VALENTINE VOLUNTEERS

February 24, 2011 by

 

Trees for Life hosted a recognition luncheon on Valentines Day to honor our wonderful volunteers.

Pat Felton and David Kimble recognize Momtchil Borrisov for his volunteer work at Trees for Life.

Trees for Life – Volunteers – -Nancy Benefiel, Momtchil Borrisov, Kelly & Maria Brown, Karen Carney, Marti Coulson, Karen & Richard Crowson Diana Cubbage, Shipra Deori, Jenice Duong, Lee Earnest, Mark Earnest, Martha Fair, Richard & Joann Farnsworth, Emily France, Dorothy Haner, Jon Harvell, Ron Helton, Joanette Hickey, Tat Hidano, Nicole Hoyt, Max Johnson, Shiela Kumar, Pamela Larkin, Ken Larson, Aimee Leisy, Hector Lorca, Chuck Macy, Ken Mastroly, Marjorie McClure, Jack Murphy, Mary Politt, Mattie Predmore, Amanda Roadhouse, Adam Smith, Linnel Steib, Jenny Stover-Brown, Clara Stover-Brown, Molly Stover-Brown, Dow Summers, Gayla Sustar, Jason Vandecreek, Daniel VanSickle, Doug & Janet Webb, and Margalee Wright.

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MORINGA SOURCES

February 15, 2011 by

Moringa

 

Hardly a week goes by that Trees for Life does not get a call wanting to know where you can purchase Moringa leaves, Moringa powder, Moringa oil or Moringa products. Considering our 25 years relationship with Moringa it is an inquiry that we love to have. To save you a little time here is a partial list of companies doing business in the US. Trees for Life does not endorse or recommend any vendor or company, we only endorse the Moringa tree itself. This is probably not a complete listing of companies in the US, but, you can do your own Google search for Moringa products. If you are a company or know of one that is not listed please respond by comment so it can be added to the list.

The work of Trees for Life is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. Please consider making a donation to support  the Moringa research projects coordinated by TFL .

 

Moringa 4 All

3307 Glendale Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90039

(818) 983-8833

http://www.enjoymoringa.com/contact/

Z Natural Foods, LLC

991 Stinson Way #407

West Palm Beach, FL 33411

(888) 963-6637

http://www.znaturalfoods.com

Zija International

684 S. 400 West, #100

Lindon, UT 84042

Corporate Office (801) 494-2300

Direct Sales( 620) 245-4782

http://www.wellness4life.myzija.com

Greenhouse Products LLC

430 N. Catalina Avenue #1

Pasadena, CA 91106

(701) 214-5304

http://www.buymoringaproducts.com

Moringa For Life, LLC

2446 Green Hills Way

Vista, CA 92084

(760) 806-2669

http://www.moringaforlife.com

Moringa Farms

P.O. Box 55444

Sherman Oaks, CA 91413

(818) 995-1185

http://www.moringafarms.com

Hidaago Foods

1415 2nd Ave. #2005

Seattle, WA 98101

(206) 792-9895

http://www.hidalgofoods.com

 

 

MORINGA – A DESTINATION

February 11, 2011 by

The Moringa tree has become so popular and now has such name recognition that the Centara Hotel Corporation has chosen the name to represent its newest  5 star facility. The Moringa Resort and Spa will offer 280 rooms and 70 pool villas and is set to open in December 2012. The resort will be set on a freshwater lake and in addition to its athletic training facilities, pools, and other amenities will feature a 16 room spa, 4 restaurants and international conference facility. The Moringa Resort and Spa will be located in the Patong District and is situated in South Patong on the Patong Beach on Phuket Island in Thailand.

TREES FOR LIFE – 2011 MORINGA PROJECT

February 8, 2011 by

Sophie Oppenheimer, MS, MPH

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sophie Oppenheimer will act as Moringa research collaborations coordinator for TFL in several developing Moringa projects. Sophie will coordinate the development of three Moringa projects: (1) the study of the links between Moringa leaves and type II diabetes mitigation, (2) the study of the biosorbent removal of effluents from ground water, (3) the use of bioactive Moringa seed cake extract in goat and goat milk production.

Sophie earned her dual Master’s degrees in Public Health (Epidemiology/Giostatistics) and Food Policy and Applied nutrition from Tufts University, and her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Colorado in Bolder. Sophie has worked with Trees for Life International since 2001. She also spent one year as a Behavior Interventionist for Inclusive Education and Community Partnership (IECP), has worked for two years as an intern with the Positive Deviance Initiative, and recently completed a program evaluation for a fuel-efficient cook stoves program in Kenya with the International and Small Group Tree Planting Program (TIST). She is interested in a variety of health issues, with particular focus on international nutrition interventions, food security, community-driven health initiatives , and behavior and social change models.

The work of Trees for Life is made possible by the generosity of individual donors. Please consider making a donation to support this important Moringa research.

MORINGA IN THAILAND

January 27, 2011 by

I received this information from an email forwarded to Trees For Life from Dr. Jed Fahey, Moringa Researcher and author. Moring oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylacatic Properties, Part 1, Jed W. Fahey, Sc.D.  http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586.

The original email is from Vilaiwan Sunthorn, author of a book about Moringa in Thailand. Vilaiwan had been invited to be a Moringa specialist advisor to the science students at Sathatham High School in Phangna Province, Thailand. Thanks to her knowledge of Moringa and dedication to her students a number of them recently won gold medals in several different research competitions in Thailand. They then submitted their research for competition at The First AMRON International Conference where they were awarded gold medals. Their research studies covered a variety of medical problems. Studies were conducted with patients suffering from acid reflux, artery cancer, bone fractures, chronic allergies and post cesarean surgery. Using the inspiration gained from Dr. Fahey’s work, “the students approached a study population who were given introductory education on potential medical benefits of Moringa in treating their various conditions. Of this control population, approximately 70% were very receptive to the information and achieved satisfactory improvements in their conditions, whereas 30% viewed the use of Moringa with suspicion and thus either declined or were not committed in the intake  and achieved poor results.

Congratulations: Vilaiwan and students.

MORINGA IN THE MOMENT

January 18, 2011 by

Lately I have been wondering why, why it has taken so long for Moringa to be noticed by western cultures and for those cultures to become interested in adopting the plant for use in their diets. In most of its 26 years Trees for Life has been a proponent of the Moringa Tree. During this time we have seen it spread to numerous countries in the plus or  minus 10 degree belt of the equator where it thrives. Internationally, there are now hundreds of Moringa organizations and networks around the world with thousands of members dedicated to the planting, growth and consumption of the Moringa tree.

 In “developed” countries in Europe and the US awareness of the Moringa tree really started to expand after the Discovery Channel aired its special documentary approximately 10 years ago. That prompted numerous articles in newspapers and magazines. Within the past couple of years the expansion of the internet and social media sites which now have daily postings of Moringa updates from around the world attest to the public awareness of Moringa. On Earth Day 2008 the National Institute of Health (NIH) named Moringa as plant of the year. In naming the Moringa as plant of the year NIH again pointed out the great nutritional benefits of the Moringa tree: 7 times the vitamin C of oranges, 4 times the calcium of milk, and twice the protein of yogurt and all of the antioxidants and anti-inflammatory agents the body requires plus all essential amino acids.

So, where am I going with this? In about this same time period the Journal of the American College of Nutrition published a research article noting the changes in USDA Food Composition Data for 43 Garden Crops. The article mentions considerable loss of nutrient levels in the 43 garden crops over a 50 year period but an even greater loss in farming crops such as wheat, corn and rice. The authors (Davis, Epp and Riordan) stated, “refined sugars, separated fats and oils and white flour and rice have all suffered losses much greater and broader than the losses suggested here for garden crops …. thus, for those concerned about nutrient losses, the most important measure is to partly replace these known-depleted staples with more nutrient-dense whole foods, especially vegetables, fruits, whole grains and nuts”. It has also been published in articles that in the past 40 years our average adult caloric intake has gone from 1500 calories a day in the 1970’s to over 3600 a day in 2010 in this country (NIH). We have become a nation, over-fed and under-nourished; with a national obesity problem that is having a growing an economic and health impact on our society. 

To me one of the best solutions is Moringa. Monica G. Marcu, Phar.D., Ph.D., points out in Moringa:  An Introduction, in looking at what Moringa would bring to the Westerners’ Table: “Concentrated vitamins, minerals, all necessary protein constituents, beneficial fats, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory substances, all in a readily absorbable form and easy to digest = an energy food. Tasty but with very little sugar and salt”. Moringa is as Dr. Marcu points out is a “super-food”, it is unique because in even small amounts it can supply all of the vital nutrients the body needs with very few calories. This may be starting to sound like a commercial “lose weight – feel great” use Moringa. In reality Moringa does offer the western diet a nutritional balance that is too often missing.

MY MORINGA STORY – SEND ME YOURS

January 6, 2011 by

What is your Moringa story? Did you grow up in an area where Moringa was grown and used on a regular basis, were  you in the Peace Corp or with an NGO that helped establish Moringa farms or cooperatives, have you been involved with Moringa as a biofuel or livestock feed? We would like to hear your story and how you use our favorite plant.

 Email me at: mike@treesforlife.org

 About 18 months ago I became a volunteer at Trees for Life. At that time I got involved in the Moringa information program and this September I became responsible for the three Trees for Life blogs. My interest in Moringa went from an abstract interest of gathering educational, research and health related information to one of personal interest and application. The more articles I read about the amazing properties and  the anti-inflammatory aspects of Moringa the more interested I became in how it might work on the arthritis in my shoulders. After reading the emails that I had received from Moringa users and looking at the numerous Moringa based products, I decided it was test time. I first met with my physician regarding getting off of the 6 prescriptions that I had taken for the past several years. As I began taking Moringa he gave me a schedule for gradually phasing out most of the medications I had been on. After reading numerous articles I had decided to give myself a three month trial but by end of the third week was starting to get discouraged. I had noticed that my back was not stiff when I got up in the morning (at age 68 that’s not a bad thing in itself) but I still had not had any noticeable change in the arthritis in my shoulders except the number of pain pills that I took had dropped to almost zero. Suddenly during the fifth week it was like magic, within that one week period the aching, stiffness and pain was gone. Now into the third month the pain and stiffness has never returned and I can assure you that I plan on taking Moringa for a very long time.

 If you are considering using Moringa in place of any medical prescription or as a means of phasing out prescriptions, be sure to consult with your physician first. Here are some of the articles and books that I read that convinced me to try Moringa because of its anti-inflammatory properties.

 Anti-inflammatory Properties of Moringa Oleifera

hhtp://www.oleia.net/clinical_studies/moringa.pdf

 Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1. Jed W. Farley,

http://www.tfljournal.org/article.php/20051201124931586

 

Miracle Tree by Monica G. Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D,

Moringa – An Introduction, Monica G. Marcu, Pharm.D., Ph.D,

Food to Fuel: The Vast and Varied Uses of Moringa

December 16, 2010 by

Trees for Life has been a promoter of the Moringa plant for the past 25 years. In that period we have seen it spread through India, Africa, Central America, Australia, the Philippines and Indonesia. It is if this tree that dates back thousands of years has been rediscovered. During this period we have seen the popularity and utilization of the plant expand from a food source primarily for individual families in developing countries to the development of large-scale Moringa farms in India, Kenya, Ghana, Nigeria, the Philippines and Australia for commercial usage and for export. In the last few years considerable growth has occurred in the production and utilization of Moringa for the nutritional markets in western countries and for biofuel production where government sponsored programs have been implemented in India, Kenya, Ghana and the Philippines.

Moringa oleifera has always been considerd one of the most nuterint rich and useful trees available. There is an often quoted satement that almost every part of the Moringa tree can be used for food or has some other useful properties. The chart below can’t help but give you a greater appreciation of the vast and varied uses of the Moringa tree and its potential impact.

Foidl N., Makkar, and Becker K. 2001. The potential of Moringa oleifera for agrcultural and industrial uses.

 

Moringa to Create Over One Million Jobs

December 9, 2010 by

ABUJA, Nigeria—Vanguard Online reports that the Federal Government of Nigeria has unveiled plans to generate over $300 Million in projected revenue from the Moringa plant and create over one million jobs in the process.

The plant which is believed to prevent over 300 diseases and could readily provide the substitute for the chemical, Alum, used for water treatment, which the Nigerian Government spends about $2.2.5 million annually to import.

Moringa Oleifera is a popular plant in the northern and eastern parts of the country, used for food and medicines.

Peter Onwualu, Director-General/Chief Executive Officer of Raw Materials Research and Development Council, stated that, “It is our belief that if the entire value chain for Moringa is fully developed, it can generate over one million jobs and generate over $300 million in revenue for Nigeria.”

Mr. Onwualu stated that more grants would be awarded to researchers and private industries towards Moringa development in 2011.

 Adefemi Olayinsade, Nigerian Permanent Secretary said:   “One key area that is already being targeted is the use of extracts from the plant seeds as natural coagulant for water treatment, especially for the rural communities where the lack of potable drinking water is posing serious challenges.”

Your gift of Moringa trees  from Trees for Life.org can help hungry people lead healthier, happier lives.

The Honorable Agnes Ndetei: Politician to Moringa Herbalist

November 30, 2010 by

 

Agnes Ndetei – From Politican to Moringa Herbalist

Trees for Life is happy to report on the journey of  Ms. Ndetei, from a member of parliament, to Moringa herbalist. Her journey began in 1997 when she lost her seat in parliament.  As part of the process of charting a new life and reinventing herself Agnes moved to the United States where in 2003 she learned that she had breast cancer.

“I was diagnosed with cancer, and it was a terrifying experience. I did not know who to turn to. I called my parents back in Wote — my rural home — and they told me about some herbs that could help cure my condition. I asked them to mail the herbs to me.” Ms. Ndetei said.

Meanwhile she underwent surgery to remove the tumor in her breast. “The Moringa herbs arrived and after I took them, believe you me, I was tested, and the cancer was gone.” she said. Moringa became the second part of her treatment and the one which Agnes believes was the final victory over her cancer.  This experience and her belief in Moringa started Ms. Ndetei to found the Solace Self Help Group in 2008. Ms. Ndetei relates that in Kenya Moringa products have been accepted by the ministry of Health for their medicinal properties. In March of 2010 the Solace Self Help Group was funded by the African Medical Research Foundation to administer the Moringa herb to people living with HIV/Aids.

 In her mission to expand the awareness and knowledge of the benefits of Moringa, the Solace Group, has planted more that a half million Moringa oleifera trees. This action grew out of her passion about growing back trees that have been lost. In desperation, people can’t see past their next meal and have been cutting down trees to sell at any price, not realizing that the price they are paying will be devastating for them. Their “meal today, none tomorrow” mentality brought about by famine and starvation has shortened their vision. 

Agnes has now moved the Solace Self Help Group into the next phase of service to her community, providing water wells. These well are the foundation of her program to support the people’s need for access to water for themselves and their plants. Her group has completed the first well and is now working on its second. The wells will sustain an initial field of green peas and mango trees. Her future dream is to create a permanent funding source by marketing the organic mangoes on the international market.