Moringa health and economic benefits

Rachel Cernasky’s article looks at "superfood" fads and asks whether they can have benefits, especially to the people who live where they are being produced. Moringa, with its nutrient and nutraceutical profile, might be such a novel plant. And it’s possible that its sale to rich countries may provide a useful cash supplement to tropical communities where it is grown. Cernasky interviewed me for the article, and she reproduces my rule of thumb for the validity of a moringa product: the closer it is to real, fresh, unadulterated, unprocessed moringa leaves, the better.

A Matter of Taste

The ability to detect bitterness probably evolved to help us avoid eating harmful substances. By shunning too many bitter substances, especially those present in healthful foods, we might be putting our long-term health at risk. For example, the glucosinolates in Brussels sprouts and its cousins, broccoli, kale, and other cruciferous vegetables, switch on many healthful processes in our bodies, and many medicines prevent or treat serious illness.

A Promising New Treatment for Autism Syndrome Disorder (ASD)

Autism is a life-long, complex neurodevelopmental disorder, characterized by difficulties in communication and social interaction and by stereotypic, repetitive behavior. In a randomized, placebo-controlled, double-blind clinical study, daily administration of sulforaphane to young male patients with moderate to severe autism (26 on sulforaphane, 14 on placebo) substantially (and reversibly) improved many aspects of behavior in the majority of those who received sulforaphane.