Moringa Oleifera also known as “Miracle Tree” in Africa is a native to south Asia and Africa. The health benefits of moringa oleifera are numerous and as such cannot be overlooked. It is known to cure over 300 diseases.
Moringa is chock-full of antioxidants that are known to protect against free radicals, reducing the effects of, and preventing such diseases as cancer, heart disease, and other chronic illness.
This wonder plant has over 92 nutrients and 46 natural antioxidants, as well as anti-inflammatory compounds. It has been widely used by Egyptians, Greeks and Romans 4000 years ago to treat various health problems and though it has existed this long, the western world, Africans and indeed Nigerians are just discovering the health benefits of this miracle tree.
Moringa contains nutrients which most of the fruits and our regular vegetables don’t have. Below are some of the nutrients found in Moringa oleifera.
Moringa oleifera contains:
• 4 times the vitamin A of carrot
• 7 times the vitamin C of oranges
• 4 times the Calcium of milk
• 3 times the potassium of banana
• 2 times protein of yoghurt
Now let’s look at the health benefits of moringa oleifera
I. Anti-cancer : studies have shown that anti- oxidants fight free radicals in our bodies. Moringa oleifera contains seven times vitamin c of orange and beta-carotene. It also contains zeatin, quercetin and other nutrients that promotes healthy body formular and reduces sugar. One study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology shows that taking seven grams or 1.5 teaspoons of powdered moringa leaf for 3 months can significantly increase your blood antioxidant levels. Another study in 2015 published in oncology letters and journal PLoS (Public Library of Science) revealed that moringa is an anti-cancer agent as it decreases cell motility and colony formation in colorectal and breast cancer cells. It was also revealed that moringa leaves treats various types of cancer. Moringa oleifera also contains nutrients which promotes healing of wounds, immune boosting, cancer tumor suppression and more.
2. Regulates Cholesterol
Studies have shown that moringa also regulates blood pressure and cholesterol level due to numerous anti-oxidants contained in it, researchers say that it is comparable to simvastatin, a pharmaceutical used to lower cholesterol. The authors of a journal in 2015 states that “it has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases”.
Moringa is known to also reduce inflammation. The leaves, seeds and pods contains nutrients that are helpful for stomach ulcer.
Studies have also shown that breast feeding mothers can take dry moringa leaves to increase milk production. The seeds of moringa can also be used to purify water. I can go on and on. The health benefits of moringa cannot be exhausted. But I think this will help create awareness for everyone. But before you leave, let me share this with you.
In the course of writing this article, I remembered a friend of mine who is from the northern part of Nigeria, who saw this moringa tree in my compound where I stay in Lagos. She told me they use it to cook in the north. I was shocked, and what came to my mind was “how is it that we have such a plant in Nigeria and we don’t know its worth”. I know quite well that those in the north don’t know the health benefits and as such they see it as other vegetables we have in Nigeria. No wonder the Bible say “my people are destroyed for lack of knowledge”.
Please don’t keep this to yourself. Share it to enlighten others. Who knows, you could help save someone from dying from cancer, kidney, diabetes, high blood pressure or any other difficult health challenge. It is not only useful for treatment but also for prevention of various diseases, such as malaria, typhoid fever, kidney disease, liver disease, diabetes and other heart related diseases.
Moringa oleifera is everywhere in Nigeria. So, find a way to get it and possibly plant it at your backyard. It could help you to help someone live longer.
On a final note, on the health benefits of moringa oleifera, note that these are just few of the numerous health benefits you can derive from the miracle tree, moringa oleifera.
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