How To Feed Your Body the Nutrition it Craves

 
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In today’s world, we are constantly looking for the quick solution to help us lose weight, feel better and have more energy. This perspective has led us in trying to get our nutrition from synthetic, concentrated sources such as multivitamins or “fortified” foods. Though reading the nutritional panel of these supplements and foods and seeing 100% of all of these nutrients may make us feel good about ourselves, it is actually doing very little for our health, and in many ways may be damaging our long term health.

Let’s look at synthetic nutrients found in multivitamins versus natural nutrition. Synthetic nutrients come in great tasting gummy bears or in an easy to swallow capsule. These solutions sound convenient and effective; however, synthetic nutrients have been known to have the opposite effect as natural nutrition from food. For example, a study conducted by the N.I.H. found that individuals who consume vitamin A through natural foods was less likely to develop lung cancer. In contrast, individuals who consumed vitamin A synthetically did not see those same benefits, in fact, they actually saw a significant increase in the likelihood of lung cancer 1. Sadly, many governments are adding synthetic nutrients to our food on a mandatory basis, despite the overwhelming evidence of the damaging and potentially carcinogenic properties these artificial nutrients may have. You can recognize these synthetic nutrients in your diet under such words as “fortified” or “enriched” on the ingredient panel. 

Knowing it is best to get our nutrition from the food we eat, we are still looking for the quick way and easy way to maximize this result. Especially, since much of the organic food we eat today is drastically depleted in key nutrients. For example, a study referenced in Scientific America shows that “reliable decline” of key nutrients such as protein, calcium, phosphorus, iron and B-vitamins2. Additional studies have suggested that this decline is much more drastic than originally thought, with up to 60% depletion of nutrients in some foods over the last 50 years3. The consensus argument of this is the depletion of nutrients from the soil. Suggesting that the area in which food is grown can have a drastic impact on the nutrient content.

To help us alleviate the nutritional pitfalls we are experiencing naturally, safely and most effectively it is important for us to eat a balanced diet…something we hear all the time, but isn’t practical. However, there are certain foods that if we incorporate daily can help us maximize our nutritional struggles.

Dr. Plant’s #1 Food To Consume Daily:

Moringa oleifera. This is the most nutrient dense botanical on Earth! Gram for gram, Moringa contains up to 9x as much vitamin A as a carrot, 17x the calcium of milk, 20x the iron of spinach, 8x the protein of yogurt, 15x the potassium of a Banana. You can see Moringa oleifera is nature’s multivitamin without all the dangers associated with synthetic nutrients.

The best way to get the nutrition from Moringa is from a shade dried source. Shade drying Moringa leaves, as endorsed by Trees of Life Research, is the only way to get these highly concentrated Moringa nutrients. In fact, un-shade dried Moringa leaves have less iron than spinach, it isn’t until you shade the leaves that you get 20x more iron than spinach. Some people suggest that shade drying the leaves causes the bacterial load (contaminants of bacteria) to go up. This is not true, in fact, looking at a company that advertizes “infrared drying” shows a bacterial content 5x higher than a company that advertises “shade drying” of Moringa leaves. See third party analysis of infrared vs. shade dried Moringa oleifera to the right.

Infrared Dried Specimen Certificate of Analysis

Shade Dried Specimen Certificate of Analysis

Additionally, it is important to understand that Moringa oleifera is a tree, therefore it is important to supplement with all the nutritious parts of the moringa tree, namely the leaves, seeds and fruit. The nutrients of Moringa oleifera are found throughout the tree, not just in the leaves.

Lastly, it is important to note that there are many different types of species of Moringa. Moringa oleifera is the only Moringa species to be documented to contain such a dramatic nutrient density. Looking at several companies selling “Moringa oleifera” only one showed to contain a genetically true Moringa oleifera. Below is a genetic fingerprint map looking across several alleles specific to Moringa oleifera. Zija International was shown to be the only company that uses genetically pure Moringa oleifera.

 Just like humans have distinctively unique DNA fingerprints, plants have unique DNA (genetic) fingerprints that distinguish them from other plant species. DNA fingerprinting is used in plants for identification of authentic species and separation of closely related varieties. Scientists analyze small specific regions of specific plant DNA markers (a DNA fingerprint) and compare results to a reference database that is specific to each plant. Doing so allows them to positively identify specific plant species.

Just like humans have distinctively unique DNA fingerprints, plants have unique DNA (genetic) fingerprints that distinguish them from other plant species. DNA fingerprinting is used in plants for identification of authentic species and separation of closely related varieties. Scientists analyze small specific regions of specific plant DNA markers (a DNA fingerprint) and compare results to a reference database that is specific to each plant. Doing so allows them to positively identify specific plant species.

 
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