Moringa powder comes from the small leaves of the Moringa Oleifera or Moringa tree. This tree originally grew in North India, Nepal and Pakistan, but the great health value of this “tree of life” has been known for a long time and today this tree is cultivated and grows in many (tropical) countries. The tree now grows in many Asian countries, South America, Central America and tropical parts of Africa.
The Moringa oleifera is known to be a good and important source of food, it is a kind of super vegetable. Moringa is therefore also described as the ‘natural food of the tropics’. The moringa tree produces edible pods, which are most similar in taste to asparagus. The tree also has many uses in traditional medicine in Asian and West African countries.
Healthy properties of Moringa leaves and some uses
Moringa leaves are packed with nutrients, this has been known for hundreds of years and has now been confirmed by science. Moringa is rich in antioxidants, fiber, protein, potassium, iron, magnesium, Vitamin A, B, E, K and moringa also contains all 9 essential amino acids.
The Moringa leaf powder has a light to dark green color and a fresh characteristic moringa taste. The powder is very tasty and is most often used in curries, stews and sauces. In addition, it is also possible to make a moringa tea, this is a tasty and fresh green tea.
There are many possible applications for Moringa. Due to the high protein content (27 grams of protein per 100 grams of moringa powder), it can be used in, for example, a Whey protein shake. To do this, add 5 grams of Moringa powder to your protein shake.
Local use of Moringa and the 5 gram question
In the south of Ethiopia, for example, almost every family that is lucky enough to own a garden near the house has one or more moringa trees in the garden. The Moringa leaves are periodically sun dried or picked and washed and then cooked to be used as a vegetable. I must admit that Moringa is not immediately tasty as a vegetable, at least I don’t find it very tasty as a vegetable. I think it is a kind of “required taste”, it may well be that if you often eat Moringa as a vegetable you will find it edible at a certain moment. The dried Moringa is sometimes chewed or used for tea.
It is often said that 5 grams of Moringa powder per day is enough and that can indeed be the case as a small addition to your system. But it is of course not the case that the 5 grams of moringa will do very much as an extra food source. For example, there are 27 grams of protein in 100 grams of Moringa powder, so with 5 grams of Moringa powder in your whey protein shake, this will not add more than 1 extra gram of protein.
Moringa should not be used as a REPLACEMENT to a healthy diet, but only as a SUPPLEMENT to it. The local people who eat Moringa as a vegetable (not daily but often 2 or 3 times a week) naturally consume more than the equivalent of 5 grams of powder. You should think about, for example, the equivalent of, for example, 30 grams in powder.
How much moringa you want to take per day depends on what you want to use it for.
Some benefits of Moringa
Moringa can be used for:
1) Lose weight, studies have shown that the use of Moringa can have an effect on the metabolism, accelerate it. A faster metabolism means you can lose weight faster;
2) Improving cell immunity, Moringa leaves are high in antioxidants that can limit cell damage caused by free radicals;
3) Control blood sugar levels. Some studies (but not all studies have shown this) have indicated that moringa can maintain normal blood sugar levels, which is good for general well-being and energy.
4) Good for the heart and blood pressure and lowering cholesterol, Moringa has a lot of bioavailable iron which helps the body to produce hemoglobin. Hemoglobin increases oxygen in the blood.