How many times have you browsed online or scrolled through social media and come across some powder, fruit, or supplement with incredible health benefits? One word always leaps right off the page: superfood. Everyone wants to reap the benefits of these mighty plants, but it’s not always clear how to incorporate them into your day to day.
Today we’re taking a closer look at Moringa, a super nutritious plant native to India that’s rich in antioxidants and bioactive compounds. We've also solved the problem of how to include it in your routine: It’s one of the main ingredients in our new smoothie powders: Rise and Shine Mix and Energy Mix.
In this article, we’re going to answer all the big questions about Moringa, including:
- What is Moringa?
- What are the health benefits of Moringa?
- How can I include Moringa into my breakfast routine?
- How can you add Moringa into your daily routine?
- Is Moringa high in protein?
- What makes Moringa a superfood?
- What does Moringa taste like?
What is Moringa?
So let’s start at the beginning. What is Moringa? Moringa, or Moringa Oleifera, is a tree native to the Himalayas, Asia, and Africa. It’s fast-growing, drought-resistant, and its leaves are highly nutritious. Ground into a powder, it has vitamin C than an orange, high levels of iron, is rich in antioxidants, and has other essential vitamins and minerals - all packed into one superfood.
Moringa is often referred to as “the tree of life” or “the miracle tree”. For centuries people have used all parts of this plant in order to heal and restore. Modern science has shed some light on why: Moringa is among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet – it is packed with an array of essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc.w
So what does Moringa actually taste like? It has a distinctly earthy taste. It’s mild and leafy, just like you’d imagine a green superfood to taste. It tastes a little bit like matcha, with that “green” flavour that's both bitter and slightly sweet.
If you aren’t yet convinced that Moringa is a one of a kind superfood, here are eight health benefits that will make you want to try it for yourself…
Moringa has Anti-Inflammatory Effects
Inflammation is often the body's first way of alerting you that something is wrong, so it is an important part of being in tune with your overall health. There are two types of inflammation, acute and chronic. Think of acute inflammation as the “protector”, fighting off certain infections, causing that familiar swelling and redness as it does so. Chronic inflammation is different. It persists, with white blood cells flooding the problem area and attacking nearby healthy tissues and organs. Chronic inflammation can lead to heart disease, cancer, brain disease, and arthritis. Moringa contains many inflammation inhibitors such as polyphenols, isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and carotenoids. These help to keep chronic inflammation at bay.
Moringa Aids Heart Health
Various studies have shown that Moringa can lower cholesterol, which reduces the risk of heart disease. Moringa also contains high levels of potassium per serving, which is known to aid in lowering blood pressure.
Moringa has Antimicrobial and Antifungal properties
Several parts of this powerful plant are known to fight against dangerous bacteria and fungi. Moringa root specifically contains pterygospermin, a compound with strong antibacterial properties. Juice from Moringa leaves can inhibit the growth of harmful microorganisms.
Moringa Regulates Thyroid Hormones
The thyroid is a small gland found at the base of the neck that helps to regulate your metabolism. Moringa contains vitamin a, vitamin c, vitamin e, and vitamin b, all of which assist in proper thyroid hormone production. Selenium and zinc are two minerals also found in Moringa that are essential for the overall health and regulation of the thyroid.
Moringa is an Excellent Source of Plant-Based Protein
Moringa is a “complete protein” meaning it contains all nine essential amino acids. If you are looking for an easy way to increase your protein intake, Moringa is the way!
Moringa Fights Free Radicals
Free radicals are pesky, havoc-causing molecules that are caused by things like bad diet, too much sun exposure, and environmental factors like smoke and pollution. If free radicals have the chance to roam free in the body, it can lead to various health concerns such as cancer and heart disease. Moringa helps you fight back, protecting your cells with its high levels of antioxidants. On top of reducing your risk of serious illness, combating free radicals can help to slow the ageing process.
Moringa Supports Brain Health
Moringa is packed with all sorts of nutrients and healing properties. Antioxidants, vitamin E, and various amino acids all found in Moringa powder work to keep your brain healthy, your mood calm, and your mind sharp. Moringa compounds also support the production of dopamine and serotonin, which help to combat depression.
Ready to start every morning with a nutrient-dense bang?
Moringa can be eaten anytime throughout the day. But we recommend incorporating it into your morning routine.
Here are some ways to incorporate Moringa that are super simple:
- Simply mix the powder with hot water to make a nutrient-dense Moringa tea (prepared similarly to matcha)
- Add a serving to a smoothie or shake
- Sprinkle into your cereal or breakfast yoghurt
- Consume in herbal capsule form
Announcing Three New Ways to Add Moringa to Your Daily Routine
We’re excited to launch three new Moringa-based products to help you get your daily dose of this incredible superfood.
Rise and Shine Mix
Our Rise and Shine Mix is a zero-caffeine way to get your day off to a winning start. We’ve paired moringa with an immune-boosting blend that includes turmeric, ginger, cinnamon, rosehip, matcha, and Siberian ginseng, for a breakfast drink that’ll really get you going.
Rise and Shine is our herbalists' take on Jamu, a traditional Balinese breakfast drink that supports digestion and cultivates natural immunity. It's packed with vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that have powerful anti-inflammatory and blood sugar modulating properties.
Our Energy Mix is an uplifting blend of circulatory stimulant and adaptogen plants that combine to increase your endurance and support recovery after exertion. It’s made with Siberian ginseng, maca and schisandra berries, which improve mental and physical performance and protect the body from the effects of stress. To promote healthy circulation, we’ve included antioxidant-rich hawthorn berries and bilberries. Last but not least we have rosehips and Balinese moringa, abundant sources of the vitamins and minerals you need to prevent fatigue and raise your energy levels. Although naturally stimulating, this mix does not contain any caffeine - so it's perfect for a pick-me-up whenever you need it!
Balinese Moringa Powder
Last but not least, our pure Balinese Moringa Powder is a super way to add moringa to shakes, baking, and everything in between. We firmly believe that moringa is the multivitamin that grows on trees. In fact, it’s among the most nutrient-dense foods on the planet. We’ve sourced ours from organic growers in Bali. A couple of spoonfuls will work wonders!
They Call Moringa the “Tree of Life” For a Reason…
If you want to boost your daily intake of essential vitamins and minerals, Moringa is the perfect superfood. It’s easy to add into your daily routine through shakes, smoothies, and baking, particularly in the drinks mixes and powders we’ve mentioned above.
Ready to try Moringa for yourself? Grab one of our mixes below…