Ok, so maybe Moringa isn’t MAGIC, but let me tell you, this plant is nothing short of AMAZING. I have studied botanicals for over 15 years and I have never run across a plant quite like Moringa oleifera (its Latin name). In my opinion, one of the most impressive things about Moringa is the amount of published scientific research that supports the hype. I simply cannot go into all of it without writing a book, but let’s look at a few of the amazing properties of Moringa:
1) Nutrition Powerhouse
Moringa is the definition of a “superfood”. With more than 90 nutrients and 46 different antioxidants, Moringa outshines any other “superfood”. Moringa’s leaves exceed the World Health Organization’s ideal for essential amino acids and they blow other plant sources away with a total protein content of up to 23%. Moringa is a perfect plant-based protein source for vegetarians and vegans. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain more protein and calcium than whole milk, more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas, more protein than eggs, more vitamin A than carrots, and more vitamin C than oranges. What are you waiting for? It’s green smoothie time!
2) Supporting Healthy Blood Sugar
In traditional Ayurveda, Unani and Siddha systems of medicine, Moringa was used for centuries to support normal blood sugar levels. And now, animal and human studies have confirmed that Moringa can help keep blood sugar in a healthy range.(1)(2) The impressive amount and variety of polyphenols (plant compounds that provide antioxidant effects and health benefits) in Moringa has been accredited with this ability to support healthy blood sugar.
Almost all diseases have an inflammatory component. The busy lives we lead and the stresses we deal with on a daily basis create inflammation. Moringa falls into the alkaline food category and can support an anti-inflammatory environment. Additionally, it has been demonstrated in scientific studies that Moringa possesses specific anti-inflammatory effects to calm and soothe irritation.(3) In fact, this is one of the most common benefits that we hear from people who consume our Moringa – their joints are less stiff and they can move easier.
4) Healthy Cells
Moringa’s leaves contain glucosinolate compounds, similar to those in other cruciferous vegetables, compounds known to have beneficial effects on healthy cell division and human health. Comprehensive reviews of studies have indicated that a high intake of fruits and vegetables can reduce the risk of various diseases. Moringa is one of these vegetables that has demonstrated this ability in human cell lines and has been the subject of interest of some of the most prestigious research institutes, including Johns Hopkins University. (4)
We already mentioned that Moringa is packed with antioxidants, which are part of what makes any botanical a great anti-aging supplement. What makes Moringa different, however, is the presence of a compound called Zeatin. A unique plant hormone, Zeatin has been shown to stimulate cell growth and have anti-aging effects on human skin cells.
Need we say more?
It’s easy to see why this plant has been coined the “Miracle tree” by many, a “Supermarket on a trunk” by the National Research Council and “Mighty Moringa” by National Geographic. As one journalist put it, “It’s hard not to feel like you’re bragging when talking about Moringa”.
Check out our 100% USDA organic, non-GMO Moringa leaf powder (great for smoothies or sprinkling on food) and/or capsules (for those of you who don’t do the smoothie thing) on our product page and do something great for yourself! Our non-plastic tins make for a great re-usable storage container too!
1) Ndong et al. Effects of Oral Administration of Moringa oleifera Lam on Glucose Tolerance in Goto-Kakizaki and Wistar Rats. J. Clin. Biochem. Nutr., 40, 229-233, 2007.
2) Anthanont et al. Moringa oleifera Leaf Increases Insulin Secretion after Single Dose Administration: A Preliminary Study in Healthy Subjects J Med Assoc Thai 99(3); 308-13, 2016.
3) Minaiyan et al. Anti-inflammatory effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. Seeds on Acetic acid-induced Acute Colitis in rats. 4(2):127-136, 2014.
4) Fahey, J. Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1. Trees for Life Journal 1:5; 2005.