An Elite Superfood
Scientists and health professionals have searched the globe far and wide to discover fruits, vegetables, and seeds that are nutrient dense to give the diet of industrialized nations a much-needed boost. this search has led to the discover of several superfoods that provide extraordinary levels of key nutrients required for optimum health. Each of the superfoods discovered has benefits to human health, but a gram-for-gram comparison reveals that one botanical reigns supreme as the elite superfood—Moringa oleifera.
NATIVE TO THE LOWLAND DRY TROPICAL FORESTS
Native to the lowland dry tropical forests south of the Himalayan range in Arabia and India, Moringa oleifera thrives in areas that receive at least 20 inches of annual rainfall and have temperatures ranging from 77‑104° Fahrenheit.
SO, WHAT IS MORINGA?
Moringa oleifera is a plant of the moringaceae family; it is the most studied of the 14 species of Moringa trees due to its high volume of health benefits and components. It is known by a variety of other nicknames such as "drumstick tree," "horseradish tree," "radish tree," and "miracle tree." Although it is called a variety of names around the globe, its reputation for having a wide-ranging number of uses, its ease of growth, and supplying a high number of vitamins, mineral, proteins, omega oils, and other benefits remains consistent.
EXTENSIVE HEALTH BENEFITS
Moringa has been praised for its extensive health benefits for thousands of years. It is widely recognized as the most nutrient-rich botanical ever discovered, which has garnered it a great deal of attention from the scientific community.
A WIDE VARIETY OF NUTRIENTS
Indeed, Moringa contains such a wide variety of nutrients that it is used to address malnutrition in underprivileged areas of the world. I, II, III, IV Multiple parts of the tree are used for food and wellness purposes, with the most value obtained when the leaves, seed cake, and fruite (pods) powder are consumed together. Combining these three vital parts of the tree maximizes nutrient variety and composition as well as the benefits to the customer.
THE MORINGA TREE IS A RAPIDLY GROWING BOTANICAL
The Moringa tree itself is a rapidly-growing botanical that can outlive a lifespan of 20 years and reach a height of 36 feet. The tree's deep, hardy roots allow it to thrive in hot, dry climates. They are of rare shape, deep green at maturity. The flowers are cream-colored, sweet-smelling, and are great for teas or as a honey source. The pods are triangular, rather long and legume-like in appearance. The seed husks are black and winged with a white inner seed. These parts are packed with exceptionally valuable nutrients for humans and animals. V
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II Mahmood KT, Mugal T, Haq IU. Moringa oleifera: a natural gift-A review. Pharm Sci Res. 2010;2(11):775‑81.
III Zongo U, Zoungrana SL, Savadogo A, et al. Nutritional and Clinical Rehabilitation of Severely Malnourished Children with Moringa oleifera Lam. Leaf Powder in Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso). Food Nutr Sci. 2013;4:991‑7.
IV Diatta SB. Supplementation for pregnant and breast-feeding women with Moringa oleifera powder. Available at: http://shiningseasimports.com/wp-content/uploads/2014/04/Moringa-Powder-Sambou-Diatta-Researcher.pdf.
V Marcu, M. (2005). Miracle tree. La Cañada, CA: KOS Health Publications.