Moringa: Nature’s Ultimate Superfood and Multivitamin

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Moringa leaf is a nutrient powerhouse packed with more than 90 nutrients and 46 antioxidants. Moringa is one of the richest sources of natural antioxidants. It has more antioxidants than green tea, goji berries, blueberries and pomegranate. Read on!

Moringa: An Introduction

Moringa is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree native to the southern foothills of the Western Ghats in southwestern India. It is widely cultivated in the tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables, and many parts of the tree are used in traditional herbal medicine.

Moringa is ideal for vegans & vegetarians since it takes care of most of the nutritional deficiencies associated with animal protein free diets. It is an ideal source of calcium for the lactose intolerant (who can’t consume milk).

There are a number of reasons as to why you need to regularly take Moringa leaves or consume it in powder form. We have highlighted some of the most important benefits below.

Moringa Leaves have the following benefits:

Boosts Energy Levels

Human fatigue is primarily due to the organs not getting enough oxygen which is carried around the body by red blood cells (RBCs). Moringa leaf gets rid of fatigue by providing Vitamins A, B6, B12 and iron which are essential for the production of functional RBCs and transport of oxygen around the body.

Moringa leaf also contains all the vitamins and minerals needed to produce energy in your body, such as vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, calcium, iron, potassium, phosphorus and magnesium. This gives a feeling of wellness and promotes energy and since this energy promotion doesn’t happen due to sugar, it doesn’t cause blood sugar level spikes and hence lasts for a long time.

Know more about vitamin B here!

Promotes Youthful & Radiant Skin

Moringa leaves are a key to healthy and radiant skin since these are rich in age-defying antioxidants and vitamins A, B3 & vitamin E.

Moringa leaves are also loaded with proteins (including all nine essential amino acids) and phosphorus which support and promote the growth and repair of skin tissues.

Anti-aging Properties

Moringa leaves are high in several anti-aging compounds such as polyphenols, vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin and chlorogenic acid that lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation. Moringa is endowed with a wealth of antioxidants (46, to be precise)!

Antioxidants are substances that stop or delay cell damage and are often referred to as anti-aging compounds. These are associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as stomach, lung or colon cancer; diabetes; hypertension; and age-related eye disorders.

Antioxidants work better when combined with other nutrients such as Vitamins B2 and E to fight against aging. Consuming the antioxidant-rich Moringa leaves, beautifies the skin and lowers the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles.

Read about the role of antioxidants in anti-aging here!

Strengthens the Immune System

Moringa leaf is packed with Vitamins A, B2, B6, E and iron all of which have positive effects on various immune system processes of the body. It strengthens the human immune system, increases natural body defences, stimulates metabolism and helps to eliminate excessive hunger (which contributes to Obesity and even Cardiovascular Diseases in the long run).

IMMUNE SYSTEM

Strengthens Bones, Teeth, Muscles, Nails & Hair

Moringa is not only loaded with protein, calcium, magnesium but also helps the body absorb and retain calcium, potassium and zinc. This helps strengthen the bones, teeth, muscles, nails and hair.

Optimum supply of oxygen and nutrients from the circulatory system to the hair follicles is vital for hair growth. Deficiency of vitamin A can cause thickening of scalp, dry hair and dandruff. Being high in vitamin A, Moringa encourages hair growth and maintenance. It also works with silica and zinc to prevent drying and clogging of the sebaceous glands which are involved in producing sebum.

Deficiency of B vitamins, particularly B6, biotin, inositol and folic acid also causes hair loss. On the other hand, vitamins C and E improve scalp circulation, thus making more nutrients available to the hair follicles to grow stronger and healthier hair. Vitamin C is particularly important as it is required for maintaining capillaries that carry blood to the follicles. Moringa is rich in all these vitamins and thus consuming Moringa leaves or its dried powder will significantly improve your hair health.

Read about 8 foods that improve hair health here!

Aids in Detoxification

Moringa leaf, which is rich in vitamins and minerals, helps speed up the body’s detoxification process by producing energy. Moringa leaves keep your digestive health in check by promoting the growth of healthy gut bacteria in your system.

The Vitamin B6 found in Moringa helps the liver to detoxify and cleanses the body of toxins. It purifies and restores all the bodily organs, purifies the bloodstream, lubricates the colon to ease elimination of waste from the large and small intestines. It also flushes out acid and mucus congestion from the body in various forms.

Controls Diabetes

Moringa leaf can naturally reduce fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5% and reduce the rise in blood sugar levels after eating by 21%. It contains chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and allow cells to take up or release glucose (sugar) as needed. This gives moringa leaf natural anti-diabetic and hormone-balancing properties. Besides chlorogenic acid, it has compounds called isothiocyanates that are present in moringa leaf have also been tied to natural protection against diabetes.

Read about 6 foods that can manage diabetes here!

Regulates Blood Pressure & Cholesterol

An excellent source of Vitamin A, B2, B6, potassium, calcium and iron, Moringa leaf regulates the blood pressure as these nutrients work together. Vitamin A, B6, B12 and iron are essential for the production of functional RBCs. Potassium maintains normal blood pressure. Calcium ensures normal blood clotting and iron ensures oxygen is being carried around in the body.

BLOOD PRESSURE

Moringa also balances the level of cholesterol in the body which can decrease the risk of heart disease. It is effective in lowering LDL cholesterol levels and inhibiting the abnormal formation of blood clots.

Read about 6 foods that can lower cholesterol here!

Anti-inflammatory features

Inflammation is understood to lead to many chronic diseases, including cancer and heart disease. Moringa leaves have all been shown to possess anti-inflammatory and antibacterial properties! In fact, the leaves contain 36 anti-inflammatory compounds! 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. It also helps in the healing of arthritis pain, tumours and ulcers.

Balances Hormones and Gland Systems

Moringa leaf helps relaxation and promotes good sleep. It is a natural remedy for insomnia as it possesses certain properties that can treat sleeping disorders. It is also effective in treating depression and anxiety.

Rejuvenates the Body’s Organ Systems

Moringa rejuvenates the brain, lungs, kidney, liver, eyes brain, bones and the entire body because of its high nutrient density.

The liver is responsible for blood detoxification, bile production, fructose metabolism, fat metabolism, and nutrient processing. The liver can only fulfil these functions with the aid of liver enzymes. So, it’s vital that liver enzymes stay at normal levels. Lower levels of hepatic enzymes can impair the body’s ability to filter the blood. Moringa helps restore these liver enzymes.

Boosts Metabolic Rate & Aids in Weight Loss

Moringa leaf increases the body’s metabolic rate which results in faster fat burning. The Vitamin B in Moringa helps in digestion and converts food into energy.

The amino acid methionine in Moringa leaves can absorb fat. It aids in weight loss because it provides enough energy and vitality and thus reduces the need for extra eating to maintain energy levels.

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Supports Brain Health & Cognitive Function

Oxidative damage  happens when an individual is exposed to ample amounts of pollution and stress. Since pollution and stress are a part and parcel of modern urban life, we are all exposed to oxidative damage. Oxidative damage leads to neuron degeneration. Neuronal degeneration can lead to an increased incidence of neurodegenerative conditions like Alzheimer’s and Huntington’s disease.

Moringa leaf has antioxidant and neuro-enhancer properties. It has a high quantity of vitamins E and C which fight free radicals (the causative agent of oxidative damage), improving brain function. It’s also able to normalize the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline in the brain, which plays a key role in memory, mood, organ function and overall mental health.

Read how proteins affect brain health here!

Enhances Breastmilk Production

Moringa leaf powder consumption can increase milk production in women. It is particularly beneficial for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are at the risk of suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Around 2 teaspoons of moringa powder satisfy nearly all of a woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

Read about the 4 minerals important for pregnancy here! 

Improves Vitality

Moringa leaf increases sperm motility and count in males and also improves female fertility. Thus, Moringa leaf powder can be an essential inclusion in the diet of couples wishing to start a family in near future.

Moringa is a superfood in the true sense of the term. There isn’t a single system of the human body over which moringa leaves don’t have a positive effect. So if you are planning to live a healthier and happier life take the first step today by adding Moringa to your diet!

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