You may not have discovered Moringa yet, but I believe you will be hearing a lot about it in the next few years—it has all the makings of the next big scientific superfood “find.”
Moringa has been used for centuries in the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, touting remedies for over 300 ailments!
One day I got a really nice box in the mail that was filled with Moringa! I was intrigued. So, it was time for me to give it a go.
Moringa Oleifera is a fast growing, drought resistant, tropical tree that is arguably one of the world’s most nutritious plants! Recently this tree is getting more exposure and, as a result, grabbing the attention of health-conscious Americans.
Although relatively new to the US, Moringa has been used for centuries in areas of Asia and Africa; after all, it is a tropical tree. The tiny leaves, which have a strong taste with a bite like horseradish, are highly acclaimed for both their nutritional and medicinal properties. The seed pods are also edible and are nutritionally similar but not as potent as the leaves. Moringa seed oil has many unique and beneficial properties typically not found in a single source. This makes the oil coveted in the cosmetic and health and beauty world!
To date, researchers and scientists have only investigated a fraction of the claimed health benefits of Moringa. Below is a brief summary.
Incredible Nutritional Profile
Fresh Moringa leaves are incredibly nutrient dense! Moringa delivers incredibly high levels of all types of proteins, amino acids, vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The leafy greens are made up of 10%protein and contain 18 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids! On a gram for gram basis, fresh Moringa leaves also contain*:
- 4x more calcium than milk
- 3x more vitamin C than oranges
- 2x more iron than spinach
- 2.5x more protein than yogurt
- The same potassium of bananas
- The same vitamin A of carrots
Moringa also contains zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, kaempferol, silymarin and essential minerals such as zinc.
*The above comparison was made from data taken exclusively from the USDA nutrient Database . Other food nutrient databases report significantly higher levels of vitamins and minerals in Moringa! [2,3] In any case, Moringa is a nutritional powerhouse!
Rich in Antioxidants
Moringa Oleifera leaves have been shown to have extremely high antioxidant activity! [4,5]. Some of the heavy hitters include: Quercetin, Chlorogenic acid, Vitamin C and Beta-carotene. Because of its antioxidant potency, Moringa works to prevent or reduce the effect of major diseases in our culture:
- Heart disease
- High blood pressure
Dr. Axe recently stated:
MORINGA LEAVES ARE HIGH IN SEVERAL ANTI-AGING COMPOUNDS THAT LOWER THE EFFECTS OF OXIDATIVE STRESS AND INFLAMMATION, INCLUDING POLYPHENOLS, VITAMIN C, BETA-CAROTENE, QUERCETIN, AND CHLOROGENIC ACID. THESE ARE ASSOCIATED WITH A REDUCED RISK FOR CHRONIC DISEASES, SUCH AS STOMACH, LUNG OR COLON CANCER; DIABETES; HYPERTENSION; AND AGE-RELATED EYE DISORDERS.