Perhaps you have heard about moringa, called by many the superfood of superfoods thanks to the amazing health benefits it offers.
Moringa is a tree native to the foothills of the Himalayas in India, but today it is grown all around the world. The entire moringa tree, from the seeds to the leaves, has been used for thousands of years for medicinal purposes.
Studies have shown that moringa leaf powder contains 10 times the vitamin A of carrots, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 25 times the iron of spinach and 17 times the calcium of cow milk. It is also rich in antioxidants and amino acids.
For all this, when there’s a drought or food crisis, moringa is used to help prevent people from suffering from malnutrition.
Let’s talk about some of the incredible health benefits of moringa.
Health benefits of moringa
Highest protein content than any other plant-food
Moringa contains up to 40% protein, so it probably has the highest protein ratio than any other plant-food on the planet. According to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA), it has all of the 9 essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of protein.
Most dark, leafy greens are great at lowering bad cholesterol (LDL) and raising the good (HDL) one. Moringa is not the exception, and studies have shown that it can reverse LDL levels in the liver, kidney and blood.
Moringa seeds are high in fiber and hence improve digestion, leaving stomach aches behind.
Moringa has strong anti-inflammatory properties. Especially its seeds, pods and leaves, which are high in isothiocyanate that is believed to play an important role in reducing inflammation. These properties benefit conditions such as rheumatism, arthritis and joint pain.
Excellent source of antioxidants
The oil of moringa seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, B-complex and C that helps to combat oxidative damage in our body. It is also very beneficial for skin care, so the oil can be used as a moisturizer and to treat sunburn and skin rashes.
Moringa has also been used effectively as an antibacterial agent to fight infections such as thrush, toothache, parasites, typhoid, herpes and urinary tract infections, among others.
Different uses of moringa in the kitchen
Moringa is one of the best additions we can make to our regular diet. It is important to mention that it may have laxative effects when consumed in large quantities, so it’s best to include it moderately into the food. A safe dose could be ½ to 1 teaspoon per day.
Here are some ideas of different uses of moringa in the kitchen:
Soup: a hot bowl of soup is one of the favorite comfort foods. What about preparing one with moringa?
Boil some tomatoes, onions and carrots along with moringa leaves. Season with salt and pepper. Quick, delicious and healthy!
Tea: you can add some moringa powder into your tea, or create one from scratch steeping some leaves in hot water for 15 minutes.
In addition to giving your body lots of nutrients, this tea will help you sleep better, so drink it just before you go to bed.
Smoothie: moringa powder is also good for a super healthy, nutrient-rich smoothie.
Scrambled eggs: you can easily power up your breakfast adding moringa leaves to your scrambled eggs, just as if they were spinach.
Salad dressing: superfood your salad with a moringa dressing!
Just mix moringa powder with olive oil (or any other vegetable oil), vinegar, lemon or lime juice, and a pinch of salt, black pepper and other spices you may like (cumin, oregano, turmeric, etc.), and voila!