Moringa Leaves come from a sub-tropical tree known as “the drumstick tree,” and its botanical name is Moringa oleifera. Moringa (Moringa Leaves) is commonly touted as a superfood because it is rich in nutrients, antioxidants, and other beneficial compounds.
Moringa is an extraordinary food source in some parts of the world. When dried the leaves retain loads of vitamins and minerals. Moringa is used in Africa and India in food programs to combat malnutrition. The green seed pods when immature (drumsticks), are prepared similarly to green beans. When the seed pods are mature, the seeds are removed and roasted like nuts or cooked like peas.
The leaves can be used and cooked like spinach.
5 Reasons Moringa Leaves are a Superfood*
1. Protein – 2 Times That of Yogurt
Proteins, considered the building blocks of our bodies are made of amino acids. Usually, only animal products such as meat, eggs, and dairy contain all of the essential amino acids. Amazingly, Moringa leaves also include them all!
2. Vitamin A – 4 Times That of Carrots
3. Vitamin C – 7 Times That of Oranges
Vitamin C helps fight infectious diseases including colds and flu and strengthens our immune system. Citrus such as lemons and oranges are full of vitamin C. Moringa leaves have even more!
4. Calcium – 4 Times That of Milk
Calcium helps build healthy bones and teeth and helps prevent osteoporosis. Milk provides a lot of calcium, but Moringa leaves provide even more!
5. Potassium – 3 Times That of Bananas
Potassium is vital for the brain and nerves. Bananas are an excellent source of potassium. Moringa leaves provide a lot more!
*Nutritive Value of Indian Foods, by C. Gopalan, et al, and The Miracle
Tree – Moringa oleifera: Natural Nutrition for the Tropics, by Lowell
Fuglie, ed. More information: www.treesforlife.org/moringa.
These findings are based on 100g of Fresh, Raw, Moringa Oleifera Leaves (about 5 cups).