Many metabolic and endocrine changes happen within our bodies when we grow old, and most health challenges associated with advanced age are linked to these changes. But being old (and wise!) does not mean one has to endure these challenges. Populations around the globe who have maintained a natural, active way of life and wholesome, nutritious diet have proven that longevity and health can be achieved together. Actually, I believe it’s very difficult to fall sick when one has all the minerals, nutrients and vitamins necessary in a good balance. But that is very rare; studies have shown that the majority of the population, even in the developed world, lacks most essential nutrients.

The US Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee has recently reported on under-consumed nutrients; most vitamins (C, A, B, D, E) and minerals such as calcium, magnesium, and potassium, with 45%, 50% and 97%, respectively, of population not being at required levels! Therefore, supplementation with nutrients is of the essence. Even if their diet is rich and diverse, most elderly do not eat enough (gum and mastication problems), and digest and absorb nutrients poorly (insufficient intestinal enzymes). The best solution is a diet of nutrient rich, diverse, and easily absorbable food. Very few plants qualify.

A plant-based diet is a must—this can provide a majority of necessary vitamins and minerals, as well as anti-aging and anti-inflammatory substances. Moringa is the best plant/ food/supplement that is wholesome, nutrient dense, amenable to cooking (fresh), preservation (dried), easy transportation (light), with has a rather neutral flavor that can complement sweet (smoothies, juices) or diverse salty dishes. It can accommodate any taste—can you think of anything better?

I like the convenience of Moringa, especially the dried leaves and awesome seed oil. This one plant does it all—food, cosmetic care, multivitamin supplement. The high content of vitamin C—important for collagen (a vital protein for the tissue structure) and skin—assures Moringa is excellent not only against wrinkles, but also for cartilage and gum maintenance. As a high source of calcium, magnesium, and phosphor, Moringa also provides minerals for bone and teeth density maintenance. Old age is associated with bone demineralization (due to insufficient proteins), but Moringa contains all essential building blocks (amino acids) of proteins, useful for any tissues. Moringa (if grown properly), contains most, if not all, minerals necessary for strong bones. Potassium is badly needed in most of us, as we tend to over-eat sodium rich foods.

These two minerals should be in a good balance, but are rarely found in the elderly. Potassium supports a well-working heart and general metabolic health. Every cell needs and benefits from a proper potassium-sodium balance for energy production and communication. As we age, our tissues have more difficulties maintaining the normal minerals, acidity/alkalinity and water balances. Moringa provides rich amounts of potassium (way better than the famous bananas), as well as magnesium—which works in balance with calcium.

Vitamins E and A are insufficient in over 90% and respectively, 40% of people older than 50! Moringa has abundant amounts of these vitamins. Both are powerful antioxidants, while also vital for healing, immune support, eye, brain, and muscle function. Together with numerous antioxidant compounds present in dietary plants, these vitamins can support healthy immune and anti-inflammatory reactions. Again, a diverse plant-based diet is paramount for healthy aging.