Native to parts of Nepal and India but also grown in Asia and Latin America, moringa or “the tree of life” has been used traditionally in ayurvedic practice and phytomedicine for thousand of years for its many medical uses. This superfood, especially its leaves has lots of health benefits so there are at least 10 reasons to add it to your diet:
- MORINGA is nutrient-packed.
Most healthy superfoods usually have a standout ingredient. Like citrus with Vitamin C, carrots with Vitamin A or nuts with Vitamin E. Moringa, on the other hand is a great source of Vitamin A, E, C, B6, magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium and riboflavin. As a matter of fact, moringa leaves contain more Vitamin C than oranges and with so many vital compounds, this plant contributes to everything from better bone health, vision to improved immunity and skin radiance.
- MORINGA contains plant-based protein.
Vegetarians don’t have a lot of great plant-based protein sources so if they want to replace the meat with a convenient alternative like lentils or tempeh but they prefer a quick, no-cook add-in to their soup of salad bowl, moringa is the perfect meat replacement. 3 grams of moringa leaves powder contain all the necessary amino acids for energy production, muscle repair and mood regulation.
- MORINGA can help your sex life.
Stress can spike the cortisol levels, lowering libido and messing up with your sex life. Some studies have shown that moringa can bring down cortisol levels while naturally boosting testosterone and enhancing sexual performance. So if stress can throw your hormone levels off, moringa can be used as a natural sex drive booster.
- MORINGA can balance hormones.
We all know what menopause can do to our hormones but guess what, moringa can help balancing them. A research made on postmenopausal women who took for three months a combination of amaranth and moringa leaves found that this remedy increased the hemoglobin levels and decreased the markers of oxidative stress, improving in the same time the health of the thyroid. This means more balanced hormones, more energy, improved sleep and better digestion.
- MORINGA protects the liver.
Moringa contains among others high levels of polyphenols that can reverse oxidation in the liver, reducing this way liver fibrosis and protecting your body’s detoxifier from damage. So adding moringa to your diet can help your liver metabolize fat better, filter your blood and detoxify your body from chemicals and toxins.
- MORINGA fights free radicals.
Pollution, sun exposure and processed food create free radicals that are damaging your cells causing oxidative stress and leading to premature ageing. The antidote: a diet rich in antioxidants. Luckily, moringa leaves contain a great amount of flavonoids, polyphenols and other antioxidants like ascorbic acid that can turn back the clock, promoting cellular regeneration and helping you live longer.
- MORINGA fights inflammation.
Moringa is the new inflammation-enemy in town. Packed with inflammation-lowering compounds such as isothiocyanates and polyphenols, moringa can significantly suppress inflammation in cells, reducing the inflammation proteins and enzymes in the body and warding off cardiovascular disease, diabetes and even cancer.
- MORINGA balances blood sugar.
A spike in blood sugar levels can lead to more sugar cravings, ultimately causing obesity and type 2 diabetes. Moringa has proofed to not only regulate oxidative stress but also reduce the glucose and lips levels in the blood. As a matter of fact, its antioxidant properties can help reducing insulin resistance and weight gain.
- MORINGA improves digestion.
Moringa contains insoluble fibers and has great antibacterial and antibiotic properties that can enhance digestion and inhibit the growth of pathogens that can cause digestive disorders such as colitis. So if you want to reduce your risk of disease or improve your gut bacteria, moringa is a natural remedy that can help.
- MORINGA supports brain health.
Unfortunately, more and more people develop Alzheimer’s disease after the age of 65. The good news is that studies made on both dementia and Alzheimer’s have shown that moringa leaf powder can combat the oxidative stress that was associated with these diseases while increasing the serotonin and dopamine levels, hence showing promising results also for depression.
Who shouldn’t use moringa?
Pregnant women and nursing mothers should not take moringa because some compounds found in the flowers and root of the plant can cause the uterus to contract or show a level of toxicity for the immune cells, if taken in larger doses than normal. Because it can also have a laxative effect, moringa should be used in small quantities of ½ to 1 tsp. a day at least in the beginning.
How to use moringa powder.
Having a slightly earthy taste, moringa powder can be used in all sorts of recipes, can be added in your smoothies, sprinkled on guacamole, humus, used in salads dressings, mixed with your energy balls or just like matcha as a coffee substitute.