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Moringa: 5 Health & Beauty Benefits

Moringa is a plant like no other.

Native to Africa and Asia, the Moringa tree, is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world.

It not only offers an amazing array of health and beauty benefits but also helps support drought-stricken communities.

A true superfood in every sense of the word, if there was a plant Olympics Moringa would be a multiple gold medal winner and named a champion.

1. Supports immunity

Moringa leaves are an extremely rich source of iron and vitamin A, both of which are essential for a healthy immune system.

2. Anti-stress

The leaves of the moringa tree are a powerful, natural adaptogen.

Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they help reduce stress and improve attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. 

Studies indicate that adaptogens not only help the body to cope with stress, but can enhance general health and performance. 

3. Reduction of tiredness & fatigue

This mineral-rich plant has three times the amount of iron found in spinach making it helpful in fighting iron deficiencies and increasing energy levels.

4. Radiant, youthful skin

High in vitamins A and E, Moringa helps support healthy, radiant skin protects cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of ageing.

Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food.  Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimising the ageing process of the skin in the long-term.

5. Muscle growth 

Moringa leaves are almost 25% protein, which is unusually high for a plant.

Moringa also contains amino acids making it a complete source of protein, supporting the growth and maintenance of muscle mass.

Beyond its exceptional health-giving properties, the Moringa tree grows well even in poor soil conditions and drought-prone areas.

Its hardy nature makes it the ideal crop to support communities living in arid areas, giving them not only a nutrient-rich food source but the opportunity for a sustainable income.

ChildFund New Zealand, with support from Kiwi supporters and the New Zealand Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade, has partnered with the Emali Dedicated Children’s Agency (EDCA) and farmers in Emali, Kenya, to grow, harvest and sell Moringa.

To find out more about Moringa, visit ChildFund at The Auckland Food Show from July 29th to August 1st at the ASB show grounds.

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