Thinking about trends in wellness is a funny thing—it’s one thing to transition from, say, skinny jeans to wide-leg denim if the mood strikes, but wellness should be its own goal, unaffected by what’s hot or now. That said, anytime we catch wind of an ingredient that can be incorporated into our diets and/or beauty routines, we’re always happy to make room for it. Enter moringa, a plant native to India and grown in tropical climates around the world. Packed with nutrients and rich in antioxidants, it’s no mistake that moringa is said to come from the “miracle tree.” Read on for a cheat sheet on what it can do and how to work it into your meals.
More than a superfood
The list of nutrients found in moringa leaves read like a wellness who’s who: vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, vitamin K, protein, potassium, iron, and more. It also contains all nine amino acids and plenty of antioxidants. Benefits include lowered blood sugar and cholesterol, regulated blood pressure, better energy, and reduced inflammation. While we tend to think of superfoods as ones that can boost health and prevent disease, moringa goes above and beyond—it’s even been used to treat malnutrition and purify water.
Sprinkle it throughout
If you can find moringa leaves, they can be added to soups, broths, or curries for a touch of tea-like, earthy flavor. Drumsticks, as they’re called in seed pod version, can also be added to your favorite dish and have a sweeter, green bean-esque taste. If your local market isn’t stocked with your new favorite miracle ingredient, you can order the powder online (we’re fans of Tribe’s organic moringa leaf powder). Use it as seasoning, or just blend it into your next morning smoothie.
Bonus beauty benefits
Like turmeric, kale, and açai, moringa is one of those foods that’s just as great for your skin as it is for your body. Its seed oil is cropping up in serums, moisturizers, and soaps as an antidote to dry skin. Dense in nutrients, it’s a powerful anti-aging oil, helping to reduce wrinkles and clear skin. Try Circcell Skincare’s Extraordinary Face Oil, or the cult-favorite Moringa Cleansing Balm from Emma Hardie for a full-body moringa experience.
Have you tried moringa? Did you notice any benefits?