A Tale of Three Drinks – Zayed Shahnewaz and Ifrith Islam
Trees and plants are important nutrient source for humans. They get various types of micronutrients from various types of plant sources. Vitamins and minerals are the main constituents humans get from vegetables and fruits. Carbohydrate comes from grains but for protein people depend on animals because animal flesh and related products contain rich proteins. Proteins are important for good health and bodybuilding. But as protein sources are expensive so people who live below the poverty line don’t afford to consume as much of it as they need. That’s why malnutrition, underweight, stunting, wasting etc are frequently observed in developing countries or poor communities. So as part of developing local technology and providing people with what they need. As local food scientists and nutritionists of different countries always opt for developing new technology to cater to the demands of the local need, so is the case with Bangladesh scientists and researchers.
They have researched and claimed to have discovered the genome of jute. This discovery helped Bangladeshi scientists to use the jute in a diverse way to manufacture many more products from the fibre-producing plant. As part of diversification a jute drink was discovered. Drumstick is another locally available plant which shows some hope for the being a source of drink. And mushroom is another source which can be a good source of mouthwatering drink.
Is there any solution to get respite from this? The answer is difficult. But to fight against malnutrition, scientists found a tree which is now they calling a power booster tree or magical tree. This is nothing but Moringa oleifera. The diet of people in developing nations sometimes lacks vitamins, minerals and protein. In these countries, Moringa oleifera can be an important source of many essential nutrients. Moringa oleifera is a fairly large tree native to North India. It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horseradish tree or ben oil tree. Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa is believed to have many benefits and its uses range from health and beauty to helping prevent and cure diseases. Almost all parts of the tree are eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines. This especially applies to the leaves and pods, which are commonly eaten in parts of India and Africa. Moringa leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. One cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains, Protein: 2 grams Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA Iron: 11% of the RDA Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA Magnesium: 8% of the RDA *Here RDA means Recommended Dietary Allowances. Moringa contains some extra healthful compounds such as, -Magnesium -phosphorus –Zinc. Now let’s talk about what moringa does to nourish our body and why it’s so beneficial for us.
Moringa protects and nourishes skin and hair: Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals and keeps it clean and healthy. Moringa also contains protein, which means it is helpful in protecting skin cells from damage. It also contains hydrating and detoxifying elements, which also boost the skin and hair. It can be successful in curing skin infections and sores.
Rich in Antioxidants: Antioxidants are compounds that act against free radicals in your body. High levels of free radicals may cause oxidative stress, which is associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and type.
Diabetes: Several antioxidant plant compounds have been found in the leaves of Moringa oleifera. In addition to vitamin C and beta-carotene, these include, -Quercetin: This powerful antioxidant may help lower blood pressure. -Chlorogenic acid: Also found in high amounts in coffee, chlorogenic acid may help moderate blood sugar levels after meals.
Food preservative: Moringa leaf extract may also be used as a food preservative. It increases the shelf life of meat by reducing oxidation.
Preventing and treating cancer: Moringa extracts contain properties that might help prevent cancer developing. It also contains niazimicin, which is a compound that suppresses the development of cancer cells.
Making bones healthier: Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bones healthy and strong. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties moringa extract might help to treat conditions such as arthritis and may also heal damaged bones.
Moringa may lower blood sugar levels: High blood sugar can be a serious health problem. In fact, it’s the main characteristic of diabetes. Interestingly, several studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may help lower blood sugar levels. However, most of the evidence is based on animal studies. Only a few human-based studies exist, and they’re generally of low quality. One study in 30 women showed that taking 1.5 teaspoons (7 grams) of moringa leaf powder every day for three months reduced fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5%, on average. Another small study in six people with diabetes found that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21%.Scientists believe these effects are caused by plant compounds such as isothiocyanates.
Moringa can lower cholesterol: Having high cholesterol has been linked to an increased risk of heart disease. Fortunately, many plant foods can effectively reduce cholesterol. These include flaxseeds, oats and almonds. Both animal- and human-based studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may have similar cholesterol-lowering effects. So now you don’t need to eat almonds like expensive food to control cholesterol. What you have to do is just take a moringa capsule and grab it.
Protection against arsenic toxicity: Arsenic contamination of food and water is a problem in many parts of the world. Long-term exposure to high levels of arsenic may lead to health problems over time. For instance, studies have linked long-term exposure to an increased risk of cancer and heart disease. Interestingly, several studies in mice and rats have shown that the leaves and seeds of Moringa oleifera may protect against some of the effects of arsenic toxicity. These results are promising, but it’s not yet known whether this also applies to humans.
Treating anemia and sickle cell disease: Moringa might help a person’s body absorb more iron, therefore increasing their red blood cell count. It is thought the plant extract is very helpful in treating and preventing anemia and sickle cell disease.
Lowers inflammation: Moringa, a powerful anti-inflammatory agent, soothes chronic inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and boosting the production of anti-inflammatory cytokines. Reducing inflammation is the no.1 goal of the ‘Bulletproof Diet’, and key to increasing your longevity, strength, and resilience to chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, and obesity. These are the common benefits we get from moringa. It isn’t popular right now but in future it will be one of biggest organic medical cure for various types of diseases. Beside a lot of benefits, consumption of moringa leaves have some downsides. Moringa leaves may contain high levels of anti-nutrients, which can reduce the absorption of minerals and protein. Another thing to keep in mind is that taking Moringa oleifera supplements in capsules won’t supply a large number of nutrients. The amounts are negligible compared to what you consume if you eat a balanced diet based on whole foods. Now question arises that how to grab moringa. The taste of its leaves or pods are not so good to eat it without processing though people from India and Bangladesh cook it with lentils. Anyway, here are five ways to incorporate moringa into your daily diet, 1-Stir it into your water, hot or cold, though it might go down easiest in warm water mixed with a little lemon and honey. 2-Steep it as a tea. 3-Mix it into smoothies. 4-Sprinkle it into soups. 5-Shake it into salad dressing. Also we can use moringa as, Moringa powder: In western countries, moringa leaves are dried and ground, sold as a powder or as supplements. You can add moringa powder to your smoothies or soups, or use it as a tea. It does have a mild asparagus-like flavor, so expect it to taste “healthy.” Moringa dosage: Start out with ½ to 1 Tablespoon of moringa powder daily, or follow the recommendations on capsule supplements. In high doses, moringa can have a laxative effect, so (like any supplement!) watch to see what changes you notice in your body. Moringa oil: For cosmetic uses, creams or oils containing moringa seeds or moringa oil (also called ben oil or benzoil) can be great additions to your beauty routine. If you’re after pure moringa oil, look for organic and cold-pressed. Fortunately, moringa oil is highly resistant to oxidation, so you don’t need to worry about it going rancid before you finish the bottle. That’s the reasons why scientists call it magical tree which beneficial powers were hidden for years after years. Now it is time to use it as an important curing and nourishing agent.
A new era begun. An age of diversified jute kicked off. Golden jute has successfully completed it part. It has kept its name high above up until now. The golden fibre is well-known to the world. But the newly-introduced diversified jute has started its golden journey toward its own success.
Jute tea is such drink that contains many qualities. This golden drink of Bangladesh has touted as ‘jute green tea’ has 30 percent more calorie than spinach and it contains iron, vitamin C, vitamin D and anti-oxidants.
This organic drink is easy to prepare. It is only to take out the powdered ingredients in a glass of water and stirred till it turns green and sugar is added to taste.
It tackles constipation, diabetes, cancer and ageing.
The jute herbal drink will earn worldwide reputation as its quality is very good and it is organic. Like any other vegetables, jute leaf has iron, calcium, carotene, fibre, carbohydrate, protein and vitamins.
The ‘Miracle Organic Green Tea’ is to be sent to Germany on a trial basis and the price would be $12 per kilogram. It is hoped that our domestic market will be flooded with this tea in the nearest future.
Jute tea quality at a glance:
1. Prevents diabetes, cancer, heart diseases, blood sugar, pressure, cholesterol, takes part liver protection and germs.
2. This diabetic patient regulates the growing of blood sugar and reduces the chances of the patient’s old age blindness and all other complex diseases.
3. Jute tea contains plenty of antioxidants, which do not allow harmful effects of free radicals in the human body.
4. This reduces the chances of cancer. Besides, this tea is able to prevent liver damage and jaundice due to chemical poisoning.
5. Helps the elderly to prevent old age disease by controlling high blood pressure. Besides, jute tea is also effective in the development of ulcer and skin.
So, friends I hope you would try our JUTE GREEN Tea?
I have never tried Mushroom drink, but I wonder know if you did…
If anyone thinks about mash rooms then a tasty picture comes one’s mind- a thickumbrella looking vegetable. In native, we call it umbrella of frogs (banger Chata).
Mushroom is vegetable that is rich in vitamins. It’s contains riboflavin, niacin and pantothenic acid and the combination helps the heart from the bottom of their compositions. Riboflavin is good for red blood cells and niacin is good for digestive system and our skin.
Mushroom are many types- shiitake helps to maintain healthy cholesterol levels, and also slows down progression of certain cancers. Cordyeps are rear from northern China and helps our health from diabetes to asthma. Reishi is bitter and I potent with antibacterial and antiviral effects. Now, the Lion’s Mane is specifically used to boost memory and our cognitive functions and it also slows down cancer progressions. Turkey Tail is mostly used in Japan as part of cancer treatment for the last 30 years. Miatake like Turkey Tail reduces the symptoms related to chemotherapy, like nausea and hair loss. And finally, Chaga- found in Russia and Northern Europe, is rich in minerals and fights a wide variety of infections.
Mushrooms are considered to be one powerful super food. And being one of the adaptogens, mushroom is also well-known to help with our immunity system, sleep, stress and our mental performances. It balances our hormones too. Mushrooms are used as ingredients in tea, infusion, and drinks. Mushroom drinks and powers are a great for our bodies in daily life.
If they hit the drink market and the new variety of drinks are well-accepted by customers, they may make a good mark.