What is Moringa?
Moringa oleifera is a plant native to India and has recently been grown in other tropical and sub-tropical climates, like Africa and the Caribbean. Eastern medicine has used the leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant for centuries.
Though studies have only been conducted in labs, in these countries, it has traditionally been used to treat a variety of conditions such as: Diabetes, Inflammation, Heart Health, Cancer, and Joint Pain
Moringa Nutritional Benefits
According to WebMD, Moringa has many important vitamins and minerals. The leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids. For this reason, Moringa is grown in many countries where food is not readily available.
Moringa Nutritional Breakdown
According to Healthline, one cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains:
- Protein: 2 grams
- Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
- Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
Moringa is also packed with antioxidants, which can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.
Uses of Moringa
Is Moringa Safe?
Before starting any herbal regimen, you should always consult your physician. Though there are no documented allergies to Moringa, if you do have a reaction after consuming Moringa, stop immediately
Moringa Tea Recipe
PREP TIME: 5 Minutes
SERVINGS: 1 Cup
- Tea Pot
- 1 tbsp Dried Moringa Leaves (TrueTeaLovers – Mindful Moringa)
- 1 cup of Hot Water
- 1/4 Wedge Lemon (optional)
- tbsp honey
Add Moringa leaves to your cup
Add hot water
Let steep for 5 minutes
Add honey or sweetener to taste