Moringa plant is becoming more and more popular each day, and for a good reason. It contains over 92 nutrients and 46 natural antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds and due to its incredible nutritional value, it’s said to treat more than 300 types of diseases.
For example, one serving of Moringa has more vitamin C than seven oranges, four times the calcium present in milk, and twice the protein as well as three times the amount of potassium found in a single banana. It’s also rich in vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and folate.
Drinking Moringa every day can provide many health benefits and here are some of the most important:
1.Improves kidney function
Moringa possesses potent diuretic and detoxifying properties which help in resolving urinary tract infections and improving kidney function.
It is usually used to in the treatment of kidney stones due to its ability to flush out excess calcium from the kidneys. By flushing the stones out, it also reduces the related pain and infection.
2.Protects the liver
Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity, and damage.
Moringa can reduce liver damage and fibrosis and reverse oxidation in the liver. Moringa can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels, reducing oxidative stress, and increasing protein content in the liver.
3.Prevents neurodegenerative diseases
Moringa supports brain health and cognitive function because of its antioxidant and neuro-enhancer 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.
4.Helps with diabetes
Moringa appears to have anti-diabetic effects, likely due to beneficial plant compounds contained in the leaves, including isothiocyanates. One study found women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5%.
Moreover, it contains a type of acid called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and allow cells to take up or release glucose (sugar) as needed.
5.Cures stomach disorders
Moringa contains isothiocyanates, which are very effective in the treatment of stomach disorders like gastritis, ulcerative colitis, and constipation. Also, recent studies have shown that moringa can be used as an effective alternative for a range of commercially available antacids.
Moringa also contains antibacterial properties that prevent the growth of various pathogens, including Helicobacter pylori bacteria and coliform bacteria, which trigger conditions like diarrhea.
6.Antimicrobial and antibacterial
Moringa has antibacterial and antifungal 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.
7.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.
8.Stimulates hair growth
Being a great source of zinc, vitamins A and E, and amino acids needed for the production of keratin, Moringa can be used as an effective and natural hair tonic.
Most of the hair care products contain Ben oil. This oil, sweet in flavor and mild in texture, is extracted from the seeds of Moringa. It has the ability to enhance blood circulation to the scalp and activate hair growth.
How to use:
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. 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 1/2 to 1 teaspoon per day.
If you can’t tolerate the taste of moringa, you can neutralize it. Just mix 1/2 of a teaspoon of moringa, 1 teaspoon of raw honey, a squeeze of lemon and some water. Make sure to stir well and drink it immediately.