If you’re into “superfoods,” you may already know about Moringa. While Moringa is a superfood known to treat malnutrition in various cultures, you might be surprised to learn that its greatest impact is actually for respiratory health.
This clinical 2008 study has shown that the leaves and pods from the Moringa tree inhibit 72% of all histamines released, making it almost as effective as the antihistamine drug Ketoifen. It’s also used in topical applications to treat inflammation of the skin, such as in atopic dermatitis. So what exacttly is Moringa—and how can you make it a part of your healthy diet?
Found mostly in tropical regions of India and Africa, Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is a fairly large tree which also goes by names like drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or ben oil tree. Containing proteins, vitamins, and minerals, Moringa is also rich in plant compounds that work as antioxidants, which help protect our cells from damage. Other plant compounds found in Moringa may even help ease the bronchial constriction and respiratory distress associated with asthma.
But since most of us aren’t going to find a Moringa tree growing in the local forest, we have to acquire this superfood from a supplement—usually in powder, capsule, or tea form. These supplements can be derived from the leaves, stem, and seeds (also a food source in many countries).
For general health, a cup or two of Moringa tea is a delicious way to start or end the day. The tea has a mild sweet nutty flavor that you might love. But my preferred method of getting Moringa into my diet is this product from Metagenics: Ketogenic Collagen Phyto Moringa, which also features MCT, collagen, pumpkin seed protein, and phytoblend as well as moringa. You can pick this superfood supergroup up in my store.
As always, a physician can help you determine the best form and dose of moringa to address specific health concerns.