Beta-Carotene: The amount of beta-carotene in
dried moringa leaves has been shown to range from 17.6 to 39.6 milligrams
per 100 grams (on a dry weight basis), and freeze-dried leaves have
been shown to contain even more beta-carotene: 66 milligrams per
100 grams. Beta carotene is a provitamin A carotenoid, or a nutrient
that the body readily converts into vitamin A. Research has found
that eating a carotenoid-rich diet, including beta carotene, supports
eye health and prevents eye diseases.
Vitamin C: Dried Moringa leaves, on the other
hand, contain approximately 140 milligrams of vitamin C per 100
Kale contains large amounts of vitamins, minerals and cancer-fighting
compounds. 100-gram portion of Kale contains Vitamin C: 200% of
A single serving of Breadfruit provides nearly 64 mg of vitamin
C, or 85% of the recommended daily intake for women (71% for men)
I cup of Yam provides 42% of your Vitamin C requirements.
Vitamin K: Half of an avocado provides approximately
25 percent of the daily recommended intake of vitamin K. Vitamin
K is often overshadowed by calcium and vitamin D when thinking of
nutrients important for maintaining healthy bones, however, eating
a diet with adequate vitamin K can support bone health by increasing
calcium absorption and reducing urinary excretion of calcium.
100-gram portion of Kale contains Vitamin K1: 1,000% of the RDI
Vitamin B12 and B Complex: Spirulina is the richest
source of B-12, richer than beef liver.
Moringa is also rich in B-complex groups of vitamins such as niacin,
pantothenic acid, thiamin, riboflavin and vitamin B-6.
In a serving of Breadfruit you'll also get about 16% of your recommended
intake of thiamin and about 11% of your recommended intake of vitamin
B6. Other vitamins in breadfruit include pantothenic acid, riboflavin,
niacin, vitamin K, vitamin E, and folate.
Vitamin B12 and B complex is also found in Cocoa Bean, Avocado
1 cup of yam will provide 20% of your Vitamin B6 requirements.
1 cup of Cornmeal will provide 15% of your Vitamin B6 requirements.
Sweet potatoes are also naturally packed with vitamin B5, riboflavin,
niacin, thiamin, and carotenoids due to their naturally orange color.
Iron: Essential to build a strong system, and
yet iron deficiency is the most common mineral deficiency.
Iron can be found in Moringa it is absorbed 60% more efficiently
than from iron supplements. 100-gram serving of raw Moringa leaves
providing 4 milligrams of iron which corresponds to about 22% of
the Daily Value for this important mineral. Expect to get about
0.5 milligrams of iron from a teaspoon of moringa powder made from
dried moringa leaves.
However, as is the case with other plant-based sources of this
essential mineral, the iron in moringa powder and fresh moringa
leaves is so-called non-heme iron which is not as readily absorbed
by the human body as heme iron which is found in meat and poultry.
The good news is that vitamin C – which is abundant in moringa
leaves – is known to boost the absorption of iron in the intestines.
A single tablespoon (7 grams) of dried Spirulina powder contains
11% of the RDA of Iron.
Iron is also found in Cornmeal, I cup provides 2.78 mg of Iron
Minerals - Potassium and Magnesium: For improved
health providing many of the essential minerals from the Cacao beans
commonly known as the Cocoa bean, Moringa, Spirulina, Avocado, Breadfruit,
Garlic and Kale.
Cocoa bean is rich in Magnesium helps keep blood pressure normal,
bones strong, and the heart rhythm steady. 100 g of Cocoa power
provides 239% of RDA in Manganese which contributes to many bodily
functions, including the metabolism of amino acids, cholesterol,
glucose, and carbohydrates. It also plays a role in bone formation,
blood clotting, and reducing inflammation. It provides 426% of RDA
in Copper and is high in Iron and together with iron, Copper enables
the body to form red blood cells. It helps maintain healthy bones,
blood vessels, nerves, and immune function, and it contributes to
iron absorption. Sufficient copper in the diet may help prevent
cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis, too.
Furthermore, sweet potatoes are an important source of magnesium,
which has also been shown to minimize the risk of individuals developing
type II diabetes
I cup of Yam provides 1,224 mg of Potassium 34% RDA
1 cup of Cornmeal will provide 12% of your Magnesium requirements.
Calcium: This will be supplied by Moringa and
Kale. According to the USDA data, fresh Moringa leaves contain about
185 milligrams of calcium per 100 grams, which is nearly 70% of
the amount of calcium you get from a cup of whole milk.
Antioxidants and Flavonoids: Supplied by the Cacao
(Cocoa), Kale, and Avocado.
Phycocyanin is the main active compound in spirulina. It has powerful
antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
Cornmeal has high level of antioxidants that assist to prevent
Amino Acids: Moringa contains 18 amino acids in
total and it contains all of the Essential Amino Acids that the
body needs to consume for good health and cell structure.
Maize is recognized as the African staple diet, and is used
as the base for the Food For Life Africa dried food packets
but our Caribbean version will be more rice, yam or sweet
Including special dried Super
Preparation: Boil packet
contents in water for five minutes and add Moringa sachet
at the end.
Shelf Life: Unopened packet should have a
shelf-life of over three years.
SOWING SEEDS OF SUCCESS - MORINGA CURRICULUM