There’s a veritable alphabet of superfoods, but as soon as we hear one linked to a world class beauty, we automatically need to know more.
What do you drink in your daily brew? If you’re Irish, probably a hellalotta milk and sugar.
Let this seep in for a minute: Kate Bosworth, she of elfin complexion and angelic stature, takes moringa in her cuppa.
The 35-year-old, best known for her role in Blue Crush and for being very, very beautiful, recently dished on her morning rituals to Rose Inc.
Bosworth told her friend and equally stunning counterpart, Rosie Huntington-Whiteley, that she has taken to drinking a mug of hot warm water with ½ teaspoon of moringa powder first thing, before she tucks into scrambled eggs, avocado, and sliced tomato with sea salt and quote-unquote, lots of ketchup.
The eggs and ketchup we can get down with, but moringa? We had to know more.
According to Bosworth, it’s a “superfood with incredibly healthy properties: amino acids, minerals, antioxidants.” What’s even more alluring is that her “friend Edward James Olmos” introduced her to this magical substance. Olmos may be familiar to some as Marty in Miami Vice. He’s now 71, has a 40-year-old wife, and still looks pretty damn good so maybe he’s onto something.
Alas, we couldn’t just take their word for it, and found ourselves down the WebMD rabbit hole trying to suss out if this was a bona fide ingredient that we should be including in our life.
Turns out, moringa is a plant, native to sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, that is often used in medicine. The Moringa tree (or Moringa Oleifera) is also known as the drumstick tree or the miracle tree. Its seeds are eaten by locals and incorporated into nourishing dishes, while its bark, root, and flowers can be processed into a powder.
Multi-tasking moringa is reportedly used to treat anemia, arthritis, rheumatism, asthma, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, stomach issues, epilepsy, ulcers, headache, high blood pressure, thyroid disorders, and ehh... pretty much every ailment there is by the sounds of things.
This wonderkid ingredient is also used to reduce swelling and increase sex drive, while boosting the immune system. It contains Vitamins A, B1,2,3, and 6, folate, ascorbic acid, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc.
Moringa has a spinach-like flavour, somewhat similar to that of matcha, making it an ideal addition to smoothies. All in, it seems an excellent addition to your existing nutritional regime.
Put the kettle on. We'll have what Kate's having.
(Caveat: pregnant women should not include moringa in their routine, as it could cause the uterus to contract.)
Sold? You can buy moringa on Holland and Barrett's website here.
Read our exclusive interview with Kate Bosworth's Irish makeup artist here.