When in Indonesia I was introduced to this powerful plant while eating lunch with some of the locals. The Moringa Tree was easily accessibly and growing freely just beyond the fence of their home.
At first glance, I was really skeptical to try it. I looked over at my friend Desirae to see her reaction first. She definitely had the same look on her face as me, but she went for it. The leaves was soaking in a liquid and it didn't look the most appetizing, but I went for it too. I poured the juice over some rice and helped myself to a generous scoop. To much of my surprise, it tasted so good! It was a little bit on the saltier side, but I liked it enough to have a second serving. Also, if you tell me anything is good for me - chances are I'll eat it. This is both a blessing and a curse.
We were taught that this plant was an incredible antioxidant and for thousands of generations has been known for its nutritional value. The men actually laughed at the fact that it's free for them, but us Americans and Europeans spend top dollar to get their hands on this nutritional plant.
What is a Moringa Tree?
Moringa oleifera is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. It's rich in antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds.
It's rich in various antioxidants, including quercetin and cholorogenic acid. Moringa leaf powder can increase blood antioxidant levels. This plant is a unique superfood, to the US food market. The leaves of the Moringa tree are packed with protein, essential amino acids, 27 vitamins and 46 antioxidants.
Is it safe to consume and what are the benefits?
Yes, it's safe to consume! However, I read there is a downside. Moringa leaves may also contain high levels of antinutrients, which can reduce the absorption of minerals and protein.
Some benefits include
May lower blood sugar levels
May protect against arsenic toxicity
May lower cholesterol
Where can you find it?
Kuli Kuli is the first company to introduce moringa to the US food market and it can now be found in Whole Foods Market!
Post by Michele Maturo