Healthy Food – 辣木籽 Moringa

Date:  Jun 18, 2016

My mom introduced me to Moringa.  She said it helped to reduce the high blood pressure, high cholesterol, high blood sugar, etc.  There seems to be a lot of health benefit of this.

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Especially that it comes with an ability of detecting early illness of your body.  For example, if after eating it, you felt very bitter, you have to watch out your liver, if it is sour, then, your heart is not doing well.  For me, it is sweet.  So, I guess I am healthy.

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Since I am healthy, so, I treat it as health supplement.  I only eat 4 of these in the morning.  And make sure drink a lot a lot of water.

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It seems very popular for people talking about this.  That day, when I was at Sim Lim tower, some sales ladies are gathered talking about the health benefits of this.

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I am just sharing the news that I am eating this as supplement.  So, you still have to read and watch Youtube to find out yourself how good is this.  Of course, some people will also say there is no health benefits at all.

And also it is said that it might not work the same way to every one.  So, use it at your own risk la.  hahahaha

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YouTube

Documentary of Moringa.  (In English)

The health benefits of Moringa. (In Mandarin) Discovery Channel.

Some entertainment show discussing about Moringa in Mandarin.

What is Moringa in Mandarin.

From Taiwan.

Some experiment to purify water using Moringa.

 

Extracted from http://articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/archive/2015/08/24/moringa-tree-uses.aspx

The Many Uses of the Mighty Moringa Tree

August 24, 2015 | 707,033 views

By Dr. Mercola

Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases.1

Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium… you name it, moringa’s got it. No wonder it’s been used medicinally (and as a food source) for at least 4,000 years.2

The fact that moringa grows rapidly and easily makes it especially appealing for impoverished areas, and it’s been used successfully for boosting nutritional intake in Malawi, Senegal, and India. In these areas, moringa may be the most nutritious food locally available, and it can be harvested year-round.3

Personally, I grew a moringa tree for two years and I can attest to the fact that it grows like a weed. For those living in third-world countries, it may very well prove to be a valuable source of nutrition.

However I don’t recommend planting one in your backyard for health purposes as the leaves are very small and it is a timely and exceedingly tedious task to harvest the leaves from the stem to eat them.

The leaves are tiny and difficult to harvest and use, so you’ll likely find, as I did, that growing one is more trouble than it’s worth. That being said, there is no denying that moringa offers an impressive nutritional profile that makes it appealing once it is harvested…

6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood

1. A Rich Nutritional Profile

Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:4

  • 9 times the protein of yogurt
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 17 times the calcium of milk
  • 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
  • 25 times the iron of spinach

2. Antioxidants Galore

Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. The latter, chlorogenic acid, has been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels. As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:5

“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols. 

Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”

Further, in a study of women taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months, blood levels of antioxidants increased significantly.6

3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects,7 likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent. 8

Separate research revealed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent among diabetic patients.9

4. Reduce Inflammation

The isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds also have anti-inflammatory properties. According to the Epoch Times:10

The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity. 

This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer.”

5. Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels

Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, and one animal study found its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin.11 As noted in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology:12

Moringa oleifera is used in Thai traditional medicine as cardiotonic. Recent studies demonstrated its hypocholesterolemic effect. 

… In hypercholesterol-fed rabbits, at 12 weeks of treatment, it significantly (P<0.05) lowered the cholesterol levels and reduced the atherosclerotic plaque formation to about 50 and 86%, respectively. These effects were at degrees comparable to those of simvastatin.

… The results indicate that this plant possesses antioxidant, hypolipidaemic, and antiatherosclerotic activities, and has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”

6.  Protect Against Arsenic Toxicity

The leaves and seeds of moringa may protect against some of the effects of arsenic toxicity, which is especially important in light of news that common staple foods, such as rice, may be contaminated.13 Contamination of ground water by arsenic has also become a cause of global public health concern, and one study revealed: 14

“Co-administration of M. oleifera [moringa] seed powder (250 and 500 mg/kg, orally) with arsenic significantly increased the activities of SOD [superoxide dismutase], catalase, and GPx with elevation in reduced GSH level in tissues (liver, kidney, and brain). 

These changes were accompanied by approximately 57%, 64%, and 17% decrease in blood ROS [reactive oxygen species], liver metallothionein (MT), and lipid peroxidation respectively in animal co-administered with M. oleifera and arsenic. 

Another interesting observation has been the reduced uptake of arsenic in soft tissues (55% in blood, 65% in liver, 54% in kidneys, and 34% in brain) following administration of M. oleifera seed powder (particularly at the dose of 500 mg/kg). 

It can thus be concluded from the present study that concomitant administration of M. oleifera seed powder with arsenic could significantly protect animals from oxidative stress and in reducing tissue arsenic concentration. Administration of M. oleifera seed powder thus could also be beneficial during chelation therapy…”

Moringa Leaves May Even Purify Water… and More

From a digestive standpoint, moringa is high in fiber that, as the Epoch Times put it, “works like a mop in your intestines… to clean up any of that extra grunge left over from a greasy diet.”15 Also noteworthy are its isothiocyanates, which have anti-bacterial properties that may help to rid your body of H. pylori, a bacteria implicated in gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer. Moringa seeds have even been found to work better for water purification than many of the conventional synthetic materials in use today.

According to Uppsala University:16

“A protein in the seeds binds to impurities causing them to aggregate so that the clusters can be separated from the water. The study… published in the journal Colloids and Surfaces A takes a step towards optimization of the water purification process.17

Researchers in Uppsala together with colleagues from Lund as well as Namibia, Botswana, France, and the USA have studied the microscopic structure of aggregates formed with the protein. 

The results show that the clusters of material (flocs) that are produced with the protein are much more tightly packed than those formed with conventional flocculating agents. This is better for water purification as such flocs are more easily separated.”

There is speculation that moringa’s ability to attach itself to harmful materials may also happen in the body, making moringa a potential detoxification tool.

How to Use Moringa

If you have access to a moringa tree, you can use the fresh leaves in your meals; they have a flavor similar to a radish. Toss them like a salad, blend them into smoothies, or steam them like spinach. Another option is to use moringa powder, either in supplement form or added to smoothies, soups, and other foods for extra nutrition. Moringa powder has a distinctive “green” flavor, so you may want to start out slowly when adding it to your meals.

You can also use organic, cold-pressed moringa oil (or ben oil), although it’s expensive (about 15 times more than olive oil).18 As mentioned, while I don’t necessarily recommend planting a moringa tree in your backyard (a rapid-growing tree can grow to 15 to 30 feet in just a few years), you may want to give the leaves or powder a try if you come across some at your local health food market. As reported by Fox News, this is one plant food that displays not just one or two but numerous potential healing powers:19

“Virtually all parts of the plant are used to treat inflammation, infectious disorders, and various problems of the cardiovascular and digestive organs, while improving liver function and enhancing milk flow in nursing mothers. The uses of moringa are well documented in both the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, among the most ancient healing systems in the world.

Moringa is rich in a variety of health-enhancing compounds, including moringine, moringinine, the potent antioxidants quercetin, kaempferol, rhamnetin, and various polyphenols. The leaves seem to be getting the most market attention, notably for their use in reducing high blood pressure, eliminating water weight, and lowering cholesterol.

Studies show that moringa leaves possess anti-tumor and anti-cancer activities, due in part to a compound called niaziminin. Preliminary experimentation also shows activity against the Epstein-Barr virus. Compounds in the leaf appear to help regulate thyroid function, especially in cases of over-active thyroid. Further research points to anti-viral activity in cases of Herpes simplex 1.”

Extracted from http://www.haodf.com/zhuanjiaguandian/yangguangfu_1670274393.htm

世界三宝——辣木籽的功效及应用(杨光福、杨初-转编)

发表者:杨光福 126824人已访问

世界三宝——辣木籽的功效及应用

(杨光福、杨初转编)

    世界三宝:中国的灵芝,美国的西洋参,印度的辣木。被誉为世界三宝。

辣木籽简介

辣木籽之所以被誉为一种极限植物之母,是因为它是原产于自然条件极其恶劣的非洲辣木树的种子。   辣木籽的长相很怪异,它的果荚像豇豆,但它的籽实却一点也不规矩,长得有菱有角的,还穿着白色的象纸一样的衣服。你别看它长得很另类,其实它很好伺候的,表现在在种植的时候,你只要随便挖个坑,丢一粒种子进去,然后浇上几瓢水让土壤湿润,过不几天它就能长出苗了,而且长得很茁壮,一个月就可长到二、三十公分的高度!

辣木树的种子可食用部分为种仁。口味似花生,苦涩,饮水后回甘明显。辣木在印度已有4000多年栽培历史,印度传统医学认为辣木可以预防300多种疾病,并称为“神奇之树”。据有关资料介绍,辣木籽具有较好的降血压、降血脂、降血糖和抗癌的作用,排除宿便效果较为明显。

市场上,辣木籽主要是印度传统种辣木籽,PKM1(改良种)辣木籽与非洲辣木籽。其中,改良种是在印度传统辣木改良而得到,主要区别在于改良种主产辣木果。非洲辣木籽因种属与印度种属不同,营养价值与功效会有所差异。

国内主要种植的辣木主要是印度传统种、改良种和台湾引进品种(与印度传统种一致),非洲种属基本没有种植。

辣木籽现在的开发的产品主要是辣木籽与辣木籽油及其产品。辣木籽定义为保健食品,对糖尿病人的血糖可以起到明显的降低稳定作用;排毒美容的作用亦十分明显,特别是老人斑;对胃起到很好的保护的作用,特别是宿醉;改善亚健康体质,长期缺乏运动的体质尤为显著……网上流传辣木籽可以抗癌,防癌之类,那些是实验室内针对小白鼠的实验结果,正式的临床试验还在进行。

总的来讲,辣木籽作为最精华的部分更是供不应求。

由于辣木籽保水的本领很厉害,致使它能在极限干旱地区的恶劣环境中生长,因为它含有能抓住水分的活性成分,因此,辣木籽除少量用于种植之外,大量的用途是用来做生产原料,在食品、医药、保健、化妆品等领域都有着良好的应用价值,如可用于液体净化、提取制造保水、防晒等高档化妆品的活性物质等。

辣木籽的营养价值
辣木所含钙质是牛奶的4倍,辣木所含蛋白质是牛奶的2倍,辣木所含钾是香蕉的3倍,辣木所含铁是菠菜的3倍,辣木所含维生素C是柑橘的7倍,辣木所含维生素A是(B胡萝卜)的4倍。

辣木籽的功效

根据国内外临床报告,经常食用辣木籽可增强免疫力、排毒、塑身、抗老化、抗癌、并对多种慢性及重大疾病都有极大的改善功效

3.1辣木籽是纯天然绿色食品,含有人体所需的全部营养物质,它可取代复合维生素、钙片、鱼肝油等。是对抗营养不良的健康食品,被西方科学家称为奇迹之绎。

3.2辣木籽对控制血糖、降血压、降血脂很有效,也是三高患者的一大福音。
3.3辣木籽对口干、无唾液、咽喉疼有特效,取到生津作用。
辣木的减肥效果也很奇特,辣木中含有一种白氨酸,白氨酸3.4辣木籽对减肥效果比较好,国外已开发了辣木减肥茶、辣木减肥胶囊。
3.5辣木籽也有降火、排毒功效,辣木对长期宿便,便秘患者有极其帮助作用,连服10日可见奇效。

3.6 辣木籽可改善睡眠、增强记忆力、延缓衰老,还可用来治疗肝脏、脾脏、经络等特殊部位的疾病。

3.7 辣木籽有治疗口臭和醒酒作用。

辣木籽的食用方法

4.1 辣木籽剥外壳食内子(请勿将籽壳丢弃,可用水泡服或作为净水剂)

4.2一般来说,刚开始食用最好一天食用一至三次,一次二至四粒,一星期后再依个人体质加减,持续食用一个月后,即可明显感受到效果,食用辣木籽要咬碎后,以300cc以上的开水服用,这时你可立即体验到辣木籽的神奇,服用后不久即可感觉到满口甘甜,即使再喝白开水都还是甜的,甚至连吞口水都有自然的甘甜味。

4.3 针对各方面疗效的食用方法

正常健康的身体吃辣木籽是纯甘甜味的,如果有偏向以下的五种味道即知症状所在,食疗一段时间会改善的。入口五味辨症:苦(肝功能受损),酸(心脏小肠虚弱),涩(肺脾肠失衡)呕(脑神经及体弱),腥(肾脏膀胱亏虚)。

4.3.1排毒 促进代谢  天然辣木籽对排毒及加速新陈代谢有特殊的功效。在平常喝水、泡茶、喝花茶之中,先喝一口后,吃一至三粒(剥壳食内籽)后再喝多量的水,你会对刚喝过的水或茶有另一种自然的甘甜味。一般来讲,肝功能代谢不正常的人,第一次吃辣木籽,口感会偏苦,食用后喝500CC温开水,一至两个月后,有强肝、改善睡眠、增强免疫力及记忆力、加速代谢、排毒、减肥等功效。

4.3.2 皮肤疾患  皮肤过敏,香港脚,湿疹,富贵手,皮肤莫名痒等。辣木籽可含壳一起吃。早上 中午空腹吃2~3粒,依轻、重情况增减用量)。

4.3.3 解酒 在喝酒前15分钟吃辣木籽2~3粒,较不易醉,酒量增加2~3倍,醉酒也不会宿醉。宿醉后让胃不再难受

醉酒后最让人难受的莫过于呕吐后的胃和第二天早上的头疼。除非是非常好的酒,头疼才会让人太难受。辣木籽内含有的一种活性成分,可以有效针对酒精保护胃部而且加快酒精散发。这样让醉酒带来的“灾难”降到最低。

有人做过试验,食用辣木籽后再喝酒会让酒量有所增加,同时醉酒后不再难受。但再怎么保护,酒还是会伤身的,建议喝酒还是适量。用法如下:

喝酒前30~15分钟,食用辣木籽4~5粒,直接嚼碎吞服,同时饮水约300毫升。

4.3.4 消除口臭  在吃完大蒜 臭豆腐或口臭,吃辣木籽1~2粒后喝水即可除异味,可含壳一起吃。

4.3.5 糖尿病 早上、中午空腹(早上 中午空腹吃辣木籽2粒后喝水,服用期间要忌口,少吃甜食)。剥壳食内籽。三个月让糖尿病人摆脱药物。病人的糖尿病算是较为严重,吃西药,打胰岛素基本是生活不可少的。食用印度传统种的辣木籽,刚刚开始还需要西药辅助,三个月左右的时间,血糖稳定,不再吃药。用法如下:

开始阶段,西药暂时不能停,注意观察每天血糖情况。每天早午晚辣木籽各5粒,直接嚼碎吞服,食用后饮水约500毫升(每次喝水量约150毫升左右,分3~4次)。如病情不算严重量可减少至早、午、晚各3粒,摆脱后药物后可以加量至5粒。

4.3.6 痔疮 便秘 清宿便 早上、中午空腹吃辣木籽2粒后喝水。剥壳食内籽。让宿便畅通,让毒素远离人体经过一夜的内循环,第二早一般都会将体内的毒素废物通过大便的方式排出体外。但因为外界各种因素,有一部分人经常会有便秘或隔几天才排便。这样直接导致原本应该排出体外的毒素又会重新吸收回人体,造成毒素累积。用法如下:

早、晚直接嚼碎吞服辣木籽各5粒,同时饮水约500~600毫升(少量多次)。

4.3.7老人斑也可不翼而飞老人斑其实不过就是一个比较明显的案例,美容排毒,应该比较贴切。老人斑是的老人特有,也算是的一种年龄的标记。究其老人斑的形成的原因就是随着年龄的增加,体内的自身排毒功能开始衰退,而导致毒素沉淀形成了斑点。辣木籽含有一种生物碱,通过这种生物碱的作用而让人体排毒,也正是这种排毒能力的强大,会让沉淀多年的斑痕消褪。用法如下:

早期食用,早、午、晚直接嚼碎吞服辣木籽各2粒,食用后饮水约500毫升(每次喝水量约150毫升左右,分3~4次)。一周后,早、晚各3~4粒,方法如上。

4.3.8亚健康从此离您而去 随着生活节奏的加快,运动量的减少,加班熬夜成了“常饭”,环境污染之类等等,人体的透支是越来越严重,亚健康就是这样日积月累而成的。现在,很多人会有吃钙片,维生素片之类来补充,但这些只能是特定的补充。但是,人体需要的营养素得全面而不是个别,再者,某一类的营养素过量是坏事而非好事。平衡,才是健康之源。用法如下:

早期适应阶段,中午、晚上直接嚼碎吞服辣木籽各2粒,食用后饮水约500毫升(每次喝水量约150毫升左右,分3~4次)适应期过后,早上、中午、晚上各3粒,方法如上。

温馨提示

食用辣木籽后,口腔中会有一段时间回甘,不论是喝水还是吃东西;小便会比平时频繁,辣木籽有利尿作用,促进体内的水分循环,同时也是一种排毒;孕妇再不懂得把握用量的情况下,不能服用。严重气喘及六个月以下的婴儿不建议使用。

One more thing.  You need to take out the outer wrappers.  🙂

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