Later this month we're releasing Mo C.R.E.A.M., our new moringa mint tea. The exact release date is August 20 - mark your calendar!
A few of our most dedicated customers have asked us to make a moringa tea, so I filed it away in the back of my mind and planned to release something as soon as it made sense. And that time has come.
Moringa is native to tropical and subtropical regions. Moringa is a well-known part of Ayurveda, a practice of holistic medicine native to India. A bit of Ayurvedic medicine has made it over to the Western hemisphere, similarly to Traditional Chinese Medicine. However, since moringa is known to tropical and subtropical regions, I am willing to bet there is even more history of the plant being used throughout the continent of Africa with those remedies being carried by other members of the African Diaspora. For example, I know members of my family who swear by moringa and much of my family is Jamaican.
For centuries, the leaves, flowers, seeds and roots of moringa have been used for a wide variety of chronic illnesses and to maintain general health and wellness. Let's see why. We are going to chat about the benefits, uses, and risks of moringa in this blog post.
It is so important to know the scientific names of the herbs you're using because there are some instances in which herbs share common names or those common names are regional. For example, chamomile (the very common and well known plant), is not just called chamomile - it is often called German chamomile, which makes sense - there is a German chamomile and a Roman chamomile. But it is also called Hungarian Chamomile, blue chamomile, and scented mayweed. Wild, right?
Anyway, moringa is actually called Moringa oleifera, however, it does have nicknames and is known as horesradish tree and drumstick tree.
Moringa contains: antioxidants, protein, vitamins B6, C, and A, iron, riboflavin (see you don't need to drink so much kool-aid), potassium, magnesium, beta-carotene, quercetin, chlorogenic acid and amino acids.
And that's not all! Moringa contains the vitamins and minerals that our bodies need and it has those vitamins and minerals in amounts significantly larger than our common sources for those vitamins and minerals.
For example, moringa has 7 times the Vitamin C as an orange and 15 times more potassium than a banana.
Using moringa for all of its antioxidant properties is great. Antioxidants act against the free radicals in your body. Having a high level of free radicals in your body may lead to oxidative stress, which may cause chronic disease. Who wants that?
Other benefits...Moringa also has:
- Chlorogenic acid that is found in coffee. Chlorogenic acid may moderate blood sugar. It is so important to keep blood sugar levels normal (by normal I mean within healthy limits - healthy for you).
- Anti-inflammatory properties that help regulate the body's natural reaction to infection or injury. Long-term inflammation can lead to health problems.
- A decent amount of protein that makes it a good plant based protein option for your smoothies, juices, etc.
Most studies on moringa have been done in test tubes and on animals. There is no guarantee that the results seen in animals will be the same for humans. But there have been some studies on small groups on humans that have positive results that should make us all happy. Results showing that moringa may reduce cortisol levels, naturally boost testosterone (heyyy sex life), help balance hormones in postmenopausal women, or improve gut bacteria...all of this is good stuff. So, we're holding out hope for the best.
COMMON USES FOR MORINGA
Infection - bacterial, fungal and viral
- Moringa is generally safe, but it is not for those who are pregnant or breastfeeding
- Moringa can have a laxative effect, so start off slow when you start using it
Hope you learned something new. Wanna try moringa, too? You know we gotchu! Our new moringa mint tea, Mo C.R.E.A.M., releases on August 20 @ 8 am ET.