Do we have any readers who worry about cholesterol? If your favourite foods come from the fryer, a package, or a living creature, chances are you're getting too much cholesterol.
The saturated and trans fats in these foods raise the truly nasty low density lipoprotein (LDL) form of cholesterol. These protein-fat molecules are suspended in the blood, something like trash afloat in the ocean. And just as trash wreaks havoc on marine life, some of that LDL adheres to artery walls as plaque, causing atherosclerosis, heart attack and stroke.
But did you know that plant foods can counteract high cholesterol foods? That's right. Just as diet can be our undoing, what we eat can heal; plant foods can turn back the clock and give us a second chance at health and longevity.
Moringa is one such plant. Learn more in this short explainer video.
Moringa’s cholesterol-lowering action may be attributed to the plant sterol beta-sitosterol. Beta-sitosterol is structurally similar to cholesterol. It competes with dietary cholesterol for absorption in the intestine, effectively blocking the absorption of cholesterol. The result: lower blood cholesterol levels (Marcu, 100).
So, if you or your loved one is intent on a bacon double cheeseburger with fries, serve up that mess with a side-shot of Moringa.
The benefits don't stop at cholesterol. Beta-sitosterol also shows promise in counteracting cancer growth, boosting immunity, reducing inflammation, normalizing blood sugar, healing ulcers, and more, according to Dr. Monica Marcu (101).
“And more” may include a role in treating heart disease, gallstones, HIV/AIDS, rheumatoid arthritis, tuberculosis, psoriasis, allergies, fibromyalgia, systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), asthma, hair loss, bronchitis, migraine headache, chronic fatigue, enlarged prostate, symptoms of menopause, and topically, to treat wounds and burns (Web MD, Beta-sitosterol)
North American diets are deficient in beta-sitosterol. It’s found only in plants, but even then, rarely in abundance. Moringa outshines them all: this miracle tree is a very rich source of beta-sitosterol (Marcu, 100 - 101).
When you purchase SuperLeaf Moringa from retailers across Canada or from our online store, you’re supporting the work of Organics 4 Orphans (O4O) in some of the world’s poorest countries. We donate 100% of our profits after business expenses to O4O. Learn more here.
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