Moringa Oleifera might not be widely known in the US but from its origin in India and other parts of Asia, Africa and South America it is grown and widely-used for its medicinal properties and health benefits. Since the plant contains many anti-inflammatory, antifungal, and antiviral properties it’s no wonder it’s been dubbed as the ‘miracle tree’.
But what is Moringa Oleifera? Are there really proven benefits to including it into your diet? What is it made of?
Here’s what we found out.
What is Moringa Oleifera?
Growing largely in India, Pakistan, and Nepal, the Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) is known by many different names; the ben oil tree, horseradish tree, drumstick tree, and miracle tree. Almost every part of the tree is edible and has been used extensively in traditional eastern medicine to treat anemia, arthritis, diabetes and respiratory and skin disorders.
And because of its high nutritional value and health benefits, Moringa is now slowly making its way to ‘superfood’ status. So much so that researchers have taken a keen interest on the many ways Moringa can help prevent and even treat certain types of diseases and improve the overall health of people who try it.
Not only that, according to Pranin every 100 grams of dry Moringa leaves contains:
- 3.5x the calcium of cow’s milk
- 9x the protein of yogurt
- 10x the vitamin A of carrots
- 15x the potassium of bananas
- 12x the vitamin C of oranges
- 25x the iron of spinach
Because of Moringa’s high nutritional value, it’s slowly getting recognized by health enthusiasts all around the world. In fact, moringa capsules are being sold worldwide as a nutritional supplement.
Why it’s good
Aside from its high nutritional value, the moringa tree also has a ton of health benefits and medicinal properties to boost its ‘superfood’ status. Here are a few of them:
- Fights inflammation. Inflammation is important in protecting the body against infection or illness But prolonged inflammation can damage your health and lead to heart disease and cancer. Moringa may help with chronic inflammation since it contains loads of anti-inflammatory properties, even more than turmeric and could even rival anti-inflammatory prescription drugs!
- Provides loads of antioxidant. Oxidative damage caused by free radicals are linked to be the leading causes of cancer and heart diseases. Moringa oleifera contains high levels of antioxidants such as vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin (which lowers blood pressure) and chlorogenic acid (which lowers blood sugar levels)
- Protects the liver. Since Moringa contains high levels of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers, it’s great for protecting the liver from damage and toxicity. Moringa can also reverse oxidative damage and has been known to reduce fibrosis and normalizes the levels of liver enzymes which is important for your liver to function.
- Fights infection. Moringa has also been known to combat certain types of infection typically that of fungi which usually happens on the skin. It’s also been known to prevent blood and urinary tract infection caused by certain strain bacteria.
- Lowers cholesterol. A recent study has found that Moringa can actually help in reversing the effects of bad cholesterol on the body. Not only that but it has also shown that Moringa could significantly lower your cholesterol levels.
How to use it
Moringa product can come in many different forms and while it’s perfectly fine to use capsules as a nutritional supplement, it’s highly advised that people use powder since it is higher in nutritional value. You can add moringa powder to almost anything to give you your daily health boost. But we recommend you add it to your smoothie or add it to your favorite dishes. It’s a sure way to make any dish healthier.
Moringa is a powerful tree that has a lot of health benefits and medicinal properties. With research and consulting with your doctor, you may also reap the benefits of this miracle tree.