Moringa is a tree — a super unusual tree, because not only is it incredibly nutritious and highly valued for its medicinal properties, but absolutely every part of it can be eaten. Moringa is loaded with healthy vitamins, minerals, and enzymes, making it a true superfood in every sense of the word. There are many ways to consume Moringa and take advantage of its health benefits.
Moringa’s Miraculous History
Called “The Miracle Tree” by some cultures, it is said to be effective in treating upwards of 300 conditions and maladies. Although scientists have not studied all of its possible health benefits, we know for a fact that moringa contains many beneficial nutrients that everyone needs. If your diet is lacking in nutrients, moringa can be an incredible boost for your health.
The Moringa tree originates in India, where it has been prized for thousands of years, both as a bountiful source of nutrition, and a robust curative featured heavily in the ancient Ayurveda Medicine tradition. The Moringa can now be found growing in many different countries, bringing health, nutrition, vitality, and beauty to diverse populations across the world.
Like so many traditional folk remedies, Moringa’s healing and nourishing properties have sustained populations for centuries. People didn’t know why it worked, they just knew that it did. In ancient India, Maurian warriors were fed Moringa leaf extract at the war front to provide them with extra stamina and strength. Now, science has only started to study and prove all of moringa’s countless health benefits, and we can apply these discoveries to our own journey towards health, strength, and beauty.
Where Can You Find Moringa?
There are 13 varieties of Moringa, but the most common one, and the one we are focusing on here, is Moringa Oleifera. It has delicate, feathery branches with small, deep green, oval leaves that are wonderful in salads, teas, or as a healthy side dish. If eaten raw, they have a little bite to them like watercress or radicchio. When cooked, they tend to mellow out a bit, and are much more like spinach, but with a somewhat nutty flavor.
You’ll have a hard time finding fresh moringa; more likely, you’ll find it in powder or capsule form. Although before it was rare to find moringa in any form in North America, now you can get it from many online and brick-and-mortar retailers and can easily start taking advantage of its benefits.
Cooking With Moringa
Ground into powder, Moringa is used as a natural multivitamin that promotes health and beauty. The powder can be taken in capsule form, sprinkled into soups and sauces, added to your Glowing Green Smoothie, or steeped in hot water and consumed as a soothing tea with tons of nutritional, alkalizing and purifying benefits.
In this video below Kimberly speaks with Julie from Gardens for Health International, who mentions how in Rwanda they use the fresh Moringa in their Glowing Green Smoothie.
There are many ways to add moringa to your food — you just have to get creative.
The Benefits of Moringa: Nutrition = Health = Beauty
Once you have added nutrient-rich Moringa to your diet, you will notice positive changes like:
Clearer, more youthful-looking skin. Moringa is rich in antioxidants and Omega 3 fatty acids which reduce inflammation and contribute to healthy cell production and regeneration. They help your skin retain its suppleness, helping to prevent lines and wrinkles while also boosting your immune system.
Healthier hair, scalp, and nails. Because Moringa contains all of the essential amino acids, you will notice that dry, brittle hair and nails are a thing of the past after incorporating it into your diet. Vitamins C and E also help facilitate blood circulation in the scalp which is absolutely essential to the absorption of nutrients in the follicles.
Increased energy. A single serving of Moringa contains about 3x the iron of spinach. Iron is essential to enriching the blood, carrying life, energy, and oxygen into our muscles, organs, and tissues. Move over sugary, high caffeine “energy” drinks, Moringa tea is here supporting health and vitality – without the crash!
Clear vision and eye health. High in beta carotene and vitamin A, moringa supports healthy eyes and clear vision.
Regular, healthy bowel movements. Moringa oils and fiber have a detoxifying effect to help scrub your bowel of waste and toxins allowing you to fully absorb nutrients from the foods you eat. Beauty is found in detoxification, a key player in the strength of your body, and the resilience of your skin. You can find out more about beauty foods in my book, The Beauty Detox Solution. You can also detox with our Detoxy 2.0 supplement.
Healthy snacks: the seeds are great when eaten raw, or they can be toasted and eaten for a healthy snack. Be careful not to overdo, because even though they are yummy and satisfying, they do have a natural laxative/mild diuretic effect. Remember, a little goes a long way.
Moringa can also speed up your metabolism and reduce your cravings, helping you with your weight loss goals in a more natural way.
Reduce cytokines, which are involved in inflammatory processes
Improve insulin response
Promote healthy cell membranes
Regulate prostaglandin production
Additionally, the seeds can be pressed to extract a highly versatile oil, known as Ben oil, which has even more health benefits:
Ben oil is high in monounsaturated fatty acids and healthy saturated fats. It is wonderful for use in frying and sautéing due to its high smoke point, and it’s also great for use in things like salad dressings. Bonus: this oil won’t ever go rancid!
Ben oil is highly moisturizing for the skin, hair, and nails. Valued for its rejuvenating, repairing, softening and beautifying effects, Ben oil has been used for centuries in lotions, soaps, conditioners, cosmetics, and as a base for perfumes.
Ben oil contains flavonoids, important antioxidants that protect our bodies and blood vessels while lowering inflammation. It also provides us with high levels of sterols which act to lower cholesterol as well as blood glucose levels.
Try moringa for yourself and start seeing the benefits in every part of your body.
Solluna + Moringa = Next-Level Health
Much like moringa, Solluna is the “superfood” for your healthy lifestyle. We give you everything you need to be healthy and feel beautiful, from cooking and yoga programs to supplements to our all-you-need skincare line and more. To top it off, we have a vibrant community of people just like you who want to learn and grow towards more natural health and beauty.