The next superfood? Moringa tree leaves packed with nutrition

VANCOUVER, Wash. - Imagine getting all the vital nutrients you need organically - from a single plant.

The moringa tree has been used mostly as medicine for hundreds of years in developing countries. Now, Americans are touting the health benefits of moringa leaves. Even Dr. Oz called it an "energy blaster."

Rick and Jeri Kemmer swear by moringa leaves. They put powder from the leaves in smoothies every morning.

They even started a nonprofit called Strong Harvest International to teach people in developing countries all about the life-saving properties of moringa leaves.

According to Strong Harvest, in a gram for gram comparison, moringa leaves contain:

  • 2 times the protein of yogurt

  • 4 times the calcium of milk

  • 3 times the potassium of bananas

  • 4 times the vitamin A of carrots

  • 7 times the vitamin C of oranges

Moringa trees are indigenous to India and only thrive in tropical climates. You can buy it in powder form or tea form at health food stores.

Oil from old moringa seeds can even be used as motor oil.

More moringa nutrition information (source: Strong Harvest International)