There is no doubt, the title of 'Superfood' of the year belongs to Moringa oleifera which, thanks to its many beneficial properties has earned a place within the category of food of plant origin rich in nutrients particularly interesting for our health.
But what is Moringa? Where does it grow? What are its nutritional values? Moringa oleifera is a plant native to Oriental India, more precisely in the Himalayan Chain regions, widespread in most of the forests of the tropical and subtropical areas. Cultivated and used since ancient times by Romans, Greeks and even Egyptians, this plant has always been regarded as a medicine and its properties have been handed down for centuries from generation to generation. Moringa's seeds, roots, flowers and leaves are completely edible and each element contributes in a different way to meet the entire energy requirement.
This plant is rich in vitamins (Vitamin A that helps to prevent infections and keeps eyes healthy, Vitamin C with antioxidant properties, Vitamin E that protects our skin and our organs from aging and from the action of free radicals and some B group vitamins involved in cellular metabolism), mineral salts (including a very high potassium level), essential amino acids and antioxidants that make it a perfect natural supplement. Moringa also contains Omega-3 that helps to keep the body healthy and contributes to the good functioning of the heart, brain and nervous system. This plant helps to strengthen the immune system and help digestion, helps to keep blood pressure and glucose under control and it is an important anti-inflammatory. For now, you can find it commercially in the form of powder to be added to smoothies, juices and herbal teas or in the form of tablets... to know more you just go to herbalist's shop!