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All about Moringa and its benefits

Updated: Sep 17, 2023

Moringa oleifera, often simply called moringa, is the most cultivated species of the monotypic family Moringaceae. Native to India and Sri Lanka, it is now acclimatized in almost all tropical regions: this small, fast-growing, drought-resistant melliferous tree can measure up to 10 metres. (Sources : wikipédia)

Also called "Miracle Tree" because of its richness in nutrients, Moringa is a superfood and its health benefits are well documented and scientifically proven. In Madagascar, Moringa is used to fight child malnutrition.

Moringa brings energy and vitality, it is rich in minerals, acts as a powerful oxidant and improves sleep. It also helps to fight against cardiovascular diseases. On the skin, Moringa moisturizes and fights against skin aging.

Moringa and its benefits

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Moringa and its benefits

In Madagascar, the leaves are eaten as breds to make romazava, or salads.

Young pods can be eaten raw with vinaigrette. The smallest pods are cooked with meat like beans or asparagus.

The seeds from the green pod can replace the peas and the dried seeds are eaten roasted like peanuts.

Impressive nutritional qualities

The Moringa pod contains:

  • 2x as much protein as milk,

  • 3x more potassium than bananas,

  • 4x more vitamin A than carrots,

  • 7x more vitamin C than oranges

In addition, it is easy to digest, its fat content is more than 30%

100g of fresh leaves or 50g of fruit provide about half of the daily calcium, iron and protein requirements. They also provide a third of the daily requirement of potassium and essential amino acids for children aged 1 to 3 years.

Moringa and its benefits : medicinal properties

Studies and research have shown that Moringa can cure flu, cough, fevers, rheumatism or asthma. To do this, it can be used as a powder, poultice or herbal tea.

Applying ointment made from powder mixed with beeswax helps to heal sores and abscesses.

Used in water treatment

Crushed moringa seeds can replace alumina sulphate or other flocculating products in water treatment.

Good oil extraction performance

The seeds have a good yield at oil extraction, between 22 and 38% clear, sweet and odorless oil that the cosmetic industry uses a lot.

Some studies have also shown that this oil could be used as a biofuel for diesel engines.

Benefits to the skin and the shape

Moringa is also known for its benefits on the skin. In oil or mask, it is an interesting ingredient in cosmetics. To learn more, read our article about this here

In maintaining fitness, moringa in a smoothie or latte can be a slimming ally!

Where to find good Moringa in Quebec?

MATANA sells premium moringa powder from Madagascar. Like all our products from this country, the Moringa we market grows in the wild without fertilizers or chemicals.

Madagascar is an extraordinary land. Its island location, the diversity of its reliefs and climates are reflected in the unique intrinsic qualities of its plants. The soil of Madagascar is recognized worldwide as a sanctuary for botanists and pharmacologists. (Sources : Voany)

Moringa and its benefits

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