopefully soon be supplying FRESH moringa leaves for you to enjoy on salads etc. – the process is being worked on. And you can ‘buy’ your very own moringa tree, with your nameplate on, and once a year (apart from obtaining moringa on a regular basis at a discount) you will be able to obtain the moringa from your own tree, specially produced for you personally! ?and why not become a distributor for Wikaniko’s fantastic range of moringa products? It could be the breakthrough for the future that you really want! As a distributor, you receive all of your products at a great discount, plus you could make a substantial rising monthly income – but the time is now?. For details, contact [email protected]
and speak to the company owners personally about your future with Wikaniko. Hurry though – first come, first served?. CAUTION IT WOULD BE ADVISABLE TO CONSULT WITH A QUALIFIED MEDICAL PRACTITIONER OR EXPREIENCED HEALTHCARE PROFESSIONAL BEFORE YOU BEGIN ANY COURSE OF VITAMINS OR SUPPLEMENTS. IF TAKING CONVENTIONAL MEDICINES OR DRUGS, ASK YOUR MEDICAL PRACTITIONER IF IT IS SAFE TO TAKE THE SUPPLEMENT IN CONJUNCTION WITH SAID MEDICINES OR DRUGS. IT IS IMPORTANT TO CONSULT WITH YOUR DOCTOR IF YOUR ARE PREGNANT OR BREASTFEEDING FOOD SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD NOT BE CONSIDERED AS A SUBSTITUTE FOR A NORMAL HEALTHY DIET. CONSUMPTION OF ANY HERBAL OR NATURAL PRODUCT DEPENDS ON SEVERAL FACTORS SUCH AS AGE, SEX, HEALTH. SEE ABOVE HERBAL SUPPLEMENTS SHOULD NOT BE USED TO TREAT, CURE OR PREVENT ILLNESS OR DISEASE. IF YOU HAVE, OR BELIEVE YOU HAVE A HEALTH PROBLEM SEEK PROFESSIONAL MEDICAL ADVICE VITAMINS AND SUPPLEMENTS MAY, IN SOME INSTANCES CAUSE SIDE EFFECTS OR ALLERGIC REACTIONS. IF THIS HAPPENS STOP TAKING THE PRODUCT AND SEEK MEDICAL ATTENTION BEFORE CONTINUING USE. USE RESPONSIBILY AND DO NOT EXCEED STATED DOSAGE OR RECOMMENDED USE.