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Moringa: The New Superfood

Moringa leaves are being touted as the new superfood – and they offer significant health benefits!

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The Moringa oleifera tree grows in tropical and subtropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America. The leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods offer many nutritional and medicinal benefits. Moringa is an excellent source of beta carotene, protein, vitamins A and C, calcium and potassium, as well as several antioxidants.

Moringa’s Multitude of Nutritional and Medicinal Properties

Moringa has been shown to stimulate cardiac and circulatory activity and to offer anti-tumor, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-spasmodic, diuretic and antioxidant properties. Moringa has also been shown to lower blood sugar and aid in treating diabetes. Studies show moringa aids in protecting tissues in the liver, kidneys, heart and lungs from oxidative stress. Learn “How to Protect Yourself Against Oxidative Stress.” One of the most interesting properties of moringa is its water purification abilities. Many cultures have used moringa as a food source for its nutritional value as well as for its medicinal properties.

Consuming Moringa

Moringa leaves can be cooked and treated as any leafy green. Moringa has been compared to kale or spinach, and can be used the same way in cooking. The leaves can also be dried and ground as a powder (a rich, green powder), which can be added to other foods or used as a tea. They can also be added to other teas and drinks, especially fruity flavors.

You can incorporate moringa leaves into cooked food, add the leaves to a salad as a leafy green, or add moringa powder to almost anything!

Moringa leaves may not be available everywhere, but the powder can be purchased at health food stores and online. Moringa leaf extract is also readily available.

Superfoods

Like the idea of adding superfoods to your diet but not sold on moringa? Consider starting with UltraNourish, Natural Wellness’ superfood protein shake that provides health benefits for your entire body. While moringa leaves offer some health benefits, UltraNourish offers an amazing combination of health benefits! Find out how UltraNourish offers nutritional support to almost every major function in the body – including your liver, detoxification, energy, digestion, metabolism, heart health and healthy blood sugar levels.

Anwar, F.; Latif, S.; Ashraf, M.; & Gilani, A.H. (2006). Moringa oleifera: A food plant with multiple medical uses. John Wiley & Sons, Ltd. 21: 17-25. Retrieved on 10/21/15 from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2023/epdf.

Loewe, E. (2015). We Tasted The Next Superfood (It’s Not What You Think). MindBodyGreen.com. Retrieved on 10/21/15 from http://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-21910/we-tasted-the-next-superfood-its-not-what-you-think.html.

Stohs, S.J. & Hartman, M.J. (2015). Review of the safety and efficacy of Moringa oleifera. Phytotherapy Research. 29: 796-804. Retrieved on 10/21/15 from http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.5325/epdf.

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