Before scientific nutritional analysis showed us why Moringa is such a phenomenal superfood, traditional societies throughout thetropics already knew. This fast-growing, drought tolerant tree has been providing food and traditional medicine for millennia from South Asia to Africa to the Caribbean. We all know that a healthy diet is the best medicine, so, leaving aside the many medicinal properties of other parts of the tree, let’s concentrate on the health benefits of Moringa leaves in the human diet.
Fresh and dried Moringa leaves have long been eaten as a vegetable in many societies, and this is expanding dramatically as knowledge of its powerful nutritional punch grows. Not only is it a delicious leafy green for sauces, soups, stews and as a side vegetable, it is often prepared for people with certain health issues. Common indigenous knowledge indicates its efficacy for people with anemia, malnourished children, weak bones, hypertension, diabetes, thyroid problems, people in need of immune support and nursing mothers, where it is known to significantly increase milk production.
In Benin, West Africa, where Atacora headquarters are located, most family compounds have at least one Moringa tree in or near the courtyard, and others interspersed in crop fields. Residents know all about the myriad uses of this versatile tree, and Moringa leaf sauce is a favorite dish. As its properties become more widely known, people are showing interest in more extensive plantations, and the fresh and powdered leaves (as well as the seeds) are increasingly available in local markets.
Moringa’s outstanding nutritional profile
Protein and Amino Acids:
Moringa leaf powder is a mighty source of plant protein! Containing 25-30% protein, it is virtually unparalleled in the plant kingdom, and offers more than twice the protein of eggs by weight. Protein is essential for growth and muscle development.
Moringa offers a nearly complete Amino Acid profile, containing 18 in total including all but one of the Essential Amino Acids.
Moringa leaf powder can contain between 20 and 30% fiber, essential to good digestion, which promotes overall systemic health.
Moringa is incredibly rich in Vitamin A (around 16 mg/100g of Beta-Carotene), which is 10 times more by weight than carrots. Vitamin A is a powerful antioxidant, helping to neutralize free radicals and support immune function. It also is essential for occular health and for healthy skin.
Moringa is rich in Vitamin K, necessary for responding to injuries – it regulates normal blood clotting. In addition, by assisting the transport of calcium throughout the body, Vitamin K may also be helpful for bone health: it may reduce bone loss, and decrease risk of bone fractures.
Moringa also supplies several B Vitamins and antioxidant Vitamins C and E for complete nutrition. In fact, Moringa is one of the most powerful antioxidant foods available. With an ORAC score of 157,000, Moringa Oleifera topped all the other antioxidant superfoods including açai berries, green tea, blueberries, dark chocolate, garlic, goji berries, pomegranates and red wine.
Very rich in iron, Moringa supports immune function, combats anemia and helps to alleviate fatigue and stress. Moringa is a good source of calcium and magnesium as well, supporting healthy bones, teeth and metabolism.
As we mentioned, food is the best medicine. Moringa’s vast nutritional offerings dominate almost all other foods, both in quantity and variety, making it a much better choice than traditional supplements, which are less easily absorbed by the body. It seems pretty clear that Moringa is truly the Most Super-Duper of Superfoods!
How to use Moringa leaf powder (Serving = 1-2 tbsp)
Blend in Smoothies
Moringa production provides great nutrition and economic opportunity to all those involved. Atacora Moringa is produced under strict conditions of hygiene and traceability to ensure the finest quality available on Earth. Our plantations and those of our partner are true indigenous polyculture installations, respecting and enhancing the environment while providing for people’s needs. Atacora has its own Moringa plantations in Benin, and works with a producer partner growers’ co-operative in Togo.
We invite you to try our latest superfood introduction! Good health and prosperity for all!