By Faye Sakellaridis
“Superfood” is an overused term, but moringa, a tropical plant packed with nutrients, may actually deserve the title.
Grist’s Nathaniel Johnson doesn’t buy into the term lightly, yet he champions moringa as a superfood in this article. Not only is it nutritious and medicinal (Castro credits it as having healed him), it can greatly help people in poverty.
He explains what makes moringa different from other superfood fads:
The American communal consciousness has a difficult time caring about poor people in other countries, but fixates intensely on the possibility of gaining superpowers by eating superfoods. It’s nice to be able to direct the power of the latter toward the former.
And the thing is, moringa really is an amazingly nutritious plant. It’s a tree that grows like a weed throughout the tropics, all around the world. The leaves are packed with vitamins, potassium, calcium (way more than milk), and iron. They provide nine times the protein as an equivalent serving of yogurt. Moringa has been used in several cultures as a form of medicine, and there is some evidence that it may have some anti–bacterial, anti-inflammatory, and anti-cancer effects. Fidel Castro credited his recovery from sickness, a few years back, to moringa. Basically, it’s supposed to cure everything. I won’t be going down that rabbit hole, but you’re welcome to; here’s the entrance.
Read the rest of the article to learn about the work that one company founded by Peace Corps volunteers is doing with moringa.