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Looking for a Super-Veggie? Try Moringa! We understand health to be a state of physical balance that results in happiness, productivity and creativity. We know that many factors contribute to optimal health, including diet, daily routine, sleep cycles. But sometimes it is hard to change everything around, old habits die hard, and we want that one thing that can help make the big difference without investing too much time or energy into amending our lives. If this is what you are looking for, then look no further, here is Super-Veggie Moringa! It has all that and more. Not convinced? Read all the scientific findings, watch the youtube videos referenced in Vaidya’s newsletter to understand how Moringa is a powerhouse packed with vitamins, minerals, amino-acids, with the highest possible anti-oxidant potency ever available in one consumable item. And we have not even mentioned all the ayurvedic properties it carries, as listed in the ancient medicinal Sanskrit texts, all the subtle post-digestive “prabhava”-s or side benefits... Moringa Oleifera is one of those powerful foods that has been largely unobtainable in America until the last few years. The versatility of Moringa makes it very attractive because it can be prepared and administered in many different ways. Fresh leaves can be boiled in a detox soup or tea. Pods or fruit can be cooked and eaten as part of a daily diet. The vegetable is also called “drumstick” because it is shaped like drumsticks! It is an ideal vegetable that has the most diversified medicinal power. It nourishes as well as detoxifies, giving us a unique and powerful combination of benefits. As you know, in Ayurveda in general but in the SVA lineage in particular, we strive to administer healing herbs and spices in a balanced way, so that when we give a material that detoxifies, we also have to give a material that nourishes at the same time. Moringa does both! It nourishes the blood and muscle tissues while cleansing them. It goes into the fat tissues and purifies its toxic build-up. It targets the bone marrow and cleanses it, and as we know, whatever material cleans the bone marrow also strengthens the immune system. Hands down, Moringa is one of the best vegetables which has medicinal, and vibrational or holistic nutritional as well as detoxifying power.

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Properties/Guna of Moringa: Taste (rasa):

Pungent/katu, tikta/bitter

Virya:

Heating/ushna

Post

Digestive metabolic state (vipak): pungent/katu

Guna

Light/laghu, dry/ruksha, sharp/tikshana, fluid/sara

Prabhava

Liver cleanser (yakrit sodhana), Purifies Blood (rakta sodhaka), enhances spleen/pliha and removes worms (krmi), acidic toxins from the blood (amavishagni), and relieves from tumor (gulma), strengthens heart/ hridya, fat metabolism and weight loss/Medovishahara and regulates cholesterol.

FROM SUTRA… In Bhava Prakash (16 Century canonical textbook of Ayurveda), part one, authored by Bhav Mishra and Rajnigantu, Moringa is called sigru, or “it moves like an arrow” in the body because it rapidly penetrates the tissues and has deep absorption and detoxification ability, making its effect on the deep bone marrow tissue swift and effective. The nature and qualities of Drumstick: • • • • • • • •

Hot and sharp, but also bitter and pungent Pacifies vata and kapha (vatakaphapaha) Pacifies kledaka kapha and increases appetite Reduces stiffness in the jaw, relaxes the jaw and thus helps in opening the mouth (mukhajadyahar) It is appetizing (rucyo) Increases digestive flame (dipano) Vrana means ulcer. It cleans and clears the ulcers (vranadosanut) The budding flower can be white or blue. The flower decorates the plant like that of the “anjan” meaning khol or eyeliner in the eye (Soobhanjanah

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Nila sighru is one of the varieties of Moringa which bears blue flowers. This blue variety of Moringa has sharp quality or guna and katu or pungent taste (nilasigruh tiksnakatu) Blue variety Muringa has little bit of sweetness as well as heating quality (svadusnah)

• It is slimy (Picchila) • Anti-microbial (jantughna) • Relieves body aches, which are almost always caused by vata Especially helpful for knee and joint pain (vatarttisulaghnah) • Good for the eyes (caksusyo) • rocanah parah It is appetizing Sigru helps in healthy weight loss. Healthy weight loss means supporting fat metabolism in such a way that the extra fat comes off without weakening bone and muscle tissue. Drumstick gives a nourishing effect while unblocking the channels and detoxifying fat. When toxins are flushed out, excess fat naturally comes off. Several qualities of drumstick facilitate healthy, balanced weight loss • • •

Bitter (Sigrustiktah) Pungent and heating (Katuscosnah) Reduces kapha-predominant swelling and water retention, which can also lead to vata imbalance. Swollen ankles are a common complication of excess weight. Three-four drumstick pods per meal begin to reintroduce the intelligence so the body does not accumulate toxins in the lower extremities. Over time, little by little, the swelling will go down and not return. (Kaphasophasamirajit) • Creates an unfriendly environment for the growth of tumors • Destroys krimi and amavisha (Krgyamvisa) • By binding the toxins in the blood, and cleaning the blood (due to its hot potency and pungent taste and post digestive taste), it relieves long term burning in the skin and stomach. • Prevents and rids the tumors. When the clean blood circulates, growth of tumors are prevented and also if tumors are present, gets rid of the tumors (gulmanut). ... TO SCIENCE Role of Moringa on gastric ulcer and its use as antacid •

The study to elucidate the role of moringa leaf extract on experimental gastric ulceration concluded that the leaf extract’s efficacy in the management of gastric ulcer and may be beneficially used in contrast to the classical antacid, antihistamine or surgical treatment. Ref: Phytomedicine. 2010 Jul 14. S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta, 244B A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700020, India. PMID: 20637582 [PubMed as supplied by publisher]

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Two weeks of treatment with Moringa Oleifera healed gastric ulcer damage. (ref: Debnath, S., & Guha, D. (2007). Role of Moringa oleifera on enterochromaffin cell count and serotonin content of experimental ulcer model. Indian J Exp Biol, 45(8), 726731.  These studies confirms the ability of moringa to sooth and heal ulcers (vranadosanut) as described by famous Ayurvedic scholars Bhav Prakash and Raj Nigantu. You can find it from the verses mentioned above Role of Moringa on Muscle cramps and Sleep

Significantly reduces muscle cramps, decreases body temperature, and enhances sleep. (ref: Pal, S., Mukherjee, P., Saha, K., M., P., & Saha, B. (1996). Studies on some psychopharmacological actions of Moringa oleifera Lam. Phototherapy Research, 10(5), 402-405.  This correlates to the reduction of body aches (vatarttisulaghnah) and inflammation (sophan) caused by vata aggravation. Moringa vs Simvastatin – Moringa decreses cholesterol and inhibits atherosclerotic plaques

Works as well as simvastatin in decreasing cholesterol, triglycerides, and inhibiting the formation of atherosclerotic plaques.  JAIN, Pankaj G. et al. Hypolipidemic activity of Moringa oleifera Lam., Moringaceae, on high fat diet induced hyperlipidemia in albino rats. Rev. bras. farmacogn. [online]. ahead of print [cited 2010-11-28], pp. 0-0 . Available from: <http://www.scielo.br/scielo.php?script=sci_arttext&pid=S0102695X2010005000038&lng=en&nrm=iso>. Epub Nov 12, 2010. ISSN 0102-695X. doi: 10.1590/S0102-695X2010005000038.  ref: Chumark, P., Khunawat, P., Sanvarinda, Y., Phornchirasilo, S., Morales, N. P., Phivthong-Ngam, L., et al. (2008); , The in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant properties, hypolipidaemic and anti- atherosclerotic activities of water extract of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves, J Ethnopharmacol (2008), doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.12.010;  www.sciencedirect.com - journal of Ethnopharmacology, Volume 116, Issue 3, 28 March 2008, Pages 439-446; Pilaipark Chumark, Panya Khunawat, Yupin Sanvarinda, Srichan Phornchirasilp, Noppawan Phumala Morales, Laddawal Phivthong-ngam, Piyanee Ratanachamnong, Supath Srisawat and Klai-upsorn S. Pongrapeeporn; doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.12.010;  Ref: http://www.drinklifein.com/documents/Study_on_Heartrelated_Antioxidant_Properties_of_Moringa.pdf.

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The Ayurvedic verse on Moringa by Bhav prakash of Bhav Mishra cites Moringa as removing acidic toxins from the blood, cleansing the blood. This in turn lowers bad cholesterol and improves cholesterol metabolism. This correlates the power of Moringa in lowring bad cholesterol and improving cholesterol metabolism. Moringa strengthens heart function •

Prevented structural damage and prevented increases in lipid peroxidation in the myocardium. (Ref: Fuglie, L. (2002). The Tree of Life. Dakar: Church World Services.  Drumstick’s power to keep the heart healthy was repeatedly mentioned in the classical texts of Ayurveda. Ushna/hot acts as stimulant to heart, antiinflammatory, improves weakness of heart. Anti-fungal activity of Moringa

Moringa seeds showed anti-fungal ability and were effective against athlete’s foot. (ref: Chuang, P. H., Lee, C.W., Chou, J. Y., Murugan, M., Shieh, B.J., & Chen, H. M. (2007). Anti-fungal activity of crude extracts and essential oil of Moringa oleifera Lam. Bioresour Technol, 98(1), 232-236.  This correlates to the anti-microbial (jantu) and bacteriostatic (krmi) properties. Moringa can prevent Kidney stone

Prevented kidney stone formation and dissolved preformed stones. (Tiktoshna) (ref: Karadi, R. V., Gadge, N. B., Alagawadi, K. R., & Savadi, R. V. (2006). Effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. root-wood on ethylene glycol induced urolithiasis in rats. J Enthnopharmacol, 105(1-2), 306-311. Doi: S0378-8741(05)00768-3 [pii]  Ushna/hot and thikshana/pungent quality of Moringa stimulates the kidneys, dysuria, increases quantity of urine, removes excess acidity in urine and calculi

Ameliorative effects of Moringa oleifera Lam seed extract on liver fibrosis •

Department of Biology, UAE University, Al-Ain, PO Box 17771, United Arab Emirates. allaaeldin.hamza@uaeu.ac.ae Oral administration of Muringa olifere see extract can act against liver injury and fibrosis, it also has antioxidant properties and anti-inflammatory effect. It has the ability to

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attenuate the hepatic stellate cells activation. PMID: 19854235 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Food Chem Toxicol. 2010 Jan;48(1):345-55. Epub 2009 Oct 23. •

Cancer/Chemo preventative property of Moringa A study was conducted to find out the Chemomodulatory effect of Moringa oleifera, Lam, on hepatic carcinogen metabolizing enzymes, antioxidant parameters and skin papillomagenesis in mice. The findings are suggestive of a possible chemo preventive potential of Moringa oliefera drumstick extract against chemical carcinogenesis. Ref: PMID: 12875626 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE]; Department of Biotechnology, Gauhati University, Guwahati 781014, Assam, India. rbharali@rediffmail.com

Moringa decreases blood glucose level and Diabetes Variable doses of M. oleifera leaves aqueous extract administered orally to test the glycemic control, haemoglobin, total protein, urine sugar, urine protein and body weight. The test result concluded that the study validates scientifically the widely claimed use of M. oleifera as an ethnomedicine to treat diabetes mellitus. PMID: 19501271 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Jaiswal D, Kumar Rai P, Kumar A, Mehta S, Watal G. Alternative Therapeutics Unit, Drug Development Division, Medicinal Research Lab, Department of Chemistry, University of Allahabad, Allahabad, U.P. 211002, India. Trans mucosal Delivery of Moringa

Chronic benzylamine administration in the drinking water improves glucose tolerance, reduces body weight gain and circulating cholesterol in high-fat dietfed mice. Benzylamine is found in Moringa oleifera, a plant used to treat diabetes in traditional medicine. In mammals, benzylamine is metabolized by semicarbazidesensitive amine oxidase (SSAO) to benzaldehyde and hydrogen peroxide. This latter product has insulin-mimicking action, and is involved in the effects of benzylamine on human adipocytes: stimulation of glucose transport and inhibition of lipolysis. This study examined whether chronic, oral administration of benzylamine could improve glucose tolerance and the circulating lipid profile without increasing oxidative stress in overweight and pre-diabetic mice. The study concluded that the SSAO-substrate benzylamine could be considered as a potential oral agent to treat metabolic syndrome. Ref: PMID: 20045461 [PubMed - indexed for MEDLINE] Pharmacol Res. 2010 Apr;61(4):355-63. Epub 2010 Jan 4; INSERM, U858, Institut de Médecine Moléculaire de Rangueil, IFR 150, Toulouse, France.

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Looking for a Super-Veggie? Try Moringa!