Health Benefits of Moringa
Moringa leaves are literally one of the most powerful natural medicines known, every part of the tree which include the leaves, pods, fruit, seeds, oil, root, bark sap has medical properties. The leaves are used as herbs,they can be cooked and eaten as vegetables, served as juice or made as oil. Moringa has a high nutritive value and rich in vitamin A, B,C,D and E which are effective remedy for malnutrition.
Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree.
Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Health Benefits of Moringa
- Preventing and treating cancer
- Treating stomach complaints
- Fighting against bacterial diseases
- Protecting the liver
- Treating diabetes
- Treating asthma
- Reducing high blood pressure
- Improving eye health
- Boosts immunity
Moringa leaves treat asthma, heart burn both improving the action of a failing heart and reducing a dangerously fast heartbeat, syphilis, hyperglycemia, malaria, diarrhea, flu, scurvy, pneumonia, skin diseases, bronchitis.
Moringa treats eye and ear infections, headaches. Also reduces, blood pressure and cholesterol and acts as an anticancer, antimicrobial, Antioxidant, antidiabetic agent that help your body fight off potentially harmful molecules that can be introduced to the body, liver and spleen issues and joint pain, the low calorie in Moringa leaves aid in weight loss and contains no harmful cholesterol. Moringa also acts as a lactogogues in breasting Mothers.
What is Moringa?
Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree of the family Moringaceae, native to the Indian subcontinent. Common names include moringa, drumstick tree (from the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish), and ben oil tree or benzolive tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds).
It is widely cultivated for its young seed pods and leaves used as vegetables and for traditional herbal medicine. It is also used for water purification. Although listed as an invasive species in several countries, M. oleifera has “not been observed invading intact habitats or displacing native flora”, and so “should be regarded at present as a widely cultivated species with low invasive potential.
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Nutrient Content of Moringa
Moringa contains many healthful compounds such as:
- vitamin A
- vitamin B1 (thiamine)
- B2 (riboflavin)
- B3 (niacin), B-6
- folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
|Nutrients||Fresh leaves||Dry leaves||Leaf powder||Seed||Pods|
|Protein (g)||6.7||29.4||27.1||35.97 ± 0.19||2.5|
|Fat (g)||1.7||5.2||2.3||38.67 ± 0.03||0.1|
|Carbohydrate (g)||12.5||41.2||38.2||8.67 ± 0.12||3.7|
|Fibre (g)||0.9||12.5||19.2||2.87 ± 0.03||4.8|
|Vitamin B1 (mg)||0.06||2.02||2.64||0.05||0.05|
|Vitamin B2 (mg)||0.05||21.3||20.5||0.06||0.07|
|Vitamin B3 (mg)||0.8||7.6||8.2||0.2||0.2|
|Vitamin C (mg)||220||15.8||17.3||4.5 ± 0.17||120|
|Vitamin E (mg)||448||10.8||113||751.67 ± 4.41||–|
|Magnesium (mg)||42||448||368||635 ± 8.66||24|
|Copper (mg)||0.07||0.49||0.57||5.20 ± 0.15||3.1|