Moringa and matcha are two sensational players placed front and centre on today’s superfood stage. They may even come packaged with fantastic health claims and proud history lessons, but the discerning among us aren’t so easily convinced. What exactly are these two ‘healthy’ foods, and why are they decidedly so good for us?
Let’s take a look at what makes each of them so special, and which – if either – is better.
Matcha – A Special Green Tea
Matcha is a powdered form of green tea, widely recognised as a Japanese export, though the practice of producing matcha originated centuries before in China. Like all teas, strictly speaking, it’s made from the leaves of the tea plant, Camellia sinensis. The difference lies in the special way it is grown and prepared.
While growing, tea bushes designated for matcha production are completely covered for up to three weeks, stimulating the production of chlorophyll as the leaves adapt to lower levels of sunlight. This in turn results in increased production of theanine, the amino acid that gives matcha its characteristic earthy flavour.
Where many teas are put through an oxidation process to develop particular flavours, matcha is steamed soon after harvest to prevent oxidation. This helps preserve the natural colours, fragrances and nutritional compounds. The leaves are then laid out to dry, de-veined, de-stemmed, and milled into the fine powder we find in stores.
The benefits of consuming green tea are widely touted, citing studies that reveal boosts to brain cell production, immune function, blood sugar regulation, and cancer cell disruption. Unlike with normal green tea, where we only consume a diluted infusion, matcha is ingested whole, whether in the form of tea, food or dietary supplement capsules.
This makes matcha a far richer bomb of nutrients, containing chlorophyll, theanine, antioxidants, vitamins (A, C, E and B complex), beta carotene and other micronutrients.
Moringa – An Ancient Miracle Tree
Moringa, specifically Moringa oleifera, is a type of tree native to the sub-Himalayan regions of East Asia. Its use dates back thousands of years in nutrition, traditional medicine and cosmetic production. Fast-growing and drought-resistant, it can thrive in a variety of climate conditions, and has been referenced as a candidate for food security. Since 2013, moringa has been grown in Zambia, providing underdeveloped communities with a stable source of food and nutrition.
Overall, moringa offers an impressive nutritional profile high in protein, fatty acids, vitamin A, vitamin B complex, vitamin C, vitamin E, potassium, calcium, iron, beta carotene, flavonoids, and polyphenols, with nutrients present in varying amounts between the leaves, flowers, fruits, seeds, and roots. All parts of this plant can be harnessed for human purposes, with roots having long been featured in Ayurvedic medicine, seed pods and flowers consumed as vegetables, and seed oil used as far back as ancient Greece and Rome in the production of perfumes and ointments.
Studies have identified moringa’s therapeutic potential across a range of ailments, showing positive effects in the areas of lung function, digestive function, immunology, blood glucose, and lactation (milk production after pregnancy), as well as demonstrating a suppressive effect on certain cancers. Beyond food and health, moringa seeds have also been found to contain protein capable of water purification and material separation.
Today, moringa leaf teas and powders are growing in popularity as a dietary addition in Western health food stores.
So, Is Moringa Better Than Matcha?
According to moringa advocate and supplier Kuli Kuli, moringa beats matcha in the nutritional stakes with a far bigger nutrient output of fibre, protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A, vitamin C, and vitamin E. In terms of efficiency, moringa also appears to triumph, requiring less investment to cultivate and prepare, and lending itself to a far wider range of uses than the prestigious powdered green tea.
Taste may be one arena where matcha holds the advantage, with a refreshing ‘umami’ bitterness that can be enjoyed by itself, or adding full-bodied flavour to a world of sweets and snacks. Next to the spinach-like qualities of moringa tea, it’s not hard to guess what your taste buds might prefer.
Science is still out on the therapeutic effectiveness of either plant. Results of clinical trials do hint at interesting possibilities, but both superfoods still require further study before any health claims can be truly substantiated.
With a growing availability of both foods in the health food market, there’s little need to pick one green sensation over the other. Both matcha and moringa can be enjoyed, separately or together, in a range of beverages, desserts and meals.
As with anything, consume in moderation, and consult a qualified health professional before making drastic changes to your diet.
I love them both..have you taken Moringa? Matcha? regularly to comment on benefits? I enjoy Matcha in a tea Moringa for me is extremely bitter I take it in capsule form.
I keep a gratitude journal . To date I have filled two. By focusing on what one has gratitude for ,one creates a shift in your mind,energy and you see things from a different perspective. You manifest your desires ,as you are first and foremost are grateful for Today and what is and what you HAVE.Life is truly beautiful, La vida es Bella!
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New Moon: August 21/22, 2017
New Moon – Moon & Sun in Leo
Moon – past, Intuition, unconscious, emotions, nurturing, feelings
Sun – now, Identity, consciousness, self-esteem, expression
Leo (Fire) – Leader, affectionate, generous, outgoing, stubborn, authoritative
Monday, August 21, 2017 – 11:30 am PDT (USA/Canada)
Monday, August 21, 2017 – 2:30 pm EDT (USA/Canada)
Monday, August 21, 2017 – 6:30 pm UTC
Monday, August 21, 2017 – 7:30 pm BST
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 4:30 am AEST (Australia)
Tuesday, August 22, 2017 – 6:30 am NZST (New Zealand)
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Total Solar Eclipse
As our August 2017 New Moon transits the Sun, we also experience a TOTAL Solar Eclipse this New Moon. The Eclipse (either partial or total) will be visible from Western Europe, North/East Asia, North/West Africa, North America, South America, Pacific, Atlantic, Arctic.
This is the first total eclipse of the Sun visible from the contiguous United States (excluding Alaska and Hawaii) since February 26, 1979. The last time a total eclipse was visible from coast to coast was on June 8, 1918. View the Eclipse Map to see all the cities where the partial & total Solar Eclipse is visible.
View the visibility and times of the Lunar Eclipse in your city of the world
|Lunar Eclipse||UTC Time
|Partial Eclipse Begins||21 August at 3:46 PM||22 August at 1:46 AM|
|Full Eclipse Begins||21 August at 4:48 PM||22 August at 2:48 AM|
|Maximum Eclipse||21 August at 6:25 PM||22 August at 4:25 AM|
|Full Eclipse Ends||21 August at 8:02 PM||22 August at 6:02 AM|
|Partial Eclipse Ends||21 August at 9:04 PM||22 August at 7:04 AM|
The times above indicate when the eclipse begins, is at its maximum, and ends, somewhere else on Earth. Theses times are useful if you want to view the eclipse via a live webcam or tune into the energy from your own city/country.
To understand in more detail how Eclipses occur & their energetic potentials, please read my article on Lunar & Solar Eclipses >
ENERGY: New Moon + Solar Eclipse
During our August Eclipse window, it is time to reflect on the themes of what was coming up for you in February 2017 and finally, gracefully and with FULL HEART let go, surrender and take that step into the soft yet powerful expanse of your HEART. It is TIME to LOVE the cracks and let go of the boundaries that limit your experience of infinite LOVE.
Our August 8/9 Lunar Eclipse was a powerful exploration of Relationships – ALL our RELATIONSHIPS such as friends, family, lovers, community and our societal systems (such as our relationship to/with Governments, Business leaders etc). And of course the most important relationship, your RELATIONSHIP with SELF. We were called to take REVOLUTIONARY steps into a deeper place within our Hearts and through kindness, compassion and reverence for one another come together in heart-space to be the change.
And now, during our August 21/22 Solar Eclipse we are being called to experience the world through eyes of LOVE. But before I explain the energy of our August New Moon + Solar Eclipse, let me first explain the energetics of Solar Eclipses in general.
A Solar Eclipse occurs on the New Moon, whereby the Moon moves between the Earth and Sun, obscuring Earth’s view of the Sun. The energy of a Solar Eclipse ‘obscures’ our vision forward, such that we can take time to reflect on the present and truthfully see how this relates to our past. The insights gained are not about dragging up old energy, or reliving painful events or experiences, but rather to positively reassess where you have been and use this knowledge to make quantum leaps on your path moving forward.
A Solar Eclipse feels like a mega-amplified New Moon and particularly as our August Solar Eclipse is a TOTAL Solar Eclipse the energy building has been VERY intense, but (and there is always a but) also has the potential to be wildly transformational… should we choose to surrender to the eclipses greater potential. Well to be honest, Eclipses have the effect of pushing you to transform… and the choice comes into being as to whether you choose to do this with grace & ease !
As I mentioned above, the theme of our August 21/22 Solar Eclipse (whereby our Moon & Sun are in Leo) is calling us to experience the world through eyes of LOVE. Remember back to a time (or maybe you are experiencing this right in this moment) when you first fell head over heals in crazy delish LOVE. Remember how you felt, how you viewed life… how the world took on a different meaning during this ‘honeymoon’ period of intense emotion & blissful joy. The world per se didn’t change in the instant that you fell with full heart in love, however your EXPERIENCE of the world took on a whole different hue. It reminds me of the following quote by the late Wayne Dyer:
When you change the way you look at things,
the things you look at change!
It could be easy at present to feel a deep sadness and cynically ‘see’ the chaos, separation and fear within the world way as beyond the point of no return. Many people are feeling this pain and being consumed by its darkness and deafening vibe. But your HEART knows that what you see with your eyes is not representative of the TRUTH of who you are, of who we all are… and the greater potential that awaits an awakened Humanity.
With the Moon & Sun in Leo during this New Moon TOTAL Solar Eclipse, we are being called to see the world through our Hearts, the eyes of LOVE. Leo, the big-hearted, wise & courageous lion is calling us to be vulnerable, open our Hearts to a world more beautiful and BE courageous enough to be a revolutionary pioneer by CHOOSING to ‘see’ a greater potential for humanity through LOVE.
I know at times this HEART-FULL presence can be hard to uphold – with the threats of North Korea, the atrocious behaviour of radical groups gathering in Charlottesville over the weekend… not to mention the sickening rhetoric of ultra-conservative politicians here in Australia igniting a flame of hate-speech directed toward our LGBTIQ+ community… just to name a few. When does this painful behaviour, this senseless violence, all this suffering in the world ever end ? It ends with YOU, it ends with US… it ENDS when we change the way we ‘see’ the world and choose to experience LIFE through the eyes of LOVE.
As I write this article, it is heart-warming for me to reflect that this week marks the 30 year Anniversary of the Harmonic Convergence. I talk about this in detail in my Essence of Angels® eCourse – but essentially on the 16/17/18 August 1987, thousands of people came together around the planet (under the guidance of the late José Argüelles & Mayan codes), to meditate and hold a HEART vision of an awakened humanity. Imagine, without the aid of the internet & social media… a global synchronised meditation event attended by thousands of people (physically or in meditation events around the planet) that sought to accelerate the Shift of the Ages through the awakening of our DNA via the Law of LOVE.
As I reflect back on my life in August 1987, I was studying at University and it was that same year that I first ever fell in LOVE. That head-over-heels, can’t ever be apart, dreamy-eyed crazy LOVE. The kind of love where the embers of your Heart are first ignited and you feel that your story of love is akin to all the great love stories throughout time (without the tragedy of course!).
I remember August 1987 fondly… how beautiful the world appeared to me as colours were much more vivid, I smiled 24/7 (I was all giggly in the LOVE vibe), holding hands with my beloved felt like an eternity within each second and NOTHING (not even Uni exams) got me down as our LOVE was much bigger than any problem that crossed my path.
Now some 30 years later, as we step into a week of reflecting on the past and being present in the NOW for what we wish to create in the future… we can see that LOVE is the only way we can truly be the BRIDGE of co-creating a new world. We currently are sitting on a tipping point, where there is darkness before the dawn… and the LIGHT of our HEARTS are illuminating the way forward.
As we choose to experience our world through eyes of LOVE we are empowered to not see the darkness of the human condition, but to ignite the flame of the LIGHT of LOVE in the SoulFULL Hearts of Humanity. We fall back in LOVE with each other (just like our first ever love) and we smile me, giggle, find joy in the smallest of things and most importantly KNOW in our HEARTS that we have the power to move beyond any suffering in our lives as LOVE will show us the way. LOVE is all there truly is.
Inviting you to resolutely choose during our Solar Eclipse to fall more deeply in LOVE with YOU, with NATURE, with the EARTH, with LIFE itself and with EACH OTHER.
Where will you be for the Solar Eclipse? Have you been meditating ? Self LOVE is important to achieve, raises our energy and vibration and changes PERSPECTIVES.
I have been mediating and will continue during this most impactful day. What are your thoughts? Have you written your goals, dreams wishes?
Have you LET GO WHAT DOESNT WORK?
Why You Are The Company You Keep
When we were younger, we were most likely warned by our parents to be careful of whom we choose to spend our time with. They said this in reference to the way others would judge us in accordance to our friends, in addition to the influence our friends would have upon us.
We have all heard the saying that birds of a feather flock together, meaning that the company you keep reflects your personality. A smart person surrounds himself with other smart people. If you hang out with trash, you will be perceived as trash.
“Surround yourself with the dreamers and the doers, the believers and thinkers, but most all, surround yourself with those who see greatness within you, even when you don’t see it yourself.”
You really are only as good as the company you keep. As you go through life, you begin to realize how important having true friends really is. Navigating your 20s is a difficult and confusing time and one better traveled with wholesome, close friends by your side. Unfortunately as we go through this time, we realize the people we once counted on are no longer the people we once thought they were.
The type of people you surround yourself with speaks of your values and what you stand for. We have all heard of the concept of being guilty by association, the act of people associating your behaviors and thoughts with the people you hang out with. If one of your friends acts in a negative way, you will be lumped in with him or her. Despite if this is true or not, it is all based on perception. Regardless if you believe yourself to be an altruistic person, a time may come when your bad company starts to influence your good behavior.
“It is better to be alone than in the wrong company. Tell me who your best friends are and I will tell you who you are. If you run with wolves, you will learn how to howl but if you associate with eagles you will learn how to soar to great heights.”
People perceive you based on the actions the people closest to you display. They make the assumption that people who are similar will spend time together. While you may be better than the company you keep, it does send a signal to those who do not know you well enough to make their our judgments. If you spend time with people who treat you poorly, this gives off the impression that you lack self-respect. Whether you like it or not, you will be judged for the people you associate with.
People are quick to judge and therefore it is a warning to choose your friends and companions carefully. If a person has a bad company of bad friends, the people around him or her will avoid them because of the image that is portrayed by the bad company. Our personalities become molded by different situations and environment. Our company, whether it is our parents, friends or colleagues, all influence our minds and us. This is why your friends and associates are a reflection of you.
“A mirror reflects a man’s face but what he is really like is shown by the kind of friends he chooses. The simple but true fact of life is that you become like those with whom you closely associate for the good and the bad.”
Your beliefs and goals are constantly changing in your 20s and you need people around you that will help you and not detract from your life. We must associate with others that bring out the best in us.
When you surround yourself with other people on a constant basis, you are exposed to their personal values and ideals so it should come as no surprise that you may end up taking on some of their mentality as well. This is why it is so important to remain aware of the people you surround yourself with.
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Careful the company you choose as its a REFLECTION of YOU. Its important to remember that we cannot attract what we wish if we are not equally healthy no matter how much you wish it to manifest. Others mentality very important to consider as no one wants serious detractions from ones life and to put energy on “stuff” that is ultimately negative in achieving OUR Dreams and Goals.
LIKE ATTRACTS LIKE. WE are all energy. Do you consider wisely who you allow in your inner circle?
Look no further then yourself, reflect and search within……inside you are all the answers if you dare to look.