I only recently heard of the Moringa plant from my Puerto Rican neighbor, who’s grown a sizeable tree in a short time, but she only shared that it is healthy without many more details. I decided to do my own research on this amazing plant of superfood status and was amazed and what I found!
This plant is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan; as well as the tropics (i.e Puerto Rico). What makes this plant so amazing is that it can be grown cheaply and easily, with every part of the plant providing nourishment. That’s right…the bark, leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit, and root can be used to make medicine! Incredible! Rich in antioxidants, this powerful plant also provides Protein, Vitamin B6, Vitamin C, Iron, Riboflavin (B2), Vitamin A, Vitamin E, Potassium and Magnesium, as well as essential amino acids found in other complete proteins like meat.
This beautiful tree truly benefits the whole body, with specific benefits to the brain, heart, and liver; as well as the cardiovascular system and overall healing. The antioxidant and nuero-enhancer properties (due to the high content of vitamins E and C), support brain health and cognitive function (leading to it even being tested as treatment for Alzheimer’s). It truly is a feel-good food, being able to normalize serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline; helping memory, mood, organ function, ability to deal with stress and overall mental health. It has been proven to fight inflammation which can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, obesity, and respiratory problems and can also reduce diabetes symptoms by lowering lipid and glucose levels (lowering blood sugar) and regulating oxidative stress, which improves protection against cell damage. Because of it’s ability to help with blood lipid control, this heart-healthy plant aids in the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries and reduced cholesterol levels. The high concentration of polyphenols in the leaves and flowers protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage. This amazing plant also has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties helping the body fight infection and the leaves, roots, and seeds have blood-clotting properties aiding in wound healing. This is true nutrition – food as medicine.
My neighbor gave me a few branches of her plant, which I dried, then ran through the food processor to create an easy to use powder allowing me to sprinkle Moringa on anything.
Get your hands on this amazing plant, preferably to grow, since the benefits are greatest using fresh leaves. I’ve started adding it into my meals daily – sprinkling it on fresh cut fruit for my toddler sons, in my daily am green juice and my fav – avocado with a sprinkle of Trader Joe’s Everyday Seasoning. This is truly the purest form of medicine. Enjoy!