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Moringa is a tree native of South Asia but can be grown in the tropics around the world. People in India and Africa have been using Moringa for hundreds of years as medicine and in Ayurvedic and other types of herbal remedies.
The leaves of the plant are packed with nutrition: high protein content, calcium, vitamins C but all parts of the plant to treat anything from lack of mother’s milk to infectious diseases and its use is well documented in Ayurvedic texts.
Here are some of its benefits:
It grows really fast – really great to have a densely nourishing plant that can feed the poor of the world. Places where other nutritious foods may not be readily available, Moringa can be harvested all year round.
It’s high in antioxidants – Really high levels of antioxidants with loads of Vitamin C, beta-carotene and other antioxidants that protect against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage and prevent against premature aging.
It lowers blood sugar levels – This one study found women who took 7 grams of moringa powder daily for 3 months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by almost 14%
It is packed with nutrients – Check this out, Moringa has:
10 times the vitamin A of carrots
25 times the iron of spinach
9 times the protein of yogurt
17 times the calcium of milk
15 times the potassium of bananas
12 times the vitamin C of oranges
It reduces inflammation – People use it to treat stomach ulcers (where was this when I had ulcers), and protect liver from chronic inflammation. It is also used to treat arthritis.
It can lower cholesterol and protect from different types of toxicity – It is believed that it can protect from some heavy metal toxicity like arsenic and it can even purify the water.
How to use it?
You can use the leaves fresh in your dishes (salads, smoothies) or the powder, which is how I’ve used it. I add it everywhere and even take 1 tsp in hot water to make tea. Tastes similar to green tea., a little earthy but good. You can also get it in oil form.