Moringa - A superfood


Moringa is a plant that is native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine. 
Moringa oleifera, also known as horseradish tree, ben tree, or drumstick tree. 

Nutritional Value 
 



Nutritional Significance 


1. IT'S NUTRIENT PACKED Moringa is a rich source of vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C and E; Calcium; Potassium and Protein.  
2. IT FIGHTS FREE RADICALS Antioxidants fight free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative stress, cell damage, and inflammation. Moringa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid in the leaves, flowers, and seeds.  
3. IT FIGHTS INFLAMMATION Inflammation can lead to chronic diseases like diabetes, respiratory problems, cardiovascular disease, arthritis, and obesity. Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, and moringa leaf concentrate can significantly lower inflammation in the cells. 
4. 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.  
5. IT PROTECTS THE CARDIOVASCULAR SYSTEM Moringa leaf powder has heart-healthy benefits, particularly in blood lipid control, the prevention of plaque formation in the arteries, and reduced cholesterol levels.  
6. IT SUPPORTS BRAIN HEALTH Moringa supports brain health and cognitive function because of its antioxidant and neuroenhancer activities. It's also been tested as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease with favorable preliminary results. Its high content of vitamins E and C fight oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, improving brain function. It’s also able to normalize the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the brain, which play a key role in memory, mood, organ function, responses to stimulus such as stress and pleasure, and mental health, for example in depression and psychosis. 
7. IT PROTECTS THE LIVER Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage. 
8. IT CONTAINS ANTIMICROBIAL AND ANTIBACTERIAL PROPERTIES 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.  
9. 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. 
10. Anti cancer properties - The Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention in 2003 published a study in which researchers examined skin tumor prevention following ingestion of Moringa seedpod extracts in mice. Results showed a dramatic reduction in skin papillomas and suggested that M. oliefera has possible cancer preventing properties. 
 

Usage 

  • Moringa seeds are used to extract oil which can replace conventional oil for cooking 
  • Moringa seeds can be used in cosmetics and are sources of biodiesel while the seedcakes, can be used as a green manure or a fertilizer.  
  • The flowers of Moringa are used to make tea with hypocholesterolemic  properties.  
  • The root bark has medicinal values and is used for dyspepsia, eye diseases and heart complaints. The tap root of Moringa is used as a spice. 
  • Moringa leaves in fresh form can be used to cook various dishes.  Leaves, in dried form can be added to smoothies, juices, sprinkled over various dishes or simply mixed with water to drink.

With so many benefits, including moringa leaves, either fresh or in the form of powder can definitely go a long way in improving one's health! 
 


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