Leaves, seeds and fruits of Moringa are widely used in Ayurvedic treatments and herbal remedies. Packed with nutrients and anti-oxidants like Vitamin C and Beta-carotene, it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol levels, reduces inflammation and prevents heavy metal toxicity. Leaves/powder can be added to soups, stews, smoothies or tea.
Have you heard of the new darling of the super food world? It’s called Moringa. Moringa benefits us as an ayurvedic medicine and a package of nutrients. This plant is getting a lot of attention and for good reason – some people consider it a super food of super foods.
Moringa is a tree native to South Asia but grown in the tropics around the world. Moringa grows fast, can be harvested all year round and made available in places where other nutritious foods may not be readily available.
People in India and Africa have been using Moringa for hundreds of years as medicine and in Ayurvedic treatments and other types of herbal remedies. Moringa is extremely versatile; all parts of the plant can be used to treat anything from lack of mother’s milk to infectious diseases with its uses being well documented in ancient Ayurvedic texts.
What Makes Moringa A Super Food?
Packed With Nutrients
Check out these impressive health benefits of Moringa. It has:
- 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 25 times the iron of spinach
- 9 times the protein of yogurt
- 17 times the calcium of milk
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
High In Antioxidants
Moringa has high levels of antioxidants including Vitamin C and Beta-carotene. Antioxidants have the ability to protect against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage and protect against premature aging at a cellular level.
Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Studies have shown that women who took 7 grams of moringa powder daily for 3 months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by almost 14%.
People around the world have been using Moringa to treat stomach ulcers and protect the liver from chronic inflammation. It is also used to treat inflammation related to arthritis.
Moringa leaves and fruits have been found to decrease the lipid profile of liver, heart and aorta and have significant cholesterol lowering action.
Protects From Different Types Of Toxicity
Moringa seeds have been widely used as a natural water purifier. Moringa seed powder has been found to be beneficial in reducing the effects of and protecting from heavy metal (such as arsenic) toxicity.
How To Use Moringa?
You can use the leaves fresh in your dishes (salads, smoothies) or the powder, which is how I’ve used it. I add it mostly to soups, stews and smoothies (where the flavor is masked) or add 1 tsp to hot water to make tea. Its flavor is similar to green tea; a little earthy but good. It is also available in oil form. Enjoy!