Viva Comrades! Viva! Today we wish good health and long life to the all the runners of the this years’ gruelling 90km Comrades Marathon which is run annually between Pietermaritzburg and Durban. Running 90kms requires an incredible amount of stamina and endurance. The good news is that you can endure the Comrades Marathon with Moringa. It will also help with the recovery of your sore aching muscles afterward.
Moringa Endurance Study
The peer-reviewed journal, Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Medicine, did a study in 2016 to investigate how Moringa improved endurance in rats subjected to a forced swimming endurance test.
Increased maximum swimming time was shown in the groups who were given Moringa. This group also showed increased blood hemoglobin, blood glucose, hepatic and muscle glycogen reserves.
Decreases were seen in oxidative stress; blood concentrations of lactate (lactic acid is what burns when we exercise); triglycerides (fats associated with heart disease and metabolic syndrome); and urea (a chemical waste, too much of which can signal kidney failure).
The study proved that in a lab setting, Moringa does improve althletic performance and reduces physical stress from intense exercise.
Moringa Can Help You Running The Comrades Marathon
Quite a few athletes are already using moringa to boost their performance including boxer Evander Hollyfield, MMA champion Brian Warren, body builder Luke Curry and boxer Manny “Pacman” Pacquiao.
According to Scoop.it, Moringa is what Manny Pacquiao eats on a regular basis to fuel his Ferrari-like vehicle of a body and to speed up the recovery process. They say it’s “the steroid of all vegetables” and “like Popeye has his spinach, Manny has his Moringa.”
You too can tune up your body before the run. Moringa will make your energy last longer and will help fight inflammation and replenish electrolytes. Many of the athletes taking it have noticed increased flexibility which leads to less injuries and sprains.
To aid muscle recovery after the run, Moringa’s complete amino profile, along with dozens of vitamins and minerals, makes it a perfect recovery food. Running The Comrades Marathon increases oxygen utilization from 10 to 20 times over the resting state. This greatly increases the generation of free radicals, causing damage to muscles and other tissues. Moringa’s high antioxidant content helps reduce oxidative stress caused by high levels of physical exertion. Remember, you cannot perform at your best if you are malnourished or dehydrated.
How Moringa Helps
- Moringa contains a perfect electrolyte balance, something commonly depleted through heavy sweat sessions.
- It contains a significant amount of B Vitamins which are responsible for producing our body’s energy currency, ATP.
- It contains the essential fatty acids, Omega 3, 6, and 9, which are crucial for fighting inflammation, blood circulation, reducing muscle soreness, and decreasing recovery time (among other things).
- Moringa is high in Iron, a mineral required for pumping oxygen to your brain and extremities so you can push harder / faster / stronger. Plus, it’s naturally balanced with the perfect amount of Vitamin C, B12, and Folate for proper absorption.
- Moringa is a complete protein and it even contains high levels of Leucine and Isoleucine, branched chain amino acids responsible for protein synthesis (aka muscle building).
- It contains an abundance of antioxidants that help remove waste build up in the body that can produce inflammation, reduce recovery time and affect your stamina.
- It helps deliver nutrients to your cells when you aren’t able to get enough fruits and vegetables into your diet.
There are many ways to incorporate Moringa in one’s diet. The simplest way includes using the tree’s leaves in tea form, or by taking a dried leaf powder supplement. Most people include the powder into their smoothies, soups, stews, or just squeeze a little lemon juice into water and mix it with that. To make yours, order your Moringa powder from our online shop now!