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Friday, November 10, 2023

Sekaya Organic Moringa

Did you know that the Philippine's Malunggay a.k.a. Moringa belongs to the superfood group? 

Sekaya, a Philippine homegrown botanical and Moringaling Philippines Foundation, Inc. has contributed innovative products for the globally competitive moringa industry. 

Moringa is packed with vitamins C and A, calcium and potassium, rich in anti-oxidants, amino acids, anti-inflammatory agents, not to mention galactagogue that help boost milk production for breastfeeding moms. 

The Filipino plant-based brand under Synnovate (the natural products division of Unilab) produces an EU-certified organic moringa supplement, keeping its sourcing 100% local through farms under the MPFI network which pushes the research, development, and standardization of moringa grown in the country. Sekaya Organic Moringa's impact covers consumers who reap the benefits of this local superfood, and farming communities that benefit from the support and promotion that showcases local farmers' capability in organic moringa farming. 

"We are extremely proud to partner with Sekaya in providing the local market with a high quality moringa supplement that is safe for anyone who takes it," said Bernadette Estrella Arellano, founder and chairperson of MPFI. "Through 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."

Recently, Sekaya and RiteMed Philippines entered into a partnership along with Plantsville Health to save 16 cinnamon species, and encourage farming of the local spice, and develop natural products to boost the industry. 

Cinnamon is an important spice used all over the world. Studies shows that it can help control blood sugar, an anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory, and has anti-microbial properties.

"It's a shame because our country imports more than 95% of its current cinnamon consumption. How meaningful it could be if we could help grow back the Philippine cinnamon, while earning for the farmers and its suppliers."

The partnership aims to encourage and help small landholder farmers to plant Philippine cinnamon and other aromatic indigenous species, and develop this into healthful products for consumers. Along with this partnership, there's a positive outlook and more concrete ways forward. 

"To be able to direct the supply of cinnamon for natural health products to local sources would be a big win for the industry," said Kamille Iris Abapo, Marketing Manager of Synnovate. "As a brand, Sekaya continues to work hard to support local farmers and suppliers while developing high quality natural health products that help set standards for the industry and benefit consumers, community, and country."


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