What is Moringa – Part One

By Karina Schreurs in Moringa | Jul 20 2018, 4 minute read


Today I wanted to start a blog series unpacking what is found in moringa. Over the coming months I will be sharing different components of moringa and how it can help your health. With 46 anti-oxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory and 24 amino acids it’s easy for people to feel overwhelmed with the details. These blogs will help in a sequential way explain to you what is in moringa and how it can help you.

The world is starting to notice all the goodness that is in moringa.  An Amercian Scientist by the name of Fuglie was quoted as saying “If scientists set out to design a tree that would be of maximum benefit to mankind, they would be hard put to do better than the Moringa Oleifera Tree.”  Noel Vietmeyer from the US National Academy of Sciences in Washington DC had this to say about Moringa “Although few people have ever heard of it today, Moringa could soon become one of the world’s most valuable plants, at least in humanitarian terms”. Moringa has the scientists’ attention but what is all the fuss about?

Firstly it has the ability to withstand some harsh environments and can still thrive.  This is why it is called the Never Die Tree.  Secondly moringa grows best in the countries where malnutrition is rampant.  Moringa could be a key in seeing nutritional levels in these nations improve significantly.  When Moringa Oleifera is processed well it’s nutrient value increases significantly.

Within 100g of dried moringa leaves is found:

  • 27 gs of Protein
  • 19.2 gs of Fiber
  • 28.2 mgs of Iron
  • 2003 mgs of Calcium
  • 368 mgs of Magnesium
  • 1324 mgs of Potassium

Proteins

Proteins are the building blocks of our bodies.  They are one of the three nutrients found in food that the body needs in large amounts because they are essential for the maintenance and building of body tissues and muscle.  Proteins are made of small compounds called amino acids and we will definitely be unpacking the amino acids in a future blog.  For now, remember that every time you take moringa, 25% is protein that your body needs for body tissue and muscle.

Fiber

Necessary for healthy bowel function; it also helps us with blood sugar levels, maintaining a healthy weight and lowering cholesterol levels.

When you put the percentage of protein and fiber together you can see that 50% of moringa powder is fiber and protein.  I know you are wondering what makes up the rest?  Carbohydrates make up 38.2 gs.  The diet world is telling us to cut carbs from our diets but our bodies need good carbs to function.  Moringa’s near 40% carbohydrate content is all good! It will give you the energy for the day.

Iron

Many people already know that iron helps produce red blood cells and link it to anemia but did you know iron is necessary for many other functions including your cognitive function, energy and sleep?  Iron is necessary for the synthesising of some key neurotransmitters that impact our mood, clarity and function (such as dopamine, norepinephrine and serotonin)

Calcium

Calcium is necessary for healthy bones and teeth and proper function of the heart.  It is vital for healthy communication between the body and the brain.

Magnesium

Magnesium is necessary for many chemical reactions in your body.  Research shows that many adults do not have enough magnesium in their body and are at risk of fatigue, low energy levels and many other health problems.  Increasing Magnesium in our diets can help with Type 2 Diabetes, depression, mood, increase in physical activity performance, anti-inflammatory functions and lowering blood pressure.

Potassium 

In the USA Doctors believe that only 2% of the population are getting the necessary levels of daily potassium.  Moringa has more mgs of potassium than any other food available.  Doctors say a having a diet high in potassium reduces the risk of overall mortality by 20%.  It decreases the risk of stroke, lowers blood pressure and protects against loss of muscle mass, preserves bone density and reduces the formation of kidney stones.  Moringa is one of the only food sources that once processed into powder the percentage of potassium increases 5 times over.

So many wonderful benefits and so much goodness in the dried leaf of a tree!