Moringa: The Miracle Tree
The history of moringa
In recent years the global healthcare community including the World Health Organization has taken a renewed interest in an old remedy: the Moringa plant, dubbed “the miracle tree” for its healing properties.
Originally grown in the sub-Himalayan regions of India, the small-but-mighty Moringa tree is now cultivated all over the world including Africa, Asia, the Caribbean, and South America. It's been described as the most nutrient-rich plant known to humankind. All parts of the tree are used in traditional herbal medicines, particularly the nutrient-dense leaves and pods of the plant. The annals of Ayurvedic Medicine, from one of the world’s oldest healthcare systems, cite Moringa as a cure for over 300 diseases. Ancient Roman historians noted the excellent health and strength of the Mauryan Warriors of India, who consumed Moringa leaf extract daily. The moringa supported their endurance in battle and became the first army to halt the campaign of Alexander the Great.
Moringa's miraculous nutrition
When the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan tested 120 food species, Moringa topped all in nutritional value.
The Moringa plant is an excellent source of amino acids and antioxidants, and its leaves contain:
- 9 x the protein found in yogurt
- 17 x the calcium in milk
- 15 x the potassium amount in bananas
- 25 x the iron content in spinach
In addition to these amazing benefits, moringa also has anti-aging, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer properties.
The potential health benefits of Moringa are numerous, and while more studies are needed, evidence suggests Moringa can lower blood sugar levels, reduce cholesterol, treat asthma, protect against liver damage, nourish hair and skin, treat stomach disorders such as constipation, and reduce depression, anxiety and fatigue.
The WHO has recommended Moringa as a means to counter malnutrition. When children in southwestern Senegal consumed leaf powder they saw improved health, while pregnant women recovered from anemia, had babies with higher birth weights, and produced more breast milk.
Because of these benefits of "the miarcle tree" we use moringa powder as one of our protein sources in Sperri.
While no single herb can substitute for a varied and balanced diet, it’s clear any nutrition regimen can benefit from the addition of this hardworking superfood. Those living with diabetes and other health issues cited above should discuss the advantages of a Moringa-supplemented diet with their healthcare practitioner.