If you hopped on the turmeric bandwagon some time ago for all of its wonderful health benefits, then you are going to love this next superfood!
Introducing you to moringa! You may have seen this popping up in health food stores and in the holistic health market. Like turmeric, moringa has gained popularity for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Research shows that you can use each part of this healing plant for different purposes. From tea to oil to tablet to powder form you can find Moringa taking over the holistic health market by storm. Why else has this mighty plant been named a top superfood?
Here are 5 reasons why many people have been adding this superfood to their diet.
1. Nutrient Rich
Superfoods are called superfoods for a reason because they contain a rich nutritional profile. To give you some examples of how nutrient dense this plant really is let's get specific! One hundred grams of dry moringa leaf contains 12 times more vitamin C than oranges, 17 times more calcium than milk, 15 times more potassium than bananas and 10 times more vitamin A than carrots. How amazing is that?
2. Helps Stabilize Blood Sugar Levels
Crazy blood sugar levels are often the root of many illnesses and diseases today. Consuming foods that will stabilize the blood sugars over time, will lower your risk of disease and keep inflammation at bay. The beneficial plant compound called isothiocyanates have been shown in studies to reduce blood sugar levels and help stabilize them over time with consistent use.
3. Supports Digestion
Moringa is also high in fiber, and as we know fiber acts as a mop to your intestinal tract, cleaning and cleansing the insides of the walls. The isothiocyanates contents have anti-bacterial properties which can help rid the body of H. Pylori, a bacteria often found in many intestinal tract disorders.
4. Reduces Inflammation
The isothiocyanates, flavonoids and phenolic acids contain powerful anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa oil has been shown to help protect the liver from chronic inflammation while aiding the body in detoxing harmful substances like heavy metals. Its anti-inflammatory properties have even when used topically to help calm inflammation in arthritis cases.
5. Benefits Neurotransmitter Functions
I am all about boosting mood and encouraging people to do what they can through diet to support neurotransmitters in the body. Moringa is an excellent source of tryptophan, an essential amino acid needed to produce our "feel-good" hormone serotonin. It can also help support low libido and has been used for centuries as an aphrodisiac!
These are just some of the many powerful healing health benefits. There have been over a thousand research studies completed on this superfood, and there is still a ton of wisdom we still don't know!
Now, you may be wondering how you can incorporate moringa into your daily routine. If you haven't gotten to know me yet, you will know that I always have some type of health drink in my hand (tea, fresh juices, smoothies, kombucha, matchas etc.). I am constantly sipping on something throughout the day and exploring with different types of 'healthy lattes' are one of my favourite ways!
Moringa Latte Recipe
The Turmeric Latte (or 'Golden Milk') has definitely been a hit, popping up in tons of healthy food spots. But, have you tried a moringa latte? Here is a simple recipe below that you can try:
· 1 ½ tbsp. Moringa powder
· 2 cups Almond, coconut or cashew milk (or any nut or seed milk of your choice)
· 2 tsp. Raw honey (optional)
1. Use a milk frother or saucepan to steam your nut or seed milk of choice. Heat until frothy.
2. In a small bowl, use moringa powder and a small amount of water to whisk.
3. Pour the nut or seed milk into your mug, add in moringa powder mixture and optional to add raw honey to sweeten.
There you have it one simple way to get your daily dose of moringa in each day!
We would love to hear from you, have you tried this amazing superfood before? What's your favorite way to use it?
Stephanie Morrison is a certified holistic nutritionist, registered yoga and meditation instructor with a passion for guiding others along their healing path. She uses a combination food, supplementation, homeopathics and lifestyle recommendations to create balance in the body and address the root cause of her clients health symptoms. She works in private clinic setting specializing in hormonal, digestive and emotional health.