It is rarely mentioned in the health-food world, but contains more nutrients than you could ever imagine. Moringa Oleifera, a tiny plant native to the Himalayan Mountains of Northern India, is a miracle plant used world-wide to address malnutrition. The health benefits of Moringa are far and beyond any superfood we come across today. It is energizing, alkalizing, anti-inflammatory, anti-fungal, and so much more!
The leaves, seed pods, oil, and flowers of the Moringa plant are all edible, along with the bark and roots which are highly medicinal. If you want one plant that will provide with a diverse array of vitamins, minerals, antioxidants and protein, then Moringa is your new best friend.
Here are 10 of the most note-worthy health benefits of Moringa!
1. Improves digestion
Moringa has been traditionally used to treat digestive disorders like diarrhea, constipation and irritable bowel syndrome. Moringa leaf tea also helps soothe upset stomaches and contains powerful anti-ulcer properties.
2. Helps nourish and heal the skin
The leaves of the Moringa plant contain 3 times more vitamin E than almonds. Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant that neutralizes free radicals and prevents cellular damage from occurring, which means less wrinkles and fine lines, and stronger, healthier skin.
3. Nourishes the nervous system
High in B vitamins, Moringa is a great way to support and nourish the nervous system. It is particularly high in vitamin B12, which is an essential vitamin needed for the proper functioning and development of the brain and nerve cells. Moringa can therefore help battle depression and increase mental clarity.
4. Amazing anti-inflammatory
Banish aches and pains with the power of Moringa! Studies have found that Moringa is useful in treating rheumatic and articulary pain. It works by suppressing the COX-2 enzyme, which is normally responsible for inflammation processes and pain response.
5. Reduces cancer risk
The high antioxidant content of this plant makes it a powerful cancer fighter. Moringa oleifera leaf extracts have been shown to possess powerful anti-cancer effects by inducing apoptosis (cell death) and preventing proliferation of tumour cells.
6. Bone strengthening
Moringa contains 4 times more calcium than milk (125% of our RDA of calcium) and 61% of our RDA of magnesium. We all know that calcium helps build strong, healthy bones, but magnesium is also crucial (and this is one mineral that most of us are deficient). Magnesium is required to adequately absorb calcium, stimulate calcitonin (a hormone that takes calcium from the blood and tissues, back to the bones), regulate calcium transport and activate enzymes needed for bone formation.
7. Rich in amino acids
The leaves of the Moringa plant contain 18 amino acids, 8 of which are essential amino acids, thus making it a “complete” protein. In fact, Moringa contains as much protein as eggs! Who said vegans can’t get enough protein?
Protein is used build muscle tissue and repair damaged tissue. It also facilitates building of cartilage, bones, skin and blood, and plays a role in producing enzymes and hormones.
8. Improves wound healing
Moringa has been found to improve wound healing in minor to more extreme injuries. It contains an antibiotic-like compound called lunasin that protects our cells and has anti-fungal properties.
9. Cardiovascular support
If you suffer from high blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar, then Moringa is your plant! The leaves of Moringa possess a hypolipidemic effect, which helps reduce bad (LDL) cholesterol, while maintaining good (HDL) cholesterol. This powerful little plant also helps normalize blood sugar and blood pressure.
10. Used as an aphrodisiac and promotes libido
This miracle plant not only boosts energy levels, but it also boosts sexual desire, thanks to little compounds called saponins, which support libido and testosterone levels. Moringa also improves blood flow, which can be a big help for men who have sexual disorders.