When it comes to moringa benefits, there are almost too many to count! The Moringa Tree, or Moringa Oleifera to use its scientific name, is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world.
Moringa Powder is made from naturally-dried moringa leaves. It has a delicious spinachy green flavour and is:
- 25% protein (unusual for a plant)
- 31% fibre
- A rich source of iron, vitamin A & vitamin K
- A source of vitamin E, calcium & magnesium
- High in antioxidants
As Moringa Powder is a natural source of these nutrients, it is more bioavailable than synthetic supplements. This means our bodies can absorb the nutrients more easily, ensuring a greater uptake.
In this article we take a more detailed look at the top 10 health and beauty benefits of moringa.
Moringa Benefits: Top 10 Health & Beauty Benefits
At any given time, 1 in 5 people feels unusually tired, and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK¹.
A single serving of Aduna Moringa Powder (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides:
- Iron: 46.8% of your daily requirement (NRV)
- Magnesium: 19.1% of NRV
- Vitamin A: 32.5% of NRV
Iron and Magnesium both support the reduction of tiredness and fatigue in the body, and Vitamin A supports the metabolism of Iron². Adding moringa to your daily routine is an effective, natural way to prevent tiredness and fatigue.
The rich iron content of moringa powder also makes it ideal for vegan, vegetarians and those suffering from anaemia.
Aduna Moringa Powder has been heralded by Vogue magazine as "redefining beauty from within."
It is packed with skin-loving vitamins including:
- Vitamin A: 32.5% of NRV
- Vitamin E: 16.9% of NRV
Vitamin A is essential for healthy, radiant skin and Vitamin E protects cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of ageing.
Moringa has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. With an ORAC value of 157,000³, it has 6x the antioxidants of goji berries and comparable levels to the antioxidant powerhouse matcha.
Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, helping support the ageing process of the skin in the long-term. They counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature ageing.
Read our article about antioxidants and why we need them here.
The skin benefits of moringa are so exceptional that Aduna Moringa Powder is one of the first food items to ever be sold in the beauty halls of prestigious London department stores Liberty and Selfridges.
One of the best moringa benefits is its super immune-boosting powers. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies stave off infections and illnesses. Moringa Oleifera leaves are an extremely rich source of:
- Iron: 46.8% of NRV
- Vitamin A: 32.5% of NRV
Both of which are essential for the normal function of the immune system.
Many studies have been done about moringa's potential as an anti-cancer agent. Moringa leaves have been shown to have beneficial properties in the fight against both breast and colon cancer cells⁴ and research is ongoing.
Moringa oleifera leaves are almost 25% protein, which is unusually high for a plant. Moringa powder contains 9 essential amino acids making it a complete source of protein, supporting the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. The high protein content of moringa makes it particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians who can struggle to get a sufficient protein supply.
One of the key moringa benefits is its high magnesium content. Magnesium is essential for normal psychological function and the normal functioning of the nervous system. This super-mineral has been named by Psychology Today magazine as "The Original Chill Pill... an old home remedy for anxiety, apathy, depression, headaches, insecurity, irritability, restlessness... and sulkiness." Read the full article here.
- A single serving of moringa powder contains 19.1% of your magnesium NRV helping fight stress and keep a sense of calm.
Moringa powder is a rich source of calcium (29.8% NRV) which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.
It also contains 31% fibre which can help support a healthy digestive system and bowel regularity. Fibre can also be helpful for weight management as it helps you feel fuller for longer.
Moringa is a rich source of iron (46.8% NRV), calcium (29.8% NRV) and magnesium (19.1% NRV), all of which support energy-yielding metabolism. A green smoothie with moringa in the morning will keep you energised all day!
Having healthy eyes and normal vision is something that can often be taken for-granted but which requires the right nutrition to maintain normal function. Moringa is a rich source of vitamin A (32.5% NRV per serving) which contributes to normal vision.
Moringa Powder is a source of magnesium, with a 10g serving providing 19.1% of your daily requirement. Magnesium is essential for maintaining strong and healthy teeth. Its great for kids to help keep their teeth nice and strong. Try out one of our delicious child-friendly recipes like this incredible Moringa mint-choc chip ice cream - they will never want the artificial version again!
Maintaining strong and healthy bones is an important component of overall health. Moringa oleifera leaves are a rich source of vitamin K (213.3% NRV), protein (23%), calcium (29.8% NRV) and magnesium (19.1% NRV) all of which support normal bones.
What does it taste like?
Moringa has a delicious green, earthy taste - similar to spinach or matcha green tea. It is delicious mixed into food or drinks.
Choosing the right Moringa
Moringa is becoming increasingly available around the world as people discover its numerous health benefits - however, not all moringa is made equal. Aduna is an Africa-inspired health food brand and social business. We work directly with communities in rural Africa to produce high-quality superfood products, creating sustainable livelihoods for small-scale producers.
We have tested moringa from many suppliers in Africa and around the world and very few have passed our rigorous quality controls. Moringa is mostly grown in developing countries where infrastructure can be poor. Harvested leaves are often washed with unpure water which can contain bacteria and other microbes. It is important to use an organic certified moringa brand to ensure the powder is free from any harmful substances.
Aduna is certified by the UK's leading organic certification body, Soil Association. All our moringa products are made from 100% organic, pure moringa leaves and every batch undergoes in-depth microbial analysis to guarantee the highest possible quality.
Shop The Aduna Moringa range:
Aduna's Moringa is available in two delicious formats:
- Aduna Moringa Powder - 100% organic moringa leaves, dried and filtered to make a pure powder. With a vibrant green colour and a delicious spinachy taste, use to boost green smoothies, juices or as a "superfood seasoning" for savoury dishes. Start with 1/2-1 teaspoon a day before building up to 2-4 teaspoons. From £7.99 for 100g.
- Aduna Moringa Raw Energy Bar - our 100% natural & organic moringa bars contain 1 full teaspoon of moringa powder, blended with creamy cashews, juicy mangoes and a hint of ginger. A source of protein and with no refined sugar or dairy, wheat or gluten ingredients, healthy snacking has never tasted so good! From £1.89 for a single bar or £24.99 for a box of 16.
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Read More Moringa Benefits:
"10 reasons to try Moringa" - Sheerluxe
"Want to stay cancer free? Let this food do the fighting" - CancerDefeated.com
"The super-skin benefits of Aduna Moringa" - International Facialist Abigail James
Moringa Benefits Sources:
¹ UK National Health Service http://www.nhs.uk/Livewell/tiredness-and-fatigue/Pages/why-am-I-tired.aspx
² All health claims in this article taken from EU Register on Nutrition and Health Claims
³ Antioxidants: ORAC (Oxidant Radicals Absorbent Capacity) system developed by US National Institute of Health. Moringa ORAC value: 157,000 μmol TE/100g. Goji berry powder: 25,300 μmol TE/100g. Independent research by Brunswick Laboratories
⁴ Moringa oleifera as an Anti-Cancer Agent against Breast and Colorectal Cancer Cell Lines: https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4545797/