When you’re choosing a moringa supplement or moringa powder, you want to be sure that you are consuming the highest-quality moringa possible. The better the quality, the more nutrients and vitamins it will deliver.
So what’s the key to spotting high-quality moringa? The answer really depends on what form you are consuming moringa. But these are some of the most important factors:
The first thing you should be looking for is moringa that is light green or dark green in color. If it’s brown, black or discolored it means either that it wasn’t harvested correctly, or it is too old. If that’s the case and it has been sitting around on a shelf for too long, it’s going to lose some of its potency and no longer deliver the same nutrients.
When you examine the color, you should also check for the presence of any mold. Like any plant, overexposure to water can lead to the creation of mold on the surface of leaves or roots. Ingesting any mold or fungus, obviously, is something that you should avoid.
Method of farming
Another factor to keep in mind is the method of farming. The best method, of course, is organic farming. This implies that there were no chemicals or pesticides used in growing, and that the moringa is as pure as possible. Since most moringa comes from the Himalayan region of India, this is harder to vouch for than you might think. You really need to trust your supplier.
And there’s another factor, too. The method of drying moringa is vital in preserving all the vitamins and minerals. Moringa should never be sun-dried, since prolonged exposure to the sun can sap out mineral content. It should always be shade-dried. Salome Natural’s Moringa is dried at low temperatures, preserving the vital nutrients.
When you store moringa, it should always be stored in opaque containers that do not allow for sunlight. You should always store it in a cool, dark place with no extreme temperature fluctuations. Again, sunlight helps to break down some of the nutritional value of moringa.
Always check the label when you’re buying moringa supplements. You need to make sure that it contains only 100 percent pure Moringa Oleifera. You do not want any synthetic additives, fillers or extra ingredients. Also, be careful – some of the “additives” actually sound natural – such as kelp, acai or green tea extract – but you should be looking for a 100 percent Moringa Oleifera supplement.
If in doubt, see if the manufacturer of the supplement is registered with by Health Canada (Or the FDA). These ensures that the moringa supplements you are using meet quality standards. This raises the likelihood that it has been sourced from the best possible location, that all reasonable efforts have been made to keep it out of sunlight and that it has been stored it in a cool, dark location.