Every day, you learn about new super foods. Most of these foods have been around for centuries, but barely noticed until scientists discovered phytonutrients that helped keep people healthier. Turmeric, one of the super foods—or perhaps I should say, super spices—has received a lot of attention for its anti-inflammatory and antioxidant nature. Before these discoveries, it was just a mellow tasting spice that turned any dish you put it in bright yellow. Now moringa is getting its fair share of attention. Moringa is also called the drumstick tree, the horseradish tree, and the benzoil tree.
Moringa was often thought of as food for the poor.
In Asia and Africa, people have been eating the various parts of the moringa tree for centuries. The leaves, immature seed pods—called drumsticks, seed oil, mature seeds, roots and flowers are all eaten. Moringa is extremely hardy, grows quickly and has been around for centuries. Besides being rich in potassium, vitamin A, vitamin C, protein and other vitamins and minerals, it contains potent anti-oxidants and anti-inflammatory properties. In fact, Penn state is studying ways to use moringa seeds as a very inexpensive way to purify water in developing nations. The seeds contain a protein that kills bacteria.
How do you eat moringa?
Like turmeric, there are many recipes containing moringa that come from India. The seed pods are often used in the cooking there. The very young ones can be eaten fresh or cooked and provide a taste people compare to green beans. As they mature, the outer shell is tougher and removed after cooking when the people eat the seeds inside it. Leaves are tough, so pressure-cooking them first is often necessary. No matter what part of the plant you eat, you’ll get health benefits from it.
What moringa can do for your health.
If you’ve read many articles on health, you’ll know that free-radicals and the oxidative stress they cause and inflammation are the bodies enemies causing many conditions, including heart disease, cancer and dementia. Moringa fights oxidative damage. It contains anti-oxidants that help neutralize free radicals to protect the cell and anti-inflammatory properties to stop inflammation, just as turmeric does. Studies show it helps lower blood sugar levels, lower Moringa as part of your healthy diet may boost your level of nutrients, without adding extra calories.
- The oil of the moringa plant when applied to the skin can provide protection from bacteria and fight conditions ranging from acne to athletes foot and dandruff.
- Moringa may help balance hormone levels and aid in improving your overall mood.
- Because of its high protein content, ability to purify water, prolific growing pattern and many nutrients, besides being a super food, moringa may be used to provide food and clean water to developing nations at a low cost.