Have you heard of the exotic superfood, moringa? Find out all about it here.
Moringa Oleifera, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayan Mountains in northern India, is sure to be popping up in foods and beverages in your store. Moringa or drumstick tree is widely cultivated throughout Africa, Central and South America, and many parts of Asia, because of its many valuable uses, and the fact that it grows rapidly and easily in various climates. There are about 13 species of moringa trees in the family Moringaceae, and Moringa oleifera is by far the most popular.
What’s so great about moringa? According to WebMD, moringa is used for “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache, heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.
The seeds are even used for water purification, or tossed into a soup like a pea pod, its oil can be used as a vegetable oil for cooking, and any plant leftovers can be used as a fertilizer. Moringa is extremely versatile and has many uses.
When your shoppers ask about moringa, you’ll be able to share with them that the leaves produce a rich green, but tart tasting, dry powder that is remarkably high in protein (containing all essential amino acids), vitamin A, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C. Moringa is also notably high in iron, potassium, B vitamins, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K.
Moringa can be found in teas, drinks, bars, purchased as a powder, used in soups, salads, and more.
All parts of the moringa tree can be used including the leaves, flowers, seeds, pods, roots, bark, gum, and seed oil. Researchers are continuing to study the various properties and uses for each portion of the moringa tree.
Now when your shoppers ask, you'll know exactly what moringa is and what it can be used for.
More Information and Resources:
Discover Channel Documentary on Moringa
As always, please suggest your shoppers consult their health practitioner before adding any new foods or supplements.