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Getting to know your Moringa

Moringa leaves contain essential vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, E, Calcium, Potassium, Protein and amino acids. Moringa is low in fats and has no traces of cholesterol.

 

Due to the increase in the campaign for natural alternatives ––may it be by food or medical purposes –– more discoveries are made through ones natural resources. One of the most sought after discoveries is the Moringa.

 

Moringa is a plant that is also known as the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, horseradish tree or the ben oil tree. Its scientific name is Moringa Oleifera. It originated from India but is also grown in Africa, Asia and South America. It has been used for centuries and is celebrated because of its medicinal properties (known to treat and prevent diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, respiratory, skin and digestive disorders) and health benefits. Although there have been known side effects, taking Moringa medications should be consulted with a doctor especially if a person is currently under medication. When it comes to the food we eat Moringa has come a long way, its popularity is steadily growing because of its benefits and is already dubbed as the new super food.

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As a superfood, the leaves of the moringa are usually dried and ground into a fine powder, and used to incorporate in foods and drinks. Moringa leaves contain essential vitamins and nutrients such as Vitamin A, C, E, Calcium, Potassium, Protein and amino acids. Moringa is low in fats and has no traces of cholesterol. It is also a natural energy booster and mood enhancer (treats mood disorders such as depression, anxiety and fatigue).

 

Furthermore, Moringa contains antioxidants such as flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acids that fight free radicals which causes oxidative stress, cell damage and inflammation (that can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes and cardiovascular diseases). Having moringa in your diet can also support brain health and cognitive function due to its neuro enhancing nature and antioxidants.

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Curently, Moringa has been tested with Alzheimers disease and has been nothing but positive during the preliminary stages, further testing is still ongoing. With Moringa the brain is stimulated to normalize the serotonin and dopamine that play roles in ones memory, mood and organ function. When it comes to your liver, Moringa also has its benefits. Due to the high concentration of polyphenols in the leaves and flowers, the liver can be protected against oxidation, toxicity and damage. It can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels and increase protein in it, making the liver function healthily and at its best.

 

Moringa is not only a plant that gives nutrition and sustenance, it is a gift from nature to further aid us in our path to a healthy life. Because of Moringa’s versatility, it is not only used for consumption or medicine, it is also incorporated in daily necessities and even beauty products (it is said that moringa seed oil can protect and nourish skin and hair) . This is just proof that Moringa will continue to adapt, grow and become more in demand as the years go by.

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Reference:
  • https://www.medicalnewstoday.com/articles/319916.php
  • https://www.vogue.com/article/moringa-new-superfood-to-know
  • https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22401/10-powerful-benefits-of-drinking-moringa-every-day.html