6 Moringa Benefits That Nourish Your Whole Body

Moringa is commonly known as the "miracle tree" not just for its rather long list of health benefits, but also for its versatility.

Remarkably, the sheer amount of antioxidants, phytonutrients, amino acids, proteins as well as vitamins and minerals Moringa is packed with easily makes it a certified superfood.

Still not totally convinced of the awesome powers of Moringa? Here are just of its health benefits that will surely make you a fan of this plant in no time at all:

Moringa is a Nutritional Powerhouse

Experts report that Moringa is simply bursting with an impressive array of nutrients that are not only nourishing for the body, but also helps it hold back diseases. Consuming a cup of Moringa leaves already provides you with more than 90 vitamins and minerals, including several phenols, amino acids and beta carotene.

Moringa offers a smorgasbord of healthy stuff the body needs to function up to par and stay resilient against diseases. They can easily be transferred through the mother's milk and won't disappear even when processed for supplemental use.

Moringa is a Highly Effective, All-Natural Milk Stimulant

Speaking of breastfeeding mothers, moringa is one of the best natural foods to stimulate lactation.​

Moringa is a Mood Enhancer and Brain Food

A lot of people are pleasantly surprised to find that they feel better when taking Moringa - but it's really no surprise when you consider that Moringa contains one of the highest L-tryptophan levels found in nature.

L-tryptophan is basically a type of amino acid that plays a key role in the production and release of feel-good hormones niacin and serotonin in the body.

Since low levels of niacin and serotinin result in depression and anxiety, Moringa is one of the best superfoods to add to your diet if you suffer from depression, anxiety, and even insomnia.

Moringa's also rich in zinc and iron - both brain-beneficial minerals that aid mental focus and have also been observed to prevent dementia, Alzheimer's and Parkinson' disease in the later years.​

Key point: The high levels of L-tryptophan in Moringa helps you hold back depression and panic attacks, while its rich iron and zinc content not just maintains your brain power up to par, but also helps prevent progressive mental deterioration.

Moringa is a Potent Detoxifier

Looking for a gentle, all-natural detox?

The very rich amount of the flavonoid, quercetin, in Moringa makes it one of the most powerful detoxifying agents and cleansers in nature.

Apart from getting rid of excess stomach acids when it is ingested, Moringa also contains a number of beneficial compounds that do away with unwanted parasites and bacteria in the gastrointestinal tract while boosting digestion and absorption of nutrients.

Quercetin also boosts the liver's ability to sop up trans fats and bad cholesterol that can lead to serious health problems. These beneficial effect of Moringa have been documented in the scientific journal, Phytotherapy Research, in 2007 and the Indian Journal of Experimental Biology in June 2012.

Key point: Moringa boosts digestion and absorption of nutrients by helping eliminate bacteria and parasites in the gastrointestinal tract. It also improves the liver's ability to get rid of bad cholesterol and trans fats.

Moringa Can Stave Off Bronchial Asthma

The January 2008 issue of the Indian Journal of Pharmacology featured a study that detailed the positive effects of powdered Moringa seed kernels among people suffering from bronchial asthma, a respiratory disease characterized by the irregular contractions of the bronchial muscles.

In the period of three weeks, 20 patients with bronchial asthma were given a daily dose of powdered Moringa seed kernels. Apart from having no side effects at all compared to most drugs, the subjects also showed a significant dip in both the frequency of asthmatic attacks as well as the symptoms of the disease.

Key point: Moringa kernel seeds have been seen to be a promising all-natural cure for bronchial asthma and ongoing studies indicate that it may be used to treat other respiratory illnesses.

How to Take Moringa

There are a number of ways you can take Moringa and the following are some of the more common methods used around the world:

#1. As an ingredient in various dishes

Moringa leaves can be used as an ingredient in salads, soups, stews, casseroles and pretty much everything that you can add leafy greens to. They have a subtle bitter-peppery taste that gives a new dimension of flavor to your favorite dishes.

You simply have to wash the leaves in running water to get rid of the dirt and other unwanted stuff that may have clung to them and they're ready. Consuming fresh Moringa leaves are good for diarrhea, indigestion, colic and chronic flatulence.

#2. As a poultice

Now while this is more of an external application, fresh Moringa leaves that are pressed together until their natural juices come out can be used as a poultice for wounds and abrasions. Their anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory properties also boost your protection against infections while at it.

#3. As a tea

Letting Moringa leaves steep in hot water for a couple of minutes or so already infuses the whole thing with its abundance of vitamins, minerals, amino acids and antioxidants among others. Apart from being a quick pick-me-up if you're feeling a bit sluggish, Moringa tea also helps calm an upset stomach and relieves bloating. You can also add the flowers, bark and roots for this application.

#4. As a natural oil

The natural oil extracted from Moringa can help ease bladder issues and keep the prostate in the pink. Its pungent yet not overpowering smell also makes it a useful remedy for people experiencing bouts of hysteria and swooning. You can also use Moringa oil as a conditioner to keep your hair healthy and glowing.

 

 

About the Author Jessica

After growing up a perpetually pudgy kid, Jessica discovered real food - and her waistline shortly afterward. When she's not crafting concoctions in the kitchen, she spends her free time writing about food, making her own deodorant, watching sci-fi, doing headstands, and looking for gluten free food that doesn't suck.

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Lakhan says April 13, 2017

Thank you for the article.

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