Well, you should definitely consider adding moringa to your mix! It is an energy booster –without actually being caffeine–, it has antiaging properties and is full of nutrients. Check all about this superfood!
Moringa is a tree that survives in most environments, humankind has been using it for 4000 years and it has been used to treat over 300 diseases. It resists dry weather, it requires little water and it grows fast. Its flower, resin, roots and leaves have been used for medical purposes all over the world.
What are its benefits?
It's vitamin dense
Moringa is high in protein, contains 18 amino acids and all the essential amino acids, it has more calcium than cow’s milk –four times more–, over 20 times more iron than spinach, 15 times more potassium than one banana, it has four times more vitamin A than carrots and more vitamin C than oranges –seven times more. This makes it great to prevent degeneration of neurons.
It helps ward off cancer
The combination of B vitamins, magnesium and antioxidants make it perfect to tr3eat serious illnesses. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which improves neurotransmitter function – tryptophan is the neurotransmitter that secretes serotonin, our “happiness” hormone. Kaempferol, present in moringa, has proved to inhibit pancreatic cancer cell growth and interrupting potential cancer cell migration.
One study showed that Moringa has some potential to treat low mood. So the next time you need a pick me up, maybe you could try moringa powder.
It is good for your hair
We have all been there, where our hair is either damaged or falling out! But don't worry, because moringa seed oil is known to have properties that prevent free radicals from damaging your hair, strengthening it.
Moringa is particularly high in Cytokinins –a substance plants use to repair and heal themselves–, this compound, when used by humans it delays the process of aging.
It supplies a lot of vitamins, minerals and nutrients to our cells. These antioxidant sources energize our cells as it oxygenates them.
How to consume it
Moringa comes as a powder that you can add in smoothies, juices, salad dressings, just about anything, as you can hardly taste it. It might be drunk as tea , it also comes as an oil and you can include in stews or curries.
It controls hypertension.
One of the many components of moringa powder is "isothiocyanate" and the other is "niaziminin". These are agents that are super effective against hypertension as they stop the arteries from thickening. And as a result, it reduces pressure on the blood vessels.
It protects the liver.
Did you know that there are many different studies that show that moringa powder is your liver's best friend? It is said to restore its enzymes, reducing liver damage. It also contains powerful anti-inflammatory properties, which may help prevent inflammation.
Your skin will love it too
Say goodbye to your dry and lackluster skin! And hello to moringa powder. Moringa powder speeds up the production of collagen, a well-known protein that helps you heal your scars and wounds. And that's not all! The antimicrobial properties of Moringa also help in smoothing the wrinkles and get rid of acne scars. Moreover, it tightens your skin and improves its texture. So, definitely, moringa should be part of your skincare routine.
How to take moringa powder
1) Moringa Tea
- Add a teaspoon of powder into lukewarm water to make tea.
- Stir the powder into the mug until it mostly dissolves.
- Use a strainer over a mug and pour the tea.
- Discard any powder left in the strainer.
- Optional: You can add honey and lemon to the tea.
- Learn more about moringa tea here
2) Moringa for your smoothie
Sprinkle 1 teaspoon (6 g) of powder into the ingredients of your smoothie
Blender all the ingredients and enjoy a delicious smoothie
Tip: Green kale or spinach smoothies work especially well with moringa powder
3) Sprinkle moringa in a salad
Add moringa to your salads or any other raw food. Avoid cooking it since it can affect its nutrients. You can add moringa to salad, hummus, peanut butter, yogurt, and oatmeal.