Everything You Need To Know About The Latest Superfood Moringa
Written by: Brianna Snyder
I have this friend who’s just one of those gorgeous, successful women who knows what’s going on before anyone else does. She knows what’s trendy, she knows what’s cool and interesting, she knows what looks good. So when she made casual mention of “moringa” as a trend that’s basically on its way out, I was like uh oh.
What in the hell is moringa?Don’t worry. I researched it for both of us. So moringa is the latest “superfood”--one of those nutrient-packed plants that’s so healthy it’s practically magic. And nobody can get enough of it. Here are 8 reasons everyone’s talking about moringa.
It’s been used for generations to treat common ailments and diseases.
So, first things first, moringa’s full name is moringa oleifera, which is also known as horseradish tree, drumstick tree, or “miracle tree.” It’s native to India, Pakistan, and Nepal, and it’s been used forever in those countries to treat and prevent diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders.
So, all the disorders.
It makes wounds heal faster.
Moringa has been found to assist in blood-clotting, meaning scratches and cuts stop bleeding more quickly when moringa is applied.
One study found that moringa leaves promote fibroblast proliferation and migration through increasing the wound closure rate. That’s a fancy way of saying cells connect to each other more quickly.
It can combat malnutrition.
Moringa grows quickly and is so nutrient dense that it’s an able combatant against global hunger and malnutrition, particularly for babies.
Here’s why it’s so good:
- Eight ounces of fresh Moringa leaves contain the daily requirement of vitamin A for up to 10 people.
The addition of two raw moringa leaves to a child’s daily food or mixing two or three teaspoons of dried moringa leaf powder into sauces provides significant protection against vitamin, protein, and calcium deficiencies to children in high-malnutrition risk areas.
For both infants and nursing mothers, moringa pods can be an important source of fiber, potassium, copper, iron, choline, vitamin C, and all the essential amino acids. (Source.)
It’s good for your liver.
I’m not saying moringa will take care of your margarita-night hangover, but moringa extracts do have a hepatoprotective effect on the liver. The plant doesn’t just protect the liver from toxins, it speeds up the recovery process in some cases of liver damage. That’s thanks to the catechin, epicatechin, ferulic acid, and vitamin C found in the plant’s “drumstick” (or seed pod).
It helps with stomach problems.
Constipation, ulcerative colitis, gastritis, all of these have been treated or soothed by moringa. Studies have shown it to be effective in the treatment of U.C. in mice. It’s also demonstrated a capacity to inhibit the growth of various pathogens.
Look, we’re telling you this stuff is legit.
Duh, it’s good for your skin (and your hair).
Moringa extracts are hydrating and detoxifying and help to neutralize the effects of harmful pollutants. It also prevents wrinkles and slows down aging (allegedly). The tree has a very high protein content, which protects dermal cells from damage caused by heavy metals like mercury and cadmium. It also works well as conditioner, strengthening the roots, and stimulating hair growth.
It can purify water!
Moringa seeds can work as a coagulant and help clay and microorganisms present in water clump together so that they can be filtered out. It was used in primitive water-filtration systems. OK, you probably won’t need that, but if the end times comes, you’ll know.
It’s a natural energizer.
It’s not going to be like drinking a cup of super-strong coffee, but some might say that’s a good thing. The vitamins and minerals in moringa can keep you stimulated and energized all day, naturally, so you don’t crash at 2 p.m.
Want to know how to prepare moringa? Try some of these recipes.
2-4 leaves of kale or chard
1 tablespoon almond butter
½ – ¾ cups coconut water
1 tablespoon cacao powder
½ teaspoon moringa leaf
1 cup ice
1 medium ripe avocado
4 ripe cherry tomatoes
Fresh cilantro, finely chopped, to taste
Juice of half of a lime
1 teaspoon dry moringa leaf
Pink Himalayan salt and cayenne pepper to taste
Smash ingredients together and go HAM with the chips.
2 teaspoons moringa powder
1 1/3 cup red lentils
1 red onion
3 garlic cloves
1 knob ginger
1 tsp curry powder
1 tsp turmeric powder
1 tsp cumin seeds
3 cardamom pods, crushed
1 can coconut milk
2 cups vegetable stock
2 large handfuls spinach
warm chapati or naan bread, to serve
- Heat the olive oil in a frying pan over a medium heat. Add the onions, garlic and ginger and fry for a few minutes until soft. Add all the spices and cook for another few minutes.
- Add the lentils and vegetable stock. Bring to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer for five minutes.
- Add the coconut milk and season with salt and pepper. Cook for another 15-20 minutes stirring regularly until the lentils are cooked. Remove from the heat and stir in the spinach and moringa powder.
- To serve, pour the lentil curry into a warm bowl with the warm chapattis served on a plate alongside.