Moringa - A New Superfood
Have you heard of Moringa before?
You might want to go and get some after reading this….
Moringa (moringa oleifera) is also known as the Ben Oil Tree, Drumstick Tree, or Indian Horseradish.
Moringa is a fastgrowing tree typically cultivated in India, tropical Asia, Africa and Latin America, yielding long seed pods that resemble drumsticks, and so the name Drumstick Tree.
Moringa has long been used in eastern medicine to treat many ailments such as
As a dietary supplement, Moringa is high in protein, Vitamins A, B and C and
contains minerals such as calcium and iron.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations,
“Moringa products have
In essence, this makes Moringa a new superfood that is nutritious and medicinal.
Moringa is particularly mentioned in Ayurvedic treatments as the most nutritious tree in India.
In traditional Indian Ayurvedic treatments, moringa is used as a natural and safe detox, often used as a regular tonic of the body.
Apart from wellness from within, moringa leaves and barks can be processed into a balm for external application,
alleviating joint pains and rheumatism as the plant has a mild analgesic effect.
It’s no wonder the Moringa plant is now being hailed as the latest superfood.
In the western world, Moringa products come in various forms, with the most convenient and widely-available form being Moringa powder ground from dried leaves and taken as a supplement in pill form.
Here are just some of the wonderful health benefits:
Here is your guide to taking Moringa in all it’s forms so you can start benefiting from this amazing superfood.
In Pill Form
Due to different manufacturing styles and ways to process the plant, the amount you need can be varied. Always check the label for recommended amounts as they have different concentration of active ingredients.
Usually it’s one pill per day.
In Powder Form
For Moringa leaf powder, it is typically sold in packets or jars. In fact, our local Checkers stocks Moringa powder by Health Connection Wholefoods. You can probably find them online too at Faithful-to-Nature.
For the most effective health benefits, it’s best taken raw, as heat may destroy some of the useful and healthful compounds.
So use it cold foods e.g. yoghurts, smoothies, chia seed porridge.
The general instructions for various brands seem to suggest starting off slow and adding more powder day by day in order for the body to get used to the detoxifying qualities of Moringa.
Start off with a 1/4 teaspoon added to your smoothies, iced tea, water or sprinkled on your breakfast such as yoghurt or overnight chia pudding and slowly build up to 1 tablespoon a day.
Seeds and Leaves
You might come across roasted whole Moringa seeds or even whole leaves.
These are usually hard to come by so if you want to use these, it’s best to check your local health food store, Asian markets or Traditional Chinese Medicine practitioners.
The seeds are typically bitter and astringent though; how much you use will depend on personal taste.
To use Moringa seeds, remove the shell and chew five to ten seeds a day if possible, or grind them into powder and sprinkle on your food.
When it comes to cooking Moringa leaves and seeds, the spices used in Indian cooking, such as cumin and turmeric, complement the anti-inflammatory effect of Moringa.
If eaten raw, start off with a quarter cup of leaves per day, and build up to half cup a day.
No matter how you choose to have your Moringa for its therapeutic effect, the key is moderation and consuming it in line with you and your body.
Being a superfood, it’s important to remember that Moringa is ultimately not medication but a nutrient-rich food that supports a healthy diet and lifestyle.
It’s not meant to be a superfood that gives you everything you need or a cure for all
If you are pregnant, never consume Moringa tree bark or root as it could cause early labor or uterine contractions.
If you are menstruating, it can cause excessive bleeding due to the detoxifying nature.
As always, sense must prevail so consult your doctor before incorporating Moringa into your daily diet.
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