Moringa • The healthy effects of powder, oil & tea!

Advertisements

Author: Monika Preuk
Last update:
January 09, 2020

New superfood: Moringa is traded as an insider tip for anyone who wants to lose weight but still want to stay healthy and productive. You can read about the all-rounder Moringa tree and its healing powers here.

Advertisements
Whether as a powder, in capsule form or in tea: The healthy effects of Moringa are created by the many antioxidants.
© GU / Kramp + Gölling

A tree from which all parts can be used for medicinal purposes is extremely rare. But from Moringa tree (also Moringa oleifera or called horseradish tree) you can use everything from the root to the leaves. All parts of the plant have a healing effect in the body.

Known not only in India and Africa for thousands of years as the "miracle tree" medicinal plant is also an exceptional talent when it comes to growth: the Moringa tree can grow up to eight meters in one year. There are a total of 13 species of the tree, the species Moringa oleifera but is the most valuable of all because it provides the most healthy ingredients.

Moringa: It's in powder, oil and tea

Moringa: It's in powder, oil and tea

Moringa powder can be used internally and externally

Moringa is available processed into powder, capsules, oil, tea. The Moringa fruits however, we have so far rarely been able to get it. The different parts of the Moringa tree and how they can be used:

  • Moringa root contains valuable mustard oil glycosides that act against bacteria (antibiotic). Root moringa powder can be used internally and externally. For this purpose, the Moringa powder is mixed to a paste. A dressing with moringa porridge is useful for joint complaints and wounds that heal poorly.

  • Moringa bark produces the bark gum when scratched. It is traditionally recommended for stomach, ear and toothache.

  • Moringa leaves contain numerous vital substances. They are used raw, but also dried and cut as Moringa tea or ground into Moringa powder.

  • Moringa flowers are edible and taste very sweet because of their high honey content, but contain hardly any medically effective ingredients.

  • Moringa seeds have a strong antibiotic effect. They can be eaten raw, cooked or roasted. Moringa seeds become that Moringa oil won.

  • Moringa fruits reminiscent of green runner beans and taste similar to asparagus. Just like the vegetables, they are cooked or steamed. They contain valuable protein and minerals as well as more vitamin C than oranges.

Moringa is based on healthy plant substances

Especially protein, Minerals and vitamins characterize the plant parts of the Moringa tree out. In addition, roots, leaves, seeds and fruit provide secondary plant substances in high concentrations, including anthoyans, Beta-carotene, Lutein, quercetin, kaempferol, tannin, ellagic acid, saponins and terpenes.

It refers to antioxidants, so substances that our cells pre free radicals protect. These aggressive oxygen compounds develop in the body under oxidative stress, such as from UV light, environmental toxins, alcohol and constant tension. Free radicals play a role in the development of cancer and vascular diseases such as arteriosclerosis. They also accelerate the aging of the skin and internal organs.

Moringa contains a lot of antioxidants

The antioxidants of the Moringa tree are particularly strong in the fight against free radicals. How potent are antioxidants from fruits and vegetables is with the so-called ORAC value (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) determined. This value shows how many free radicals can make the food harmless.

Tired of antioxidants: These foods protect against cancer

Tired of antioxidants: These foods protect against cancer

Studies have shown that the Moringa tree With an ORAC of 10,000 to 60,000 units, it probably beats all other types of fruit and vegetables that are otherwise considered to be good suppliers of antioxidants.

Moringa for slimming and staying slim

The large amount of these substances is probably the reason why tea and powder from the Moringa tree do not exactly flatter the palate, but rather taste bitter and pungent.

But exactly this bitter and pungent compounds are responsible for making Moringa so good for losing weight. The substances are known to melt excess body fat. They stimulate digestion, slow down appetite and fill you up faster.

Moringa powder, Moringa tea or Moringa capsules can therefore support each diet enrich. By the way, Moringa is also suitable to stay slim after a diet, so to avoid the yo-yo effect.

Moringa for vegetarians and vegans

Additionally delivers Moringa lots of high-quality, vegetable protein – around twice as much as soy. This is also not only important for Lose weight, Because the plant protein saturates continuously and ensures that the muscles do not suffer when losing weight.

The high content of protein is also interesting for everyone who does without meat. Vegetarians and vegans therefore benefit from Moringa as a meat substitute. It also contains moringa oil, seeds, powder, and roots numerous Vitamins and minerals, including

These minerals and vitamins are sometimes neglected in a purely vegetable, meat-free diet. With this in mind, Moringa makes sense for vegans and vegetarians.

The best recipes with moringa

About all of these health benefits However, one should not forget that moringa is also suitable for cooking and seasoning. Moringa leaf powder is a piquant ingredient that also enriches the health of the dish.

Click on the blue plus and get to know three delicious recipes with Moringa – such as Penne with Lentil Moringa Sugo!

Recipe for chicken broth with moringa

ingredients for 4 people (approx. 1.5l), 30 minutes preparation time (plus 10.5 hours cooking and cooling)

  • 3 chicken drumsticks or ½ fresh soup chicken (approx. 750g)
  • 1 tsp sea salt
  • 1 bunch of birch trees
  • 1 onion
  • 2–3 sprigs of thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 5 peppercorns
  • 3 juniper berries
  • 2 tbsp dry sherry
  • 2 tsp moringa leaf powder
Chicken broth with moringa

© GU / Kramp + Gölling

preparation

1. Rinse the chicken drumsticks or the soup chicken cold and place them in a large saucepan.

Cover with 2.5 liters of cold water, add salt and bring to a boil. Skim off the rising foam with a trowel.

2. Clean the soup greens, wash them and cut them into small pieces. Peel and quarter the onion. Add the soup greens and onion to the saucepan. Rinse off the thyme, add with bay leaf, peppercorns, juniper berries and sherry. Allow the broth to cook for 2 hours on a low heat with the lid half-attached, if necessary skim off any rising foam.

3. Lift the poultry out of the broth, otherwise use the meat for a salad, for example. Pour the broth (approx. 2 l) through a sieve into a second saucepan, cover for 8 hours, preferably refrigerate overnight.

4. The next day, lift off the solidified fat with a spoon. Bring the broth to the boil again and let it boil down to 1.5 l in an open pan in 20–30 min. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, then stir in the moringa powder. Serve the broth as an inlay with tofu cubes and chives or fine strips of vegetables.

Recipe for Thai salad with shrimp

ingredients for 4 people, 30 min. preparation time (plus 30 min. marinate)

  • 100 g glass noodles 4 spring onions
  • 1 large carrot
  • 300g cucumber
  • 1 red onion
  • 200g pineapple
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 2 tbsp lime juice
  • 2 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tsp moringa leaf powder
  • 2 tsp raw cane sugar
  • 2 tablespoons oil
  • 3 stalks of Thai basil
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts
  • 200 g raw peeled shrimp
Shrimp salad with moringa

© GU / Kramp + Gölling

Preparation:

1. Cook the glass noodles according to the package instructions, then drain and cut smaller with scissors. Wash, clean and cut the spring onions into thin slices. Peel the carrot, peel and core the cucumber, plan both into fine strips on a grater. Peel the onion, cut in half and cut into strips. Peel the pineapple, remove the stalk, first into pieces, then into thin slices. Halve the chili pepper lengthways, clean, wash and finely dice.

2. Mix the lime juice, fish sauce, moringa powder, sugar, 5 tablespoons of water and 1 tablespoon of oil in a bowl for the dressing. Turn all the ingredients in the sauce and marinate for 30 minutes.

3. Pluck the basil leaves, rub them and roughly chop them. Chop peanuts. Rinse the prawns, pat dry and fry in a pan with the rest of the oil for 2–3 minutes on each side over high heat. Sprinkle salad with Thai basil and roasted peanuts. Spread the prawns over the salad.

Penne recipe with lentil moringa sugo (vegetarian)

ingredients for 4 people, 40 minutes preparation time

  • 500g soup green
  • 1 onion
  • 1 clove of garlic
  • 1 red chili pepper
  • 2 tablespoons of olive oil
  • 100g red lentils
  • 250m vegetable broth
  • 1 can of chunky tomatoes (400 g)
  • 1 tbsp tomato paste
  • 400g penne pasta
  • Salt ½ bunch of parsley pepper 1 pinch of sugar grated zest and juice of ½ organic lime
  • 1 tablespoon of moringa leaf powder
Penne with moringa

© GU / Kramp + Gölling

Preparation:

1.Clean, wash or peel the soup greens. Finely dice the carrots and celery, halve the leek and cut into fine half rings. Peel the onion and garlic, clean and core the chili pepper, dice everything finely.

2. Heat the oil in a wide saucepan and fry the onions until translucent. Add vegetables and steam for 3 minutes. Add garlic, chilli and lentils and sauté for 1 min. Stir in the broth, tomatoes and tomato paste and bring to the boil. Cover and simmer for 15 minutes over mild heat.

3. At the same time, cook the pasta bite-proof in plenty of salted water according to the package. Rinse the parsley, shake it dry, pluck the leaves and chop finely.

4. Season the sugo with salt, pepper, sugar, lime peel and juice. Remove from the heat, let cool slightly, then stir in the moringa powder. Drain and mix in the pasta. Serve sprinkled with parsley.

From acai to yakon: how healthy is superfood?