All About Moringa; Everything you need to know

by Vishakha Gujar   

Moringa oleifera, also commonly known as moringa, drumstick tree, horseradish tree, etc, is cultivated for its young seed pods and leaves, and is consumed as a vegetable in various Indian recipes, uh-huh ever had Sambar? Well, it is a popular South-Indian Soup/Curry which has drumstick as an ingredient and let me tell you, It is hands-down the most delicious thing you’ll ever taste. 

Moringa is also heavily incorporated in Ayurveda, so much that the moringa tree was known as the “tree of life”. In ancient times and the pungent, bitter-tasting herb is hot in potency and efficiently balances Vata and Kapha.  Interesting, isn’t it?

People have been praising Moringa Oleifera for its health benefits for thousands of years. It is very rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds.

So far, scientists have only investigated a fraction of its many reputed health benefits.

In recent years, interest has grown globally in this nutrient-dense superfood, and scientific studies continue to unearth its many medicinal benefits. Moringa leaves to be more nutritious than any other leafy vegetable.

Moringa is packed with protein, essential amino acids, 27 vitamins and 46 antioxidants. It has a green, matcha-like flavour and adds a healthful, mild burst of green to smoothies, savoury dishes, and sauces.

Experts know Moringa to contain all 9 essential amino acids. It is rich in iron, calcium, vitamins, minerals, beneficial antioxidants and plant protein. Moringa leaves are a great source of Vitamin A, B2, B6, C, E, K, magnesium, zinc, calcium, and fibre.

Moringa leaves are known to:

  • Boost Energy
  • Rejuvenate Hair Growth
  • Reduce Stress
  • Improve Digestion
  • Reduce Wrinkles 
  • Boost the Immune System
  • Stabilize Blood Sugar
  • Reduce Inflammation

What’s more? Let’s dive in!

Moringa In Ayurveda

Moringa is a perfect daily nutrition booster

Incorporating more vegetables/greens into their diet is a priority for most people around the world, but many find it difficult to incorporate due to various reason. Don’t worry we got you! 

Millions of people worldwide use Moringa to gain nutrients and it is the perfect complement to a healthy lifestyle. Moringa powder is a simple and convenient way to add nutrition to any meal.

A single serving of moringa leaf powder is equivalent to two servings of leafy greens. A side-by-side comparison shows that moringa provides a better source of plant protein by more than a factor of two. Further, it is also about 4x higher in calcium. 

Moringa far surpasses the nutritional content of kale and other green vegetables with more protein, fibre, and vitamins per serving.

Up your protein intake with this superfood!

Adequate protein intake is essential for good nutrition and health. With all 9 essential amino acids, moringa leaves are an excellent source of complete protein. 

Some foods are a source of complete protein, meaning they contain an adequate proportion of all nine essential amino acids. While most complete protein foods are from animal sources, there are a few plant foods that also offer a complete protein package. Moringa is a unique example of a complete protein that is highly digestible and low in calories.

Aside from moringa being a stand-alone protein, the high levels of essential amino acids can complement other foods that lack certain amino acids for a more balanced diet.

Fun Fact: Spirulina, the new age super food is also immensely popular for its protein content, Read more about this vegan plant power here! 

Your one-step stop for Gut health

The gut is a complex environment occupied by millions of bacteria that is responsible for breaking down the foods we eat, extracting and transporting nutrients and eliminating waste.

The gut is directly involved with our immune and hormone systems; affecting mood, appetite, metabolism, stress levels, and ability to deal with illness. 

Proper gut health is particularly influenced by the strength of the gut wall which functions to selectively allow the passage of nutrients and restrict that of toxins. 

Unfortunately, a poor diet can rapidly change the gut bacteria, cause inflammation, and ultimately lead to a compromised gut barrier! 

Once again, don’t fret, cuz we got you! 

Moringa is a stellar superfood for gut and overall health as it contains nutrients, fibre and phytochemicals. Polyphenols and isothiocyanate are compounds that promote gut health by stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria and suppressing that of pathogenic bacteria. 

Furthermore, the anti-inflammatory properties of these compounds can help reduce inflammation of the gut wall, thus improving the integrity of the wall to inhibit the passage of toxins into the bloodstream. 

Doctors associate the compounds in moringa with improved homeostasis of the gut, management of inflammatory bowel syndrome and a decreased risk of colon cancer and infections.

In simple terms, Moringa is your one-step stop to support and promote gut health. It strives to keep your Gut healthy and happy. 

Moringa for Anemia, Your Powerhouse of Iron!

Anaemia is a condition when the blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells or haemoglobin to transport oxygen to the body’s cells.

People who don’t get enough iron, vitamin B12 or folate in their diet could be at risk for developing anaemia

Moringa, a nutrient-rich leafy green, has been shown to be an excellent source of iron for people with anaemia. Recent studies suggest moringa leaves may be better at improving iron sufficiency than conventional iron supplements. 

Moringa may help facilitate the absorption of iron, increase red blood cell count, and maintain normal blood parameters. 

How to consume Moringa every day?

Moringa leaves are a good source of iron, beta-carotene, potassium, and calcium. They eat them fresh, dried or cooked. In dried powder form, the leaves can retain their nutritional value for years without refrigeration.

When used as a vegetable, Moringa leaves impart taste, promote digestion, prevent intestinal worms, and prevent Vata and Kapha disorders. 

Moringa powder is truly a simple and convenient way to add nutrition to any meal.

So add it in your smoothies, Makes spice mixes, and up your curry game with this wonder herb. 

We totally are team Moringa, since it truly is a superfood in disguise. What about you? 

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