Health & fitness gurus have been debating the “King of Green Powders” ever since the “green drink” craze came to be. It’s a question that has kept many a people up at night and today it’s time to settle at least part of that debate.
The two superfoods we’ll be comparing today are moringa and spirulina. Both of these superfoods have been touted for their excellent nutritional content and health benefits. However, to be King of the Green Powders, you have to be able to knock off every challenger. Let’s take a look at how they compare.
Both vegetarians and vegans known spirulina very well mainly for one reason… its’ protein content. Spirulina is a protein beast. In 100 grams of spirulina, there’s a whopping 57.5 grams of protein. Much like moringa, spirulina is a complete plant protein, which means it contains all nine essential amino acids the body needs.
Moringa, while admirable, contains roughly half the protein as spirulina. Both are very admirable considering plants tend to have very little protein, so either of these options can be a viable choice for a vegetable-based protein source. However, we simply can’t take aware the superior protein content of spirulina so we have to declare it the winner this round.
Vitamin & Mineral Content
Using the same serving size for this round (100g), how does spirulina and moringa stack up on essential vitamins and minerals?
Take a look below at our handy chart and you can see how the two stack up:
As you can see, moringa almost sweeps spirulina with the exception of vitamin B1, B3, and zinc. Out of the 14 vitamins & minerals, moringa outperforms spirulina in 10 of them. In many cases, moringa significantly outperforms spirulina making it clear that moringa wins this round.
Antioxidants & More
Both moringa oleifera & spirulina have excellent protective and anti-oxidant properties. Each superfood contains several different antioxidants, but spirulina comes up just a little short when compared to moringa.
Moringa contains over 40 known anti-oxidant compounds whereas spirulina contains about half of that. Moringa also contains a great amount of antioxidants in terms of overall content. Therefore, this round also goes to moringa.
Safety & Side Effects
Moringa is widely considered to side effect free, but the roots can be very poisonous. This is why it is very important that moringa fruit, leaves, or seeds are the only portion of the tree consumed by humans.
Spirulina on the other hand has a number of potential side effects, although they are seemingly rare. Potential side effects include stomach ache, constipation, dizziness, aka pretty much the usual suspects.
We’ll call this round a wash given both plants carry some risks, however minimal they may actually be.
On our count, we give moringa a 2-1 edge, giving moringa the win. If you’re looking for a plant-based protein source, then spirulina may be a better choice. On the other hand, if you’re looking for a nutritious superfood with plenty of health benefits (well over a dozen to be exact), then moringa is the clear cut winner.