Moringa (also known as drumstick, horseradish, ben oil, or malunggay) is a tree common to parts of Asia and Africa. In the West they’re not very common, even though they have been used in traditional medicine and food in other parts of the world for a long time.
Their use though has been becoming more and more mainstream, and for good reasons.
As it turns out, they pack hell of a nutritional punch, which makes Moringa really good for us. But that’s not all – there are lots of other ways Moringa is good for us, and nearly all parts of the tree is useful, and has beneficial qualities.
Want to learn more about the health benefits of Moringa?
Then read on.
Moringa Health Benefits
- Highly nutritious – The leaves of the Moringa plant are really nutritious. They are rich in a whole host of vitamins and minerals etc, including vitamins like B6 and C, minerals like iron, and even protein. It’s like nature’s multivitamin!
- Rich in antioxidants – Moringa leaves are a rich source of antioxidants. A study (16) found that consuming 1.5 teaspoons/7 grams of Moringa leaf powder on a daily basis for three months significantly increased the participants blood antioxidant levels. This is great for boosting our overall health, and reduces the chances of chronic diseases that are caused by oxidative stress (like type 2 diabetes, and heart disease (5, 6)).
- Improves immune system – The nutritional punch that Moringa packs makes them great at boosting our immune system. But more than that, the isothiocyanates present in the seeds, pods and leaves of Moringa have antiinflammatory properties (25, 26, 27), which can further boost our immune system. So if you are feeling like you’re coming down with a cold or flu, or just want to take some precaution and give your immune system a general boost, Moringa can be very useful.
- Good for the skin – In some parts of the world Moringa is used as beauty treatment, and as it turns out, for good reason. Vitamin C and antioxidants are essential for healthy skin, and the high vitamin C and antioxidant content of Moringa makes it an ideal candidate for this. In fact, several well-known cosmetic brands use Moringa oil as a raw material in their skin care products.
- Can help with acne – Consuminga Moringa on a regular basis can help improve the quality of your skin, and help get rid of (and even prevent) acne. If you have a particularly acne-prone skin, a face-pack of Moringa can also help.
- Reduces blood sugar levels – The level of sugar in our blood has a significant impact on our health. When it’s balanced, things run well. But when it’s not balanced, our internal mechanisms are at disarray. In fact, high levels of blood sugar causes a whole host of health problems. Moringa is great for that as it has been shown to reduce our blood sugar levels. One study (16) found that regularly having 1.5 teaspoons (7 grams) of Moringa powder for just three months reduced the levels of fasting blood sugar by 13.5% on average. Yet another study (21) found that having 50 grams of Moringa with meals cut the rise in blood sugar levels by a whopping 21%! (22)
- Lowers cholesterol – High cholesterol levels are a contributor to a whole host of health problems, not to mention a major contributor to heart disease. Studies (7, 18, 28, 29) have found that Moringa lowers cholesterol levels.
- Good for diabetes – As mentioned earlier, Moringa can lower blood sugar levels. This has a direct impact on health conditions like diabetes, which is mainly caused as a result of high levels of blood sugar. So when our blood sugar levels are low, the risk of diabetes goes down. If someone already has diabetes, Moringa can be great at managing it.
- Good for eye sight – Moringa is rich in vitamin A, which is great for our eye sight. In fact, even carrots, which have long been known as a key source of vitamin A, have less vitamin A than Moringa!
- Helps with aging well – Free radical damage is one of the key reasons why our bodies deteriorate with age. Antioxidants and vitamin C go a long way in reducing the impact of free radical damage. Guess what is high in those… The high vitamin C and antioxidant content of Moringa (along with the numerous other nutrients it contains) makes it a great natural dietary supplement for helping us age better.
As should be abundantly clear by now, Moringa has a ton of health benefits (more of which, along with tips on the best way to use it, is covered in the second part of this article).
If you have a condition like diabetes, or better – want to prevent it, Moringa can be particularly beneficial.
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