Native to parts of Africa and Asia, the moringa tree has been used to flavor cuisines and create natural medicines for centuries. Since the bark, roots, pods, flowers, and fruits of the tree are all edible, and nutritious nothing will be wasted. Although it has been used in its native land for years, it is just now being brought to the attention of American consumers. Learn the benefits of this incredible plant, and why you need to try it...

1. It's healthier than many common grocery items.

When you compare the moringa plant with other well known healthy foods, the difference is unbelievable. Compared to yogurt it has twice as much protein per gram, four times more calcium than milk, three times more potassium compared to bananas, and seven times more vitamin C per gram than oranges. It also has four times more vitamin A than carrots, so they work incredibly for prolonging your eyesight. Additionally it can be made into an antioxidant rich oil called Ben oil that will never expire.

2. It fights cancer.

Moringa has high levels of cancer fighting compounds including rhamnetin, isoquercetin, kaempferol, which in lab tests have proven to defend against lung cancer, liver cancer, ovarian cancer, and melanoma. Although it is far from being a cure for cancer, moringa definitely has a place in the future of medicine, and regular use of this plant will only benefit your health.

3. It can replace your multivitamin.

If you are one of those people who rely on daily multivitamins, and supplements to keep your body healthy, you may want to consider switching to a moringa supplement. Because it's made from the leaves and pods, and has no synthetic ingredients, it's healthier than most multivitamins and supplements on the market today. Additionally, in a group study where the participants replaced their multivitamins with a moringa supplement, 88% said they were going to make a permanent switch.

4. How to use the plant.

Now that you know all the benefits of the moringa plant, you might as well learn a few ways to consume it. One of the most common ways people use the moringa plant is to make the leaves into a warm tea with a slice of lemon, or if you want more of a meal there are several recipes for delicious South-Indian soups and curries that are sure to satisfy your hunger.