The Miracle Tree!
At Hacienda del Sol we use a great deal of different superfoods, but Moringa is special to us for two reasons: 1. It is one of the most concentrated superfoods on the planet, 2. We are growing it all over our property! This plant is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, but lucky for us, it is also thrives here in the Central American tropics. While the bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used medicinally, we love the leaves, and that is where we are going to put our focus today! Rich in protein and amino acids, these green guys have seven times the Vitamin C of oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, 3 times more iron than spinach, and 4 times the calcium in milk. Add some serious doses of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, and many minerals, and you are looking at one true tremendous food so healthy in fact, that it has been a useful tool for fighting malnutrition in some countries.
Not only is this leaf a lovely nutritional powerhouse, but it is also a herbal healer! In one study, Moringa reduced asthma symptoms and the severity of asthma attacks in adults. Got swell? Moringa is also used to reduce swollen body parts thanks to its anti-inflammatory compounds, but also can help increase sex drive! It is also used to treat various stomach and heart ailments, anemia, arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism),relieve constipation & diarrhea, and can kill germs topically and reduces infection risk. High levels of B Vitamins aid metabolism and emotional equilibrium, and all those rich minerals, vitamins, antioxidants, and phytonutrients keep the brain active and well-nourished so it stays sharp. Moreover, leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches, and tea made from the leaves can give a better energy boost than coffee ever could. And here at Hacienda del Sol all you have to do is ask us to add it your smoothie, or you can walk outside the dinner and cut it yourself from our garden and add it to anything.