Ingredient Intel: The Benefits of Moringa Oleifera

Caitlin Doermer

We're big fans of the world's most powerful superfood—moringa oleifera. It's one of nature’s most effective healers, protectors, and beautifiers. It was brought to our attention on a research trip, several years ago, to Nicaragua, which is how it ended up in all of our ultra nourishing mineral sunscreens. 

If you haven’t heard of moringa, you’re not alone.  

Like fashion or entertainment, the health industry is widely defined by trends. Chia has gone from a pet to a smoothie ingredient, and turmeric has become rightfully revered as more than just a spice in your pantry.  

We love this kind of positive change, but with all of buzz around natural, organic health, we’re left wondering why we hear so little about moringa oleifera. 

The moringa tree is native to the foothills of the Himalayas, and has been used as a part of traditional medicine and Ayurveda for centuries. The leaves, seeds, bark, and oil of the moringa tree are hailed for their healing properties, and associated with the prevention or cure of more than 300 diseases. The moringa tree is one of the most nutrient-rich members of the plant kingdom.  

The facts speak for themselves: 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges, 4 times the calcium in milk, 2 times protein in yogurt,  4 times the vitamin A in carrots, 3 times the potassium in bananas,  3 times the iron in spinach. 

Dare we say the new kale

Moringa naturally contains a wealth of compounds and phytonutrients, and is known for having powerful antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. It was medicinally valuable to ancient Indian, Egyptian, and Roman civilizations for its ability to heal almost anything. The tree is still used by humanitarian organizations to help combat hunger and malnutrition in impoverished communities.   

The FDA has yet to weigh in on the health benefits of the bark, seeds, or leaves of the moringa tree, there are many claims that ladder all the way up to strong anti-cancerous properties.  

Although the popularity of moringa has been slow to take hold in the United States, it’s gaining more attention. Dr. Mehmet Oz touted the energy boosting benefits of moringa oleifera on the Dr. Oz show, and increasingly more foods and personal care products are using moringa oil to boost product performance. If the internal benefits aren’t enough to appeal to the American interest, the external benefits are excellent reinforcement. 

Rich in hyaluronic acid and vitamin C, this plant is organically packed with the vitamins and minerals bottled in anti-aging serums for a steep cost. Moringa also encourages cell division, allowing the body to heal faster, stay healthier longer, and naturally slow the aging process. Many attest to it’s ability to clear acne, reduce wrinkles, eliminate dark circles, and lessen the effects of hyperpigmentation.   

The internal and external benefits of moringa oleifera make us proud to infuse our sunscreen with one of nature’s most impressive ingredients. Feel free to leave any questions in the comments section below!

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