What is Moringa?
Moringa oleifera, or commonly nicknamed drumstick tree, is a drought resistant tree found in tropical areas of South Asia. It originated in northern India over 5 thousand years ago. It’s considered a superfood in the East and has been growing in popularity in Mexico. The warm climate of Central and South America lends itself to the cultivation of Moringa. The entire moringa plant, including the roots, stems, leaves, seed pods, resin and flowers can all be used. Moringa is widely known due to its various health benefits.
Why should you know about Moringa?
Moringa is an amazingly healthy plant used for a wide range of benefits. Taken in two daily doses it can help those with pain or high blood pressure. It’s been referred to as the “miracle tree” because it has high levels of vitamins B, C, D and E and other minerals and nutrients. Such minerals include Potassium, Calcium, Iron, Selenium and Magnesium. It’s commonly used as a tea which can boost energy without having any caffeine. Drinking Moringa tea can help promote better sleep and can even help glucose levels for those with diabetes. It is even known to purify water!
How do you use it?
Aside from being used as a tea, Moringa can be consumed in the form of fruit, leaves, oils and seeds. The roots can be shredded and used as a condiment. Seeds, which can be eaten as is or roasted like a nut, contain a very high amount of vitamin C. Even the seed pods can be used and are commonly boiled and eaten in South Asia. The Moringa leaves are versatile and can be cooked whole or dried and ground up and used as a seasoning or in sauces.
Take 1 seed a day in the mornings after breakfast if you are new to mooring increasing to 2 a day. The coolest thing to do is to chew the seed and drink water and see right away how sweet it tastes!
Where can you get it?
Moringa can be found in forms like powder, leaves, seeds or even capsules. Moringa capsules are sold as a supplement to get the health benefits in a concentrated form. Many of the health benefits above can also be found in some of Savvy & Well’s blends!
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