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Moringa Oleifera

You might want to memorize that name. Why? Because it is a plant that may very well change the world in the near future.  The interesting part about it though is Moringa Oleifera, or Moringa has been around for tens of thousands of years and used by civilizations for almost that long.  Not only does this tree provide a vast array of nutritional value, but it can also: produce fuel, enhance crop growth, produce livestock feed, purify water and produce medicine!  In fact the tree is so impressive, that in 2008, the National Institute of Health named it “Plant of the Year,” citing “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.” [citation 1]

From a nutritional standpoint, it contains a unique combination of vitamins, minerals, anti-oxidants, amino-acids, phyto-nutrients, proteins, flavonoids and more.  We’ll dive more into that later, but first know that Moringa is not new, and there are now 1300+ articles, studies and reports on the subject and the body of research and knowledge is growing.  There are over 840 listings on PubMed Alone. [citation 2]

For our Top 10 Moringa Recipes, click here.

On a side note, this single plant is the whole reason I started learning about alternative nutrition and superfoods.  The tree fascinated me so much, that I wanted to learn about other natural substances that were similar.  Read on, this one is going to shock you.

What is Moringa Oleifera?

Moringa Oleifera is commonly know all over the world by a variety of names: Moringa, Malunggay, Shevaga, The Drumstick Tree, The Horseradish Tree and a few classics such as “Mothers Best Friend,” “The Tree of Life” and “Natures Medicine Cabinet.”  Moringa happens to be the only genus in the family Moringaceae.  Moringa Oleifera is one of 12 different types of “Moringa” that grow around the world and arguably the most beneficial.


Why is this tree so beneficial?

  • Lets start with the fact that it can grow in soils where many plants can’t.  Once the moringa tree grows, it deposits organic matter back into the ground and over time actually can make the ground more fertile!
  • The plant produces seed pods.  Inside of these seed pods you of course find seeds.  You can eat them or plant them for more trees.
  • The seeds also serve additional purposes:  They contain 50-60% oil.  This oil is beneficial for the skin as a moisturizer and some use it to treat cuts and scrapes.  The oil is also an extremely clean burning fuel.  Imagine the possibilities here for a family that survives off their land.
  • Now take it one step further, after the seeds are mashed to produce the oil, the seed pulp itself can be added to water and to help purify the water.  The pulp attracts dirt, germs and bacteria and allows it to settle to the bottom with the pulp leaving cleaner water.
  • Now we have the leaves (we will go into more detail on the actual nutritional value of the leaves a bit further down the page) and they are extremely nutritious, often used to brew tea or are dried (which actually increases the potency of certain nutritional elements [citation 3]) and milled into a fine powder.  This powder been used for many years by international aid organizations to treat malnutrition in third world countries.
  • Now you can also take the the left over leaves and stems and grind them up to be added to livestock fodder.  Some preliminary studies have shown notable percentage increases in both mass and milk production when this plant is added to the diet.  [citation 4, 5]
  • The flowers can be eaten and used in teas
  • The root is used in Aruyvedic medicine as well as a substitute for horseradish 🙂
  • The list goes on and the uses vary depending where you are in the word as the plant is used by some many cultures.
  • Additional Citations [citation 6, 7]

Now you can see why this tree was so intriguing.

Where Does Moringa Come From?

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Moringa Oleifera is actually native to the Himalayan region of Northwest India, which adds this plant to the ever growing list of “superfoods” coming out of this harsh climate.  One cannot help wonder if the necessity for an extremely hardy and adaptable plant in this region contributes to their exceptional nutritional quality, but I digress.

Moringa is now found throughout the world in tropical and sub-tropical regions.  It grows best in a sandy based soil, but can also live in very poor soil.  This is what makes this tree so amazing is that not only can it grow where others can, but its also an extremely fast growing tree, one of the fastest around.  Although the plant can with stand frost, it generally does not withstand a hard freeze.  The general rule of thumb for moringa is that you can typically grow it wherever you can grow oranges.

The footage below shows Moringa trees growing wild in Kenya.

What Are The Nutritional Benefits Of Moringa?

First, I think it is of note that when people refer to the nutritional benefits of Moringa, they are most often referring to the leaves themselves.  That said, the roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and pods are all used throughout the world as well by many people.

For now, lets talk about the leaves.

According to Producer and Philanthropic organization Kuli Kuli, Gram for gram, the Moringa leaf contains:

  • two times the amount of protein of yogurt
  • four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots
  • three times the amount of potassium as bananas
  • four times the amount of calcium as cows’ milk
  • seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges
  • [citation 8]

Vitamins & Minerals-
Moringa is a very rare plant in that it contains much of the vitamin and mineral spectrum in including: Vitamin A, B, C E,  calcium, magnesium, phosphorus, potassium, zinc and more. [citation 7]

Protein & Amino Acids-
Dried Moringa Leaves contain not only a respectively large amount of protein for a leafy green, but also, all the essential amino acids.  This in combination with the vitamin and mineral spectrum creates a very well rounded, and as we shall discuss, beneficial nutrition source.  [citation 7]

Moringa Infographic


The properties of the plant are also said to have a detoxifying effect on the body much like the seeds do in water.

It’s no wonder that the World Health Organization has been utilizing the Moringa tree for over 40 Years!  Western Civilization is starting to wake up, in fact the Moringa Tree was named “Plant of the Year” on Earth Day 2008 by the National Institute for Health (NIH).

In short here is a quote from Monica G. Marcu, Phar.D., Ph.D. stating that Moringa will bring to the westerners table “Concentrated vitamins, minerals, all necessary protein constituents, beneficial fats, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory substances, all in a readily absorbable form and easy to digest = an energy food. Tasty but with very little sugar and salt”  Dr. Marcu goes on to state that Moringa is truly a superfood because even in low doses, it can supply all the vital nutrients the body needs with very few calories.

Learn how to cook with Moringa here.



Moringa Supplement Information

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Moringa comes in several forms on the market today utilizing mostly the leaves, but also the oil and the seeds in some instances.  We will cover the various types of supplementation below and our recommendations for each:

Moringa Leaf Powder-


The original Moringa supplement made from the dried leaves of moringa trees.  After harvest, the frawns are hung like tobacco and slow dried out of the sun to preserve the nutrients.  Once dry, they are milled into this fine powder which can be used to make teas, added into baked goods or sprinkled on top of food or salads.  Potent and effective.

Moringa Powder Capsules-

Moringa Capsules are, or rather “should,” simply be moringa leaf powder in an easy to consumer capsule form.  These can be very handy and a lot less messy if you are traveling or for those who prefer not to taste the powdered form. 

Moringa Superfood Blends-

You can now find many superfood blends that contain moringa powder.  The same rules still apply here.  You want to find a trusted company who uses a good source.  This is great for people who want to start taking some moringa but also want the effects of other superfoods.


Moringa Oil-

Moringa oil has been used for centuries to moisturize the skin, reduce the signs of aging and treat small cuts bruises and scrapes.  Again, the potency and quality of the oil will be largely derived from the quality of the moringa plant itself and the manufacturing process.  You will want a “cold pressed” moringa oil as heat can destroy the natural enzymes. 

Moringa Cosmetics-

As awareness arises about moringa you are starting to see it listed in high end cosmetics as an ingredient to help slow the signs of aging and moisturize.  Before you buy, take a look at the rest of the ingredients and the company itself to determine if the moringa contained within will actually be beneficial to you and good for the planet.


Beware of Moringa Scams

As you can imagine, as more and more people become aware of Moringa and its benefits the flow flow of products onto the market is going to skyrocket.  We are already starting to see signs of this in the market place as low quality manufactures are attempting to capitalize on unsuspecting and uneducated consumers.

Unfortunatly right now, a large amount of the Moringa Oleifera supplements on the market are made from cheap Moringa that is imported from India and Africa.  Now there are some quality organic moringa farms in India as well, no doubt, but be careful, India and Africa have been known for their lack of quality control, so buy from a trusted source like the one we recommend.

Take a look at a sample photo taken from a manufacturer showing the difference between a low grade moringa and fresher product.  If you had to guess, which one looks to have more nutrients?


If you are purchasing any moringa capsule, make sure that it contains only 100% moringa and no fillers or additives.  You may also want to verify that it comes in a vegetarian or vegan capsule.

So before you buy a moringa supplement, make sure you do your due diligence on the manufacturer and where they source their moringa from and any other ingredients.  It is also of not that there have been several Multi Level Marketing companies springing up of late with Moringa as one of their main ingredients or selling points.  It is my assertion that I have yet to see a company such as this that produces a product of quality with sufficient moringa levels sourced from reputable sources.  I am open to changing this opinion, if something comes up, but until that time, buyer beware.

Well, there you have it, you now know more about Moringa than 99.9% of the world, I hope you found the information you were looking for and if you are looking for the finest quality Organic Moringa Supplements, be sure to visit our store.

If you enjoyed this article or found it useful, be sure to leave your comments below and share with anyone you think will find it useful.

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61 CommentsLeave a comment

    • Hi John,

      @matrobar:twitter from @holistikhealth:twitter here.  If the main goal is to get pure moringa Oleifera, then no, i would not recommend Zija as it is diluted with other substances.  I personally prefer to keep it simple and clean.  Get the powder and mix that in to whatever ingredients I want or just drink it down with water or take 100% pure capsules. 

      Unfortunately all too often MLM companies dilute their products add sugars for taste and synthetic chemicals to make it last longer…all of which you don’t want, so my personal recommendation is if you want all the best that Moringa has to offer, buy it in a 100% pure form such as the products listed here-




      • You are more than misinformed in regards to Zija.  I get that it is your competition and you don’t want to promote it but to say that it is diluted and to make it sound as if it contains synthetic chemicals to make it last longer is 100% false.

        I am fairly certain that I will believe a person who is one of the top food formulators in the world over a no name person.  It is actually ironic that you point to Dr. Monica Marcu as a resource, when, in fact, she has been involved in the development of the Zija products.

        Please refer to any bit of information you would like in regards to Zija but mainly, make sure you visit http://www.russbianchi.com and you will see how wrong you are. 

        • With all of that said, I will say; very thorough article on Moringa Oleifera. I think we can all agree that it is a wonderful botanical that can and will benefit anyone who wants to try it. 

        • Hi there, thanks for the comment.  Apologies if you took my statements of personal preference as anything against Zija and to be honest I can’t be wrong if its a “personal preference”.  As the question was posed to me I never said Zija was a bad company.  What I said was I personally prefer pure moringa.  I believe Zija is a fine product and anything promoting quality moringa is great in my book.  That said i think we can both agree that there are a lot of companies who dilute their products out there.  Whether Zija is one of them or not, I am in no position to comment as I of course do not have the formulas used and this is where my reply of if you want pure moringa go to the source came from. 

          In my book anyone promoting good moringa is doing humanity a service 🙂

          Have a great night and thank you for your comments, we always love hearing other sides to a story.

          • I appreciate the reply. Zija does contain 100% bioavailable Moringa. I agree, there are lots of lower grade products out there but I can attest that Zija is not one of them. If you would like to discuss it in more detail feel free to contact me, you should have my email address. I think you will like what you find out.

          • Can you please explain to me why one of the main ingredients in most Zija products is pure can sugar? It’s listed even higher than their “moringa propietary blend.” I would love to know the justification for this.

          • Um.. where do you see pure can(e) sugar? My products are sweetened with Stevia.

        • Good post, Zija Blogger. There is none so blind as he/she who is misinformed! (pardon the use of a sort of Biblical reference, but it just popped into my head! :o)

        • Moringa Oleifera is an amazing plant and I have been ordering the pure leaf powder from a trustworthy source that specializes in organic & wildcrafted, raw vegan foods. I regularly add a teaspoon or two to smoothies, salad dressings and even cereals. It tastes great and gives a nice green colour. It costs $29.99 for a 1lb and is a bright green colour. The company is called Upayana Naturals.
          My daughter recently gave me 2 Zija products that she bought from someone at her work, a tea and a drink mix called Smart Mix. Very expensive but nicely packaged in pretty boxes and envelopes. The tea had many additional herbs in it and was tasty but not the best delivery system. How can you tell how much moringa you’re consuming and do you really want all the other herbs?
          The SmartMix had moringa leaf and other parts of the tree but it also has listed the following: pure cane sugar, natural flavour, citric acid, agar, fruit pectin. Again, difficult to control how much moringa you are taking and I really don’t want any product with cane sugar.
          I recommend staying away from products like Ziga not just because of the multi-level-marketing schemes but it’s really not a good delivery system for moringa.

          • Hello Eva,

            I am a regular customer from upaya and am considering trying out their moringa powder. The one I tried from the health food store was extremelty sweet ( like stevia) was added, though it listed no other ingredients. Would you be so kind as to share your opinion on the real taste of moringa? I would be adding to my morning green drink and maybe replacing the spirulina with it. Thanks in advance, Claire

      • Zija is not polluted with other stuff and I believe they make it desirable in taste. no sugar please get your facts straight. Zija is the Moringa company.

        • I just do not see how you can insist that Zija does not have cane sugar in it! I am looking at the Super Mix, which is their moringa product, and the cane sugar is 3.5 grams for one serving. The other ingredients are not a bunch of crummy chemicals, but there is absolutely sugar! and a good amount of it!

          • It does have cane sugar but that’s the Smart Mix not the super and it is straight from the plant not fillers or synthetics or processed sugars and we will have new smart mix in October and it will have Stevia which is also straight from the plant not processed.

          • hi Phil, I am from Philippines and i am a moringa user too. Here in the phil, our moringa is pure and organic, we can have it from our backyards or even at our neighbors backyard. We do the shadow drying ( natural way ). You can buy in a very cheap price yet its all natural.

  • In the Philippines, malunggay is used mainly for food or human consumption.  The leaves and fruit are used in soups (fish, chicken); with mung bean, fresh corn soups and even in soups that have coconut milk…and others.  the fresh leaves are used for medicinal purposes much like IODINE.  We were even told that this is where Iodine comes from.  When fresh leaves are made into a poultice, this is very good antibiotic for wounds and infections due to wounds…and it stins like Iodine.  Above all, this really tastes very good in soups.  Sometimes, I find these in Oriental stores.  It’s a little bit expensive compared to the other veggies, but I would not trade this for others.  I grew up eating this malun
    nggay (also called kamunggay in the Visayan region of the Philippines.)  These are grown in the back yard or frontyard of houses there.  Sorry, never heard of malunggay powders, etc.



  • Moringa has been used for years with no reports of negative
    side effects. The powder made from fresh Moringa leaves seems to provide a
    long-lasting energy boost when used regularly. People frequently report having
    much more endurance in their work, at home and at play.



  • Hello Everyone , if you need 100% Moringa Leaf Powder with no additives, no preservatives , just natural Moringa Powder alone reach me via naturewaystherapy@gmail.com my number is +2348058782330.Me and my family have been taking the Moringa leaf powder for 2 years now and we feel very very healthy , a friend was infected with Staphylococcus Aureus i gave him the leaf powder today he his cure completely. call me or mail me now for supply

    • Hi I live in the United States I want to make sure the moringa powder im taking is the best. Where can I order it? I got mine on Amazon.com. thanks.

      • I would love to share with you the best moringa products on the market. I have done extensive research on this, and feel the need to share with everyone my personal experience along with my family and friends experiences! You are welcome to email me at melissadurrett@gmail.com and I will send you the literature. I’m sure what you purchased is fine, but if you plan to take it long term you need to make sure you have an organic non gmo product with no preservatives or fillers that can become toxic in your system after consumption over time. After all of my research I decided on Zija and have been more than pleased!

  • I liked reading this blog. You have posted some very informative stuff, would surely benefit a lot of people. I appreciate your work.


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    • Thats impossible you would have to process it into consumable form to get any where remotely close to what Zija has done and you have to have the knowledge to do so.

  • So which Moringa do you suggest? Moringa is born from India..and could be some different in actives if is made from India, Philippine..and other..could you hepl to find me the best one

  • I suggest getting your hands on some seeds and growing your own tree!! It’s a fast growing easy to care for tree that can be a great project for kids! I have enjoyed growing my tree and watching it grow a little every day. I am not a farmer so growing and eating my own organic food has been very new and fun for me!! Moringa is rightfully called the Miracle tree.

  • I would like to know bout Zija which has be touted to be the moringa plant itself…thank you for your opinion

  • Hi Mat, I am just about to sow 100 Moringa Oleifera seeds here in sunny Spain, already growing Frankincense tree seedlings and they are hard, so the Moringa being so good at germination should be an easy one. Thank you for all the information, I will let you know how my seed go.

  • After my first time drink the morninga, best one ever. Lost lot of weight, no effect side. I am tell everybody to drink them. Best! 1,000 thumbs up!

    • yes Zija International does the first 30 days and then for the next 11 months 90% they truly know what they have have is unique.

      • All mlm companies are required by law to return 90% of the investment within the first 12 months, it’s not like Zija has this “unique” return policy by choice

  • my question is where exactly is moringa from. you say moringa comes from India then you say cheap moringa is out there from India. where exactly is the best moringa from, and what is used for a sweetner, is stevia used, if a sweetner is used.

  • sorry, i just noticed numerous questions from me. they weren’t going thru so i kept resending and then they all poped up at once sorry.

  • Practical ideas – I learned a lot from the info . Does anyone know if I can access a blank Nestle Mini Nutritional Assessment form to edit ?

  • Since using Zija for about a year, I noticed my allergies were either gone or some of the worst ones (ragweed) very significantly reduced. Also, arthritis was better. I stopped taking it for about six months because, as it is quite expensive, figured I could do without it. Since leaving Zija, I have had the worst time with allergies and different auto-immune problems, tire easily, and glucose levels up. Renewed my subscription and have been back on it now for three days. Can’t put a price on good health…..less doctor visits! I use the Zija Smart Mix.

  • I bought the moringa tree over the summer. I’m so interested in everything I have been reading on it and love that it’s a fast grower. Just trimmed it up a week ago and already growing more branches. Only took about four days to dry for powdered. I have been drinking it every sense. I just add a tsp. To my tea and I have not been sugglish at all. Love that I ran across this and of course have to buy products from other company’s. Next year will be making my own capsules. I also found shampoo for thinning hair and was wondering does it really work to help hair start growing again. Please answer!!

  • The most potent Moringa is NOT dried in the rafters of barns, because this will result in a disqualifying plate count upon being checked at the port of arrival, thus requiring its shipper to irradiate it. Do you have any idea of how many of Moringa leaf powder’s nutrients are destroyed via irradiation? Likely the vast majority, if not all, except for its trace minerals.

    Word to the wise — get Moringa that is raised on a farm with concern for proper hygiene, is washed with purified water, and dried in commercial driers.

    Those parameters will allow it to pass the plate count testing in the port of arrival, and eliminate the need for irradiation.

    This has been my experience as a happy consumer of the best Moringas on the planet.

    Peace out, mah bruthas and sistahs,

    Anfernee L.

    P.S. — Regarding that brownish Moringa leaf powder purportedly coming from our kin in India — I would guess that they harvested leaves that had already fallen to the ground, did not take care to eliminate leaves with bird droppings on them, had them drying for too long (thus promoting mold and bacterial colonies), and therefore had to irradiate those batches at the port of entry.

  • People need to wake up to the benefits of moringa. Most people I know still haven’t heard of moringa at all. I first came across it whilst backpacking in India. It grows abundantly there. I was feeling a bit rough and a cafe owner recommended me a moringa tea. Perked me right up. been an advocate ever since.

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