Moringa: The Super Hero of Superfood
The fact that moringa powder contains both iron and vitamin A means that it has a positive impact on the immune system. Its protein content and amino acids both contribute to healthy muscle growth and the calcium helps maintain bones. The fibre is good for the digestion system, which is great benefit, since many of us do not get enough fibre in our diets.
THE MIRACLE TREE
Moringa has a larger variety of nutrients than any other plant on earth. It contains a staggering 92 nutrients and 46 natural antioxidants, and holds a number of anti-inflammatory compounds. Gram per gram moringa powder contains 4 times the amount of calcium than milk, 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, double the protein of a banana and 3 times the amount of potassium in a banana.
In addition, it possesses two other qualities; which are game changers in the world of nutrition. First, the nutritional content increases by a factor of 300 to 500% when the dry leaves are shaded. When stored correctly, the dried leaves will retain their nutrients for up to two years. Secondly, it is very low cost and eco-friendly to grow; it is drought tolerant, doesn’t require fertilisers and it grows extremely fast. So far, scientists have not found any other plant on earth that has all of these amazing
Moringa can help is through “food synergy”. It has been discovered that food synergy greatly increases the benefits of a varied diet.
GREAT SOURCE OF FOOD ENERGY
The second way Moringa can help is through “food synergy”. It has been discovered that food synergy greatly increases the benefits of a varied diet. If you supplement your meals with Moringa, you increase the chances of benefiting from food synergy.Every part of the plant is edible: the leaves, pods, seeds, flowers and even its root.
Every part of the plant can be used for its nutrient dense medicinal and culinary purpose, with edible flowers, leaves, root and seed pods. The tree's edible leaves alone is packed with protein, iron, potassium, calcium, nine essential amino acids, and vitamins A, B, and C. Legumes don't even have that much protein, nor all the essential amino acids.
Moringa can be related to vegetables such as Kale, like broccoli and cabbage, and shares the same nutritious compounds. Its leaves, when tossed on salads or on meat, taste a bit peppery like arugula. Young pods are look like asparagus or of Chinese long beans, with a hint of spice. Seeds can be eaten or boiled to make salad oil or cosmetic oil. The fragrant flowers are often used to make tea. More commonly, the leaves are dried and ground into a powder that could be used for smoothies, drinks or added to soups, curries and stews.
Lack of certain nutrients affect our energy levels. Moringa doesn’t contain sugar or caffeine. It gives the body energy because it fulfils many of our daily nutritional needs. It gets rid of the lows that happen at certain times of the day, and makes our energy levels more consistent throughout the day.
MORINGA IS USED TO COMBAT MALNUTRITION AND JOB CREATION
Moringa also plays a role in combating malnutrition in the developing world. Moringa trees thrive in the arid, sandy conditions that are characteristic of many parts of the tropics and sub-tropics; factors that prevent many other plants and crops from growing successfully.
As well as feeding people, the moringa tree provides a source of income, with it being both cheap and easy to grow. Globally, it has a market value of over 7 Billions, and several of the producers who are selling to an international market are selling moringa powder, tea and cosmetics. When sourced sustainably and ethically, the import of Moringa into the European market provides good news for smallholder farmers in Africa and Asia, because it creates job; which in turn provides sustainable income.