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- What are the nutritional benefits of Kuli Kuli’s moringa products?
- High in fiber, protein, vitamin A, calcium, iron, and protective phytochemicals, Kuli Kuli’s moringa products contain the nutrients and health preventive properties you need to power through the day and maintain a strong healthy body. Please visit our product page to read the specific nutritional information for each product.
- What is moringa?
- Moringa oleifera is a rapidly-growing tree native to the tropics. Moringa leaves have been used in traditional medicines for centuries and more recently have been advocated as an outstanding source of highly digestible protein, calcium, iron, vitamin A and vitamin C. Additionally, moringa contains many phytochemicals including polyphenols and glucosinolates that have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties.
- How does Kuli Kuli make an impact?
- Kuli Kuli sources high-quality moringa from farmers that provide fair wages and women-led cooperatives around the world. We support women farming cooperatives to grow moringa, process it in a way that preserves the nutrients, and use it to improve the health of their communities. By incentivizing these communities to use moringa and paying fair trade wages, Kuli Kuli is improving livelihoods and health while producing delicious moringa products for the US market.
- Do you ship internationally?
- No. At the present moment Kuli Kuli only ships within the United States.
- How can I buy Kuli Kuli’s products?
- You can purchase our products via our shop page or find a store near you by visiting our store locator page.
- What should I do with my moringa?
- A serving of Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder (10g or about a tablespoon) provides 2 servings of leafy green vegetables to any meal. Add moringa to a green smoothie or to your favorite sweet or savory recipe. For more #MoringaInspired recipe ideas, our blog has a great collection of recipes that highlight great-tasting moringa treats.
- Will you donate product for my community event?
- Kuli Kuli is proud to support community events through product donations as much as possible. Please fill out our Product Donation Request form here. ***Please note that we require 30 days advance notice for all requests***
- Why don’t you have a phone number listed?
- As a very small team we’ve found that customer issues are most quickly and efficiently resolved via email. Please email us your inquiry at firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll respond within 2 business days.
- Can moringa act as a laxative?
- Like many other leafy green vegetables, moringa is high in fiber. Our Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder has 3 grams of fiber in every serving (10 g, or about 1 tablespoon), which is about 10% of your daily value. Fiber is an important addition to everyone’s diet since it helps maintain blood sugar levels and regular digestion. However, eating too much fiber can lead to a laxative effect. For people who are new to moringa, or who are sensitive to high-fiber foods, we recommend starting off with a smaller serving of moringa (such as a teaspoon), and slowly building up your daily dose.
- Does moringa always taste bitter?
- Eaten by itself, moringa leaves can have a bitter flavor, similar to matcha or kale. That’s why moringa is best eaten when mixed with other foods, like our Moringa Superfood Bars or Moringa Green Energy Shots. Our Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder can also be added to a variety of savory and sweet dishes, including oatmeal, pesto, and stir frys. Even ice cream and cheesecake tastes great with moringa! Check out our blog for more #MoringaInspired recipes.
- Is moringa a sustainable/ethical crop?
- Yes. When grown and harvested correctly, moringa is one of the most ethical and sustainable crops in the world. It is an excellent crop for areas particularly subject to climate change due to its drought, heat and salt tolerance. Moringa can grow rapidly, replacing harvested leaves very quickly, even in poor soils. It’s nutrient-rich leaves are also great for fighting malnutrition. Kuli Kuli’s moringa comes from around the world, including countries like Haiti and Ghana, where we pay farmers fair wages and help educate the community about the nutritional benefits of moringa. Learn more at kulikulifoods.com/impact.
- Can moringa cure cancer?
- Studies have shown that moringa does have antitumor and anticancer properties when tested in cells. One study showed the leaf extract inhibited tumor growth in certain cancer cells. Other studies have looked at moringa’s effect on pancreatic cancer and breast and colorectal cancer. Moringa contains glucosinolates, compounds found in other chemopreventative foods like broccoli, which likely contribute to the observed anti-cancer activity of these cruciferous vegetables; however, there is no proof that moringa can directly cure cancer. More research and clinical studies in humans are needed to fully understand the anticancer potential of moringa.
- Can moringa affect my white blood cell count or cause gum bleeding?
- There has not been enough research done on moringa and white blood cell counts to make a conclusive statement on its effects. One study with rats showed that moringa could increase both red and white blood cell counts; however, more research is needed to fully understand moringa’s effect.
- Does moringa leaf powder affect fertility?
Women who are pregnant should ask their doctors before
deciding to make moringa a part of their regular diet.
Traditionally, moringa leaves have been consumed safely
during conception and pregnancy, just like any other green
leafy vegetable. In fact, it has been recommended by some to
increase the chances of becoming pregnant and for a healthy
gestation; particularly because of the high levels of iron
and other nutrients needed in pregnancy.
However, a distinctively different use of the bark, seeds,
and roots have been reportedly used in Indian folklore to
causes uterine contractions and miscarriages. The bark,
seeds, and roots contain different chemicals than the leaves,
being more commonly used as medicine rather than as a food
like the leaves.
Kuli Kuli does not sell a moringa extract, just the powdered
moringa leaves. All of our Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder is
made from dried, ground moringa leaves with no possibility of
root, seed, or bark contamination.
To date, very few well-designed scientific studies can be found in the literature addressing this topic. This is likely because moringa leaves have been eaten as a vegetable in the diet for thousands of years and considered safe. However, a small group of researchers in India in the late 1980’s aimed to validate the traditional antifertility effects of various extract of moringa parts in female rats. [5-8] Most were done with the seeds and roots, however one study, in which seven pregnant rats were administered 175 mg/kg of moringa leaf extract over the course of five days, did find it caused miscarriages.  But, the number of rats used was very low, and it is unclear whether such doses of moringa would have the same effect on humans. Furthermore there have been no reported cases in humans consuming moringa leaf powder, at suggested doses, having any negative effects on fertility. Just like any other new food, it is important for pregnant women to work closely with their doctors when determining whether or not to introduce moringa into their diets.
- Waterman, C. (2016, August 10) Personal interview Elizabeth Mbogo and Collin Mwenda, Owners of Botanic Treasures, Nairobi, Kenya.
- Fahey, J. "Moringa oleifera: a review of the medical evidence for its nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties. Part 1." Trees for life Journal 1.5 (2005): 1-15.
- Shukla, S., Mathur, R., Prakash, A. “Antifertility profile of the aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera roots.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 22.1 (1988): 51-62.
- Sethi, N., et al. “Abortifacient activity of a medicinal plant “Moringa oleifera” in rats.” Ancient science of life 7.3-4 (1988): 172.
- Shukla, S., Mathur, R., Prakash, A. “Biochemical and physiological alterations in female reproductive organs of cyclic rats treated with aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera Lam.” Acta Europaea Fertilitatis 19.4 (1987): 225-232.
- Shukla, S., Mathur, R., Prakash, A. “Histoarchitecture of the genital tract of ovariectomized rats treated with an aqueous extract of Moringa oleifera roots.” Journal of Ethnopharm 25.3 (1989): 249-261.
- Nath, D., et al. “Commonly used Indian abortifacient plants with special reference to their teratologic effects in rats.” Journal of Ethnopharm 36.2 (1992): 147-154.
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