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GREEN ENERGY The vitamin packed health food you need (but have probably never heard of)

Posted on 29/01/2018 by

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This super food is well known in other countries and it's the next big thing you'll be adding to your smoothies in 2018

GOODBYE kale, farewell chia seeds, in 2018 the only thing you'll be adding to your food and smearing on your skin is Moringa.

This plant is famed in other parts of the planet for it's health giving properties but it's pretty new on the health scene in the UK.

In countries like India, Pakistan, Chile and some parts of Africa, the healing properties of the Moringa tree have long been known.

As part of traditional remedies it has been used to treat digestive disorders, skin problems and arthritis.

Like spinach it's packed with protein and iron, just a supercharged version with twice the protein and three times the iron.

It is also famed and studied for it's anti-infammatory properties so it's proving popular with lots of people.

The seeds and the powdered leaves are both packed with vitamins and minerals which could help to give you a boost.

The supplement is normally found as a powder which you can add to smoothies or use as a seasoning in your cooking.

The taste is similar to spinach and it can be used to add a savoury vitamin boost to soups, salads or even baked into bread or muffins.

As with any health update, you can always find inspiration on Instagram for how to use it.

This bold coloured smoothie by Chefchinugaiagourmet makes us want to try it right away.

Moringa has large amounts of calcium, potassium and Vitamins A, C and E.

It has been dubbed 'nature's multi-vitamin' and 'the miracle plant' by some health writers.

However, don't start chowing down on huge portions of the stuff, in large quantities it can act as a laxative so the advice is to start off with half a teaspoon a day.

As well as improving the health-giving properties of your food, Moringa oil, made by pressing the seeds, is also thought to have beneficial properties as a skin cream.

The Body Shop already have a whole range of Moringa-based products and Lush have also been quick on the uptake with this skin saver.

So if you fancy going green from the inside, adding Moringa to your diet or skincare routine couldn't be a more up to date way to do it.