Moringa Tea for Good Health

Many people are discovering the health benefits provided by the Moringa tree. One of the best ways to reap the benefits of Moringa is to make a tea with it. It’s a simple, easy way to absorb the nutrients that Moringa has to offer.

The Moringa tree (Moringa Oleifera) is native to India, at the foot of the southern Himalayas. It’s a deciduous, rapidly growing tree that does very well in dry or hot conditions. Many parts of the tree are edible, including the immature seed pods (also referred to as drumsticks), mature seeds, leaves and roots, as well as oil pressed from the mature seeds.

Moringa is so powerful, it’s often the heavy hitter in the lineup of nutritional options used by organizations battling malnutrition in third world countries. Its ability to grow in dry climates is a huge benefit in areas where other plants struggle. The seed cake, a byproduct of the oil extraction process, is also a benefit in areas where clean drinking water is not available, because of its ability to filter water.

The reason why Moringa is so good for you is simple– it’s full of antioxidants. Many popular foods are full of antioxidants, including green tea and acai berries. What many people don’t know is that the antioxidants in Moringa puts all those other “superfoods” to shame. Antioxidants are measured in units called umoles, in the Oxidant Radicals Absorbent Capacity (ORAC) system of measurement. Acai berries are considered to have one of the highest concentrations of antioxidants at 102,700 umoles. Moringa blows this already high amount out of the water with an antioxidant concentration of a whopping 157,000 umoles.

Our bodies need these antioxidants to fight harmful free radicals, which cause damage to healthy cells. One of the best ways to get the high concentration of antioxidants that come from Moringa is to brew it as a tea. Starting with three or four stalks of Moringa leaves, dry them out for a day or until the leaves become crisp. Grind them in the blender for 15 to 20 seconds, then put them into tea bags. Make Moringa tea with lemon and honey or sugar to balance out the unique flavor of the Moringa. Avoid making your water too hot or it’s possible that you will lose some of the nutrients due to the heat.

If you don’t have access to the stalks, or don’t have the time to make it from scratch, you can purchase Moringa tea already made. A daily cup of Moringa tea will elevate your body’s ability to fight free radicals, as well as give your body a high concentration of other valuable nutrients. One serving of Moringa leaves contains high amounts of Vitamin C, Potassium, and Magnesium. Surpassing the amount of these nutrients, one serving of Moringa leaves also contains 71% of your daily value of Iron, 125% of your daily value of Calcium, and a whopping 272% of your daily value of vitamin A.

Moringa tea is a great way to get a very large dose of antioxidants and other nutrients, without the drawbacks of other teas like green tea which contains caffeine which can be harmful to your body. Try adding Moringa tea to your diet today.

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