Moringa oleifera, also earned the name “The miracle tree” and “The tree of life”. It’s the most nutrient-rich food on the planet, beating spirulina, kale and most superfoods. There’s a saying in Indonesia: “The world is not as wide as the health benefits of Moringa”! So, what are Moringa’s benefits?
Moringa leaves have been used for centuries for their medicinal properties. They are the most nutrient-rich part of the tree containing a variety of vitamins, amino acids and minerals. Moringa leaves are also very rich in anti-inflammatory, antidepressant and antifungal properties.
Moringa is renowned for having:
– Vitamin A
– Vitamin B1, B2, B3 and B-6
– Vitamin C (Folate and ascorbic acid)
– Vitamin E
The other good news is Moringa leaves are packed with plant-based protein. 100g of Moringa leaf powder contains around 25g of protein! It also contains all the essential amino acids which can help repair muscle, improve mood and increase energy!
Moringa Benefits as (supported by scientific research)
1. Reduce inflammation
Long-lasting inflammation is linked to many chronic health problems. Scientists believe the isothiocyanates are the main anti-inflammatory compounds in Moringa, which can significantly defeat inflammation enzymes and proteins in your body. (Studies 1, 2, 3)
2. Support brain health and manage anxiety
Moringa leaves contain abundant vitamins C and E that can help fight against oxidative stress which is linked to Alzheimer’s and dementia. Also, some studies show Moringa may help treat anxiety and depression by increasing dopamine and serotonin, the feeling-good hormones. (Studies 4, 5)
3. Fight free radicals
Free radicals can damage cells and threaten your overall health. Moringa leaves are rich in a number of beneficial antioxidants including vitamin C, quercetin and chlorogenic acid. Those compounds can help fight free radicals, lower blood pressure and stabilize blood sugar levels.
4. Decrease cholesterol
5. Lower blood sugar
High blood sugar can be the main cause of many health problems including diabetes, which in turn can lead to organ damage. Many studies show Moringa can help stabilize blood sugar levels. (Studies 9, 10, 11) One study shows that postmenopausal women who take 1 ½ tsp(around 7g) of Moringa leaf powder every day for three months can reduce fasting blood glucose by 13.5% on average, which can also help some postmenopausal symptoms.
6. Nurture your skin and hair
The remarkably high vitamin C content in Moringa leaf makes it the perfect source for supporting skin and hair health. Moringa can help anti-aging and manage acne for both oily and dry skin. Moringa leaves may also strengthen hair follicles and reduce dandruff. These are the reasons why Moringa is one of the popular ingredients in skin/hair care products.
TOP TIPS: Use Moringa leaf powder to make a paste and apply to your skin to improve your skin health!
7. Protect the liver
The liver is the largest internal organ that is responsible for blood detoxification, metabolizing fat and nutrient absorption – Moringa leaf may help it function better!
Several research reviews have shown Moringa can help protect and repair the liver, even in fatty liver disease. Furthermore, recent human trials suggest Moringa can work as an anti-cancer treatment for liver cancer.
8. Strengthen bone health
Moringa leaves contain phosphorus and 4 times more calcium than milk. Both compounds are responsible for improving bone health. Due to Moringa’s high anti-inflammatory properties, it may help reduce arthritis and repair bone damage.
9. Improve gut health
Moringa powder contains 30% of fibre which is the main source to help digestion. The leaf contains natural antibacterial, antibiotic and antimicrobial properties. Scientists have proven Moringa leaves can help with digestive disorders and improve gut bacteria.
10. Assist weight loss
Conclusion: Studies show Moringa leaves are safe for human consumption
While it is not recommended that pregnant women eat the bark and pulps, research shows that Moringa leaves are safe to consume even in a larger dose. (Studies 15, 16) Moringa leaves provide essential nutrition and come with loaded health benefits that make it a new “superfood”.
It is recommended to use Moringa powder as a regular part of your healthy diet!