Moringa, as we mentioned earlier, is a plant with lots of health benefits. It is good for a whole host of reasons. In fact, in the last article we covered ten of the health benefits of Moringa. But those are not all, there’s more. So check out today’s article to learn about ten more Moringa health benefits.
Moringa Health Benefits
Here are 10 more health benefits of Moringa.
- Good for rheumatism – Moringga is good for reducing the build-up of uric acid, and reduce joint pain. This can be really helpful for anyone dealing with rheumatism, which causes joint swelling, stiffness and pain.
- Good for allergies – Moringga has strong claims for helping minimise allergic reaction, which is helped by its immune boosting properties.
- Can help with losing weight – Moringa is high in fiber, which can help you feel satiated. This means you’ll be hungry less often and feel full for longer durations, thus helping with losing weight. Adding some to your meals can be a great way to boost not just your nutrition intake, but also your weight loss regime (if you’re trying to lose weight that is).
- Good for digestive problems – The nutrients in Moringa are good for helping your digestive system. And the high fiber content has further beneficial effects. If you have problems with your digestive system or it just isn’t in a great state right now, including Moringa in your diet can help.
- Better hair and skin – Moringa is high in protein. In fact, it’s protein content is nearly four times higher than that of eggs! It is also rich in antioxidants, and a whole host of other nutrients, including fatty acids etc. All of these can really help your hair grow better, as well as improve the quality of your skin.
- Good for new mothers – Moringa has long been used in the Philippines (where it is commonly known as Malunggay) for pregnant women, and for good reason. Moringa contains an enzyme called phytoestrogens which plays an active role in boosting breast milk production. But that’s not all: the high protein and iron content, along with the folic acid and other nutrients, are also really beneficial for breastfeeding mothers (especially as they need extra nutrition).
- Improves metabolism – The nutrients in Moringa helps stimulate the metabolic system, and improves our metabolism. This is important for keeping our body healthy. This is also good for anyone trying to lose weight as slow metabolism is one of the biggest challenges faced by anyone who in on a weight loss journey.
- Good for Sprue – Sprue (or oral ulceration as it is commonly known), causes lots of discomfort when doing anything involving your mouth (including smiling!), and can also cause your breath to smell bad. The high vitamin C content of Moringa can help deal with that.
- Good for the brain – The large array of nutrition present in Moringa isn’t just good for our body, it’s also good for our brain. So if you are looking for a natural way to give your brain a boost, Moringa can be a good way to do that.
- Can protect against arsenic toxicity – Arsenic toxicity is a problem in quite a few places around the world, especially as certain types of rice contain very high levels of arsenic. Long-term exposure to arsenic is very bad for us, and can cause health problems like heart disease and increase the risk of cancer. Research has shown that Moringa leaves and seeds can help protect against some of the adverse impacts of arsenic toxicity. So far the researches (33, 34, 35) have only been done on rodents, so the impact on humans isn’t yet conclusive, but this is promising. This can potentially benefit huge numbers of people.
Best ways to use Moringa leaves
So it is fairly evident that Moringa is good for you. But you might be wondering what the best way is to consume them, or use them. Here are some ideas to help you use Moringa:
- Add it to your food – This is by far one of the easiest way to use Moringa. You can usually get it in powder form, which you can just add to the food you’re having.
- Drink it – Another easy way to consume Moringa is to mix it with water and drink it. Usually it’ll be a matter of mixing the Moringa powder with water, but if you’re lucky enough to have access to fresh Moringa you can either have it soak in water overnight and then just drink that, or make a smoothie out of it. You can also make a tea out of dry Moringa leaves, if available.
- Pop them – If you want an even easier way to have them, then getting them in tablet form might be the option for you. That said, the tablets often have limited amounts of Moringa which means you don’t get a lot of the nutritional benefit from them. Check the dosage instructions, and nutrition breakdown, for more details.
- Put it on your face – Last but not least, you can use Moringa externally too. Because of its beneficial qualities, it is great as a face mask for improving your skin. A Moringa face mask can be particularly good for dealing with acne, blackheads and spots. Worth trying if you suffer from these issues.
Things to keep in mind
Before you get started with Moringa, here are a few things that you will do well to know, and keep in mind:
- Moringa leaves contain lutein, which is absorbed by our body effectively when eaten with food that contain fat. So to increase the potency of the Moringa you are having, you might want to have it with food that contain some fat. This can be as simple as having a glass of Moringa smoothie with your morning slice of bread and butter.
- The nutritional content of Moringa pills isn’t very high (as mentioned earlier). It is better to consume them in powder form, or best, in raw form.
- If you can get it raw, here’s something else that can be useful to know – Moringa pods have a significantly higher vitamin C content in comparison to the leaves. In fact, a cup of fresh chopped pods (100g) contains 157% of your daily vitamin C requirement! That said, the leaves do contain more of the other vitamins and minerals. So if you’re taking Moringa mainly for vitamin C, you might want to go for the pods.
Moringa is a fairly unknown plant with tremendous health benefits, as the twenty health benefits listed in this article and the previous one made clear. We are still learning more about it, so it is highly likely that even more health benefits will be discovered in the future.
If you can get your hands on them, they are worth at least trying out, won’t you say? Especially if you have any sort of blood sugar related health issues.
What are your thoughts on the health benefits of Moringa? Do you have any experience with them?
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