Moringa Oleifera, or commonly known simply as Moringa, has been labeled the super food of super foods. Many people are starting to see the Moringa benefits.
The use of the ‘Miracle Tree’ has steadily been gaining popularity in the recent past, especially in health and wellness groups.
This is unsurprisingly nothing new though.
Moringa has been used medicinally for thousands of years. Traditionally folk medicine used different parts of the plant to treat a wide array of ailments including wounds, infection, fever, constipation, burns, muscle pain, labor pain, diabetes, and malaria amongst many more.
Moringa was even cited in Vedic literature in India over 5,000 years ago.
The ancients were definitely onto something and our modern science is just catching up now.
Recent studies have proven the plant is highly rich in healthy antioxidants and beneficial bio active plant compounds.
It looks like Moringa is living up to the hype.
Let’s take a closer look at exactly why this plant is so good for you and the reasons you should start integrating Moringa into your diet.
So, What’s In Moringa That Is So Good For You?
Moringa is marketed as a super food and it’s shaping up to be just that. Moringa contains a high concentration of proteins and all the essential amino your body requires. It also contains antioxidants, flavonoids (that help reduce cancer, heart disease, stroke, and asthma), and
glucosinolates (containing properties that not only reduce the risk of cancer but also reduce stress and inflammation).
Various parts of the plant are used medicinally. The leaves, roots, seeds, bark, flowers, fruit and immature seed pods are all used to treat many afflictions. The bioactive compounds contained in these various parts possess anti-inflammatory, antitumor, antiulcer, antihypertension, antibacterial, antifungal, and cholesterol-lowering activities. Just some of Moringa Benefits.
A study conducted in 2006 compared the nutritional content and agricultural commercialism of Moringa to more than 120 other tropical and subtropical species of edible plants. Moringa was found to be one of the most promising candidates for solving many of the world’s malnourishment problems. This is due to the fast-growing nature of the plant, the ease of which it can be horticulturally cultivated, the wide use of many of the plant organs, and, as aforementioned, the amazing nutritional and medicinal values.
It really seems the plant’s nickname the ‘Miracle Tree’ is aptly appointed.
Ok, ‘Miracle Tree’ how do you stand up against the critical eye of science?
Let’s take a peek at 5 of the most notable Moringa Benefits.
1 Moringa Is Rich In Essential Vitamins and Minerals
One of the most nutrient-dense parts of Moringa is the leaves. Just one fresh cup, 21 grams or 0.74 ounces, contains
19% of the RDA of vitamin B6,
12% of the RDA of vitamin C,
11% of the RDA of iron,
11% of the RDA of riboflavin B2,
9% of the RDA of vitamin A,
and 2 grams of protein.
Moringa leaves and other organs also contain
In the west, we mainly consume the dried and powdered leaves. Other cultures also consume the seeds taken from the plant’s seed pods. Overall the leaves are more nutritious than the seeds but the seeds are exceptionally high in vitamin C. A single cup of seeds, 100
grams or 3.5 ounces, contains 157% of RDA.
2 Moringa Is Loaded With Antioxidants
Moringa is rich in antioxidants. Antioxidants help fight against cancer-causing free radicals. High amounts of free radicals in the body can cause oxidative stress which may lead to chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes or heart disease.
A number of antioxidant plant compounds that have been isolated from the leaves of Moringa. A few of the most notable ones are
and glucose oxidase.
There are many different types of antioxidants that can be found in many different fruits and vegetables but the ones list above are particularly potent and effective against fighting free radicals in the body. Putting Moringa above many other plants when it comes to cancer-fighting agents.
3 Moringa Reduces Inflammation
Inflammation is a natural process in your body. Inflammation is employed to help fight infection and injury. However, if inflammation continues over a long period of time it can lead to many health problems. In fact, persistent inflammation is linked to many chronic health issues including higher risks of heart disease, bowel disease, and cancer.
One of the more noteworthy anti-inflammatory compounds that Moringa harnesses is beta-sitosterol. B-sitosterol assists in treating prostate enlargement and helps reduce the risks of colon cancer. It is also an effective agent in balancing blood sugar levels, it helps boost the
immune system, supports the pancreas, assists in healing ulcers, and alleviates cramps.
4 Moringa Lowers Cholesterol
High cholesterol is definitely something you don’t want. It is linked to elevated risks of cardiovascular diseases such as coronary heart disease, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, diabetes, and high blood pressure.
Well, fortunately, Moringa contains isothiocyanates the main anti-inflammatory compounds contained in Moringa leaves, pods, and seeds. Isothiocyanates are a cholinesterase inhibitor, meaning it helps lower cholesterol levels and reduces the risks of cardiovascular diseases.
5 Moringa Benefits Help Lower Blood Sugar Levels
People with high blood sugar are at greater risk of serious health problems. In fact, high blood pressure raises the risk of many health risks such as diabetes, Alzheimer’s disease, and heart disease.
Moringa to the rescue once more.
As well as isothiocyanates, the compound just mentioned (which by the way is also good for reducing high blood sugar), the plant Moringa also contains niaziminin. The compound niaziminin has been found to assist in the reduction of blood pressure. Niaziminin has potent
antihypertensive activity and is proving to be an effective natural alternative to many prescription drugs.
Moringa also contains quercetin and chlorogenic acid. Quercetin is an effective anti-inflammatory compound that has been found to reduce high levels of blood pressure. It is also an effective anti-allergy agent, assisting in reducing the reaction symptoms of food allergies and hayfever.
Chlorogenic acid, on the other hand, is another potent antioxidant that assists in regulating high blood sugar. Chlorogenic acid is also found in green coffee. So, why not double up and add some Moringa powder to your morning coffee?
Well, are you convinced?
I hope so. I personally use powdered Moringa leaves sprinkled over my breakfast every morning. It doesn’t have a strong taste and is fantastic for my health. It’s readily available from any good health food store or can be found online through multiple sources.
Go on give it a try, your body will thank you!