Protein plays a crucial role in almost all biological processes - for bones, skin, blood and cartilage - and amino acids are the building blocks of them.
Very few plants in the world contain all essential amino acids, which makes getting the full range more difficult for vegans and vegetarians.
However, Moringa is one plant that does contain them all, making it an ideal supplement for vegetarians, vegans and people who regularly work out who prefer plant based protein.
Moringa leaves are between 30-40% protein, and contain 18 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids (valine, lysine, leucine, histidine, isoleucine, methionine, threonine, phenylalanine, and tryptophan). This makes moringa a complete plant based protein source, something seldom found in the plant world.
Dr. Monica G. Marcu, Pharm. D., P.D. in her book “Miracle Tree” writes "Moringa's essential amino acids presence and digestibility scores are more than adequate when measured against the standards of the World Health Organisation (WHO), Food and Agricultural Organization (FAO), and United Nations Organization (UNO)."
In fact, as far back as 2007 the WHO documented that the amino acid content of moringa leaves was higher than the required amounts for a healthy child’s growth.
Moringa protein has a far higher value than most other plant based proteins. Dr Marcu writes "Compared to soybeans, one of the best known and most valuable plant sources of protein, Moringa’s leaves fare great. The two plants have similar protein quality and quantity."
A comparison with whey protein – used by bodybuilders and other people who train vigorously at a high level – shows that Moringa powder can easily compete with high-value animal protein.
Dr Marcu says "Food scientists once believed that soy proteins were the only plant-based proteins with a quality equal to that of meat, milk and eggs, but now they have added Moringa to this very short list.”
Particularly impressive is Moringa’s high content of branched chained amino acids (BCAA), which are rarely found in plant proteins and are required for muscle growth during exercise.
Total Health Magazine states "Japanese researchers have discovered that branched-chain amino acid supplementation both before and after exercise can help to reduce exercise-induced muscle damage and support the growth and repair of muscle cells."
Moringa powder, even in small portions, provides a more than adequate amount of protein for everyone, especially children, senior adults, lactose intolerant individuals, vegetarians and people with soy allergies.