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Moringa & Potassium: The Importance of Potassium for the Human Body

Besides being an abundant nutrient in bananas, what do you really know about potassium?  Most of us don’t realize how truly crucial this mineral is for the body.  And get this: bananas are not the only source of potassium.  Avocados, salmon, lima beans, tomatoes, potatoes and Moringa are all other sources of this vital mineral.  In fact, pound-for-pound, Moringa has three times the amount of potassium than the tried and true banana.

Potassium is among the important minerals that act as electrolytes in the body, along with magnesium, calcium, sodium, phosphorus and chloride.  Electrolytes help conduct electricity, which is essential for proper cell, tissue and organ function.  The electrolyte properties of potassium affect the body on many levels.

Moringa Source Moringa CapsulesFirst, it strengthens tissue function that is necessary for the nervous system to send nerve messages throughout the body.  Potassium also works to control the electrical activity required of the heart, such as a regular heart beat that keeps blood pumping throughout the body.  Furthermore, potassium and other electrolytes aid the pH balance of blood and stabilizes blood pressure.  A balance of potassium and sodium helps improve blood pressure levels.  This supports heart function and reduces risk of many heart-related diseases and conditions.

Much like the heart, other muscular functions are aided by potassium as well.  Potassium is necessary for smooth muscle contractions.  Every skeletal and muscular movement of the body requires potassium.  Muscle growth and all bodily growth needs potassium at the cellular level.  Potassium helps build proteins and also breaks down carbohydrates, proteins and fats for energy in the metabolic process.  As the body breaks down nutrients, they can be delivered throughout the body.  This especially benefits cognition as more nutrients and energy flows to the brain. Additionally, the digestive system relies on muscle contractions to break down food for nutrients, balance acid levels and aid in waste removal.

The National Academies’ Food and Nutrition Board recommends 4.7 grams of potassium per day.  Most people consume only a half to two-thirds of this daily recommendation.   Potassium deficiency can result in muscle cramps or spasms, increased blood pressure, risk of heart disease and arrhythmias, glucose intolerance and fatigue.  Besides not consuming enough potassium-rich foods, potassium is lost through sweat.  Potassium should be restored after intense exercise or spending time in the heat.

Potassium helps rejuvenate, invigorate and strengthen the body and is an essential part of the body’s chemical balance.  Moringa is a terrific way to ensure you maintain this balance every day.  With the proper concentrations of potassium and a variety of other electrolytes and body-craving nutrients, a daily dose of Moringa and a healthy diet are a sure-fire way to reaping all of the health benefits of potassium.




Moringa Recipes: Moringa Carrot Cake

Many people looking for a healthier dessert get tripped up by carrot cake.  While it does contain healthy carrots and optional nuts, this cake is traditionally laden with fat and calories.  But, with a few adjustments, you can truly turn your indulgent carrot cake into a healthier dessert option.  Plus, by adding Moringa Powder, you can up its nutritional value exponentially.

Carrots are rich in the antioxidant beta-carotene that the body converts into Vitamin A, along with several other beneficial antioxidants.  This crunchy orange veggie with anti-aging and anti-cancer properties boosts health in a number of ways such as improving vision, supporting healthier skin and cleansing the body.  When you add nuts, usually walnuts, to your carrot cake, you pack in a ton more antioxidants and omega-3 fatty acids that aid in cardiovascular function, reduce risk of cancer and lower incidence of diabetes.  Top it all off with Moringa Powder that contains nearly 100 powerful phyto-nutrients including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatories, amino acids and much more, your carrot cake just went from junk food to health food in 3 scoops flat.

We hope you enjoy this delicious Moringa Carrot Cake recipe!

moringa-powder_1Cake Ingredients

2 cups whole wheat pastry flour

2 teaspoons baking soda

3 tablespoons Moringa Powder

1 20-ounce can crushed pineapple

½ teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

3 large eggs

1½ cups sugar

½ cup brown sugar

½ cup nonfat buttermilk (or milk substitute)

½ cup canola oil

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 cups grated carrots

½ cup chopped walnuts

Frosting Ingredients

10 ounces softened cream cheese

½ cup sifted confectioners’ sugar

2 teaspoons vanilla extract

2 tablespoons softened butter or butter substitute

Cake Instructions

1)      Preheat oven to 350 degrees.

2)      Combine flour, baking powder, Moringa powder, salt and cinnamon in a large mixing bowl.

3)      Toss grated carrots into the dry mixture.

4)      Drain pineapple and add it to the mixture.  Save the excess juice.

5)      In a separate bowl, mix sugar, buttermilk, oil, vanilla and pineapple juice.

6)      Add eggs one at a time into the wet mixture to ensure they each fully blend into the batter.

7)      Add the dry mixture to the wet mixture slowly and stir thoroughly.

8)      Fold in nuts as the last ingredient.

9)      Pour into a greased 13×9 inch baking pan and bake for 30-40 minutes.

Frosting Instructions

1)      Beat all ingredients together until frosting is smooth.

2)      Spread evenly over cooled cake.

3)      Add pecans, coconut shavings or other garnish as desired.

Adapted from myrecipes.com and eatingwell.com.




Bedtime Habits that Make for a Better Tomorrow

Ending your day on a healthy note can get you off to a great start the next day and help keep you on a health track – physically, mentally and emotionally.  Minor changes or additions to your bedtime routine can make a big difference, especially when it improves your sleep and your attitude.  The end of the day should be a time to wind down, reflect and prepare for healing and rejuvenating rest.  Today we’re sharing some of the best things you can do before bed to kickstart your health.

bend-and-stretchStretch:  After a hard day of sitting, standing, walking, thinking, carrying groceries and chasing after your kids, you could use some stretching.  This healthy bedtime habit loosens your muscles and joints as you prepare for a relaxing slumber.  It also improves flexibility, mobility and balance, all things that will make for a great day tomorrow.

Prepare for the Next Day:  If your to-do list is a constant ticker running through your mind, setting yourself up for a productive tomorrow is a perfect activity before you head off to bed.  First, take a look at your calendar to wrap your head around what’s to come tomorrow.  Next, try to do three things that will make your morning easier and reduce stress.  Pack your gym bag or you kids’ lunches, jot down a list of things you want to accomplish the next day or set out tomorrow’s clothes.

Read a Meaningful Book:  Studies show that stimulating lights like that from televisions, phones and computers are counterproductive to winding down and getting ready for sleep.  The best way to entertain yourself at bedtime is with a good book.  While salacious novels may normally be your speed, these can actually keep you up rather than relax you.  Try reading a self-improvement book or inspirational stories that will help you drift off to sleep thinking happy and life-changing thoughts.

Meditate and Appreciate:  Spending a few minutes meditating decreases stress and anxiety, improves memory and can make you more creative.  Plus, a calmer state of mind allows you to better handle anything life throws your way.  Meditation can support better relationships, productivity and intelligence.  If you’re not sure how to mediate, start with making a list of reasons you are grateful.  This positive thought process can release happiness chemicals in your brain.  If it helps, right it down.

Take Care of your Face and Teeth:  Cleanse yourself by literally washing away the dirt, debris and plaque from your day.  Remove your make-up and apply a hydrating and nourishing nighttime moisturizer.  This clears your pores and surface skin from free radicals that attach from normal environmental exposures and also improves skin quality for tomorrow.  Brush and floss your teeth and use a fluoride rinse to fight oral bacteria overnight.  These regular refreshing habits can make a big difference in your health and appearance.

starter_pack_2Maintain an Even Body Temp:  Cooler stable body temperatures are optimal for sleep.  That’s why taking a warm bath helps – your body cools immediately after getting out and being exposed to cooler air.  Set your thermostat slightly lower in the evenings to maintain this even body temp throughout the night.

Supplement:  Nourished bodies are happy bodies.  Falling asleep and waking up will both be easier when your body has the fuel it needs to relax, repair and re-energize.  Taking Moringa supplements before bed in the form of capsules, glycerin extract or a warm cup of Moringa tea, will help settle you in for the night.

We wish you sweet dreams and an even sweeter tomorrow!