The world population is growing. At the turn of the current century our planet played host to an estimated 6.1 billion inhabitants; by 2050 that figure is set to rise to 8.9 billion. 1 The big question is, how will we feed everyone?
Many proposals have been put forward, from the harvesting of insects to offshore fish farms to genetically modified crops, each with its own merits. For example, for every kilogram of beef reared for human consumption, up to 10 kilograms of grain feed is required whereas to produce the same amount of edible insects requires only 1.7 kg of feed.2 So, in basic economic terms, a diet of insect protein is by far the more sustainable option. Yet the task of convincing people to give up their T-bonefor a plateful of crickets will be difficult to say the least. So how then to provide the world with a product that is both inexpensive and easy to produce, highly nutritious and, most importantly, accessible?
Well, it seems at least part of that solution may lie with a crop that has remained relatively unheard of until now: moringa oleifera.
Moringa oleifera, also known as the ‘drumstick tree’ due to its elongated seed bearing pods, is being hailed by some as an answer to global malnutrition. This hardy evergreen, which is native to the Himalayan foothills of northwest India, has for centuries been prized by locals for its nutritional and medicinal properties. It is packed with essential vitamins and minerals, is high in protein and calcium, and is almost entirely edible. Its seeds are renowned for their water purifying properties, have a high calorific value, and are high in protein, vitamin A, and
3 Oil made from the seeds is noted for its high burn temperature and low smoking properties, which can be used for heating, lighting, and cooking. The moringa can be grown in relatively poor soil conditions with very little maintenance or water requirements, whilst still achieving up to 10ft of growth per year.4 It is sustainable, highly nutritious, and entirely natural.
Most potent of all are its leaves. Weight for weightthe moringa leaf boasts some impressive statistics:
7 times the vitamin C of an orange;
4 times the vitamin A of a carrot;
3 times the potassium of a banana;
and up to 16 times more calcium and 9 times more protein than cow’s milk.5
1 Source: UN Department of Economic and Social Affairs report, World Population to 2300, (UN: NY, 2004).
2 Source: FAO document, Edible insects: future prospects for food and feed security, van Huis, A., Van Itterbeeck, J., Klunder, H., Mertens, E., Halloran, A., Muir, G., Vantomme, P., (FAO, 2013), p.60.
3 Source: FAO document repository report, at
4 Source: FAO.
5 Ankh Rah moringa leaf powder contains 31.7g protein per 100g weight compared to 3.4g protein per 100g
of 1% fat milk; Ankh Rah moringa leaf powder contains 2g per 100g of calcium compared to 0.125g per 100g
of calcium in 1% fat milk. Sources: USDA and independent chemical component analysis.
That means that a single teaspoon of powdered moringa leaf contains up to 4 times the protein and twice the calcium of a glass of milk.6
In addition to this, moringa leaves contain vitamins B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B9, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorous, potassium, and zinc.7 Indeed, the moringa is so rich in nutrients that the Haitian government has now turned to it as a sustainable source of essential dietary nourishment, promoting its cultivation across the entire country.8 It is no wonder then that the moringa has earned itself the widespread label of ‘the miracle tree’.
According to the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations, research undertaken in both West Africa and India found that a regular intake of moringa can boost the human immune system.9 This is largely thanks to the particularly high levels of essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids contained within its leaves and seeds.
Though now widely cultivated throughout Africa, Asia, and Latin America where it is grown for both home use and export Moringa has only recently become available in the UK. As the UK’s most trusted supplier, Ankh Rah Ltd were recently named Natural Lifestyle Best New Product Award Winner, 2013 for their 100% natural Moringa Oleifera Leaf Powder, with the magazine proclaiming it to be ‘the only supplement you could ever need’.10
In order to offer the best possible product to the UK market, Ankh Rah first tested countless samples from sources the world over before settling on its chosen, trusted supplier. In this way, it is able to offer the highest quality moringa oleifera currently available in the UK. This commitment to quality has earned Ankh Rah a finalist position in the 2014 London Business Awards (Best Small Business category).
Such is the reputation of moringa’s nutrient rich properties that athletes worldwide have now begun to use moringa oleifera as part of their daily training diet. Because of this, and to guarantee its purity, all Ankh Rah moringa products have undergone independent testing to WADA standards and are certified 100% dope free, natural nutritional supplements.11 Our 100% pure moringa products are available to buy direct online, or through your local independent health foods retailer just ask for Ankh Rah.
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6 Compared to 250 ml of 1% fat milk;comparison by volume. Milk approx. 305 mg calcium and 8g protein.
7 Source: USDA National Nutrient Database, Entry: 11222.
8 Source: ‘Poverty Matters Blog’, Felix von Geyer, first published on The Guardian website, 26 Dec 2013.
9 Source: FAO.
10 Natural Lifestyle magazine awards, 2013.Published: Feb 2014 issue, p.29.© Target Publishing Ltd,
11 Product tested by HFL Sport Science Ltd Nutritional Supplement Screens for a range of substances banned by the World Anti Doping Agency.