Moringa Powder – Friend or Fad?
Recently, while travelling around South Africa, I came across Moringa Powder being sold at a market. Of course, I hopped online and researched it as soon as I could! Today we’ll break down the health benefits of moringa powder, so you can decide for yourself whether this is the next big super food!
What is it?
Commonly dubbed ‘The Miracle Tree of Africa’, the Moringa tree is hardy and drought-resistant – 20 of them can support a family of 10, even when other food sources are low or unavailable! There are two types of Moringa trees – stenopetala and oleifera, but both are touted as having great medical benefits. Moringa powder is created by drying and crushing the leaves of the moringa tree – the product is a deep green colour with an earthy taste (like spinach). You’re now likely wondering – ‘what makes these trees so miraculous?’
What are the benefits?
It’s packed with nutrients
What doesn’t Moringa powder contain? It’s a great source of calcium, magnesium, Vitamins A, K and E as well as being rich in antioxidants. Surprisingly, Moringa leaves pack a protein punch too – they have four times the amount of protein as eggs! The great thing about Moringa, is it contains all the essential amino acids, making it a fully rounded protein – like animal-based proteins. Vegetarians rejoice!
It can help out your blood sugar
More research needs to be undertaken in this area, but the studies that have been done give a positive sign that moringa can help keep your blood sugar under control! Moringa contains isothiocyanates, which have been suggested to give natural protection against diabetes.
It can improve your skin
And it’s anti-aging to boot! Not only do all the antioxidants in Moringa fight free radicals (which lead to signs of aging), but it can also improve your skin health too! When applied topically, Moringa’s antibacterial and antifungal ingredients can improve or prevent things like dandruff, acne or even insect bites.
It’s a mood booster & brain supporter
Moringa contains Vitamins C and E, which can improve brain function by preventing degeneration of neurons. It also contains the amino acid tryptophan, which improves neurotransmitter function. One of those neurotransmitters secretes serotonin – or the ‘happiness’ hormone. Better serotonin function? Better mood!
It can fight inflammation
A lot of super foods can tout anti-inflammatory properties, and that’s part of the reason they’re super! Excessive inflammation is not only painful, but can also lead to other diseases such as arthritis, cardiovascular disease and even diabetes. Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties also make it a candidate to aiding digestive health!
In the battle of the green powders – Matcha vs Moringa, who do you think would win? Let us know!