Hi all and welcome to the Moringa How-To Series brought to you by The Moringa Company.
Today we are going to discuss how to buy moringa powder. As you have no doubt seen, ever since moringa has started to receive mainstream media attention on shows like Dr. Oz and The View, there have been a lot of companies springing up to prey upon the droves of people looking for the this new miracle plant.
Unfortunately, far too often these companies are out more so to make a quick buck that provide quality moringa and so as a consumer, you need to know how to differentiate between the good, the bad and well...the ugly.
One of the first question you should be asking about your potential moringa supplier is where do they source the raw material from. 9 times out of 10 that answer will be either India or Africa (usually India). Now we here are the Moringa Company have nothing against India, in fact, many of the world's most nutritional plants come out of that area, however when talking about mass production of a commodity there are a few other factors at play we need to look at. Namely cleanliness, quality control and distance from end consumer.
Unfortunately, both the aforementioned countries are not very well know for their cleanliness or quality control levels and it often shows in the product that comes out of this region. Now to be clear, I am not stating that there is not any good moringa coming out of India or Africa, quite the contrary, I am merely stating that you have to be much more careful ordering product that originates there because you have a higher likelihood for spoiling, contamination and the like in those regions, so just make sure to do your homework :)
Regardless of how immaculately the raw material is grown, if you process it poorly, it will ruin the nutritional value, so this is another big factor. If the moringa is stored and dried in a big heap (which unfortunately happens a lot at big mass production farms) then the moringa will actually heat up to levels that actually kill all the beneficial nutrients. Still further, instead of air drying, sometimes moringa is spray dried with chemicals which of course you probably can guess how we feel about and what it does to the nutritional vibrancy.
After the drying phase, then you have to think about how the leaves are milled and in what type of environment. If they are milled at very high speeds, the leaves again will heat up and the nutrition will be lost, so its imperative that the milling process be done at a lower speed to reduce friction and thus heat, as if you didn't have enough to think about already.
Finally, to get the real picture, you would need to know how the moringa is stored after processing and how its transported. Airtight containers are best in cool shaded areas and potentially in climate controlled trucks or warehouses.
Finally, if you want to get a really good feel for what a company believes in, take a look at their packaging. Are they for the earth or against it. Is the packaging recyclable, or maybe even recycled? Is it compostable, is it printed with soy ink..etc all types of questions you should be asking to really get to know who you are buying from.
Now that you know the right questions to ask, you can go out there and buy the right Moringa Powder for you.
All of the Moringa Products sold at the Moringa Company have been sourced by us through years of research into the best products available. Our Moringa Powder is US grown and the packaging is made from compostable recycled material. We stand behind what we believe in here at The Moringa Company and are looking for customers who think the same way we do.