What is Moringa Oleifera?
Moringa has many names; “horseradish”, “radish tree”, “ben oil tree”, “drumstick tree” “benolive tree”. The Moringa (whose scientific name is Moringa Oleifera) is an Indian plant included in the Moringaceae family. Its cultivation, widespread especially in Africa, Latin America, Asia, is highly valued for its high nutritional power enclosed in the plant itself. Once referred to as the “Miracle Tree” that could help feed the world, almost all parts of the Moringa are edible. From the leaves, pods, seeds, flowers, down to the roots, most parts of this plant contain high concentrations of protein, vitamins and minerals. Being so abundant in various vitamins, Moringa has the potential to simultaneously treat both malnutrition and immunity concerns.
What are the benefits of Moringa?
It is suspected to be the most powerful natural multi-vitamin and antioxidant on Earth. It has been recorded to contain more than 92 nutrients, 46 types of antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 Amino Acids, and 9 essential Amino Acids. Moringa includes 17 times more Calcium than milk, 7 times more Vitamin C than 7 oranges, 15 times the amount of Potassium in a banana, 25 times more Iron than spinach, 10 times more Vitamin A than carrots, 9 times more Protein than yogurt and 4 times more Chlorophyll than wheatgrass. It also includes essential vitamins; Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, B2, B6, Vitamin E. It is also extremely low in fats and contains no harmful cholesterol. Moringa also aids in removing toxins by purifying the blood, has the power to treat mood disorders, fight against bacterial diseases, make bones healthier, prevent and treat cancer, protect the cardiovascular system, reduce high blood pressure, treat diabetes, help heal wounds and much more.
Can Moringa be used everyday?
Almost every part of the Moringa plant can be used and integrated into the daily diet. In fact, it is actually recommended to ingest Moringa daily.
The Moringa leaves, which have a slightly spicy scent, comparable to that of the radish, can be added raw in salads or can be cooked and used in soups. Even the Moringa flowers (raw) can enrich the salads and from them you can even get a delicious honey.
The Moringa seeds, the latter, contained within the pods, can be either roasted or boiled: their taste can remember that of chickpeas or peas. From the seeds, as mentioned above, the Moringa oil is extracted, a vegetable mixture with a sweet and delicate taste which can be used both as a condiment for different dishes and as a component of cosmetic preparations.
The Moringa oil is a valid ally of hair health and if added to soaps or creams, it increases its moisturizing, toning and antioxidant effect. The fruits of the Moringa, as Indian cuisine teaches, are excellent boiled and can be used both as a simple side dish and as ingredients for soups.
Can Moringa be used topically?
Aside from Moringa being so beneficial to our health within, it is so versatile that it has external beauty benefits as well and can be used directly on the skin topically. Moringa oil and Moringa leaf powder both slow down ageing, preventing wrinkles and free radical damage to the skin. Moringa applied directly to the skin also helps improve the complexion of the skin and fights acne by preventing blemishes and providing an even skin tone.
Did you know?
The first reference to the Moringa tree came at around 2000 BC, which described the use of the tree's leaves for medicinal purposes and benefits including its anti-fungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Today, Moringa is still very highly regarded, especially across beauty and culinary professionals. With its green, earthy flavour and vibrant colour, Moringa complements many recipes you enjoy every day.
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