Superfoods – Series 3
The next superfood is called Moringa. It is the world most nutritious super green leaf contains more nutrients and natural remedies than your body knows what to do with.
So, how can Moringa help your health?
Moringa Oleifera and Stenopelata also known as the horseradish shrub, is indigenous to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Afganistan and parts of Africa. Dating back in centuries ancient Greek and Roman warriors fueled for battle with the leaf extract, hot for the stamina and strength it gave them; and legend has it that Egyptian Pharaohs were buried with it to sustain them in the afterlife.
All areas of the Moringa shrub are edible except the root and have long been eaten and used to make medicine.
How does it work?
It is a versatile superfood the tree contain 4 times more vitamin A than carrots, 4 times more calcium than milk, 3 times more iron than spinach, 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 3 times more potassium than bananas, and 4 times more protein quality comparable to eggs.
It is also a strong antioxidant contains several thousand times more of the powerful anti-aging nutrient Zeaxanthin than any other known plant; preventing cell damage, cancer and stop tumor growth.
So it has gotten superfood enthusiasts (and marketers) excited. Also the World Health Organisation (WHO) has been studying it as a way of dealing with malnutrition where food insecurity is rife.
Moringa is used for anemia; arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections. Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), increase breast milk production. It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease, snakebites, warts, and wounds.
Where you’ll find it
Mostly online and in supplement stores. When buying it in your health food store, you are likely to find it in powder form, which has been made from the leaf of the tree. So skip the expensive supplements and mix it into smoothies and soups for a daily intake.
If you prefer, you can also have it as a tea using the dried leaf powder. And don’t forget, it can also be included in cooking; people have traditionally taken the seeds and used them as a spice in curries.
The oil pressed from the seeds is available in grooming products such as Soaps, Moisturizers and Oils.
Source: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan, et al. WebMD. Nutrition information from difference sources may vary.
Have you missed Series 2..? Why not read all about Gary Barlow’s new favourite Superfood here.