Quantcast

Why All Preppers Should Be Growing Moringa

By on February 23, 2013

About 5 months ago I was struck when watching a video that I saw on Facebook about a “superfood” plant. This video talked about the Moringa Tree. Ever since I saw that video, I have been growing Moringa. And I personally think that all preppers should be growing it as well. Here is why.

The Moringa

There are few natural plants on this world that can be legitimately called a “superfood.” But if there was one, it would have to be the Moringa. Some medical professionals are going so far as to call Moringa the “Miracle Tree” since it is fairly new to the western world, not many people know about this amazing plant.

The Moringa is a tree that primairly grows in the foothills of the Himalayas. However, it can be found scattered among portions of India, Malaysia, the Philippines, and central America. It can grow up to 36 feet in height and can live as long as 20 -30 years. However, people native to areas in which moringa grows often cut the leaves back 4-5 feet each year to harvest the leaves and pods that grow on the tree.

The primary benefit of Moringa is the high nutritional value of the leaves. Although, you can eat pretty much every part of the tree. In one serving of Moringa leaves, you can find:

  • 125% daily value of Calcium (4 times more than milk)
  • 61% daily value of Magnesium
  • 41% daily value of Potassium (3 times that of Bananas)
  • 71% daily value of Iron
  • 272% daily value of Vitamin A (4 times that of carrots)
  • 22% daily value of Vitamin C (7 times more than oranges)
  • 2 times the amount of Protein than milk

In total, there are over 92 different vitamins, minerals, or other nutrients in Moringa, 36 Anti-Inflammatories and 46 types of antioxidants.  There is no other “superfood” on Earth that can make a claim like this. Not to mention, there are no side effects to eating Moringa. Moringa is a complete health product that will not only provide you with the vitamins you need, but also improve your overall health as well.

Moringa also has other touted benefits such as:

  • lower blood pressure
  • improved mood
  • improved digestion
  • improved immune system function
  • protects the stomach lining
  • treats stomach ulcers
  • boosts energy levels
  • Plus MANY MORE!

The Vitamin component of Moringa Leaves:

Moringa has Vitamin A (Beta Carotene), Vitamin B1 (Thiamine), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6 Pyrodixine), Vitamin B7 (Biotin), Vitamin C (Ascorbic Acid), Vitamin D (Cholecalciferol), Vitamin E (Tocopherol) and Vitamin K.

Amino Acids

Our bodies need twenty different amino acids or proteins that are the building blocks for a healthy body. Nonessential amino acids are those that the body can synthesize for itself, provided there is enough nitrogen, carbon, hydrogen, and oxygen available. Essential amino acids are those supplied by the diet.  They must be consumed as the human body either cannot make them at all or cannot make them in sufficient quantity to meet its needs. Of the 20 amino acids required by our bodies, eleven of them are nonessential and nine are essential.

Moringa is considered a complete food as it contains all of the essential Amino Acids required for a healthy body.  The dried leaf is a nutritional powerhouse and contains all of the following Amino Acids.

ISOLEUCINE builds proteins and enzymes and it provides ingredients used to create other essential biochemical components in the body, some of which promote energy and stimulate the brain to maintain a state of alertness.

LEUCINE 
works with isoleucine to build proteins and enzymes which enhance the body’s energy and alertness.

LYSINE ensures your body absorbs the right amount of calcium. It also helps form collagen used in bone cartilage and connective tissues. In addition, lysine aids in the production of antibodies, hormones, and enzymes. Recent studies have shown lysine improves the balance of nutrients that reduce viral growth.

METHIONINE primarily supplies sulfur to your body. It is known to prevent hair,

skin, and nail problems while lowering cholesterol levels as it increases the liver’s production of lecithin. Methionine reduces liver fat and protects the kidneys, which reduces bladder irritation.

PHENYLALAINE produces the chemical needed to transmit signals between nerve cells and the brain. It can help with concentration and alertness, reduce hunger pains and improve memory and mood.

THREONINE is an important part of collagen, elastin, and enamel proteins.  It assists metabolism and helps prevent fat build-up in the liver while boosting the body’s digestive and intestinal tracts.

TRYPTOPHAN supports the immune system, alleviates insomnia, reduces anxiety, depression, and the symptoms of migraine headaches. It also is beneficial in decreasing the risk of artery and heart spasms as it works with lysine to reduce cholesterol levels.

VALINE is important in promoting a sharp mind, coordinated muscles, and a calm mood.

Non-essential amino acids in Moringa

ALANINE is important for energy in muscle tissue, brain, and central nervous system. It strengthens the immune system by producing antibodies. Alanine also helps in the healthy metabolism of sugars and organic acids in the body.
ARGININE causes the release of the growth hormones considered crucial for optimal muscle growth and tissue repair. It also improves immune responses to bacteria, viruses, and tumor cells while promoting the healing of the body’s wounds.

ASPARTIC ACID helps rid the body of ammonia created by cellular waste. When the ammonia enters the circulatory system it can act as a highly toxic substance which can damage the central nervous system. Recent studies have also shown that aspartic acid may decrease fatigue and increase endurance.

CYSTINE functions as an antioxidant and is a powerful aid to the body in protecting against radiation and pollution. It can help slow the aging process, deactivate free radicals, and neutralize toxins. It also aids in protein synthesis and presents cellular change. It is necessary for the formation of new skin cells, which aids in the recovery from burns and surgical operations.

GLUTAMIC ACID is food for the brain. It improves mental capacities, helps speed the healing of ulcers, reduces fatigue, and curbs sugar cravings.

GLYCINE promotes the release of oxygen required in the cell-making process. It is also important in the manufacturing of hormones responsible for a strong immune system.

HISTIDINE is used in the treatment of rheumatoid arthritis, allergies, ulcers, and anemia. A lack of histidine may lead to poor hearing.

SERINE is important in storing glucose in the liver and muscles. Its antibodies help strengthen the body’s immune system. Plus, it synthesizes fatty acid sheaths around nerve fibers.

PROLINE
 is extremely important for the proper function of your joints and tendons. It also helps maintain and strengthen heart muscles.

TYROSINE transmits nerve impulses to your brain. It helps overcome depression; improves memory; increases mental alertness; plus promotes the healthy functioning of the thyroid, adrenal, and pituitary glands.

Growing the Moringa

moringa

The moringa is also incredibly easy to grow. And for a prepper thats nice due to all the other prepping we have to do. All it takes is some good dirt mixed with some compost and sand. Moringa likes a loose sandy type dirt. To start growing mine, I just cut a cranberry juice bottle in half, threw some dirt, manure, and sand in, mixed it and poof, a moringa tree. Now I am growing many in actual pots.

Moringa is drought-resistant, but is NOT cold tolerant. Freezes will cause it to die. That is the only drawback for preppers and homesteaders in the extreme north.

You can grow Moringa anywhere the climate is sunny and warm. But I don’t personally know how it would grow, say in Wisconsin.

If you would like to start growing Moringa for yourself and your family, here is a great deal on Moringa Seeds.

Click here for the exact seeds I purchased from Amazon for growing.

 

PS: Don't forget to sign up for our EXCLUSIVE content and updates on the "Subscribe to the Blog" area below. Or at the top of the sidebar -->

And please: Share this post, link to it, tell anyone who’s thinking about learning self defense, survival, prepping or homesteading – help me to spread the word.

STAY PRIMAL, my friends

Karma Senge signature

"Subscribe to the Blog"
Receive an update straight to your inbox every time we publish a new article. Plus receive EXCLUSIVE content.

About Coach Karma

Coach Karma L Senge has been in Personal Protection / Self Defense as well as the Fitness & Nutrition world for over 31 years now and continually teaches around the world. He has held seminars for many government agencies around the world as well as seminars for civilians. He currently teaches seminars in the United States, Europe, India, and throughout Central America. As well has oversees many training groups around the world.
0 comments
Get EXCLUSIVE, Insider-Only content with awesome tips & advice, subscribe to my free newsletter. read more