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Moringa, a New Mom’s Superfood

As a mom, we know you are always on the lookout for what is best for your children. Whether you baby is still tucked away in your womb or you have welcomed her into the world already, the health of your baby is probably a top priority for you. There are so many decisions we make for the welfare of our babies, from the best diapers and creams, to developmentally appropriate toys and stimulating activities. But no decision is more significant than how you choose to support your baby’s development through nutrition. And we have an amazing all-natural superfood secret that will take nutrition for you and your baby to a whole new level. It’s called Moringa!

If you are an expecting mom, your body is changing in miraculous ways to create a temporary home for your baby. While the idea of “eating for two” is no longer accepted, getting proper nutrition is essential for your health and that of your baby. A baby’s development depends on the conditions created by the mother, including a well-balanced diet, a low-stress environment and avoiding toxins such as smoke or alcohol. Obstetricians believe moms-to-be only need about 300 additional calories per day to sustain their babies, but food intake should incorporate a range of nutrients in the form of protein, whole grains, dairy (or other forms of calcium), fruits and vegetables.

OBs also recommend daily supplements during pregnancy to ensure all of your baby’s nutritional needs are being met. Preparing for a new baby can be a hectic time, so adding an all-natural nutritional supplement such as Moringa is one of the best decisions you can make for you and baby during pregnancy. With the simplicity of Moringa capsules or Moringa tea, or perhaps baking and cooking with our USDA certified organic Moringa powder, you can boost your nutritional intake by an astounding degree. Moringa provides the vital nutrients – especially additional iron and calcium – an expectant mom needs. Plus Moringa’s array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, protein and other nutrients will satisfy and calm the body to reduce cravings and pregnancy nerves, while offering a boost of energy, the all-natural way.

Once your little bundle of joy arrives, you have the opportunity to choose the best way to nourish your baby. You have probably read about the incredible benefits of breastfeeding for both mom and baby. To name just a few, breastfeeding can help to foster smarter and more well-adjusted children, reduce the risk of diseases and create a stong bond between mother and child. The American Academy of Pediatrics recommends breastfeeding for at least the first year of a baby’s life because breast milk is the perfect food for babies. It is made of the exact combination of nutrients a baby needs and is easy for babies to digest. But the quality of breast milk is also dependant on a mother’s nutrition and there is no better way to boost your nutritional intake that eating right and supplementing with the best natural nutritional superfood, Moringa.

In the chaos of trying to figure out how to raise a new baby, new moms often neglect their own nutritional needs. But the truth is, they are also neglecting the needs of their baby. A mom who is getting the plenty of water and the nutrients she needs – through a proper diet and Moringa – will be better able to meet the demands of a newborn. Moreover, she will be passing along the best possible nutrients to her baby, which will help relax baby, make her sleep better and be more alert as she works towards developmental milestones. Many moms report that Moringa is a great all-natural resource to increase milk supply as well. Plus, Moringa can offer a much-needed pick-me-up that most moms could use, especially for those multiple middle-of-the-night feedings. And while you’re dropping the pregnancy weight naturally through breastfeeding, you’ll also support your weight loss goals through the power of Moringa nutrition!

Since Moringa provides wholesome nutrients for the entire family, it is a supplement that can be incorporated in your children’s diet for years to come. We recommend slipping a few teaspoons into your child’s smoothie, or adding several scoops to your next soup, stew or any type of sauce. Chances are your family won’t even notice it. And you’ll feel great about continuing to offer your family the most nutritious superfood on the planet.

Congrats on the newest member of your family! We wish you much health, happiness and nutrition for years to come!

Benefits of Moringa: Moringa for Heart Health

February is the month of hearts. From sharing our love with friends and family around Valentine’s Day, to spreading awareness about heart health for National Heart Health Month, we’re focusing on making ourselves and our loved ones the healthiest and happiest we can be.

Heart health encompasses many aspects of our lives. Because our circulatory system connects every organ, tissue and cell in our bodies, many factors play a role in keeping hearts healthy and beating happily. These factors include: good nutrition for a properly functioning heart and healthy blood, physical activity to supply oxygen to blood, smart lifestyle choices and stress management.

Excellent nutrition is essential to good heart health. Our hearts work hard every day to pump blood throughout our bodies so we have to do our part in helping our hearts along.   Namely, we have to fuel our hearts with only the best nutrients to keep it going for many years to come. Many studies have shown that the best nutrients for hearts include:

Omega-3 Fatty Acids that supply EPA and DHA, which can prevent blood clots, keep blood pressure in check, reduce inflammation and manage cholesterol levels. The top food choice for omega-3 fatty acids is fish, such as salmon or tuna.

B Vitamins aid in keeping red blood cells and nerves healthy. It may also lower homocysteine, a non-protein amino acid in the blood that is linked to heart attacks, blood clots and strokes. B Vitamins are commonly found in bran, pistachios and hazelnuts, certain types of seeds, fish and spices, including garlic.

Magnesium helps hearts beat regularly and is often used to treat heart arrhythmia. Magnesium, found in walnuts, is also vital to all of our other organs as well.

Fiber, especially from whole grains, is a great asset for cardiovascular health and has been associated with lowering the risk of heart disease. Fiber can also reduce harmful LDL cholesterol levels. Breads, rice, wheat and grain products are all excellent sources of fiber. Fiber also helps the body feel satiated, which may help to reduce one’s overall caloric intake.

Quercetin is an anti-oxidant that helps prevent blood from clotting. It is naturally found in apples and can help to lower the risk of heart disease.

We have some good news: Moringa contains each of these heart-boosting nutrients! It’s important to eat lean proteins, lots of fruits and vegetables and whole grains to reap the benefits for your heart, but Moringa can ensure you are on a heart-healthy path each and every day. Just two Zokiva Moringa capsules in the morning and two Moringa capsules at night, can keep your ticker healthy and strong.

The Clinical Council on Cardiology says that after a heart-healthy diet, daily exercise is a key factor in maintaining heart health. Exercise increases the heart rate and gets oxygen flowing through the blood, invigorating the body. Studies have also proven that high intensity exercise can reduce LDL cholesterol. Additionally, exercise helps with weight management and maintaining a healthy body mass index, a strong indicator for avoiding cardiovascular disease. Moringa also aids in both exercise and weight management by providing the body with the energy it needs for physical activity, helping to repair broken down muscle tissues, and supplying excellent nutrition to help you feel satiated while revving up your metabolism.

Lastly, lifestyle choices and stress can impact heart health. Smoking is a major cause of heart disease-related heart attacks and strokes. Stress creates a chemical reaction in the body that can increase blood pressure and have a host of other negative physical and emotional consequences. When stress takes hold of our lives, we are more likely to overeat or make poor nutritional choices and be depressed and lethargic. Making positive lifestyle choices that improve our heart health, like not smoking and managing stress, can go a long way in keeping the beats healthy and happy.

This month and throughout the year, we’re celebrating healthy hearts, starting with a daily regimen of Moringa. We heart Moringa! Do you?

What is Moringa? Learn More about the Age-Old Moringa Plant

What is Moringa?

Moringa is often called “The Miracle Tree” because, simply put, its benefits are miraculous. Properly known as the species Moringa oleifera, this amazing tree ranks number one in natural nutrient content over any other plant known to humankind. Moringa contains the most complete and diverse array of vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids and antioxidants on the planet. Its potent leaves, roots, seeds and bark can be used for a magnitude of nutritional, medicinal and beauty applications.

Where does Moringa Come From?

Moringa is one of the best kept nutritional secrets to our continent but it is a time-tested, nutritional powerhouse in its native African and Indian tropical homelands. Moringa has been used by indigenous people in these areas for its superior nutrition and anti-aging properties for over 4,000 years. The benefits of this stupendous plant have more recently been studied and introduced worldwide, and Moringa is being grown in the tropical climates of South America, making it more accessible to the Westerners.The World Health Organization even uses Moringa as a basis for the hunger epidemic efforts in third world countries, especially in Africa where the trees are most commonly found.

What Makes Moringa So Powerful?

Moringa is the mother of all superfoods because it contains over 90 essential nutrients our bodies require and crave. While eating healthy, whole foods is an important part of our diet, adding nutrition through this all-natural plant-based supplement can boost nutritional intake by astounding proportions. Moringa offers the body 30% vegetable protein, as well as all eight essential amino acids that are known as “the building block of life.” Plus, Moringa beats many of our “go-to” foods in nutritional value: 3x more potassium than bananas, 4x the Vitamin A in carrots, 4x the calcium of milk, 7x the Vitamin C in oranges and 25x the iron in spinach.

What are the Benefits of Moringa?

The physical, emotional, cognitive and beauty-related benefits of Moringa are tremendous. Because the Moringa plant is jam-packed with the most wholesome and varied all-natural nutrients, Moringa is a powerful resource to sustain good health. That includes support for immune health, blood sugar levels, blood pressure levels, prolonged energy, quicker recovery from physical activity, weight management, boosted metabolism, mental clarity, emotional stability and more restful sleep. Moringa also serves as an anti-aging remedy because of its unprecedented antioxidant content, which helps combat free radicals in the body and on skin. As the plant becomes more popular, additional studies emerge highlighting even more incredible benefits of Moringa.

How to Incorporate Moringa in Your Diet

Moringa is a naturally caffeine-free raw food. Zokiva offers Moringa in its purest form in Moringa capsules and Moringa tea. Moringa capsules are an excellent alternative to synthetically produced and chemical-laced supplements that may offer some of the nutrients Moringa provides naturally. We recommend two Moringa capsules with a morning meal and two Moringa capsules with an evening meal daily for best results. Moringa tea is a nutritious and delicious way to incorporate the amazing benefits of Moringa in your diet and replace other, less nutritious beverages.

We hope you’ll join us in harnessing the age-old power of Moringa for your health and wellness.