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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 Other names for moringa are drumstick (in India, for the stalks), murungai, and munakkai.

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    • Divya Alter
      Divya Alter says:

      Yes, cooking moringa is the SV Ayurveda approach, as it reduces the chances of detox healing crisis. In some cases moringa powder capsules are useful but only if recommended by a trained Ayurvedic practitioner (your body has to be ready for it).

    • Divya Alter
      Divya Alter says:

      Hi Theophile, you can purchase frozen moringa stalks (aka drumsticks) at the Dual Specialty Store in LES. Fresh stalks and leaves will be available later in May and early summer in bigger Indian grocery stores (Patel Brothers in Jackson Hights is an example). They are easier to find in farmers markets in California.

      • Théophile
        Théophile says:

        Thanks a lot for your quick answer. I really want to try the soup you recommend in your book, hence my asking. I will go to Dual and check Kalyustan’s maybe in May. Thank you again.

  1. Yeshua David
    Yeshua David says:

    I recently acquired some powder form of moringa … is there an ideal way to utilize this and what is a proper serving size?
    Thank you! As a chef and holistic advocate I appreciate the insight you share.

    Bless, Yeshua

    • Divya Alter
      Divya Alter says:

      Hi Yeshua, I’m so sorry for my long delay in responding! You could make equal parts of moringa powder and ground coriander seeds and make tea: simmer 1/4 to 1/2 teaspoon of the mix in 10 oz water for 3 min; strain and sip. This is just one idea.

  2. Michelle
    Michelle says:

    Hello! Is it possible to substitute moringa powder for the stalks when making the Moringa Soup in your cookbook? I have the powder, but couldn’t find any stalks…

    Thank you!

    • Divya Alter
      Divya Alter says:

      Hi Michelle, I’ve never made my Moringa Soup recipe with the powder because it won’t be as palatable. You could try, but use only 1 1/2 to 2 teaspoons of the powder for the proportions in my recipe. Moringa powder is a lot stronger than the fresh moringa sticks.


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