There are few foods that get us this excited!
Moringa, or Moringa Oleifera, is a African tree leaf powder that has hit the international health scene in a big way, and for very good reason.
Before I launch into high praise, it is interesting to note that there are very few plants and herbs that have been scientifically studied from a health point of view. Not only is Moringa a great local superfood, but it is one of the few plants that have been very well researched.
All parts of this tree are beneficial, so not only the leaves, but also the roots, stems, flowers and seeds have been used for centuries by indigenous folk. Very high in vitamins and minerals, specifically Vitamin C. High in protein. Reduces blood sugar, so ideal for diabetics to include in the diet. Reduces inflammation and pain, lowers cholesterol, enhances energy levels, promotes digestive health and improves memory and mental health It is packed with antioxidants, which protect our cells from damage and boosts the immune system. Think of Moringa as an all round high protein, multi-vitamin and natural energy booster. However, Moringa has no stimulant properties and supports healthy adrenal function.
I was initially turned on to Moringa after watching a fascinating documentary about an NGO using Moringa leaf powder in extremely poor areas around Africa to deal with high incidents of AIDS, with astounding results. Participants in the program were mixing around 4g of Moringa powder with water and drinking each day, many people eradicated all symptoms of illness on this program. If you are dealing with health challenges or very low energy, four grams per day is the magic amount to work up to. We find after a few days on higher amounts of our organic raw Moringa powder we feel full of life, energised, focused and happier!
Moringa does have a strong flavour, so it is ideal to combine with cacao or other flavours you enjoy. This way you can sneak this amazing food into your and your children’s diet without then even noticing. Alternatively, mix with some water or juice and just drink it down!
For those of you who know us well at Earthshine, you know that part of our strategy is to create snacks that are not only delicious, but highly nutritious too. We are always looking for opportunities to push nutrient levels of our snacks higher and higher. Moringa is a fantastic way for us to do this. Just small amounts of Moringa are added to our chocolates and breakfast granolas, giving you more bang for buck with every mouthful.
Here are a few ideas on how to include Moringa into your daily meals. Remember little and often is the way to go. Don’t scare your taste buds by overdoing it too soon, over time you will get more used to the taste.
Start with a quarter teaspoon, to these below:
- Soups and stews.
- Ferments, such as sauerkraut or kimchi.
- Chocolate creations.
- Smoothies. Works very well with citrus or zesty flavours, such as pineapple or orange.
- Salad dressing. Works well with vinegar.
We look forward to hearing from you. Tell us how you do it, and how you feel after taking Moringa consistently for some time.
Watch ‘Moringa the Miracle Tree’ short documentary here