Move Over, Matcha! Here Comes Moringa
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Move Over, Matcha! Here Comes Moringa

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29 June 2016

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You’d be forgiven for thinking the above picture is one of matcha powder. Most of us know matcha or at least have heard of it, but how many of you are familiar with moringa?

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Moring-whaaat?

Moringa is a tree that is native to parts of Africa and Asia. This resilient and fast-growing tree has long been used in traditional medicine and although most parts of the tree are edible, the leaves are highly coveted for their high nutrient value. Moringa has earned itself the nickname of the ‘miracle plant’, backed up by its ability to fight inflammation and the effects of malnutrition and ageing.

Moringa can be found in various forms:

  • Moringa leaves or powder
  • Moringa tea
  • Moringa seeds
  • Moringa oil

Moringa leaves contain high levels of vitamins A, C and B and can be taken in a variety of ways such as cooking them as you would vegetables, or dried and ground (which is the most common form that you’ll find in pharmacies and health stores) or to be taken as tea. The seeds or pods are consumed like nuts and the taste of the roots have been likened to that of horseradish - not entirely unpleasant. Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds.

The below are just some of the ways moringa can benefit you.

Fights Free Radicals

Moringa contains antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acid. These antioxidants fight free radicals which are responsible for causing cell damage, inflammation and oxidative stress - which is when there is an imbalance between the production of free radicals and the body’s ability to counteract or detoxify their harmful effects.

Protects the Skin

With its high content of natural antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds, this superfood helps to protect the skin from infections such as those arising from cuts, burns and wounds, acne, dandruff, abcesses or the ever-common athlete’s foot. Moringa oil can be applied topically to kill bacteria as well as protect the skin by keeping it hydrated.

Reduces Risk of Chronic Diseases

The compounds found in moringa leaves can also reduce the risks for chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and certain cancers. These are due to the anti-ageing properties such as polyphenols, vitamin C, beta carotene, quercetin and chlorogenic acid which lower the effects of oxidative stress, thus enabling the body to better fight off the risks.

Supports Brain Health

It has been found recently that moringa’s leaf extract enhances the memory via nootropics activity. Its high content of vitamins E and C also helps to support brain health by fighting neuron degeneration which in turn leads to improved memory and brain function.

If you’re still not convinced that you should add this superfood to your diet, here’s how super it is in a nutshell!

One serving of moringa leaves gives you 92 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 amino acids, 9 essential amino acids AND also the below:

Vitamins & Minerals Percentage of Recommended Daily Intake
Vitamin C 22%
Potassium 41%
Magnesium 61%
Iron 71%
Calcium 125%
Vitamin A 272%

 

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