Any plant that comes with the word “miracle” in its introduction is bound to make us sit up and take notice.
Moringa oleifera is definitely one of those plants. Its titles range from “Miracle Tree” to “Tree of Life.” Hailing from India, it has crossed borders throughout history to be cultivated by the Egyptians and Greeks, and even holds a special place in the ancient system of Ayurvedic medicine (1).
Even today, moringa is praised as a remedy throughout regions susceptible to malnutrition due to its astoundingly high levels of protein and antioxidants. In fact, moringa’s status as a cure-all is taken so seriously that natives use it to treat diabetes, vitamin A deficiencies, and even HIV/AIDS.(2)
Health Benefits of Moringa
- Boost Immune System
- Improves Digestive Problems
- Anti-Bacterial and Anti-Fungal
- Stabilizes Mood
- Fights Aging
- Rich in Protein, Vitamins and Minerals
- Lowers Cholesterol
How to Use Moringa
Luckily, the ways to get moringa into your diet are virtually limitless. If you have a moringa tree, you can eat the leaves by adding them to a salad (the taste is similar to a radish). Alternatively, you can purchase moringa tea or moringa powder to add to smoothies, soups, sauces, and even salad dressings. You can also experiment with cold-pressed moringa oil, although it is on the pricier side.
Keep in mind that moringa does have a “green” taste similar to other green powders, so it might be best to start with a small amount when adding it to smoothies and dishes. Any way you’re getting this “miracle” plant, however, is bound to do your body good.