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Published May 6, 2021, 6:02 PM
by Pinky Concha-Colmenares
Malunggay (moringa oleifera) has been proven to be a superfood especially for women. Popularly known as an important supplement to enhance the production of breastmilk, many studies have shown that it benefits women in the many stages of their lives.
It’s been called a “superfood” because it boasts a higher content of vitamins and minerals typically associated with more popular foods. On a gram-per-gram basis of its dried leaves, it has 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, one-half the vitamin C of oranges, 17 times the calcium of milk, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the iron of spinach, and nine times the protein of yogurt, according to studies that guided Sekaya Food Supplements to develop Sekaya Organic Moringa in capsule form.
Sekaya is a Filipino plant-based brand that provides natural, science-backed products to support health and wellness. Sekaya is under Synnovate Pharma Corporation, the natural products company of UNILAB.
This humble leafy green is packed with over 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, and amino acids potent enough to help address 300 diseases.
“This makes it a vital veggie for women not just while they’re lactating, but in other milestones of motherhood,” said Dr. Dr. Eca Lorenzo, internal medicine specialist and functional medicine practitioner.
Teeming with more iron than spinach, moringa “can meet the daily iron requirements of pregnant women,” said Dr. Lorenzo. The superfood’s generous supply of vitamins and minerals also covers the daily nutritional needs of those trying to conceive or already on the family way.
For working moms, moringa or malunggay provides vitamin C to strengthen the immune system, its amino acids Isoleucine and Leucine boost energy levels, and its phytochemicals can help regulate blood sugar, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels. Moringa’s leaves also contain antimicrobial, antidiabetic, and neuroprotectant properties,” Dr. Lorenzo said.
For women in the menopause stage, moringa provides “calcium and phosphorus to ensure strong, healthy bones even as you age. Moringa also has anti-inflammatory properties, which may soothe pain associated with osteoarthritis, and even contribute to the healing of joints,” she explained.
Moringa’s powerful antioxidants protect the heart, which becomes vulnerable to disease once a woman goes into menopause. As for weight gain, the leafy green’s high fiber and vitamin B content promote digestion. It also has diuretic properties helping to reduce water retention.
“Moringa also elevates energy levels and keeps mood swings at bay with its tryptophan, an amino acid needed to make serotonin, the hormone responsible for stabilizing mood and memory,” Dr. Lorenzo said.
Moringa is safe to consume daily. Its leaves can be savored in soups like tinola, dishes like ginataang malunggay, and even on bread like malunggay pandesal.
Moringa can also be taken in convenient capsule form. Made with 100 percent locally sourced pure and organic moringa oleifera, this EU-certified food supplement passed stringent testing in pharma-grade facilities to ensure its safety and superior quality.
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