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Supercharge Your Metabolism with Moringa Before the Holidays

Have you heard, the holidays are coming!  It’s almost time for parties, presents and all those delicious holiday meals.  While the thought of savory meats, creamy casseroles and sweet desserts may make your mouth water, it could also make you ponder the health and weight-related consequences.  If you’ve been working hard to achieve weight loss goals or just foresee holiday treats interfering with your weight maintenance, we have a suggestion:  Try adding Moringa to your diet before the holiday season to supercharge your metabolism.

Moringa is a nutritious whole food filled with some of the best nutrients on the planet.  When we fill our bodies with good nutrients, we feel full and satisfied and are less likely to crave unhealthy foods that add empty calories and often lead to over-eating.  It’s all about balancing blood sugar with protein, good-for-you fats and carbohydrates, as well as fiber.  With nature’s help, Moringa offers the delicate balance of a low-fat, low-carb food, packed with an abundance of nutrients our bodies need to stay healthy, strong and fit.

moringa capsulesBut Moringa also has some specific nutrients that help boost the metabolism and keep your body working hard to burn calories throughout the day.  First, Moringa has three times more iron than spinach.  Iron is required to oxygenate blood, which in-turn gives energy to the entire body.  In fact, Dr. Oz named Moringa as one of the best superfoods to jumpstart your day and reenergize your body.  When we have energy, our metabolism can work hard, whether it’s during physical exercise, mental concentration or at rest.

Moringa also contains an array of B-vitamins necessary for converting food into energy.  Without them, our bodies would store carbohydrates and sugar excessively, rather than use these foods to immediately fuel our bodies.  This food storage leads to added fat cells and weight gain.  B vitamins work in several ways.  First, they help our bodies digest food properly.  Much like eating a balanced diet and getting a variety of nutrients, a steady, smooth digestive track can keep our bodies full longer.  B vitamins help breakdown fats and carbohydrates, which itself speeds the metabolism.  They also help release stored energy, burning up fat and calories that would otherwise be stored.

Similar to the B vitamins, chromium found in Moringa helps break down fat and carbohydrates as well.  Chromium is a trace mineral that assists our bodies in processing fat and carbs into energy quickly and efficiently.  It is known to give people an energy kick, especially during intense physical activity and workouts.

Moringa is an ideal superfood for weight loss because it is natural, raw and, here at Moringa Source, we serve it in its purest form without any chemical or fillers.  We grow our Moringa on our own eco-friendly sustainable USDA certified organic farm and package our products in the US.  “The Miracle Tree,” a.k.a. Moringa, may not grow in your area, but we can bring it to you in a variety of ways that suit your lifestyle including daily supplement Moringa capsules, Moringa powder, Moringa extract or Moringa tea.

Whichever way suits your lifestyle, we hope you bring a healthy dose of Moringa to your holiday season.  Your weight loss or weight maintenance goals don’t have to be derailed from holiday eating.  Make a choice, make a plan and get your metabolism ready for the tastes of the holidays!




Moringa Recipe: Moringa Cornbread Stuffing

As you are reviewing Thanksgiving recipes and trying to determine which way to bake your bird, the best casseroles to delight everyone’s taste buds and how many pies you want to take on, consider adding a little Moringa to your Thanksgiving table.  Thanksgiving is notoriously an indulgent meal.  While very tasty, a traditional Thanksgiving meal may lack the nutritional balance you strive for in your daily diet.  Splurging is OK every now and then, but you can make sure you’re getting a healthy serving of nutrients with the addition of Moringa.

cornbread stuffingToday we’re sharing our Moringa recipe for Moringa Cornbread Stuffing.  It combines the deliciousness of a savory cornbread stuffing with some hearty fall vegetables, sweet fall fruits and nourishing Moringa.  Why, we bet this will be the healthiest stuffing you’ll have all year.  With over 90 phyto-nutrients including vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, fiber and antioxidants, Moringa is a simple way to “health up” your Thanksgiving.  Our stuffing also calls for winter squash, a healthy, seasonally appropriate ingredient with tons of vitamins, antioxidants, fiber and good carbohydrates.  We also suggest adding extra veggies, which are a good way to hide some greens in an unassuming and finger-licking dish.

We hope our Moringa Cornbread Stuffing brings many smiles to the faces and tummies at your Thanksgiving table this year!

Moringa Cornbread Stuffing

Ingredients

  • moringa-powder_15 cups winter squash roasted and cubed (recommendations: butternut, acorn or banana squash)
  • Double recipe of prepared cornbread cubed and toasted (8×16 pan full)
  • 1 cup sliced Brussels sprouts or chopped Kale
  • 1 cup dried fruit (recommendations: raisins, cranberries, dates, apricots and/or currants)
  • 1/3 cup chives chopped
  • 1 cup toasted nuts (recommendations: walnuts, pecans, almonds or pistachios)
  • 2 cups chicken stock or vegetable broth
  • 3 tablespoons Moringa Powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • ½ teaspoon pepper
  • Additional seasonings to taste

Directions

  1. Combine roasted squash and cornbread cubes in a bowl.
  2. Boil 2 cups of water in a small saucepan and steam Brussels sprouts or kale. When complete, add to the squash and cornbread mixture.
  3. Mix in dried fruit, nuts, chives and seasonings.
  4. Pour broth over the mixture until it has absorbed.
  5. Spoon into a baking pan and bake at 375°F for 45 minutes.
  6. Let cool and serve.  Or refrigerate until Thanksgiving day.

Adapted from EatingWell.com.




Moringa: Your Source of All Non-Essential Amino Acids

Our bodies depend on Amino Acids every day for almost every cellular function.  Amino Acids make up a whopping 75% of our bodies.  They give us strength, and rebuild and repair cells, a daunting and continual task required for healthy humans.

starter_pack_2Unlike other nutrients, amino acids cannot be stored.  For better or worse, fats and carbohydrates are stored as a reserve when our bodies need energy.  Amino acids are constantly being replaced, therefore we need to continuously supply more.  As we discussed last month, essential amino acids must be consumed through food because our bodies cannot produce them.  On the other hand, non-essential amino acids can be produced by our bodies, helping us naturally replenish ourselves.

Non-essential amino acids are created by our bodies in several ways.  Some are synthesized from the chemical reactions undergone while converting carbohydrates to energy.  Others are derived from modifications cells can make to biologically similar amino acids.  Pretty neat, huh?  While it’s amazing that our bodies can manufacture their own non-essential amino acids, a healthy diet is where it all begins.  Without plenty of protein, especially plant sources like Moringa, the body cannot maintain these regular processes.  And consuming non-essential amino acids ensures we have them readily available for our bodies to be strong, grow and thrive.

Moringa is an all-natural phyto-nutrient resource for all 23 amino acids.  Today we’re breaking down the roles of four non-essential amino acids in our bodies:

Alanine:  This amino acid helps the body convert glucose into energy, cleanses toxins from the liver and helps process B-vitamins.  Like other amino acids, alanine helps build muscles and protect cells from damage.  It also boost immunity and energizes the brain and entire nervous system.

Asparagine:  Asparagine is an amino acid that helps us resist fatigue and improves physical stamina.  It aids in building many types of proteins, especially those involved in neurotransmission, neuron development and other responsibilities of the nervous system.  In addition, asparagine is part of the team ensuring proper liver function.

Asparatic Acid:  Increased energy, a supercharged metabolism and mental clarity are linked to the non-essential amino acid asparatic acid.  By providing superior energy, asparatic acid improves physical, mental and even emotional health by increasing stamina during exercise, sharpening the mind and reducing fatigue and depression.  It also helps deliver minerals to cells throughout the body, strengthening DNA and RNA and revving production of immunoglobulin and antibodies or a healthy immune system.

Glutamic Acid:  Known as a “chemical messenger” that can pass through the blood-brain barrier, glutamic acid is vital to normal brain function, but also improves clarity, focus, alertness and mood too.  It has antioxidant properties that can detoxify the brain and all muscle cells from ammonia produced by the metabolic process.

Next month we’ll examine the remaining non-essential amino acids known as conditional amino acids.  Until then, eat your protein and take your daily dose of Moringa to ensure your body gets all the amino acids you need to be your best!