Moringa is one of the latest super food crazes; here is what you should know. Every so often, it seems that there is another new superfood “discovered” that makes headlines for its purported health benefits. Often, these are foods that have existed and enjoyed by other cultures for centuries, only to finally have their moment in the media when it becomes apparent they are rich in nutrition.
The lates of these foods is moringa. Moringa is a fast-growing tree that is native to the Himalayan foothills. Today, it is cultivated in tropical and subtropical regions on multiple continents, including Africa, Oceania, the Caribbean, and Latin America. It has been cultivated for millennia, and was used in ancient Ayurvedic cultures, as well as ancient Egyptian cultures.
The entire plant, from the leaves to the roots, is edible. Commonly, however, you will see moringa powder being sold in packets. Its seeds can be made into a type of tea too. If you frequent juice bars, you have likely seen moringa products on the menu.
Here is what we know about moringa:
- It is high in certain nutrients. Moringa is a good source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, magnesium, potassium, and zinc. All of these are vital nutrients that play critical roles in our body’s biochemistry.
- Moringa is high in anti-oxidants, which have known cellular-protective properties and assist in fighting inflammation.
- Moringa powder might have properties that assist in weight loss, but more research is needed.
- Moringa is considered safe for most people, but if you are pregnant or nursing, or take drugs for blood sugar or blood pressure, you consult a doctor before incorporating moringa into your regimen.
So is this ingredient good for those on the Kaufmann Diet? The leaves and powder are an excellent source of nutrition and can likely safely be included in your Kaufmann Diet. Its great added into smoothies; its mild flavor will likely disappear when consumed in this way, but you will have the added benefits of the abundant nutrition therein. The leaves do features in some types of ethnic cooking and have been described as tasting similar to other leafy greens like arugula.
Like many other plant foods––virtually all of which are included on The Kaufman Diet––moringa is a good source of vitamin, minerals, anti-oxidants, and phytonutrients. Feel free to include it in your Kaufmann Diet.