Moringa oleifera is a large tree that is native to north India. It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horse radish tree, or ben oil tree.
Almost all parts of the moringa tree can be eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines. The leaves and pods are commonly eaten in parts of India and Africa and has earned the plant the nickname, ‘Mother’s Best Friend’ because of how readily the nutrients are passed from mother to a growing newborn through breastmilk.
Moringa leaves are rich in many nutrients, including protein, potassium, vitamin B6, vitamin C, A, E, D, riboflavin, and iron which will give you a boost in energy levels. Its also loaded with various antioxidants, such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid, which is also found in coffee beans.
Moringa leaf powder has been found to increase blood antioxidant levels enough to help lower blood sugar levels and can lower cholesterol levels in the blood, which can lead to reduced risk of heart disease.
Either taken in a capsule, made into a tea or added into a fresh salad, Moringa is a great addition to your diet!
The usual dose is one tablespoon or three capsules three times per day.