Where do I even begin?
I started drinking moringa tea about 2 years ago and within the last year started using powdered moringa for my smoothies. I love the nutritional profile of it, but more importantly, I love the sustained energy and calm it adds to my life.
Before I get into why the leaves of this tree are oh so special, lets talk consumption. You can consume moringa and its health benefits in a variety of ways. My favorites are through teas (my favorite is lemon moringa tea!) and powder which I add to smoothies but can also be added it to soups or your morning water for a boost. Other ways include capsules, roasting the seeds or using moringa oil (also known as Ben oil), although I don’t have personal experience with those forms. Moringa tastes earthy, bitter, and “green” but in small amounts is barely recognizable. I suggest adding 1/2 tsp to a tropical green or berry flavored smoothie.
When people ask me what are some of the best things to add to my diet when deciding to take responsibility for their health, moringa is at the top of list. Why? The answer is simple: this is nature’s mulitvitamin. It’s no wonder it’s known as “the miracle tree;” these leaves are said to be able to aid malnourished children back to a stable healthy state and science is proving over and over again the amazing effects of this superfood.
Moringa has been compared to matcha not only because they look the same but also because they offer some of the same benefits:
-Improved brain health
-Improved immune function
-Improved heart health
However, what makes moringa more unique is that its vitamin and mineral content is astounding. Moringa contains high levels of fiber, calcium, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin A and even protein! It has been used in may countries for thousands of years as part of herbal remedies and is an important staple in Ayurvedic medicine.
Moringa is known to help with a long list of diseases and ailments including:
– Kidney stones
– Thyroid disorders
– Constipation and diarhea
– High blood pressure
-Bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections
-Anxiety and depression
As mentioned earlier, my favorite benefit or moringa is its ability to improve your energy as well as enhance memory and focus, which is why I like to have it in my morning smoothie. It is not as expensive as some other superfoods, and a little goes a long way. The normal daily serving suggestion is 1/2 teaspoon although over time you can increase by small increments. If this article isn’t enough motivation to start using moringa, read the thousands of testimonials of people describing how much this superfood has helped stabilize their health issues and bring hope when nothing else seemed to help. It is truly inspiring!
You can find moringa in most local health food stores and online.
Let us know in the comments below if you have any experience using moringa and some of your favorite ways to consume it!
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