What is Moringa? The Moringa plant is beginning to gain more popularity as a new “superfood” for its highly nutritious profile and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tissue-protective properties.
Moringa oleifera, also known as ben tree, horseradish tree, or drumstick tree, is a small tree from India, Pakistan, and Nepal that has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders.
Moringa is a unique plant because almost all parts of it — leaves, seeds, flowers/pods, stem and roots — can be used as a source for nutrition and its other medicinal properties that fight free radical damage. The most popular medicinal use of moringa, both traditionally and today, involves drying and grinding down the tree’s antioxidant-packed leaves to unlock the most moringa benefits.
How to cook and eat Moringa
There are endless ways to incorporate Moringa fresh leaves and Moringa leaf powder into your diet without changing the flavor or texture of the meals. Moringa leaf powder can be used as a tea, added to beverages, sprinkled on food or taken in capsules. Moringa leaf powder can be used in cooking or salads.
- Moringa in cooked meals- Sprinkle Moringa powder over the food just before serving. You can stir it in, but DON'T COOK Moringa powder, it diminishes the nutritional value.
- Moringa Salad- Sprinkle your Moringa over wet salad - you won't notice it.
- Moringa Juice or Moringa Smoothies- Moringa has been added to juice for years to nourish children and hide the taste of the herb. Honey works well to mask the taste. Add only half a teaspoon of Moringa to juice to prevent spoiling the taste.
- Take a Moringa Supplement- Dried moringa leaves are also ground to create a long-lasting powder, or potent extracts are taken from the leaves to be used in the formation of concentrated moringa capsule supplements. Taking high potency Moringa tablets is another great option to eliminate the taste and take in concentrated, easy to swallow capsule. Try a Moringa and Neem Leaf Capsule for the ultimate marriage between two ‘superfoods’.
- Drink Moringa Tea- You can add Moringa powder to hot water to create a tea. Do not boil the Moringa, add it to a pot with pre-boiled water and let it brew for 3-5 minutes. Moringa tea has less nutrients than taking the powder. A cup of the green brew is said to help increase energy, balance blood sugar levels, and improve memory and mental clarity. The powder has a mild flavor, so it makes for a light tea with a slightly earthy taste.
Just how strong is moringa? And why should you take Moringa?
According to Kuli Kuli, an organization that harvests moringa plants in Africa and makes them accessible to customers in the the U.S. and other western nations, gram for gram, moringa contains:
- two times the amount of protein of yogurt
- four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots
- three times the amount of potassium as bananas
- four times the amount of calcium as cows’ milk
- seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges
Hop on this wellness trend early, and you can tell your friends that you were one of the first to get your hands on the superfood of the future.
Where can I buy Moringa leaves, moringa powder and supplements?
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