Very recently the term “super foods” appeared and it is thought to be a kind of marketing term for the foods that are dense with exceptional nutrients quantities. So we will have a look at this phrase to assure whether “Moringa is a super food ?”
At a glance without calling it a super food, we better go little deeper to understand what kind of nutrients it possesses. Then we’ll decide whether it is reasonable to call it a super food .
Moringa contains plenty of minerals making it a super food
If we focus on Calcium mineral, 8 ounces of cow’s milk can only give 300-400 mg of Calcium though moringa leaves can provide 1000 mg and moringa powder can provide more than 4000 mg
Moringa leaves also contain high content of iron in them. When comparing the iron content of moringa leaves with beef, beef contains iron 2mg/100g and moringa leaves contain 28mg/100g. Some research articles show that moringa contains more iron even greater than spinach.
Proper zinc level has to be in the dietary intake as such it is important for the growth of sperm cells synthesizing DNA & RNA. Surprisingly it has been found that moringa contains around 25.3-31.03 mg of Zinc/kg
In addition it possesses Potassium, magnesium, and copper minerals in significant quantities more than many other plant food sources. So moringa is a plant full of minerals
It also contains vitamins
Many of the vitamins like beta carotene of vitamin A, vitamin B such as folic acid, pyridoxine and nicotinic acid are also abundant in moringa
Further it contains Vitamin C, D and vitamin E also has been found in moringa.
Moringa contains number of pytochemicals
These include chemicals such as tannins, sterols, terpenoids,flavanoids, saponins,anthraquinones,alkaloids, and reducing sugars are also there with anti cancerous agents like glucosinlates, isothiocyantes, glycoside compounds.
Each of mentioned chemical compounds are responsible for different types of medicinal, therapeutic and nutritional aspects that you will encounter descriptively in below content.
Moringa is a good protein source
One particular research has shown that immature pods contains 46.7% fibre with 20.66% protein content. The leaves contain 44% protein content and flowers have 31%