Moringa is quickly becoming known as a “superfood” as it is a highly nutritious, anti-inflammatory and antioxidant plant that punches far above its weight class. It has:
- 7 x the Vitamin C of oranges,
- 4 x the Vitamin A of carrots,
- 4 x the Calcium of milk,
- 3 x the Potassium of bananas and
- 2 x the Protein of yogurt*
Moringa oleifera is a small tree that grows in many countries in Africa, Asia, South and Central America, the Caribbean and Oceania and yet is virtually unknown in “the West”. It has been used for generations to prevent and treat diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, asthma, joint pain, liver disease, respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders. In Ayurvedic medicine, there are over 300 uses.
We were introduced to Moringa by a friend who swears by its anti-inflammatory properties. The science shows that Moringa fights inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. It can reduce diabetic symptoms by lowering lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in patients; lowering blood sugar and cholesterol, while protecting against cell damage. Due to its high levels of antioxidants and vitamins, it supports cognitive functions. The polyphenols located in its leaves and flowers can protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage. Moringa has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infections such as skin and blood infections, and digestive problems. With its blood-clotting properties, Moringa can benefit wound healing and reduce clotting time. Moringa is a natural energy booster.
So what are you waiting for? We stock both a powder for smoothies and baking and Magic Moringa, a Moringa/Fruit blend that can be steeped as a tea (hot or iced).
Every Monday for the month of August, we’ll be serving Magic Moringa to go for $2/cup hot or iced and 10% off any purchase of the tea or powder. It’s a great time to give it a try…your body will thank you!
Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan, et al. Nutrition information from different sources may vary.