For a superfood that’s been heralded for its health benefits for thousands of years, Moringa is hardly a new phenomenon. But it has only started gaining popularity outside of the Eastern world and Africa in recent years, and has now sky-rocketed to ‘superfood’ status internationally. Moringa Oleifera, dubbed ‘The Miracle Tree’, is native to North West India but has since been found in the tropical climes of Africa, Central and South America and Malaysia and Indonesia. Moringa earned its nickname after dried leaves were added to diets in parts of Africa and subsequently transformed the malnutrition of the people who consumed it.
The Moringa plant itself is a sturdy one; it withstands drought and requires very little maintenance. The entirety of the tree can be consumed, but the most commonly utilised part are the highly nutritious ‘pods’. Likened to the taste of asparagus, they are packed with amino acids, vitamins and minerals, while the dried seeds can be roasted and eaten or turned into oil similar to olive oil. Moringa leaves contain an astonishing 23% protein; the highest ration of protein found in any last, and are additionally a fantastic source of fibre. When dried, the leaves contain 9 times more protein than yoghurt, 12 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. No wonder it’s being touted as the ultimate superfood.
Several antioxidant plant compounds have been found in the leaves of the Moringa oleifera, including Quercetin, which can help to lower blood pressure and Chlorogenic acid, which has been used to help moderate blood sugar levels after meals. This Indian tree has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years; the Western world has now woken up to this plant’s incredible benefits, and is most commonly consumed as a supplement. Choose a high-quality powder supplement to experience the most potent power of the Moringa plant and ensure it is free from herbicides, pesticides, additives or fillers.