Moringa oleifera (sometimes known as Drumstick Tree, Ben Oil Tree, Horse Radish Tree or Miracle Tree) is a fast-growing tree native to North India and parts of Africa; it has been used used medicinally (and as a food source) for at least 4,000 years.

The small round leaves of the Moringa Tree are packed with vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids.

Moringa Contains: 

  • High levels of protein.
  • Fibre
  • Minerals including iron, calcium, magnesium and potassium
  • Antioxidants and vitamins including vitamin A (beta- carotene), vitamin C, vitamin E, vitamins B1, B2 and quercetin.  
  • Chlorogenic acid (a natural compound also found in raw green coffee beans). The nutrients present in Moringa are of high biological value as it is easily absorbed by the body. Moringa contains all the essential vitamins and minerals along with the antioxidants which are essential for the body.

Who would benefit from taking Moringa?

  • People who wish to lose weight - The chlorogenic acid in Moringa helps moderate blood sugar levels. The fibre content also encourages healthy digestion and elimination.
  •  Diabetics - The plant compounds in the leaves of Moringa have anti-diabetic effects.
  • People with high cholesterol - Moringa has been shown to have similar cholesterol lowering effects as also found in flaxseeds, oats and almonds.
  •  Anyone with toxicity - Moringa boosts liver function helping with detoxification and the anti-oxidant and anti-inflammatory effects help protect against toxicity.
  •  Anyone lacking in energy - The iron and vitamin A make this is useful supplement for helping with fatigue. The antioxidants and compounds also improve thyroid health
  •  Anyone feeling down or not sleeping well - Moringa is a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan that helps us to relax and it benefits the neurotransmitter functions that produce the ‘Feel good’ hormone serotonin.
  •  Anyone wishing to improve their skin and hair - Often used as a remedy for problem skin due to its ability to detoxify and strengthen. The abundance of antioxidants including vitamin A and C as well as minerals such as zinc can greatly improve skin, hair and nails.
  •  Vegan and Vegetarians - Moringa offers vegans a strong source of dietary protein and iron as well as many other minerals and vitamins.

 

How to take Moringa

Moringa can be sprinkled onto salads or added to smoothies or soups.It has a slightly spicy flavour so works well in curries too.

A Moringa Smoothie:

One peach or banana

One cup of spinach or kale

2 teaspoons of Moringa powder

2 cups of almond milk

2 medjool dates

Moringa Raw Brownies

I00g of raw almonds

50g walnuts

12 Medjool dates

70g of KIKI Health Organic Raw Cocoa Powder

2 tablespoons of KIKI Health Organic Raw Virgin Coconut Oil

1 tablespoon maple syrup

1 teaspoon vanilla

½ teaspoon of Himalayan salt

1 tablespoon of KIKI Health Moringa Powder

  •  In a food processor, whizz the almonds until they are like breadcrumbs.
  •  Add the cocoa powder, Medjool dates, Himalayan salt, Moringa powder and vanilla.
  •  Melt the coconut oil and maple syrup together and add to the rest of the ingredients.
  •  Process together until it forms a sticky ball.
  •  Add chopped walnuts and pulse briefly
  •  Tip the ball onto a piece of greaseproof paper and use the sides of the paper to help shape into a block, wrap the paper over it and put in the fridge to chill.
  •  Cut into little squares and keep in a container in the fridge.