If there was a Hollywood award ceremony for the best nutrition source of 2017, the moringa tree would surely grab the title. With the official name Morings oleifera and the nickname "miracle tree," this plant from Africa, Asia, Central America, and South America is the superfood of 2017. So if you're looking to put something new in your smoothie to fight inflammation, support brain health, and balance blood sugar—read on.
I'm moringa-crazy because of the dense nutrition. The leaves contain more vitamin C than an orange, more vitamin B3 than peanuts, and more vitamin A than a carrot. This plant contains 25 times more iron than spinach and four times the fiber of oats. Moringa is so beneficial because it's a member of the Brassica family—along with broccoli, kale, and cauliflower—which can produce high dietary levels of sulforaphane, a phytochemical with seemingly endless health benefits. Here are eight reasons to add moringa to your daily routine.