Since the past 2 years, Moringa has quickly become one of the most sought after superfood in the market. So what is it exactly? It is also known as Moringa oleifera, a green plant with small rounded leaves (as shown below). The plant is most commonly consumed in Africa and Asia. Interestingly enough, since 2013, moringa has been grown in Zambia, providing underdeveloped communities with a stable source of food and nutrition. Evidently moringa is more than just a hype.
It is known for it’s powerful anti-inflamatory, anti-oxidant, tissue-protective benefits amongst many others. Moringa contains Vitamins B1, B2, B3, B6, C, E, A. It also boasts minerals such as iron, fiber, calcium, zinc (needed in order to repair epithelial tissues), copper, sulfur (which provides acne skin benefits, just like from Zinc), folic acid, selenium, chromium, potassium, phosphorus, manganese, and magnesium (another great mineral important for the skin, hair and nails).
Here is a snapshot of its impressive nutritional profile :
I’ve started to notice Moringa skincare products on social media recently. Brands from Estee Lauder, Emma Hardie to Body Shop now offer products containing Moringa as a hero ingredient. I didn’t really give it much thought until I stumbled upon them in my grandma’s garden while I was visiting her. My aunt who lives with my grandma is big on natural remedies and swears upon the plant for years. She would dry the leaves, blend them and drink it as tea (just like how you would with matcha). She calls it by another name and I later found out it is in fact Moringa. Being a skeptic at first, I didn’t think that the moringa would supersede my much beloved matcha. After having researched the plant, intrigued by its nutritional profile, I decided to give Moringa a try.
I must warn you however that its taste isn’t as palatable as matcha. It has a very distinct taste profile, that comes across as (to put it simply) “herbalish”. I can still remember the stench of the plant as they were left out to dry. The smell lessened once blended. Matcha on the other hand has a very refreshing umami taste. You could get moringa in powdered form at health food stores. You can either drink them as a tea or add it into your juices/ smoothie as. You could also use it for a face mask.
Here is a simple recipe for vibrant skin:
Moringa : 1/2 table spoon
Raw Honey: 1 teaspoon
Rose Water: 1 teaspoon
Lemon Juice: 1 teaspoon
Avocado: 1 ripe (mashed)- optional
Studies have identified moringa’s therapeutic potential across a range of ailments, showing positive effects in the areas of lung function, digestive function, immunology, blood glucose, and lactation (milk production after pregnancy), as well as demonstrating a suppressive effect on certain cancers.
Here is another that compares Matcha & Moringa (source: KuliKuliFoods.com):
I’ve only started drinking moringa for 2 days. I haven’t exactly noticed any significant difference but I think it’s safe to say that it will be replacing my Twinings since I’m looking to cut down on unnecessary caffeine intake. I’ll definitely keep you updated if I see any difference in the next couple of weeks.