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PATRICK HOLFORD LAUNCHES MORINGA-BASED TEA
Patrick Holford, the acclaimed UK nutritional expert, has this month extended his South African brand into the Foodstuff market with the launch of Patrick Holford Awake Tea and Patrick Holford Xylitol.
Containing extracts of Moringa – a tree hailed for its incredible nutritional properties, Awake Tea, is a natural and delicious alternative to coffee that will clear the mind and boost energy levels. With these energizing and detoxifying abilities, Awake Tea is the perfect cuppa to get you up and going every morning and through those afternoon “slumps”.
The leaves of the Moringa Tree, found naturally in Africa and Asia, are rich in amino acids, protein, calcium, potassium and the vitamins A, B and C. The leaves are also used for their anti-inflammatory, anti-oxidant and energizing properties. Patrick Holford’s Awake Tea has been launched in refreshing lemon and ginger flavour.
To accompany Awake Tea – and for those with a sweet tooth – Patrick Holford Xylitol has been launched in boxes of convenient 5g sachets. Xylitol is a natural alternative to sugar found in small amounts in fruits such as plums, cherries and most berries – and unlike sugar, does not affect blood sugar levels and contains 40% less calories. It also can assist in the prevention of tooth decay as bacteria, present in the mouth and which feed off xylitol, are no longer able to attach themselves to the teeth.
“Because of it low glycaemic load (GL) level, xylitol won’t give you those big highs and lows – which can cause weight gain and unstable energy that you get from sugar. You can eat xylitol just as you would regular sugar. I sometimes sprinkle a little over berries or add it to drinks. And unlike other sweeteners which break down with heat, xylitol can be used for cooking. Use it in almost any recipe that calls for sugar (the substitution is 1:1). It’s also a great guilt-free sweetener for cereals, baking and puddings,” says Patrick Holford about xylitol.
Both Patrick Holford Awake Tea and Xylitol can be found at Dis-Chem, leading pharmacies and health stores nationwide. RSP of Awake Tea is R54.95 and the RSP of Xylitol is R69.95. For further information visit www.holforddirect.co.za
IS THE MIGHTY MORINGA TREE OUR NEXT SUPERFOOD?
Used worldwide to treat and cure over 300 diseases and recognised by the American National Institute of Health as the Botanical plant of the year in 2007, could the humble and drought resistant Moringa oleifera be the next superfood; and potentially the all-in-one answer to the ailing Western diet which is robbing rather than fulfilling our nutritional needs?
Native to the tropical climate of the South-east Asia, but since grown abundantly in warm climates of Africa and South America, the Moringa oleifera plant has the ability to retain a high concentration of electrolyte minerals allowing it to stay internally hydrated in the driest conditions. Known in rural Africa as the “Never Die” plant, “The only thing that grows in the dry season” and “Mother’s Milk”, it has been credited with providing rare nutrition to those who otherwise receive very little nutritional value from their diets.
UK based nutritional expert, Patrick Holford, is also singing the praises of the plant.
“It is widely used in Africa as a medicine against infectious disease and also as a highly nutritious food, rich in vitamins and protein (27% of calories). It is especially rich in vitamin C, beta-carotene, calcium, magnesium and potassium,” says Holford.
“As with any new discovery there’s a current lack of human trials (five in total showing positive effects on aspects of diabetes, heart disease and asthma) but a plethora of animal and cell studies that all point in the right direction,” said Holford.
The leafy bush, with small, bright green leaves, also boasts anti-inflammatory, immune-boosting, anti-cancer, anti-microbial properties. The plant provides a rare combination of Zeatin (an antioxidant) and 46 other different antioxidants as well as 36 anti-inflammatory agents. Only discovered by the Western world in 2006 thanks to a Discovery Channel documentary, the plant has since been credited as a rich source of food and medicine.
Holford says, besides for its nutritional values, he is also interested in the energy-boosting properties of the plant.
“Given that Moringa contains no caffeine, I was surprised to notice a subtle energy boost. Of course, any nutrient-rich food or supplement can give an energy boost if a person is sub-optimally nourished, but that was unlikely to explain what I was experiencing. In hunting for a possible explanation, I found a study testing its effects on sexual activity on stressed rats. The study in question definitely showed enhanced sexual performance, but why? The researchers found that Moringa had the effect of reducing cortisol, the stress hormone, increasing testosterone and also inhibiting enzymes that break down serotonin and dopamine, which could explain the energy and mood boost many people report. Dopamine and serotonin are the main ‘feel good’ neurotransmitters and if the body produces less cortisol it can produce more testosterone and DHEA, the good adrenal hormone, instead,” said Holford.
“We need more human clinical trials on Moringa but, so far, there is ample evidence that shows Moringa is a rich source of so many nutrients, and has a wide range of positive health effects and, for this reason, I am adding it to my list of super foods,” said Holford
For further information on Moringa and its properties visit Patrick’s blog https://www.patrickholford.com/advice/moringa-new-superfood?utm_medium=email&utm_source=transactional&utm_campaign=PH+Moringa+1.a+23.6.15
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