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Moringa

For the past number of years, I’ve been taking Moringa Olifera as a health supplement. With its popularity growing as a super-food, I wondered whether it should be taken in the morning or the evening.

Moringa powder or moringa capsules can be taken at any time during the day. However, since it’s advised that it be taken with food, most people prefer to take it in the morning.

Moringa is one of the most nutrient-rich plants known to man and contains all the essential amino acids and active antioxidants the body needs.

Reasons to take moringa in the morning

With the fast-paced lives we lead, giving our body the nutrients it needs can sometimes be a drag. A kick start to our day is something we all need. So why moringa? Well, look at the following.

Dried moringa powder, on a gram for gram comparison, contains:

  • 10 times the Vitamin A of Carrots
  • Half the Vitamin C of Oranges
  • 17 times the Calcium of Milk
  • 15 times the Potassium of Bananas
  • 25 times the Iron of Spinach
  • 9 times the Protein of Yogurt

From the above, we can see why starting our day with a moringa supplement gives us the edge.

One to one and a half heaped teaspoons of moringa powder or two to three moringa capsules in the morning will definitely help your well-being. If used only as a health supplement, it will do wonders in assisting you towards a healthy lifestyle.

Moringa is readily available and can be found in most health shops if not your local supermarket store.

Should you take moringa before or after breakfast in the morning?

It’s advised that moringa should always be taken with food. It could, because of its potency, cause mild gastrointestinal problems if taken without food and thus should be taken a maximum of thirty minutes before or after a meal.

Best way to take moringa in the morning

The easiest way to take moringa, if it is in capsule form, is to down it with a glass of water.

People taking moringa powder can do the same, or add the powder to shakes, smoothies, and yogurt. Another way to take the powder is to infuse it with hot water to make tea. Also, this mixture makes for a great, refreshing iced tea; just add a little lemon or honey.

Pros of taking moringa in the morning

If you’re taking moringa to help with an ailment, it’s best to take it in the morning with food. Clear examples of this are . . . 

  • Erratic blood sugar levels.

A traditional herbal remedy for hyperglycemia is a teaspoon of dried moringa in the morning. Numerous studies have shown that feeding moringa powder to diabetic animals helped regulate blood sugar. The beneficial effect is partially attributed to the fiber content, but the quercetin-3-glucoside in moringa and the isothiocyanates and chlorogenic acid also play an important role.

Small-scale studies on diabetic people have shown that just 7gm of moringa powder, taken over three months as part of a normal diet, significantly reduced blood sugar spikes after the meal.

  • Those energy boosts we sometimes need.

To function normally, our bodies are in constant need of energy. These requirements for the growth and repair of tissue are met by the food we eat. With age, our bodies don’t regenerate cellular damage as fast as before. This makes us tired and listless. We often depend on energy boosters like caffeine, but they only provide temporary relief. Moringa has a load of antioxidants that help reduce cell damage, but it also provides a great energy boost to our bodies with its vitamins and minerals.

Cons of taking moringa in the morning

There’s no real con to taking moringa in the morning, as long as you take it as a dietary supplement.   

Tips for taking moringa in the morning

There are several different ways of taking moringa. The easiest and most popular method of taking moringa is with a glass of water. This works well with both capsules and powder.

If, however you find the taste a bit bitter, infuse the powder with hot water, add a little lemon juice or honey, and drink it as a tea.

Or, as some swear by, mix the powder into a smoothie, and enjoy.

Taking moringa in the morning or at night: does it matter?

No definitive studies have determined when the optimal time is to take moringa. In western culture, most people take moringa in the morning. But in rural community’s families use moringa as an herb and place it directly into the dish they’re preparing. This meal could be the morning, afternoon, or evening meal.

Taking moringa in the morning or at night: what do the experts say?

Aside from personal preference, there are no additional benefits to taking it at any specific time of the day.  Professionals advise that if you take any moringa supplement, you should do so with food. If you don’t, you may suffer from mild gastrointestinal problems.

Should you take moringa right before you go to bed?

The simple answer is no. In preparing for sleep, our body functions slow down. If we take moringa right before going to bed, it can contribute to indigestion, acid reflux, and heartburn.

Pros of taking moringa at night

Tests have shown that people suffering from insomnia have found relief with moringa.

The tea was a great sleep aid, as has both the capsules and powder. This should be taken with or shortly after the evening meal.

Tips for taking moringa at night

Treat moringa as an herb and incorporate it into your cooking. Add it to soups and stews, or shake it into salad dressings.

Or, just drink it down with that proverbial glass of water after supper.

Conclusion

What started as a simple question — Should I take Moringa in the Morning or at Night? Has developed into a fantastic learning curve. I realize now how important moringa actually is and ask myself the following questions.

What if we, as parents in first-world countries, supplemented our children’s diet with moringa? (It’s readily available in both capsule and powder form.)

What if we, as chefs and cooks, added it to our recipes? (salads, mains, etc.)

What if a few hundred moringa trees were to be planted at every rural school, and the learners were taught how to harvest and use the produce? (This is where different N.G. O’s could help.)

Could moringa, because of its fantastic benefits, be the cornerstone that is needed to relieve the nutrition-related challenges of our world?

As to — should I take moringa in the morning or at night? Aside from personal preference, there’s no right or wrong answer. There are, however, a load of fantastic benefits in just taking it.