Native to tropical and subtropical areas, the moringa oleifera plant is known for a variety of medicinal purposes. Also referred to as the ben oil tree, moringa has amazing nutritional benefits. It's an excellent source of nutrients, such as vitamins, minerals, amino acids, protein, beta-carotene and a number if phenolics. Below are 10 health and wellness benefits you can expect from moringa oleifera.
Inflammation has been linked to the development of chronic health conditions and premature aging. Studies have shown that the moringa plant offers anti-inflammatory benefits comparable to pharmaceutical drugs— without the harsh side effects. It's inflammation-fighting properties stem from antioxidant compounds like beta-carotene, quercetin, Vitamin C, and chlorogenic acid.
You can expect cardiovascular benefits from consuming the antioxidant-rich moringa plant. The plant’s medicinal value includes lowering blood cholesterol levels in those with high cholesterol. As a result, the plant reduces one’s risk of heart disease.
The same properties of moringa that benefit heart health help clot blood faster and expedite the healing time for wounds. Moringa also enhances the healing of burns, warts, and gum disease.
The leaves, flowers, and seeds of the moringa plant are rich in antioxidant polyphenols, flavonoids, and ascorbic acid, which scavenge free radical compounds that damage DNA. This helps cells throughout the body maintain health and function as they should, preventing chronic disease, inflammation and premature aging.
Nutrient-packed moringa has antimicrobial, antibacterial, and antifungal infection-fighting properties that can help alleviate symptoms associated with Salmonella, Rhizopus, and E. coli. Its antifungal abilities also ease athlete's foot. It has also been linked to reductions in skin, blood, and urinary tract infections.
The antioxidant compounds in moringa— like caffeoylquinic acid, quercetin, zeatin and kaempferol— have been shown to improve hormonal imbalances that occur naturally with age. Post-menopausal women who regularly ingest moringa have higher antioxidant levels and less oxidative stress, which may reduce their risk of age-related complications and disease.
Moringa is an excellent source of B-vitamins that promote healthy digestion and regularity. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of moringa support healthy gut flora. It may also help treat gastrointestinal conditions such as gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
Those with diabetes can use moringa medicinally to help control blood glucose levels. The chlorogenic acid found in moringa enhances cells’ ability to absorb or release sugar more effectively. Furthermore, isothiocyanate compounds in moringa may actually offer protective benefits, reducing one’s risk of diabetes.
Moringa delivers crucial protein and amino acids (the building blocks of protein) that support the structure and health of skin. It's antioxidant supply prevents free radical damage that prematurely ages the skin— factors that often lead to dry, weak skin prone to wrinkles, tears, and infection.
Moringa has high levels of antioxidants as well as neuroprotective properties that minimize cognitive decline and promote overall brain function. It also helps regulate brain chemicals called neurotransmitters that are instrumental in enhancing memory and reducing mood problems like anxiety and depression.
Moringa powder can be added to your smoothies or green juices. It can also be consumed in capsule form. Moringa tea is another convenient way to reap its many benefits.
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