Do you ever find yourself walking down the supplement aisle thinking, “What the heck is that?” You are not alone. There are countless medicinal herbs and supplements on the market today, and it’s hard to keep up.
Whether you’re a seasoned supplement buyer or just starting to explore herbs as medicine, you may not have heard of “The Miracle Tree” – moringa.
If you’re ready to discover the potent potential of this lush, green tree, then – read on. Below we will cover a brief history, medicinal uses and daily uses for this magical plant.
The moringa plant is native to Northern India and has been used there culturally for thousands of years, treating everything from ulcers to sunburns. The plant quickly spread to the Egyptians, Romans and Greeks where the leaves were dried and used as a source of food and medicine.
Moringa is still widely used in Eastern culture and is slowly spreading through the West. It flourishes in tropical climates, making Hawaii the ideal location for cultivation in the United States. A hardy plant, moringa is adaptable to drought, proving to be a life saving quality in some regions.
What Makes This Green Leaf So Powerful?
Moringa, or Moringa oleifera, with bright green leaves and stems, is packed with valuable nutrients and minerals. A source of protein, vitamins, amino acids, various phenolic compounds and beta-carotene. (1)
In addition to being nutrient dense, both young and mature moringa leaves are full of free radical fighting antioxidants. (2) In fact, moringa contains 46 types of antioxidants. That is 50% more types of antioxidants than acai berries. (3) Talk about a superfood!
The antioxidants in moringa paired with Vitamins A and E, make moringa a powerful tool in your skincare arsenal. Today, you can even find beauty products including soap, scrubs and lotions with moringa oil right in the ingredient list.
If you’re more interested in toned abs than toned skin, look no further! Containing all 9 essential amino acids, moringa’s ability to repair and build muscle is outstanding. That also means healthier hair and nails!
In addition, moringa is known to have one of the highest protein contents of any green plant. (6) Scientists and advocates for malnourished countries are using this “Miracle Tree” to fight starvation and support communities. (7)
Some studies recommend the use of moringa in the treatment of menopausal symptoms. The side effects of menopause can be stressful for any women. One study shows the positive effects of hormone balancing in postmenopausal women. When antioxidant levels balance, so do hormone levels, making the menopausal experience less stressful on the body and mind. (8)
The health benefits of this powerful little green leaf are innumerable. From heart health to skin health, supplementing moringa in your diet will not disappoint.
You can find moringa in our nutrient-rich Organic Greens blend, or at your local health food store. Remember, not all supplements are created equal. (Read more about picking the right supplement here.)
At The Natural Citizen we use only the cleanest sources of moringa to ensure you’re getting the best of the best when it comes to your health. For example, our moringa is USDA Certified Organic, yet we take it one step further and require testing on our moringa to ensure that it has never been sprayed with pesticides.
It’s this incredible attention to detail that sets us apart from other supplement brands. So, the next time you blend up a smoothie, toss in a scoop of Organic Greens and feel confident that you’re getting nothing but the good stuff from moringa – the mighty “miracle tree.