What is Moringa?
Moringa oleifera is a tree native to India; it can be taken as a tea or supplement. Known as the “miracle tree” this plant is listed as a cure for 300 ailments in Ayurveda. Moringa is a superfood, due to its rich nutrient content.
Moringa vs. Matcha
Battle Royale! Moringa provides more fiber, vitamins A & C, and protein than Matcha. Matcha doesn’t provide ANY protein, whereas Moringa provides all nine essential amino acids, making it a complete protein - a rare thing for the plant world.
Moringa has an earthy taste with sweet undertones, and lacks the bitterness often attributed to Matcha. Furthermore, Moringa is a strong contender when it comes to quality for price, as it’s much cheaper by the ounce than Matcha. Yes, you may find some cheap cooking grade Matcha out there, but it will be so bitter you'll have to use a lot of sweeteners to make it palatable.
Finally, Matcha contains caffeine, but Moringa does not. WAIT! Don’t leave! If you are overworked & chronically fatigued, you may feel that caffeine is not up for compromise. Well, Moringa is an adaptogen. Adaptogens are a class of botanicals that increase endurance, energy and concentration, aid the stress response, and regulate other systems and functions (i.e., blood pressure and blood sugar) without a single bit of caffeine!
Caffeine borrows energy from tomorrow to provide energy today. In other words, caffeine depletes energy over time, while adaptogens build up your energy stores.
Is Moringa Good for Me?
Moringa is a superfood, a complete protein and rich in fiber, vitamins, and antioxidants. It supports digestive and cardiovascular health, reduces inflammation, and provides iron, potassium and trace minerals. It’s also an excellent detoxifying agent, stabilizes mood & can support hormone balance. Sounds pretty darn good to me!
Further Reading and References:
- Morgan, 2019. Lecture “Adaptogens”. Saginaw Chippewa Tribal College.