Superfood Sunday- Moringa
Ever since moving to Mexico, I’ve been obsessed with this amazing superfood, Moringa. The Moringa tree has been called, “The Miracle Tree” for hundreds of years, and rightfully so. Moringa is a powerhouse of health-enhancing nutrients, amino acids, and antioxidants. I can guarantee that Moringa is the next hot superfood.
For those of you who follow my recipes I post on Facebook and on my blog, you may remember my super green smoothie with nopales and moringa added into it. It’s one of my go-to recipes when I need an extra boost of energy and keeps me full all morning.
India’s ancient tradition of ayurveda medicine has sited over 300 ailments and diseases that are treated with the leaves of the Moringa tree. Traditional ancient medicine uses the whole tree- from the roots, leaves and seeds (pods) in their medicinal recipes. The leaves are the best part of the Moringa tree, because that is where you get such high, vibrant levels of vitamins, like A, B, and C. The leaves can be sautéed like spinach, eaten raw in a salad or added into pesto, or they can be dried and used in soups, sauces or other recipes.
Vital Energy and detoxification
Moringa is best known as an incredible source of nutrition and natural energy booster. It has also been said to help lower blood pressure and is an excellent sleep aid. Moringa leaves are used for many reasons such as skin disorder treatment, sleep improvement, relief of chronic anxiety, diabetes, and depression. Its detoxifying effect may come from Moringa’s ability to purify water- the pods of the Moringa tree have been known to purify water the same way activated charcoal sticks. Moringa acts as a coagulant attaching itself to harmful bacterias and impurities.
In Mexico, I feel very fortunate to have this miracle tree right in my own neighborhood (seriously, the streets are lined with them). However, I know that Moringa is slowly coming to the forefront of peoples consciousness of the healing properties just a few tablespoons of Moringa powder can provide. Below I’ll source where I order my Moringa from online, as well as a short review.
- 25x more iron than spinach
- 7x more Vitamin C than oranges
- 4x more Vitamin A than carrots
- 3x more Potassium than bananas
- 2x more Protein than yogurt
- 4x more Calcium than milk
- 92 variable cell-ready nutrients
- Powerful source of Vitamin B-6 and Magnesium
- 46 Antioxidants
- 36 Anti-inflammatories
- 18 Amino Acids
Kiva Organic Moringa Leaf Powder– I’m fully obsessed with this brand. I’ve tried a few powdered versions of Moringa, and I feel this gives you the perfect consistency when added to hot water or nut milk without having a chalky consistency. For the value and quality, $20.00 USD gets you a pound of Moringa Powder. Do you know how long that will last you?! It’s amazing.
Organic India Moringa Capsules-For those who prefer to take their supplements in pill form, I’d recommend Organic India Moringa Capsules. These have a very high rating on Amazon, it’s available through Prime, and are easy to swallow. I’ve only tried these a few times since I like powder for more, however, this is a great supplement that I would recommend to anyone looking to add Moringa into their life.
SunFood Moringa Powder –SunFood company is a great source for all your superfood needs. I highly recommend this brand to those who are just starting out, looking for high quality brands to choose from that want to source high vibrational foods, herbs, and powders at a mid-range price. This powder has a nice bright green color to it, with a bit stronger flavor than other powders I have tried. I’d recommend starting out with 1 tsp. and go from there to get used to the taste.