No matter what ails you, moringa, can help! After you read this list of moringa benefits, you’ll understand why moringa is also celebrated as the “Tree of Life.” Prized since ancient times, moringa is now known as the most powerful and sustainable superfood in our time.
In our never-ending quest for healing plants around the world, it was only a matter of time before Jay and I discovered moringa. The moringa tree is native to Asia and Africa, and well utilized in Ayurveda from India for thousands of years, so you’d think we would have heard about it ages ago.
But it wasn’t until we were living in a small lakeside village in Mexico that we had the opportunity to meet someone who actually grew moringa in their small garden plot. At the time, we had no idea that moringa is the most powerful and sustainable superfood.
We had encountered the vegetable of the moringa plant in India years ago, but didn’t know about the plant’s medicinal value. Moringa seed pods are long and green, and for obvious reasons, in India they are known as drumsticks. They are often sliced and cooked into soups and curries, particularly in southern Indian soups known as rasam and sambar.
The amazing thing about the moringa tree, is that all parts of the tree, including the leaves, fruits and seeds, bark and roots, can be used as food, as medicine, or for skin care. This is where moringa shines as compared with other herbs that have amazingly fantastic medicinal properties – because moringa has nutritional properties that really qualify it as a superfood.
That is to say, if you were starving and no other food was available, you’d probably be able to survive for some time on the vegetable pods and the leaf powder alone, due to their super-nutritional properties!
Moringa trees are often cultivated in drought-stricken areas around the world where food is scarce, because they grow quickly and easily flourish. Moringa is so nutrient-dense that it is successfully used to combat child malnutrition.
It thrives particularly well in tropical and subtropical climates, and is now grown around the world; on tropical islands, in Latin America and in the USA, in places like California and Arizona.
Moringa belongs to a large group of shrubs and trees that are part of the Brassica family, a sort of cousin to broccoli, kale and collards. The flavor of the vegetable pods is milder than their cousins, more like a cross between asparagus and spinach. Although there are numerous varieties of moringa, the one that has the most healthful benefits and is therefore most widely cultivated, is moringa oleifera.
Because all parts of the moringa can be used for various health purposes, we’ll discuss the benefits of each part in the sections below.
NOTE: Herbs are powerful! The natural chemical compounds in moringa can have corrective actions on the digestive tract, which in most people is a good thing 🙂 HOWEVER, be aware that moringa could cause you to have looser bowel movements, so please do not over do it with moringa leaf powder! Our suggestion would be to start with the equivalent of of ½ teaspoon per day for one week, and gradually work up to 1 teaspoon per day if you have no uncomfortable reactions. Moringa, in any form, is not suggested for pregnant women.
Health Benefits of the Moringa Tree
Moringa Leaf Powder Benefits
Moringa leaf powder is nearly unsurpassed due to its variety of curative and nutritive properties. With twice as much protein as yogurt and spinach, plus an abundance of amino acids, moringa can be added to soups or to baby formula.
When taken as a medicinal, moringa leaf powder has the following attributes:
- anti-diabetic – lowers blood sugar levels
- aids brain health – by stimulating neuronal development and regulating brain pathway signals
- combats fatigue – provides energy due to high iron content
- treats blood pressure
- treat depression
- treat fevers
- antiseptic and anti-microbial – can be used topically as a poultice and taken internally to protect against infection
- anti-cancer – inhibits tumor formation by reducing cancer cell growth
- inhances immune function
- improves eye health (due to high Vitamin A content)
Moringa Pods (Vegetable) Benefits
The long drumstick-shaped moringa vegetable pods can be cooked and eaten as other vegetables. The pods are usually cut and de-seeded, then boiled or steamed, as additions to soups, casseroles or as a side dish. In addition to containing most of the same beneficial properties as the moringa leaf powder, moringa pods:
- are an excellent source of Vitamin C
- treat joint pain
- treat liver and spleen
- contain an abundance of anti-oxidants
Moringa Root Benefits
As a food, moringa root powder can be used as a replacement for horseradish and when taken as an herbal remedy the root powder:
- treats inflammation and edema
- relieves fever or cold symptoms
- functions as a cardiac tonic
Moringa Bark Benefits
The bark of the moringa tree also has curative benefits such as:
- treats toothache – functions as a painkiller
- anti-cancer – dissolves tumors and heal ulcers
- treats sores and skin infections – when used topically as a poultice
- treats eye infections
Moringa Seed Oil Benefits
The seeds of the moringa pods have also been prized throughout the ages for their curative properties. The oil, cold-pressed from the seeds was treasured in Egyptian times for use in beauty treatments and to protect skin from the ravages of the desert climate. Additionally, moringa oil:
- treats various skin diseases
- reduces fine lines and wrinkles
- aids in wound healing
- soothes dry skin – moisturizing
- treats burns
- repairs damaged hair and scalp – used as a topical treatment (either warm oil treatment or by adding regularly to natural shampoo)
- aids sleep – by rubbing onto temples when retiring
- treats gout – external use
- controls blood sugar levels and balances cholesterol levels – taken internally
Moringa and The Environment
Moringa is one of the easiest and fast growing trees available. In addition to being a miracle tree for health and nutrition, moringa trees can help replenish nutrients and re-carbonize deficient soil, thereby increasing soil fertility. This is especially important in areas that are suffering from drought and desertification.
Moringa is inexpensive and easy to grow in areas that are not prone to freezing and that have tropical climates.
When we were introduced to moringa by a couple we met in Mexico, they explained to us that they had planted several moringa trees as an experiment and as a sort of hobby. Then, they were amazed at how quickly their little crop of moringa trees flourished in such a short period of time. They had not intended to harvest the leaves and sell moringa powder, but the trees grew so fast that they had to harvest the leaves and begin drying them quickly.
They did not want to waste those prolific medicinal moringa leaves! We felt very blessed that their 100% organic moringa powder was easily available to us and we took it regularly as a nutritional supplement.
The moringa tree, or tree of life, is a miracle tree that provides not only nutritional benefit as a food source, but also has super strong medicinal actions. Moringa is seriously deserving of the “Superfood” accolade! A truly sustainable plant, moringa trees grow quickly and all parts can be harvested (without harming the plant) and minimally processed with great benefit.
If you are interested in trying moringa leaf powder for any of the numerous health benefits outlined above, we’re sure you won’t be disappointed. If you’re hard-core 🙂 like we are, you can take moringa as powder, such as in this bulk organic moringa leaf powder ✓. I just take it by the 1/4 teaspoon with a little water; it tastes kind of grassy; not strong or bitter like some herbs can.
Or, if you want to avoid that, you can easily take moringa in capsules ✓ or in various products, such as this moringa tea with peppermint ✓(because, yeah, you’ll probably appreciate the peppermint flavor, as that moringa taste is not fabulous alone) 🙂 or, how about these moringa energy bars ✓?
If you live near an Asian or Indian market, you can sometimes find fresh moringa “drumsticks” available for cooking at home.
For anyone who has a garden and is interested in being more self-sufficient, you can buy some moringa seeds if you live in a climate that will suit moringa trees. This really nice family farm in Arizona sells moringa seeds and also moringa oil for skin care.
And in terms of preparedness, with all the talk these days of supply shortages in grocery store, anyone who is into prepping or being prepared – just in case – would surely want to keep some moringa powder on hand for nutrition, as well as for health remedy needs!
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