Numerous studies have already been conducted regarding the medicinal properties of moringa, and it has been found to be beneficial for many conditions, ranging from skin diseases to hypertension, diabetes, kidney stones, tuberculosis, and even tumors.
In Ayurvedic medicine, moringa is cited to have the ability to treat more than 300 illnesses and diseases.
Aside from vitamins, moringa is also rich in minerals, antioxidants, and antibacterial and tissue protective properties. The number of nutrients it contains is staggering: 92 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 amino acids, and nine essential amino acids!
So what does that mean for you? It means if you choose to incorporate moringa into your daily diet, your body will be able to:
Fight Free Radicals. These cause oxidative stress and cell damage, thereby making your organs healthy and helping them to function optimally.
Fight Inflammation. Helps treating chronic diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, respiratory problems, and cardiovascular diseases while even reducing or avoiding obesity.
Protect Your Brain From Alzheimer’s. Moringa’s antioxidants and neuro-enhancers improve cognitive function and support brain health.
Ward Off And Fight Infections. Moringa’s natural antimicrobial and antibacterial properties are effective against a host of microbes, bacteria, and fungi that are responsible for all kinds of infections.
Protect Your Liver. Moringa’s high concentrations of polyphenols and other antioxidants can protect your liver against toxins and oxidative damage.
Keep Your Skin Youthful And Radiant
The antioxidants in moringa not only fight toxins and free radicals but also shield your cells and tissues.
Improve Your General Health
Indeed, nothing comes close to moringa when it comes to providing your body with nutrition, health, and beauty.
The most convenient and enjoyable way to take moringa is by its powder form.
Step-by-Step Guide On How To Make Moringa Powder
If you have moringa trees in your backyard, simply harvest a bunch of stalks, about one kilogram (two pounds). You can also buy some at the wet market. Always opt for the mature, rich green leaves.
Sanitize a basin, pan, bowl, or any vessel that you can use to wash the leaves. Sprinkle a few tablespoons of baking soda into the water to clean the dust and other impurities off the moringa leaves.
Wash the moringa leaves, removing dead and yellow leaves and any infected parts.
Shake the excess water off the leaves, tie the ends of the stalks together, and hang them upside down in an enclosed place that doesn’t get direct sunlight, to preserve the nutrients.
#5. Air Dry
Leave the leaves hanging for three to four days till they are brittle to the touch.
Separate the leaves from the stalks and stems. The fewer stems there are, the smoother the powder will be.
You can use a blender to grind the moringa leaves into powder form.Run from 30 seconds to a full minute or till you achieve the desired texture.
Keep the moringa powder in an airtight container to preserve the nutrients, and store it in a cool, dry place. Keep the container closed at all times to keep moisture out and to preserve a longer shelf life. The powder will last up to six months without preservatives.
Now you’re ready to try your moringa powder and experiment with a myriad of ways to enjoy it! You can make hot tea, cold tea, or iced tea out of it, or you can add it to your smoothies, shakes, and salads.To make moringa tea, just add a teaspoon of moringa powder to hot water. You can also add peppermint leaves and lemon for flavor and sugar or honey to taste.
Here are some other ways to enjoy your moringa powder:
Mangosteen Moringa Tea
A combination of mangosteen tea and moringa powder will yield a very strong antioxidant and antibacterial concoction. Mangosteen is an exclusive source of xanthones, which can inhibit
cancer cell growth.
Simply add a teaspoon of moringa powder, along with some lemon and honey, to mangosteen tea, and you will have a very refreshing and healthy beverage.
Moringa Chicken Soup
What you will need: 1/2 lb. cut chicken, 2/3 small slices of Fresh Ginger, lemongrass leaves, bell pepper, salt and 1 Tbsp moringa powder.
Sautee the cut chicken on a few slices of ginger. Add a cup or two of water and salt to taste; throw in the bell pepper and a few lemongrass leaves. Bring to a boil till chicken is tender then sprinkle moringa powder.
Moringa Fish Soup
What you will need: 1/2 lb. fish, 2/3 small slices of Fresh Ginger, 1/2 cup coconut milk, 1 bell pepper, 1 tomato, 1 onion, salt and 1 Tbsp moringa powder.
Fry fish and set aside. Slice the onion, tomato, bell pepper, and ginger. Boil two cups of water. Add onion, ginger, bell pepper, fried fish, and salt to taste. Boil for ten minutes more then add moringa powder and coconut milk. Boil for 15 seconds more then serve. Never boil coconut milk longer than 15 seconds or it will start to turn into oil.
Moringa Lentil Curry Soup
What you will need: 2 teaspoons edible oil, 1/4 lb pork, in cubes, 1 medium onion, diced, 1/2 tablespoon grated fresh ginger, 1 tablespoon curry powder, 1 cup baby carrots, grated, 1 cup lentil, 1 cup coconut milk, 1 Tbsp moringa powder, salt and pepper to taste.
oak the lentil in some water an hour or two before cooking to reduce cooking time. Preheat pan, then add oil. Sautee onion till golden brown. Add ginger and curry powder and stir for 30 seconds. Add pork and salt to taste, stir for one to two minutes. Add just a little water (about 1/4 cup) to keep the meat from being burnt. Cook in slow fire, till meat is tender. Add 2 cups water, bring to a boil. Add lentils, more salt if needed, and pepper. Keep adding a little water as necessary. When lentil is soft, add carrots and moringa powder. Simmer for 2 minutes, then add coconut milk, then simmer for 30 seconds.
Warning And Cautions
Moringa is considered to pose a low risk. However, there are certain individuals that should not use it because there is no or insufficient evidence that it’s safe to do so:
- Women who are trying to conceive, are pregnant, or are breastfeeding
- Patients on medications for:
- Thyroid conditions
- High blood pressure
- Those with bleeding disorders
- Patients taking blood thinners
- Any individuals on a low potassium diet such as those with kidney problems
- Individuals who should limit their calcium intake.
As with any addition to your diet or wellness program, it’s always wise to check with your health practitioner before you include it!
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