Moringa

What is moringa and what are its benefits?
 
Moringa is a vitamin and nutrient packed ‘superfood’. It’s been used for its healing properties for centuries in South Asia, modern day India and Pakistan. I’ve seen it added do foods- not quite as a garnish the way cilantro would be- but more as a teaspoon added to a dish or a tea or a soup such as lentil soup (daal).  It is added less for flavor and more for its purported health benefits.
 
Moringa is packed with vitamins: vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, Vitamin C, folate, iron, zinc, calcium, potassium, magnesium, phosphorus AND antioxidants AND protein- wow! 

These vitamins assist in providing the building blocks for anti- aging, wound healing, hair growths. The anti oxidants have had scientific studies to support the free radical scavenger effects of this plant.
This is how it thought to protect against cancer, diabetes, high blood pressure, respiratory distress, heart disease, arthritis, and obesity. 
 
 

What are some ideas on how to introduce it into your diet?
 
There are a number of ways to do this! 
 
It can be added to soup or curry recipes. 
With the smoothie and protein shake fads, it’s a simple ingredient to toss into the blender in place of or along with kale and/or spinach.
It can be boiled in tea, sprinkled on desserts or added to the glaze of desserts to give them a nutrient packed green tinge.
It can be added to dipping sauces. 
It has been used topically in skin and hair preps as well! 

Who would you suggest Moringa to?
 
I always say that I was trained in Western medicine and this is what I can hang my hat on and provide data to support my recommendations. Western medicine was designed to have direct, evidence based treatment plans, found in the convenience of a capsule at your local pharmacy.  However, increasingly, especially millennials (maybe parents of millennials?) are looking away from pharma. It could be cost driven, trust driven - who knows. However, on a practical level, nothing I prescribe will work unless it’s actually used! With that in mind, if someone says to me- I get that I can get this prescription, but do you have a natural or alternative option I can try first. As long as it's not a life threatening or potentially disfiguring condition that requires immediate attention, then of course I can offer alternatives they may feel comfortable with. This is where I find I can consider recommending it. 

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