Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Its leaves have been used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases.
Moringa, sometimes described as the "miracle tree," "drumstick tree," or "horseradish tree," has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium…you name it Moringa’s got it! The fact that moringa grows rapidly and easily makes it especially appealing for impoverished areas, and it's been used successfully for boosting nutritional intake in Malawi, Senegal, and India. In these areas, moringa may be the most nutritious food locally available, and it can be harvested year-round.
6 Reasons Why Moringa Is Being Hailed as a Superfood
1. A Rich Nutritional Profile
Moringa leaves are loaded with vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids, and more. One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains:
9 times the protein of yogurt
10 times the vitamin A of carrots
15 times the potassium of bananas
17 times the calcium of milk
12 times the vitamin C of oranges
25 times the iron of spinach
2. Antioxidants: Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants, including vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid.
3. Lower Blood Sugar Levels
4. Reduce Inflammation
5. Maintain Healthy Cholesterol Levels
6. Protect Against Arsenic Toxicity
Moringa Leaves May Even Purify Water… and More