Moringa plant is beginning to gain more popularity as a new “superfood” for its highly nutritious profile and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, and tissue-protective properties among many other health benefits.
Moringa oleifera, also known as horseradish tree, ben tree, or drumstick tree, is a small tree from India, Pakistan, Nepal and some part of Africa and has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders.
Moringa has become popular as a natural leaf powder supplement, although the pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds, and fruits are also edible.
It’s used as a traditional remedy for many ailments, and here are 10 scientifically backed health benefits of consuming the moringa leaf:
1. Improves Sleep
According to Dr. Choudhary of Max Hospital in India. “Put some moringa leaves in hot water for just 15 minutes and drink it before you go to bed for a good night’s rest. According to him, It helps you slip into slumber at night, and in turn will leave you energised to tackle the day,”
2. It’s nutrient-packed.
Many of the healthy foods we eat nowadays have a single standout nutrient. For instance, carrots and vitamin A, citrus and vitamin C, nuts and vitamin E. Moringa steps out as a superfood because one cup of chopped leaves is considered a good source of nutrients which includes iron, calcium, vitamin C, A, E, B6, and riboflavin and has notable amounts of potassium, as well as magnesium.
In actuality, the leaves are more concentrated in vitamin C than oranges. That means moringa can contribute to everything from better vision and immunity to bone health and skin radiance.
3. It fights free radicals.
Free radicals are created by things like pollution, fried food, and sun exposure. They damage your cells by robbing them of an electron, causing oxidative stress, cell damage, and premature aging.
The antidote: antioxidants, like the flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid found in moringa. A diet rich in antioxidants has been shown to prevent premature wrinkles and possibly make you live longer.
4. It can also help deal with stress
A 2010 study in the Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics confirmed that the leaves of the moringa tree are a powerful, natural adaptogen. Never heard of them? Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they help reduce stress and improve attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. Studies indicate that adaptogens not only help the body to cope with stress, but can enhance general health and performance.
5. It supports brain health.
It is estimated that one out of eight people over the age of 66 years have Alzheimer’s disease. They good thing about Moringa leaf is that it contains high volume of vitamins C and E, which combats the oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer’s.
Animal studies of both Alzheimer’s and dementia are showing promising results. More good news: Moringa has also been linked to increased dopamine and serotonin (‘happy hormones’), and with more research, it could possibly be used to help treat depression in the future.
6. It fights inflammation.
Moringa has been discovered to significantly lower inflammation in our blood cells. As well as containing inflammation-lowering polyphenols and isothiocyanates, moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. Diseases which includes diabetes, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity.
7. It helps reduce some diabetes symptoms.
Moringa leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in diabetic patients, which means it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves protection against cell damage.
8. It protects the liver.
See your liver as the body’s detoxifier. The liver is responsible for blood detoxification, bile production, fructose metabolism, fat metabolism, and nutrient processing, and it can only fulfill these functions with the aid of liver enzymes, so it’s vital they stay at normal levels and moringa may help it work better. First off, moringa contains very high concentrations of polyphenols to reverse oxidation in the liver, and preliminary research has shown moringa consumption to reduce liver fibrosis and protect against liver damage.
9. It can help your sex life.
Stress can stress your sex life. It can throw hormone levels off, spiking cortisol and decreasing dopamine to lower libido. In animal studies, moringa has not only been show to bring down cortisol levels, it may also naturally boost testosterone levels, a known sex drive booster.
10. It contains antimicrobial and antibacterial properties.
Moringa has antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that fight infections. It’s been effective against types of fungi that cause infections on skin and strains of bacteria responsible for blood and urinary tract infections and digestive problems.
11. It enhances wound healing.
Moringa has blood-clotting properties in its leaves, roots, and seeds that benefit wound healing and can reduce clotting time, which means it reduces the time it takes for scratches, cuts, or wounds to stop bleeding.
#How to Use It
You can add moringa powder to your smoothie or drink it as a tea. The leaf powder was deemed safe in human studies, even in larger doses than normal. The powder has a mild flavor, so it makes for a light moringa tea with a slightly earthy taste.
But you might want to stay clear of seed extract consumption, as they have shown a level of toxicity in immune cells. Moringa can have laxative effects in large quantities, so a safe dose to introduce it into your food or diet and avoid digestive problems is ½ to 1 teaspoon per day.