The world of super-greens has witnessed many options in recent years, many promising a host of health benefits, such as matcha and kale but the list cannot be complete without mentioning Moringa oleifera—commonly referred to as horseradish, it is emerging as a truly global food supplement, and a top contender for a true super-food. The nutrient-dense plant was a part of many herbal medicines for years but then, its identity as a therapeutic plant seems to have fallen behind.
A Formal Introduction to Moringa…
The Moringa plant is native to many Asian geographies, found across India and Pakistan, and it usually grows into a hardy tree. Many parts of the Moringa plant are consumed, including the seeds, fruit, and leaves. It is considered a special superfood since it contains a high concentration of proteins, boasting superior amino profile apart from packing many micro & macro elements, antioxidants, and flavonoids. Moringa leaf tea and Moringa powder have been trending as it is easy to incorporate these supplements into everyday diets. Moringa tea bags are considered a great way to boost your immunity even when you are busy chasing deadlines at the workplace or travelling. Moringa leaf powder is available in a packaged, easy-to-carry form that can be easily added to salads, stews, or dishes.
Moringa is a superior source of potassium as compared to bananas
Unlike diet fads that arrive and disappear quickly, the increasing popularity of Moringa is based on many scientifically researched and confirmed benefits since it is…
- Rich in Vitamins and Minerals
Moringa leaves are a rich source of vitamins A, C, B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, and folate. They are also rich in minerals such as magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc. One cup of moringa leaves contains nearly 2 grams of protein, magnesium (8% of the RDA), Vitamin B6 (19% of the RDA), Iron (11% of the RDA), Riboflavin (11% of the RDA), and Vitamin A (9% of the RDA).
Moringa can be a rich source of calcium for people who cannot consume milk or dairy products
- Packed with Antioxidants
Moringa has anti-oxidative properties and protects against the damaging effects of free radicals present in the environment. The damage caused by free radicals is responsible for many chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart problems, and Alzheimer’s. A study in women showed that taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder regularly for three months showed a significant increase in blood antioxidant levels.
- Protects the Liver
Those who have tuberculosis can benefit from consuming moringa leaves as this helps to reduce the side effects of anti-tubercular drugs and accelerate the repair of liver cells. This is due to the high concentration of polyphenols in moringa plant that protects against oxidative damage to the liver. Better liver health means better blood detoxification, fat metabolism, and nutrient absorption. Nutrients within Moringa leaves also help to stabilize liver enzymes, boosting overall hepatic health.
Moringa can improve overall cellular activity, helping people fight infections. Studies prove isothiocyanates in Moringa can boost human immunity levels
- Improves Bone Health
Moringa leaves are a rich source of calcium and phosphorus—elements needed for good bone health. Since moringa leaves are anti-inflammatory, they help combat bone conditions like arthritis and may even help to heal bone injuries. Moringa oleifera also fights against osteoporosis and keeps the teeth strong.
- Works as an Antiseptic
Moringa is a natural antiseptic and fights away many common bacterial infections. It is even beneficial for wound healing and helps to heal bruises, minor cuts, and burns.
Amazing mineral profile of Moringa makes it a great, non-caffeine energy booster
- Smoothens Skin and Hair
Due to an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients within them, moringa leaves can improve the health and appearance of skin and hair. They add suppleness to the skin and shine to the hair. The antioxidants present in moringa can reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles. A paste of moringa leaves when applied to the scalp, reduces dandruff, and adds bounce to dull, lifeless hair. The leaves also strengthen the hair follicles, and they are a natural way to fight acne—this is why moringa leaves are a part of many cosmetic skincare products. They improve the skin tone, adding a glow due to their natural purifying properties.
- Boosts Mental Wellness
Consistent use of pure moringa leaves is known to have beneficial effects for people diagnosed with nervous disorders. Genuine moringa supplements are recommended for better brain health and are known to work as neuro-enhancers. The high concentration of vitamins E and C helps to combat neural degeneration and improve brain function. Those who suffer from migraines should try moringa leaf tea that work as an effective mood balancer. It also stabilizes the synthesis of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline which are important for memory, mood, and stimulus-response.
While moringa trees are not found across the world, Moringa powder is easy to find online. However, the purity of the product is critical. Bulk Superfoods’ Organic Moringa Powder is free from artificial sweeteners, soy, colours, and harmful additives. It has a mild flavour with a slightly earthy taste, so it works well with many different recipes. Non-GMO moringa leaf powder is considered an effective dietary supplement, but it shouldn’t be cooked or subjected to extreme heat as it may lose its nutritive value.