WHAT IS MORINGA?
Moringa is an incredible nutrient-dense superfood! It has seven times the amount of vitamin C in oranges, four times as much calcium and double the amount of protein in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, and three times the potassium in bananas! In fact, moringa tree leaves registered a higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) score (157,000!) than most anitoxidant superfoods that are traditionally talked about, including Acai berries, green tea, blueberries, dark chocolate, garlic, goji berries, pomegranates and red wine! In places where no one can afford fancy pharmaceuticals, moringa trees keep people healthy. One nickname for it is “vitamin tree” – with good reason! It is not uncommon to see people reaching up and pulling the young leaves off moringa tress and chewing on them. Getting a fresh burst of vitamins and nutrients in the single handful.
The moringa family actually has 13 species found in tropical and subtropical climates. They all look very different, ranging from tiny plants to tall trees. The most widely cultivated species is Moringa oleifera.
I have visited many locations, including India, the Philippines, Mexico, Cambodia, and Sengal. My testing of soil and environmental conditions shows that Senegal is the best place to grow the most nutritious moringa.
- This tiny leaf has been used medicinally (and as food) for at least 4,000 years. It is lives up to its nickname as “Miracle Moringa.”
- It contains glucose-modifying, anti-diabetic properties that can fight Type 2 diabetes and obesity. Tests have shown moringa leaves effectively lower blood sugar levels.
- It is a known agent for preventing hypercholesterolemia and hyperglycemia.
- The leaves have a high iron content and help prevent anemia.
- The leaves help protect your liver and promote cleansing of the body.
- Early studies have shown moringa to have anti-cancer properties.
- It is nutrient packed, full of protein, essential amino acids, antioxidants, and more.
- Moringa contains 18 of 20 amino acids with all 9 essential amino acids present, making it a great protein source.
- MOMtE (Methanolic extract of M. oleifera ) produces a significant reduction in serum glucose and nitric oxide with concomitant increase in serum insulin and protein levels.
- Moringa has a strong anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect , so it helps fight skin infections or scurvy, as well as providing healing and relief for wounds or insect bites. It helps stop bleeding as well.
- It also is an anti-bacterial and cardio protective agent, providing antibiotic activity against H. Pylori.
- Moringa flowers are boiled in water and made into a tea, which is believed to fight colds.