Pomegranate, acai, chia… the list of trendy superfoods goes on and on. I’m a fan of anything that tastes good and is exceptionally good for you, but sometimes it can get a little played out.
But I’d like to think I’m on the cutting edge of the next superfood/miracle ingredient, and I would like to introduce it to you before the big brands get ahold of it and you’re sick of hearing about it. I’m talking about Moringa.
I first discovered the existence of Moringa at Juiceland in the beginning of the year. (Um, also, Juiceland just opened a Brooklyn outpost, so all my NY readers/friends, go check them out! SO good.)
Anyway, a quick google search shows they debuted Morniga on their menu last fall. This is the sign that caught my eye. 17 times the calcium of milk, 15 times the potassium of bananas, 9 times the calcium of yogurt, 25 times the iron of spinach… what the F is this stuff?!
Well, according to the only “news” source most Americans (including myself) know how to use – Wikipedia, duh – Morniga is actually a tree native to Africa and Asia. Most of it is edible for humans, including its leaves. That’s where we’re getting all these nutrients from for the Moringa supplements.
Obviously I wanted to reap the benefits of Moringa and see if I immediately felt like a superhuman, so once I read about it, I got some in my smoothie. And have continued to throughout the year. I don’t know if I’m infinitely more healthy, but hey. Can’t hurt, right?
Not into smoothies or straight-up supplements? You can find Morniga in tea form now. Organic India recently sent me some Moringa tea to test out. I really like them! The tea is very calming. Maybe it’s kind of a mental thing, like I know I’m drinking something really good for me, so I feel peaceful and virtuous. I’m not sure, but I know that I like it.