Moringa is called the “miracle tree” and “tree of life” because scientists consider its benefits too good to be true. It is often called the next superfood and used widely in medicine because it is rich in antioxidants, helps fight diabetes, inflammation and regulates blood pressure. The plant is native to Asia and Africa, but has become fairly accessible as supplements, powders, tea and oil. Consuming moringa frequently can boost your fitness journey in a couple of ways.
Moringa has been shown to reduce lactic acid, and improve the haemoglobin, vitamin B, magnesium, iron and glycogen reserves during physical activity. These properties boost the body’s energy reserves, improve physical performance and minimize tissue build up post exercise.
Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties reduce muscle soreness, which is primarily caused by inflammation. It is rich in amino acids, isocyanates, and bisphenols that help fight post workout soreness. It also helps with hydration due to its richness in electrolytes that help the body replenish itself after a long workout. Replace your post workout drinks with cold Moringa tea with honey because who needs Gatorade when you have Moringa?
Moringa has all the 18 amino acids (including 9 that your body cannot produce) needed for muscle growth, making it a complete plant protein (s/o to our plant based baddies).
Moringa’s richness in the antioxidant chlorogenic acid helps regulate blood pressure and has been shown to reduce fat formation.
Moringa has more calcium than dairy products like cheese, yogurt and milk, making it a powerful solution to maintain bone health and endurance.
I particularly love consuming boiled Moringa leaves with a spicy peanut butter paste (recipe here) or adding Moringa to my smoothies on lazy days. As usual, you should consult with your health professionals if you are pregnant or have health conditions that may prevent you from using Moringa.