Moringa is gaining notoriety as a superfood and is often compared to matcha. Both moringa and matcha are incredibly nutrient-dense green powders that are packed with antioxidants that boost heart health, fights inflammation, and increase your body’s immune strength. Both moringa and matcha can be made into tea, used in cooking, or digested as an extract.
You’ve probably heard of matcha but what about moringa? Is one green powder more beneficial than the other? Or are they close enough in nutritional value that one or the other is acceptable?
Let’s take a closer look at the health benefits both matcha and moringa.
‘Matcha’ literally means powdered tea, and is made from whole leaf green tea. Preparation of matcha tea is more meticulous compared to green tea; the tree plants are shaded while they’re being harvested to preserve the rich flavour and dense nutrients.
This bright green powder has grown in popularity in the west due to its incredible nutritional properties. Each cup of matcha has the nutrient equivalent of 10 cups of green tea. A recent study found that matcha greatly improved the rate of weight loss and energy levels due to its caffeine and micronutrients.
One caution regarding matcha is the potential lead contamination, considering much of the world’s matcha is produced in China. Since 90% of lead stays in the green tea leaves after brewing, it is entirely digested when the leaves are ground up. One test concluded that one cup of matcha had 30 times the amount of lead than a cup of green tea.
Look for high-quality matcha that is produced in Japan for pure matcha with exceptional health benefits.
Morgina comes from the plant of the same name and has been utilized for thousands of years due to its powerful healing and nourishing qualities. Moringa powder is made from the leaves of the tree resulting in a rich and dark green superfood.
Adding moringa powder to your daily regime means you’re boosting your intake of vitamin C, protein, fiber, calcium, iron, magnesium, amino acids and antioxidants – even more so than an equal serving of matcha.
These nutrients have been found to combat inflammation, reduce blood sugar levels and cholesterol, support brain health, aid in liver function, and fight off disease. Moringa has also been found to heal skin issues like acne, athlete’s foot, and supporting the healing of superficial wounds.
Although there are 13 different varieties of moringa, the most common one is Moringa Oleifera. Harvesting the moringa is much less labour intensive than matcha and seems to be adaptable to a larger variety of uses.
Both matcha and moringa can be consumed as tea or incorporated into smoothies or savory recipes. It is important to note that both moringa and matcha can be detrimental if consumed too often (like any food or supplement). if you’re trying to decide between moringa and matcha, moringa reigns superior in nutritional content however they have both been shown to improve overall health and longevity.
If you love matcha, maybe it’s time to give moringa a try?
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