Have you heard of this new super food herb? Moringa is becoming more and more popular with the general public, and although you may have heard of it, you may not have realized all of the great benefit that moringa can offer.
Let's start with what exactly is Moringa? Moringa is actually a very fast growing tree! It grows in the hot regions like India, the Philippians, and Indonesia. It can grow 18-20 feet in one growing season. The local people of these regions have different common names that they call this tree like Drumstick tree (due to the look of the long skinny seed pods), Miracle Tree, and Horseradish tree. All parts of the moringa tree can be used and ingested for different purposes from the roots all the way up to the seeds.
Now let's talk about that “super food” aspect of Mornga. In some 3rd world countries, they are using this plant for malnutrition because it packs so many good nutrients into such a little amount of plant material. It has: vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6, folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc. It is also extremely low in fats and contains no harmful cholesterol.
Of course it is great to take every day just for the nutritional benefits, but these can translate over to great healing of the body so lets take a look at some of the medicinal benefits of Moringa.
1~High levels of antioxidants. Antioxidants are compounds that act against free radicals in your body.High levels of free radicals may cause oxidative stress, which is associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes and cancer
2~Moringa May Lower Blood Sugar Levels. High blood sugar can be a serious health problem. In fact, it’s the main characteristic of diabetes. Over time, high blood sugar levels raise the risk of many serious health problems, including heart disease. For this reason, it’s important to keep your blood sugar within healthy limits. Several studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may help lower blood sugar levels.
3~May Reduce Inflammation. Inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or injury. It’s an essential protective mechanism but may become a major health issue if it continues over a long period of time. In fact, sustained inflammation is linked to many chronic health problems, including heart disease and cancer. Scientists believe that isothiocyanates are the main anti-inflammatory compounds in moringa leaves, pods and seeds
4~Moringa oleifera can lower your cholesterol levels, potentially reducing the risk of heart disease.
5~Treating edema. Edema is a painful condition where fluid builds up in specific tissues in the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa may be effective in preventing edema from developing.
6~Protecting the liver. Moringa appears to protect the liver against damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs and can quicken its repair process.
7~ Preventing and treating cancer. Moringa extracts contain properties that might help prevent cancer developing. It also contains niazimicin, which is a compound that suppresses the development of cancer cells.
8~Treating stomach complaints. Moringa extracts might help treat some stomach disorders, such as constipation, gastritis, and ulcerative colitis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of moringa may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens, and its high vitamin B content helps with digestion.
9~Fighting against bacterial diseases. Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, moringa extracts might combat infections caused by Salmonella, Rhizopus, and E. coli.
10~ Making bones healthier. Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bones healthy and strong. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties moringa extract might help to treat conditions such as arthritis and may also heal damaged bones.
11~ Treating mood disorders. Moringa is thought to be helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and fatigue.
12~Protecting and nourishing skin and hair. Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals and keeps it clean and healthy. Moringa also contains protein, which means it is helpful in protecting skin cells from damage. It also contains hydrating and detoxifying elements, which also boost the skin and hair. It can be successful in curing skin infections and sores.
Moringa doesn’t grow in our climate as a tree that will come back every year; but, I intend to grow it this year as an annual and intend on consuming some everyday!
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