Healthy breastfeeding with supplementation studies
Breastfeeding is one of the most overlooked, and yet most important functions of a woman's body. And yet, we are often so malnourished due to the way that we eat, neither mom or baby are getting proper nutrition. And often toxins are being passed through the breast milk to your child. Malnutrition and obesity are our two greatest global challenges. We are seeing more gastric bypasses, and yet this is another change that is pushing this malnutrition in pregnancy.
I saw this post recently and it just really hit me that this problem isn't new. This problem has been known about and going on for over sixty years. And the rise in health problems with our children has been going on just as long.
"Yes, there is a battle going on," Dr. Royal Lee writes in this 1950 article from the magazine The Interpreter. But the war Dr. Lee was referring to did not involve guns or missiles. It was a contest hidden from public view, waged between the nation’s food manufacturers and its first nutritionists—a war regarding the truth about processed foods.If our breastmilk came with a nutrition label, it might read something like this: 4 percent fat, vitamins A, C, E and K, lactose, essential minerals, growth hormones, proteins, enzymes and antibodies. But read down the label, and the fine print of the chemicals we're sharing with our children according to the NY Times, at least for some women, sounds considerably less appetizing: DDT (the banned but stubbornly persistent pesticide famous for nearly wiping out the bald eagle), PCB's, dioxin, trichloroethylene, perchlorate, mercury, lead, benzene, arsenic. When we nurse our babies, we feed them not only the fats, sugars and proteins that fire their immune systems, metabolisms and cerebral synapses. We also feed them, albeit in minuscule amounts, paint thinners, dry-cleaning fluids, wood preservatives, toilet deodorizers, cosmetic additives, gasoline byproducts, rocket fuel, termite poisons, fungicides and flame retardants.
Moringa contains four times the chlorophyll as wheatgrass. reducing dioxin concentrations in breastmilk. The organic moringa cake mix has these high moringa nutritional FDA certified pharmaceutical levels per ounce of any plant, over 90 compounds including all of the B vitamins (food doesn't need to be methylated), vitamins C and E, is a complete amino acid, enzymes and rare trace minerals. Powder from the leaf of the Moringa Oleifera plant - a nutrient powerhouse claimed to rival baobab - has outperformed antioxidant-packed superfoods including acai, dark chocolate, garlic and blueberries in an ORAC test. What are these essential vitamins and minerals that you need while breastfeeding, and can get from this amazing moringa cake:
The breastfeeding research I've seen says that moringa is something any nursing mom should look into. Daily stress and post-pregnancy stress may also cause a deficiency of amino acids, and greater consumption of protein is required for these conditions for optimal health. Although we often have problems digesting heavy proteins, due to leaky gut issues, or you are vegan and you don't eat those heavy proteins. So for such individuals, Moringa oleifera could offer an important source of those vital nutrients. According to the American Congress of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), pregnant and nursing women should have a diet that consists of a variety nutrients including proteins, carbohydrates, vitamins, minerals and fats. Moringa oleifera leaves contain many vitamins, minerals, protein, and all essential amino acids (the building blocks for muscle).
There was a double blind, randomized control trialstudy, pretest-posttest controlled which conducted in Gowa District, South Sulawesi Province, Indonesia, from September 2012 to December 2013. Subjects in this study are 64 pregnant women. In conclusion, Moringa oleifera leaf extracts have significant effect to increase hemoglobin level in pregnant women, could prevent ferritin serum dismount to 50%. Low-birth-weight was not found on the pregnant women in intervention group, while there are 3.20% low-birth-weight in the pregnant women in control group. Further research is needed to confirm the exact dose of Moringa oleifera leaf extracts. Another study published in 2007 in the "Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition" found that moringa lowered glucose levels in the blood of rats. All of this is important to me, even after breastfeeding because myself and my daughter have low ferritin levels (even though she does like to eat meat).
The biggest complaint I hear from breastfeeding moms is that of low production of their milk supply. Moringa can also help with milk production. A double-blind, randomized controlled trial on the use of malunggay (Moringa oleifera) for augmentation of the volume of breastmilk among non-nursing mothers of preterm infants. One scientific study has been performed on the effects in nursing mothers who ingested moringa leaves and found no adverse side effects. The SmartMix also offers two very important probiotics. Probiotics during nursing can support a baby's healthy gut and immune system. The moringa cake is organic and non-gmo, grown on the company farms for sustainability, hand shaped, and shade dried. It's natural, and why is that important? Those manufactured minerals that we take daily in our little vitamin packs are simply industrial rocks and not an organic food for humans. With the exception of common table salt, studies show the body treats these isolated minerals like foreign substances, and nutritional absorption is limited. It is not the amount of a mineral you ingest that is important, but its form and how much is absorbed that counts the most. That’s why studies show that minerals in their natural state deliver more nutrition than individual supplements. For biochemical reasons this proves that food plant minerals are superior for humans.