Moringa has gained recognition from grocery stores and celebrities across the country. Recently, Naomi Campbell and Martha Stewart both cited moringa as a powerful way to nourish and energize the whole body, as well as support greater immune health. Eating moringa everyday might be the new change your routine needs.
Here are the top 10 reasons to eat moringa everyday.
While you may have only seen the word “moringa” in the last few years, how much do you know about it? This plant from “the miracle tree” has been used by cultures all over the world for thousands of years. In the US, you can find moringa in energy shots, smoothie mixes and more!
This leafy green is bursting with nutrients and just a little bit can supercharge your day and revamp your health.
1. This Leafy Green Can Improve Nutrition Around the World
This supergreen is more nutritious than kale and provides powerful anti-inflammatory benefits that rival those of turmeric. Moringa is also a fast-growing and leafy tree that thrives in hot, arid climates.
Moringa can improve nutrition around the world, largely due to its nutrient density and resistance to drought. It also doesn’t require a lot of intensive labor for harvesting or growing.
Additionally, farmers who grow Kuli Kuli moringa gain a sustainable livelihood that can uplift entire communities. For one example of this positive impact, check out Pamela Soroti’s story!
Overall, this humble plant offers amazing nutritional and financial benefits for farmers and their families. Ethical supply chains are at the core of our mission, helping Kuli Kuli addresses the power of nutrition at a local and global level.
2. Moringa is More Nutrient-Dense Than Kale
It’s true! A single serving of moringa leaf powder has the nutritional equivalent of two servings of kale greens.
The science behind nourishing immunity, and how moringa can support overall health, offers additional insight into this supergreen.
A side-by-side comparison shows that moringa has 2 times as much protein, 4 times as much calcium, and 6 times as much iron as kale.* Unlike Kale, moringa also contains polyphenols and isothiocyanates, which have been studied extensively for their role in helping people protect against heart disease and cancer.
*For Vitamin C, the content is regarding fresh moringa leaves, not dried moringa powder.
3. This Superfood is an Easy Solution for Iron-Deficiency Anemia
Anemia is a condition when the blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the body’s cell.
Anemia often results in fatigue, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. The condition currently affects 3.5 million Americans. Recent studies suggest that moringa leaves may be better at improving iron sufficiency than conventional iron supplements.
One tablespoon of moringa leaf powder provides an excellent source of iron. Moringa also has 7 times the amount of iron as spinach.
4. Moringa May Help Prevent and Manage Diabetes
Diabetes remains the 7th leading cause of death in the US, 95% of which are Type 2 diabetes.
Prediabetes is a condition that causes higher-than-average levels of blood sugar without adequate levels of insulin, which leads to glucose building up in the blood instead of being converted to energy.
Glucose builds up in the blood can lead to serious health problems, including blindness, kidney failure, heart disease, and even stroke.
Multiple studies suggest that moringa leaf powder can help to significantly reduce blood glucose levels, cholesterol, and increase glucose tolerance.
5. The Miracle Tree Also Supports Heart Health
Many people refer to moringa as the “miracle tree” across Latin America, South-East Asia and Sub-Saharan Africa. This is because of its nutrient-density and medicinal properties. Moringa is rich in antioxidants that fight against oxygen-free radicals, which can contribute to cholesterol build-up and inflammation.
Studies suggest that moringa may help reduce the number of free radicals, improve the function of the heart, and prevent cell damage along blood vessel walls.
Moringa is also packed with fiber. Fiber can contribute to heart health by improving bowel movement, lowering cholesterol, and reducing the risk of stroke and diabetes.
A single serving of moringa gives you 12% of your daily fiber needs. We recommend mixing Kuli Kuli Pure Moringa Vegetable Powder into a bowl of oatmeal.
6. Moringa is a Natural Anti-Inflammatory Agent
Inflammation is a healthy, natural response that helps the body heal; however, too much or chronic inflammation causes stress. Inflammation helps repair an injury or fight a potential health threat. But when the body is in a state of chronic disease, the continual production of the systemic inflammatory response can be detrimental. Chronic low-grade inflammation has been associated with diabetes, obesity, cardiovascular disease, cancer, and Alzheimer’s.
While more research is needed to fully understand the anti-inflammatory benefits of moringa, research suggests that moringa has many anti-inflammatory properties that could protect the body from several types of chronic diseases.
Direct antioxidants, such as polyphenols found in moringa and other fruits and vegetables, scavenge free radicals in the body that cause oxidative stress and damage –reducing inflammation and preventing cell damage.
Indirect antioxidants, such as those found in moringa and other cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, stimulate detoxification pathways in the body, which have long-lasting anti-inflammatory and cell-protective effects.
7. This Supergreen is Also a Lactation Enhancer
Moringa can help new moms with nursing by increasing the quantity of their breast milk.
In a 2003 study, the amount of breastmilk produced by lactating mothers who were given 350mg of moringa every day showed a significant increase in breast milk in comparison to lactating mothers who were given a placebo.
Moringa can also help make breast milk more nutritious.
Consuming moringa increases the mother’s intake of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A. Beta-carotene is important for newborn babies, as blindness, infectious diseases, and protein-energy can be linked to vitamin A deficiency.
In West Africa, vitamin A deficiency is the main reason behind the high mortality rate of children under five. To address this mortality rate, moringa is used as a weaning food in West Africa. Many people add moringa to breast milk or breastmilk substitutes.
8. Moringa Can Enhance Overall Gut Health
Some experts believe that health begins in the gut. It may seem obvious that a strong intestinal tract and diverse microbiome aids with basic digestion, but that’s not all. Gut health also has links to our greater immune and hormone systems.
Recent studies reveal how our gut “microbiomes” can effect mood, appetite, metabolism, stress levels, and the ability to deal with illness.
Moringa contains nutrients, fiber, and phytochemicals that have been shown to promote gut health by stimulating the growth of beneficial bacteria and suppressing that of pathogenic bacteria.
These compounds have anti-inflammatory properties that can reduce inflammation of the gut wall, thus improving the wall’s ability to inhibit the passage of toxins into the bloodstream.
These phytochemicals are associated with improved management of inflammatory bowel syndrome and a decreased risk of colon cancer and infections.
9. This Superfood Is Also a Great Source of Protein
Amino acids are the building blocks of proteins. The body makes some amino acids, while others—known as the nine essential amino acids—we receive via diet. Moringa contains adequate levels of all nine essential acids.
This protein-rich plant also helps uplift the communities who grow moringa, especially communities with histories of malnutrition. In this way, moringa can address malnutrition on a local and global scale!
The “quality” of dietary protein is best measured by the Protein Digestibility-Corrected Amino Acid Score (PDCAAS) which factors in both the essential amino acid present and their digestibility. Moringa has the highest ranking of 1 on the PDCAAS scale of 0-1.
10. Moringa Easily Fits Into Your Daily Nutrition Plan
Moringa is the perfect complement to a healthy lifestyle. Millions of people use this plant to consume the nutrients they need to thrive.
Over 60% of Americans say that incorporating more vegetables into their diet is their #1 priority, but many find it difficult to get their greens at meals other than dinner.
Moringa is extremely versatile and can be added to nearly any dish – sweet or savory. It’s also a convenient way to add vegetables to any meal, whether a baked casserole or pasta sauce. Here’s 10 ways to add moringa and “sneaky greens” into your daily routine.
Want more? Chef José Andrés, one of TIME magazine’s 100 most influential people, and his nonprofit, World Central Kitchen, worked with Kuli Kuli and the Haitian nonprofit The Smallholder Famer’s Alliance. Together, they launched a nationwide moringa recipe competition on Instagram, using the hashtag #MoringaInspired, to raise awareness and support moringa farmers in Haiti.
Here are a few recipes to get you #MoringaInspired! Be sure to check out our blog and follow us @kulikulifoods for more!
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