If you've paid any attention to the latest health trends, then there's a good chance you've already heard of maca root and moringa oleifera. These two Superfoods have taken the health world by storm and are amongst the most popular supplements for optimal health. Let's take a look at how both maca and moringa can benefit your health.
Maca Root - The Natural Libido & Mood Booster
Maca root, sometimes called Peruvian ginseng, is a plant that grows naturally high in the Andes Mountains in central Peru. It is a cruciferous vegetable similar to broccoli, cauliflower, & kale.
The main part of the plant that can be consumed is the root of the plant, which comes in three main forms: red, black, and white (or yellow). Each form of maca has unique benefits, which we've discussed in our article: The Three Types of Maca Root.
Overall though, here are some of the main benefits of maca root:
- Improved libido in both men and women
- Increased fertility (by increasing semen quantity and quality)
- Menopause relief
- Improved mood
- Increased energy levels & athletic performance
- Improved cognitive performance
- Reduced prostate size
The main benefits of maca seem to stem from maca's dense source of phytonutrients like flavonoids, glucosinolates, and polyphenol antioxidants. These nutrients can seriously improve the quality of your health, which is why maca is a preferred choice to consume these nutrients.
Moringa - The "Miracle Tree"
Moringa oleifera is often referred to as "the miracle tree" because of its' prevalence in alternative medicine. Moringa is said to have well over a dozen health benefits, and studies have concluded moringa may have heart benefits, may improve blood sugar levels, and improve your health in a number of other ways.
Moringa's real benefits come from the fact it is such a nutrient rich plant. In total, there are 92 different nutrients in moringa oleifera. In fact moringa contains:
- Over 24 vitamins/minerals
- All 9 essential amino acids
- 40 anti-oxidant compounds
- 37 anti-inflammatory compounds
- 27% protein content in moringa leaves
Moringa's rich source of nutrients is why many developing countries rely on it to feed those who are malnourished. Moringa trees can grow in rough environments, and do not require much maintenance, making moringa the perfect plant to combat malnutrition around the world.
However, in the western world it's potent anti-inflammatory properties and overall health benefits have made moringa one of the most popular supplements and one every person can benefit from taking.