Did you know moringa contains 10 times more iron than matcha and four times more than kale?
With more antioxidants and anti-inflammatory power than kale, turmeric and matcha, moringa is becoming very popular for its rich iron levels, which may help treat nutritional disorders such as anemia.
The moringa plant is native to South Asia and has been extensively used for its medicinal properties and massive health benefits. It is a whole food naturally abundant in vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. Virtually every part of the moringa plant, its pods, seeds and leaves are edible and packed with nutrition. A small serving of this nutrient-rich superfood contains seven times more vitamin C than an orange, seventeen times more calcium than milk, and nine times more protein than yogurt. It also contains 25 times more iron levels than spinach, which is very powerful in tackling moderate anemia.
How does moringa cure anemia and low iron levels?
Iron is a vital mineral that your body needs to function properly. Insufficient iron levels may cause iron deficiency anemia—a common type of anemia characterized by the loss of healthy red blood cells that carry oxygen to the body’s tissues. It can range from mild to severe and can be temporary or long-term. Some common symptoms of iron deficiency anemia include:
- Brain fog
- Headaches or lightheadedness
- Pale skin
- Shortness of breath
- Irregular heartbeats
Treatments for anemia may include medical procedures and supplements. A balanced and healthy diet may keep iron levels in check and revamp your energy levels. The leaves of moringa oleifera are rich in iron and other nutrients that are necessary for iron metabolism. Packed with 47 antioxidants, 25 vitamins and minerals and all nine amino acids, the presence of the following nutrients in moringa may boost iron levels:
- Vitamin C: Vitamin C has been proven to enhance iron absorption. Moringa contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges and helps store iron in a form that’s more easily absorbed by our body.
- Vitamin A: Not only does vitamin A strengthen the immune system, vision and skin, it also increases iron absorption in the body. The high content of vitamin A in the moringa plant has been proven to considerably support the reduction of anemia.
- Beta-Carotene: Beta-carotene is a powerful antioxidant found in the moringa plant. A study conducted in India found that beta-carotene from the consumption of moringa for 1 month resulted in a 10% reduction of anemia from moderate to mild levels and had a protective effect on iron levels.
Anemia currently affects 3.5 million Americans. As per recent studies, moringa may improve iron levels better than regular iron supplements. Moringa is a good plant-based iron supplement and a 100 gms serving of moringa provides more iron than that of kale and spinach. One teaspoon of moringa powder may boost iron levels and revamp your health.
How can you add moringa to your diet?
Packed with vitamins and minerals, even a tablespoon of moringa powder can give you the much-needed nutritional boost. Here are a few easy ways to add moringa to your diet:
- Add powder to shakes, smoothies and yogurt
- Mix moringa powder to make salad dressings
- Stir into soups
- Put in baked goods and lattes
- Add to pasta sauce or pesto
- Try Miracle Tree’s high-quality herbal moringa teas
The leaves of the moringa plant contain over 90 nutrients. Even a tiny amount of this miraculous leafy green can energize your body and revamp your health.