Six Amazing Benefits of Moringa (aka Miracle Leaf/Miracle Tree)
Moringa has only recently become a popular supplement in America. But moringa (Moringa oleifera) has long been used in other parts of the world for its nutritional and medicinal benefits.
Often referred to as the “miracle tree,” the moringa tree originally hails from northern India but now also grows in other parts of Asia, as well as in Africa and South America.
For centuries, the bitter-tasting seeds of the moringa tree have been part of the traditional diets in Asia and Africa. Nowadays, moringa can be consumed in powder form, which is made from dried moringa leaves. This has a much milder taste than the seeds and the dried leaves actually have a much higher nutrient content than fresh ones.
If you’re interested in trying moringa out, here are six benefits you can get from it.
Moringa provides essential nutrients
Moringa is rich in vitamins and minerals, particularly vitamin C and iron. A single cup (150 g) of moringa seeds can provide you with 235 percent and 350 percent of the recommended daily value (DV) for vitamin C and iron, respectively. This is on top of significant amounts of potassium, magnesium and calcium.
On top of its vitamin and mineral content, Moringa seeds also contain 19 of the 22 amino acids your body uses to make proteins. These include all nine essential amino acids your body cannot produce on its own. In addition, moringa is a good source of protein and essential fats.
Moringa helps reduce inflammation
Studies have shown that moringa seeds are rich in powerful, health-promoting antioxidants. Moringa seed extract can help treat inflammatory diseases, such as ulcerative colitis, in mice, and a similar effect has been reported in humans.
Moringa can be used for water purification
On top of its nutrient content, moringa also boasts powerful antimicrobial properties. These properties allow you to use moringa seed for water purification.
Moringa seed, a natural coagulant, is extensively used for water treatment in India. After the oil from the seeds has been extracted, it leaves behind a protein-rich “cake” that has antimicrobial properties and can be used to purify water for humans and animals. Moringa seed extract also has the ability to eliminate heavy metals, such as lead, copper, cadmium, chromium and arsenic, from water.
Moringa supports heart health
Research shows that moringa seeds offer significant benefits for your heart. Moringa seeds contain high levels of healthy monounsaturated fat, which can help lower levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL) – the “bad” cholesterol.
Moringa supports gut health
Moringa pods are rich in fiber. In fact, each pod is made up of 47 percent fiber. As such, moringa pods may be beneficial for your digestion.
Fiber can help normalize bowel movement by helping make it easier for you to pass your stool. In addition, a high-fiber diet may also help lower your risk of developing hemorrhoids.
Moringa may help fight cancer
Multiple studies show that moringa seeds have cancer-fighting properties.
One study found that a protein extracted from moringa seeds slowed the growth of liver cancer in both human and animals cells by up to 71 percent. Another study found that moringa seed extract kept breast cancer cells from significantly growing and spreading.
Moringa is an amazing tree whose seeds, leaves and pods can provide you with many benefits. Originally used only in traditional medicine, moringa is now available worldwide in various forms, such as teas, extracts and supplements. Give moringa a try so you can experience its many benefits firsthand.
By Tonie Benally–
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(Source: food.news; July 13, 2021; https://tinyurl.com/hu37wjs)
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