MORINGA, THE NEW MEGAFOOD THAT’S TRENDING AMONG THE FUNCTIONAL TYPES


By Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali

The trends for functional food come and go – but it seems that moringa is the new functional type, which is here to stay.

Like any other ‘newly introduced’ super food, the health benefits of moringa have been known in numerous cultures for over hundreds of years. However, this superfood had recently made its way into the mainstream fitness culture, where we are going to see a whole lot more of it. This entirely edible fast growing and dearth resistant crop, which is commonly found in India, Pakistan and Bangladesh is known to have numerous health benefits, which includes the cure and prevention of edema, neurodegenerative diseases, diabetes, asthma, arthritis, epilepsy, thyroid dysfunction, viral and parasitical infections (Anwar, et al., 2007). And if that’s not enough incentive, this revered food has a significant and positive impact on skin, hair, liver function, cardiovascular health, immunity, stamina, muscle development, bone health, eye health, and cancer prevention.

In the fitness circle, Moringa has become highly popular because it has more calcium than milk, more vitamin A than carrots, more iron than spinach, more potassium than bananas and more vitamin C than oranges. As a bonus, the protein found in moringa rivals the amount of protein found in eggs and milk. And, if you still needed another fact for this obscure superfood to weigh in on your conscience, moringa has an amazing amino acid profile and the Time Magazine has touted this miracle crop as ‘the next quinoa’ (Schonwald, 2014). Although, there’s nothing super-looking about this plant, it’s skinny and meager in foliage. However, if all the plants were superheroes then i’d say moringa was the Tony Stark (Iron Man) of the vegetation comics.

I always suggest adding variety to your diet, and minimizing the consumption of processed carbs and empty calories. So, with all the hype surrounding this superfood, you might want to give it a try. You can toss some roasted moringa seeds into your salad, or if you don’t mind the flavor then you can also have them in tea form. However, moderation is the key.

Until next time, stay blessed!

REFERENCES

Anwar, F., et al., 2007. Moringa oleifera: a food plant with multiple medicinal uses. Phytotherapy Research: An International Journal Devoted to Pharmacological and Toxicological Evaluation of Natural Product Derivatives, 21(1), pp.17-25.

Schonwald, J., 2014. Forget Kale. Try These Three REAL Superfoods. [ONLINE] Available at http://time.com/3544425/superfoods-moringa-tree-breadfruit-prickly-pear-cactus/. [Accessed 26 December 2018].

Saiyed M. Fauzan Ali is an MBA/M. Phil specialized in Supply Chain Management and a Certified LSS (USA). The Author has worked in the past as a research analyst and a critical reviewer. He is the founder of The Health Sphere and a fitness and writing enthusiast. You can follow the author on Instagram @saiyedfauzan or visit his Linkedin Profile

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