Malunggay, Okra, Luya concentrate tea drink, a surprisingly delicious and refreshingly nutritious vegetable iced tea.
Natureearth, maker of M2, has tapped Andok’s chain to bring M2, which has been in the country for seven years now, to every Filipino. The tea used to be be served only in bazaars and to lactating mothers, who have experienced increasing breastmilk production.
“M2 is truly a Filipino homegrown product that we want to make available nationwide,” says Zonito Torrevillas-Tamase, president/co-owner of Natureearth. Serving it at Andok’s would give consumers a healthier option and empower Filipino farmers who supply the fresh vegetables that M2 uses.
Torrevillas-Tamase said M2 contains phytonutrients such as iron, calcium, potassium and beta-carotene from Malunggay, Okra and Luya. The taste is surprisingly good as an ice tea.
The development of M2 has been assisted by DOST through its R&D and small enterprise technology and upgrading program (SETUP). M2 is also certified by the Food and Drug Administration and Halal.
Jojo Tamase, CEO/co-owner said the efficacy of M2 as a nutritious drink was confirmed when a test conducted by Dr. Bernabe Castillo M.D of Maria Clara Health Center, Barangay Hagdan Bato Libis Mandaluyong among lactating mothers showed that 8 out 10 mothers increased their production of breastmilk. It also relieved constipation and both mother and baby did not get sick within the test period. Mothers also experienced healthier skin when given M2.
M2 is also good for kids, the sports- minded, and everyone who misses their daily vegetable intake. M2 is also available in Robinsons Supermarket, selected SM Hypermarkets and SM Supermarket and All Day, Altura, CSI, Pangasinan, High Top, Landmark and RSC Supermarket.
Malunggay leaves helps strengthens the immune system, can help restores skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieves headaches and migraines, can help increase semen count, normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes, anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells, relax and promotes good night sleep, help heals ulcers, high in calcium (four times the calcium in milk), therefore lactating mothers are advised to consume malunggay leaves to produce more milk for their babies.
The young malunggay leaves are also boiled and taken as tea, contains three times the potassium in bananas, four times the vitamin A in carrots, has the same Vitamin C content as seven oranges, two times the protein in milk, seed is used to clean dirty or polluted water.
Malunggay leaves was once considered a “poor man’s vegetables” but now it is known as a “miracle tree” or “nature’s medicine cabinet” by scientists and health care workers from around the world because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can be an effective remedy against many kinds of ailments:
The health benefits of okra include its ability to lower total cholesterol levels, improve digestive health, improve vision, boost skin health, protect infant health, prevent certain cancers, strengthen bones, improve cardiovascular health, aid the immune system, lower blood pressure, and protect heart health.
Okra is a flowering plant that is known in many parts of the world as ladies’ fingers or bhindi, and is most highly prized because of its seed pods. The scientific name of this interesting plant is Abelmoschus esculentus and it is unsure where the actual beginning of this vegetable was. Contrasting research says that it could have been South Asian, West African, and Ethiopian in origin, but the jury is still out. America is the main country that calls this vegetable okra, and it has many names around the world.
Okra is frequently used in dishes from the Caribbean to China, and its popularity is increasing all the time, particularly since this vegetable pod can be used as a pickled vegetable, an ingredient in soups, side dishes, and also utilized for its oil, which can be extracted and used as a vegetable oil.
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