Have you heard of the Moringa tree?? It is a very unique tree because not only is it incredibly nutritious and highly valued for its medicinal properties, but absolutely every part of it can be eaten!
Moringa is like a “vegetable tree,” loaded with health and beauty supporting vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, making it a true superfood in every sense of the word. Native to Africa and Asia, the moringa Tree (or moringa oleifera) has been prized for thousands of years. It is said to be a robust curative featured in the ancient Ayurveda medicine tradition known to treat over 300 conditions and maladies. Wow!
Now what specifically can we use it for? Let’s take a tour of the many benefits!
REDUCTION OF TIREDNESS & FATIGUE
We all experience tiredness or grogginess at some point during our day! Moringa fights against tiredness by providing iron and vitamin A to the human body. Iron is very useful for the prevention of fatigue in our body and vitamin A helps to speed up the chemical reaction of iron, thereby increasing metabolism.
Moringa helps to maintain skin and prevent aging with vitamin A and vitamin E. Vitamin A is necessary for healthy, radiant skin and vitamin E protects cells from oxidative stress helping to fight the signs of aging. Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimizing the aging process of the skin. They help counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen, causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging.
One of the best moringa benefits is its super immune-boosting powers that help your body cells stay agile and fight germs. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies fight off deadly infections and illnesses. We’ve already learned that the moringa leaves are full of iron and vitamin A, and in this case, both are essential for the normal function of the immune system. Scientists have carried out researches on moringa as a cure for cancer or to prevent cancer. Moringa leaves have been shown to have beneficial properties in the fight against both breast and colon cancer cells!
Moringa oleifera leaves are almost 25% protein, which is unusually high for a plant. The high protein content of moringa makes it particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians who can struggle to get a sufficient protein supply.
A 2010 study in the Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics confirmed that the leaves of the moringa tree are a powerful, natural adaptogen.
What are adaptogens you ask??
Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. They help to improve endurance in the face of fatigue. Studies indicate that adaptogens not only help the body cope with stress but can enhance general health and performance.
Moringa powder is a rich source of calcium which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes. It also contains 24% fiber which can help support a healthy digestive system and bowel regularity. Fiber can also be helpful for weight management as it helps you feel fuller for longer and supports a healthy metabolism.
Having healthy eyes and normal vision is something that can often be taken for granted but requires the right nutrition in order to maintain normal function. Moringa is a great source of vitamin A which contributes to normal vision.
Typically used in traditional medicines, recent scientific studies have confirmed that moringa is, in fact, a successful way to treat diabetes and is proven to decrease blood glucose level. A 19-year study by the University of Eastern Finland has found that replacing just 5 grams of meat-based protein consumption a day with a plant-based source could reduce your risk of type 2 diabetes!
Maintaining strong and healthy bones is an important component of overall health. Moringa oleifera leaves are a rich source of vitamin K, protein and calcium: all of which support normal bones.
So now what? This is all good to know…but how to we use it? Moringa has a green, earthy taste, similar to spinach or matcha green tea and is a great nutrient boost. So why not swap your morning coffee with our nutritious Bee Green smoothie and add some moringa?! Or try adding moringa to our Green Machine smoothie for a pre/post-workout boost! Make sure to let us know what you added it to this week!