Health Benefits of Moringa.
Moringa oleifera, also known as drum stick or miracle tree is native to northern India. The name miracle tree is due to its healing effect on various health issues. The use of moringa has become very popular these days with the internet. Therefore, it’s important we take a look at the health benefits of moringa.
This tree has been used traditionally, as a remedy for such conditions as:
All forms of inflammation
Viral, fungal and bacterial infections
Health Benefits of Moringa
Moringa has many vitamins and minerals. Its leaves contains seven times the vitamin C in oranges, fifteen times the potassium in bananas and 4 times the vitamin A in carrots. It also contains calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help the human body heal and build muscle.
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It’s also packed full with antioxidants, that protect cells from damage. It’s said to boost the immune system. Also, there are proofs that the antioxidants in moringa can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.
Uses of Moringa
Most research on moringa has been animals. As a result, we are not really sure if the results would be the same with humans. Research is ongoing to find out exactly how extracts from this tree affect people. Though early studies show it may help with:
Cancer: laboratory tests show that leaf extracts slowed the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and helped chemotherapy work better. Also other lab studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer effects.
Diabetes: Some earlier studies show that some proteins found in moringa may help lower blood sugar. Plant chemicals found in the leaves might help the body process sugar better, this may also affect how the body releases insulin.
Rheumatoid arthritis: Moringa leaf extract may lower fluid swelling, redness, and pain.
Memory: Scientists think that the antioxidants and other nutrients and plant chemicals may heal stress and inflammation in the brain.
Though not yet verified. Research is still on to ascertain if moringa can be used for any if the following diseases.
High blood pressure
How Safe is Moringa?
Generally, it is good to eat the leaves like every other edible leaf. Also the pods are good to eat. Research shows that eating the leaf extracts made from powder and water may also be safe. But it is not advisable for pregnant women to eat the bark as this could cause contraction which can in turn lead to miscarriage.
You can buy it as a powder though. There is no specific dose as regulated by any government agency. It advisable to use as a vegetable like every other edible leave.
There are also some companies that sell supplements made from moringa. One of them is Zija. But I advise that pregnant or breast feeding mothers consult their doctors before taking it.