Forget Turmeric: Moringa Is The Ultimate 2018 Superfood

There’s a new superfood trend every year, it seems. Between all the kale, quinoa, chia seeds and turmeric advocates, it’s hard to know which ingredients are truly nutritional powerhouses or if it’s all just trendy hype.

However, 2018’s hottest wellness trend – moringa – will actually make a difference. Moringo oleifera is like turmeric’s more powerful plant cousin; it has exponentially stronger anti-inflammatory and overall health benefits that are contained in its leaves. It’s quite easy to grow, even in places affected by drought or damaged soil, and could help solve malnutrition crises in many parts of the world.

Described by many as the “tree of life,” this nutrient-packed plant is native to India and the tropics, and the retention power of moringa leaves is a miracle in itself. Here is everything you need to know about the health benefits of moringa.

It’s packed with vitamins and minerals

It contains seven times as much Vitamin C as found in citrus fruits, double the amount of protein found in yogurt, and quadruple the amount of Vitamin A that we get from carrots. It’s also high in Magnesium, Riboflavin, Vitamin B6, and Iron. It’s also been shown to have antibacterial healing and immune-boosting properties, along with  regulating  sugars for those living with diabetes. Bye, daily supplement!

It keeps your skin healthy and youthful

If you’re looking to revamp your skincare routine, the high Vitamin E and A levels contained in the plant will give your tired skin the antioxidants and collagen production it needs. These vitamins regenerate skin, along with preventing wrinkles and acne. It can also solve issues with hyper-pigmentation and dark spots, thanks to the free radical warriors within moringa’s antioxidants. Expect to see moringa oil skincare products hitting shelves all over in the near future, along with DIY alternatives.

It aids digestion

If you suffer digestion and gastrointestinal problems, the leaves also contain a solution for those ailments. High fiber and calcium levels help digestive enzymes function with ease. If weight loss is your goal, the high fiber content will help keep you fuller for longer.

Farming moringa oleifera plants

It tastes like green tea

If you’re wondering about the taste, it has subtly sweet seeds, and when leaves are ground, it takes on an earthy taste similar to matcha green tea. It’s not too overwhelming so it can be worked into various smoothies, protein powders, and kombucha. People are even selling moringa snacks! The effect after you consume it in any way is a long-lasting energy that won’t weigh you down like the crash that comes with caffeinated beverages.

Moringa has experienced a 200 percent surge in growth this year, and there’s no sign of it slowing down. Plenty of retailers are selling it, and a brand called Kuli Kuli is a great place to start, as they’re helping to plant moringa trees and support female farmers in the developing world.

There are still more studies to be conducted, as we’re not sure exactly how moringa produces all of its miracle benefits. But the research that’s already been proven is pretty impressive. So, put down the kale that you’ve been grimacing at for years and instead, glow up with moringa, the most useful tree in the world!