I am so pleased that scientific and health circles finally paid attention and stirred a buzz around moringa. Known to Ayurvedic practitioners for thousands of years, moringa (Moringa oleifera) is one of the most nourishing and detoxifying plants on the planet. Most nutritionists recommend it as super food but are unaware of moringa’s powerful detoxifying properties. I first started using it when Dr. Marianne Teitelbaum put me on a cleansing protocol to conquer my autoimmune disorder. She told me that when cooking moringa, it is important to use binders such as taro root or arrowroot powder to ensure complete elimination of toxins.
The moringa tree is an integral part of the cultures of India, Asia, and Africa, and they can easily be cultivated in the subtropical regions of the United States. In many African countries, moringa trees are a solution to hunger.
Astringent, bitter, pungent, light, and heating—this is how the ancient Sanskrit texts describe moringa. They referred to it as shigru, which literally means “an arrow.” Like an arrow, moringa molecules travel fast and penetrate deep into tissues of the body, reaching all the way down to the bone marrow. To compare its nutrients to common foods, moringa has:
Twenty-five times more iron than spinach
Seven times more vitamin C than an orange
Four times more calcium and twice as much protein as whole milk
Triple the potassium of a banana
Forty-seven different antioxidants
Some of moringa’s medicinal benefits:
- Pulls toxins from the blood, muscle, fat, bone, bone marrow, liver, and spleen
- Strengthens the immune system
- Supports fat metabolism and weight loss
- Enhances digestion
- Increases fertility
- Detoxifies the skin
- Nourishes the eyes
- Reduces inflammation in the joints
- Lowers cholesterol
In the United States, fresh moringa stalks or leaves are available in Indian and Asian grocery stores (mostly in spring and summer). If you cannot find fresh or frozen moringa locally, you can purchase excellent quality moringa leaf soup or tea powders at www.chandika.com. Other names for moringa are drumstick (in India, for the stalks), murungai, and munakkai.