Why this ‘Miracle Tree’ belongs in your diet

Recently, we’ve been spotlighting some incredible herbs, plants, mushrooms and foods that are true superstars when it comes to the health benefits they deliver.

Today, by popular request, we will be diving into another remarkable plant named moringa oleifera, also known as the "miracle tree."

Native to parts of Africa and Asia, moringa is a true nutritional powerhouse. It is packed with 25 bio-available vitamins and minerals, 47 active antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, and all eight essential amino acids.

When compared pound-for-pound, moringa contains seven times the vitamin C found in oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, four times the calcium of milk, three times potassium of bananas, and essential minerals such as zinc and iron.

The main antioxidants found in moringa include vitamin C, quercetin and chlorogenic acid. These antioxidants have been shown to slow cells’ absorption of sugar, and animal studies have found it to lower blood sugar levels.

As noted in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention (link available here):

"The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.

"Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage."

The ability to combat oxidative damage is critical to warding off disease. But fighting dangerous inflammation in the body may be even more important.

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The isothiocyanates, flavonoids and phenolic acids in moringa have anti-inflammatory benefits.

According to the Epoch Times:

"The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity.

"This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer."

In addition, moringa offers a wide range of other health benefits.

The Miracle of Moringa:

5 Reasons to Try This Leaf

This miracle tree has been shown to have many positive effects on the body, from the inside out.

  Moringa is an immunity-boosting powerhouse. Daily consumption of moringa as part of the diet improves body’s natural defenses against disease and can help keep you from getting sick.

  Certain elements of moringa have been shown to help cure ovarian cancer, kidney stones and inflammations. Moringa enables the body to flush out calcium and phosphates from kidneys more efficiently.

  Moringa leaves contain sulphur. This mineral is present in every single cell of the body and is the key ingredient for collagen and keratin. Collagen is an elastic substance that gives flexibility and softness to the skin, and keratin is a rigid substance which gives the skin rigidity and strength. These two substances form the majority of skin tissue and are made up of proteins constructed from this sulphur.

  Moringa has been found to possess anti-aging properties. The effect of free radicals on human skin causes the appearance of wrinkles and makes the skin aged and less-resistant to lines. Moringa cleanses the liver and kidneys, which helps in purifying skin cells of free radicals and restoring the vitality and youthful complexion of the skin.

  Arsenic contamination of food and water is a problem in many parts of the world. Several studies of mice and rats show that the leaves and seeds of Moringa oleifera may protect against some effects of arsenic toxicity.

Overall, moringa is a no-brainer to add into your diet. Just from a pure nutrient standpoint, it’s one of the most-nutritious foods on earth and can benefit your health in many positive ways.

Generally, you can find moringa in powder form and add it to water or combine it with other natural herbs, powders and foods in a healthy smoothie or shake.

Brands we have researched include Moringa Source, Organic Veda and Kiva, all of which the USDA has certified as organic.

We would love to know from our readers if any of you already include moringa in your diet and the experience you have had so far with it.

Happy and healthy investing,

Brad Hoppmann

Your thoughts on “Why this ‘Miracle Tree’ belongs in your diet”

  1. You can buy the trees to plant. But they seem to grow best in hot, dry climates. I’m living in Florida and have planted one in my front yard. It is still young, but is growing. Not sure how they’d grow up north with cold winters. Perhaps they could be grown indoors in a container (?)

  2. Please feel free to visit http://www.knjhosken.myzija.com to obtain the best varietal of moringa on the planet and not only enjoy the benefits of the leaves, but the seeds and the fruit as well.
    You can also go to http://www.LiveWithMoringa.com and see why not all moringa’s are equal.
    I have been drinking Moringa for almost 2 years now and it has changed my life completely. Or should I say, It has given me my life back!

  3. i am living in se asia and will be sending moringa to north america to sell to potential distributors. my seeds will cost about $50 for 2000….or $0.025 each. the person selling 6 for $10 is highway robbery! wow.

  4. A very informative piece. Unfortunately you didn’t touch on the seeds which I
    am eating everyday. I would imagine that the seeds are even more nutritious
    but they cost quite a bit. Some are selling them online at $10 for six.

  5. I planted Moringa at home in 2013 and never thought much of it. My nephew was cleaning my yard and cuts it down to the trunk just two months ago. The darn tree grows back. Three days ago I was having constipation so I pureed the leaves and drank it a full class. In thirty minutes by bowel was running like a fire hydrant. The next day I took it and boy I was just feeling very refreshed and invigorated. My BP is down. My urine less dark. I called two of my friends and told them I have discovered the tree of life. Surprisingly both have the plant in their yards. One takes it, the other doesn’t. I had to call the non-taker again to persuade him. The one that takes it enjoys it with fruit smoothie. It is a must for everyone on the planet earth.

  6. I am also a UF graduate. My Filipino wife introduced me to Moringa Oleifera many years ago and we eat and drink it daily with great health benefits. 4 years ago we started MoringaEnergyLife.com here in Fort Myers, Florida. We grow Moringa our self’s and import from a USDA Organic farm in India where the trees originate from. Check us out, we have helped a lot of folks learn more about this wonderful tree.

  7. Brad thanks for sharing the info on Moringa. It sounds amazing. I have found tons of info on line, and ordered some seeds, powder and tea from a site in Canada. You just have to Google it and there is a wealth of info and sites to buy product. i’m going to try and grow indoors over the winter and plant in the summer. We will see how it goes.
    Thanks again Chuck

  8. I’m sure it would pop right up on the search engine of your computer, or could be found at your favorite health food store, or mail order health food store.

  9. Same question as Jim– Please advise where we can obtain and exactly what we should be seeking — powder or pill form, thank you!

  10. If I have amoringa tree, how do I prepare ire use the leafs or what to take? Makea Soup? Make juice? Or what do you suggest?

    Thank you
    Ron Graves

  11. I know of Moringa through Ziija (sp.) and it is a MLM. That is what has kept me away from it. I would like more info.

    Ron

  12. Hi Brad,
    Thank you for fantastic writing. I read your great articles with interest and pleasure. They are very, very informative, not too long and not boring. I am following a healthy life style since I was twenty and got very serious about it observing tragedies of young patients on my practice in hospitals. Well, I am over 60 now and as people say – appearance of a 30 year- old person. Long decades of patience, study and application of nutrition have paid off. I am absolutely against GMO and Chemtrails. I would be happy to read some articles representing your views on those topics some day in the future.
    My warmest regards, Lili

  13. I started 6 moringa trees from seed (acquired from ECHO – more later) in late April of this year and have been eating fresh leaves for several months. I have topped the trees 5 times and they need it again. Trying to keep at six feet. Blooming beautifully now (I liveon Pine Island, Fla. off of Cape Coral, so have really long growing season – practically year round. I was raised on collards, turnip and mustard greens and eat spinach as well. Prefer Moringa. Do have to cook longer to get real tender. Seeds are available from Echo for $5.00 (http://echonet.org/nursery/ ) “ECHO is a global Christian organization that equips people with agricultural resources and skills to reduce hunger and improve the lives of the poor. ” They are located east of Cape Coral. They have a training farmstead that equips individuals (ones I have met are gradsf rom various ag colleges. They even have large hills built to practice terrace rice farming. They are really spreading the word about Moringa all over and in particularly in Africa.
    Jerry

  14. I’ve purchased moringa powder from Nuts.com. Moringa has a sulphur after taste that is discouraging to me.
    I’m looking for a food or spice to combine with it to counteract that after taste. Any recipe ideas?

  15. “No brainer” is the correct appellation. Looking at the documentation by international sources is overwhelming. I use it daily in My morning protein shake.

  16. Herbs that offer more potent medicinal (in high concentrations) values, as you describe here, must be taken with caution. Being an Ayurvedic practitioner I must recommend people to know their body constitution before introducing such herb into their diet. Herbs like any food interact with your body constitution and will produce different effects with different body constitutions. This is why for some people some herbs work better and some produce no or negative effect. When to take and how much to take are all important factors that must be considered, especially for highly potent herbs. First get to know your body constitution in working with a practitioner and determine effect of long term use of this particular herb on your body. Unfortunately I have not used this herb, but I will do research on this. Thanks for sharing.

  17. I have not tried this yet but will do so as soon as I can order/find it and add it to my morning smoothie. My purpose in commenting is to thank you for the many well written essays you provide in the area of ‘healthy living’. As a ‘maturing’ adult who is looking at the demise of affordable health care I am very interested in any information regarding alternative methods of reducing common concerns of the aging. Thanks again!

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