It is a smart consumer habit to be very careful of what you put in your body. Reading supplement labels and checking where a product was sourced are great ways to double-check if what you are consuming is actually safe and beneficial.
This is particularly important for natural health products such as moringa. Locally known as malunggay, these so-called superfoods can be found everywhere in the country and is a popular supplement for breastfeeding moms, as well as anyone who wants to boost their health.
Moringa is said to be packed with different nutrients like Vitamin C, Vitamin A, calcium, and potassium. It is also rich in disease-preventing antioxidants, amino acids, as well as anti-inflammatory agents.
While moringa can be highly beneficial to humans, some studies have confirmed that it also acts as nature's filters, capable of absorbing not only minerals from the soil but also contaminants such as toxic heavy metals or natural elements with a rather high atomic mass and high density that are potentially poisonous to humans. These include arsenic, lead, and mercury.
That is why it is a must for consumers to make sure that their moringa supplement's raw ingredients come from reliable sources since polluted sites may put them at risk of getting exposed to harmful substances.
For local plant-based brand Sekaya, it has become a mission to deliver the health benefits of moringa to more Filipinos. For its own product, Sekaya Organic Moringa, the company sources its moringa responsibly and safely. Its products go through rigorous testing in pharma-grade facilities to uphold the safety of its consumers.
The brand also strives to arm Filipinos with the knowledge to help them come up with informed choices about the products they consume.
Sekaya partnered with Moringaling Philippines Foundation, Inc. (MPFI), a network organization involved in the research and development, standardization of moringa, as well as the development of a globally competitive Philippine moringa industry.
More than planting and harvesting, malunggay farmers under MPFI are making sure that the malunggay trees are not grown in polluted areas, as these can cause the tree to be contaminated with toxins and pesticides.
After sourcing the moringa from these EU-certified farms, the company then carefully processes the raw materials in pharma-grade facilities to safely retain all its beneficial nutrients.
Sekaya also takes pride in being an EU-certified 100% organic moringa supplement in the market, proof that it contains organic ingredients from local malunggay farmers, and has passed stringent international requirements on its production, processing, transport, and storage. This is an achievement for the local industry as it proves that they are capable of creating a locally sourced and manufactured product that passes global health standards.
By partnering with MPFI and keeping its sourcing 100% local, Sekaya is supporting and promoting malunggay farming communities and its farmers, while showcasing the local farmers' capability in organic moringa farming to the world.
Since lactating mothers often turn to moringa to help enhance the production of breastmilk, Sekaya stresses the importance of being careful where you source your moringa products. The food or supplements that a mother takes can greatly affect her baby, and unsafe or unhealthy ingredients can cause undesirable effects later in the child's life.
''We are extremely proud to have partnered with Sekaya in providing the local market with a high-quality moringa supplement that is safe for moms and their babies and anyone who takes it,'' said Bernadette ''Bernie'' Estrella Arellano, founder and chairperson of Moringaling Philippines Foundation, Inc.
''With this partnership, we are also showcasing the capabilities of our very own Filipino organic malunggay farmers who meet the stringent standards of international bodies like the European Union,'' she added.
Having the word "organic" or "natural" in a product's label does not necessarily mean that their sourcing and production are safe. The best way to be sure that what you consume is safe and healthy is to be vigilant in checking the whole process – from the sourcing of the raw ingredients to the processing of the final product.
Sekaya Organic Moringa is available in leading Mercury Drugstores in Metro Manila and the Synnovate Official Store in Lazada and Shopee. For more information about products that promote the healing benefits of nature as validated by science, visit Sekaya's website.
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