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What Is Moringa? The health benefits of Moringa Oleifera

What is Moringa Oleifera?

The benefits of Moringa Oleifera have been known for thousands of years, it was highly prized by the Greeks, Romans and Egyptians and is now once again being rediscovered by modern science.

So what is this mysterious magical so-called Miracle tree?

Moringa Oleifera is a tree that is native to India but is now being cultivated in Africa, South America and Asia.

Part of the Moringacceae family, the Moringa Oleifera is also known as the Drumstick tree or Horse Radish tree and is highly valued and versatile. Ayurvedic therapy uses it for its range of therapeutic uses such as antifungal, antiviral, and anti inflammatory properties.

The ground dried long green oval-shaped leaves of this plant are a storehouse of nourishment and as an example they can be cooked like spinach or dried for use in soups.

Moringa benefits and facts

Moringa, now viewed as a Superfood is packed full of nutrients and medicinal chemicals; it is rich in vitamins A and C, protein, calcium, iron and potassium and also contains powerful antioxidants, phytonutrients, and 8 essential amino acids, a powerhouse of nutrition.

The leaves are the best part of the plant but various parts of the plant are edible, the pods can be cooked or eaten like nuts, the seeds can be pressed for oil, the roots are edible and can be diced up for use as a sauce and the flowers of the tree are like mushrooms.

Moringa contains…

  • Potassium, seven times more than bananas
  • Calcium, four times more than milk
  • Protein, two times more than milk
  • Vitamin A, four times more than carrots
  • Vitamin C, seven times more than oranges
  • Iron, twenty five times more than spinach
  • B3, fifty times more than peanuts
  • Magnesium, thirty six times more that eggs
  • Vitamin B2, fifty times more that bananas

On top of the nutritional benefits, Moringa also contains all the essential amino acids for the development and growth of the body.

Eight of the amino acids naturally contained in the tree are essential to our bodies for survival but cannot be manufactured by us but are supplied through our diet or supplements.

But most multivitamin and calcium supplements available are made using synthetic ingredients so a minimal amount of nutrients are absorbed.

To date there are no known side effects to the use of the leaves from the Moringa tree.

So it would seem that this so called “Miracle” plant would be a great supplement to include in your diet.

Health benefits of Moringa

Whilst the modern scientific community are just starting to examine the benefits of the Moringa tree for physical ailment, the medicinal uses of this plant have been known in myth and folklore by the indigenous people in the areas that the tree is found.

In parts of India and Africa the pods and leaves are regularly eaten.

They believe that the Moringa tree can help with…

The Leaves sold normally as a superfood powder, consumed regularly can boost the immune system, lower your blood pressure also improving your mood and digestion. They have also been used to treat ear and eye infections, fevers, anaemia and bronchitis.

To relieve headaches, treat bladder problems and stomach disorders the oil extracted from the seeds is used. The oil is also used in perfumes. The seeds can be eaten like peas or roasted like nuts or ground into a powder and used for the treatment of insect bites, gout, cramps, boils, arthritis and rheumatism.

For the treatment of urinary problems and as a laxative the flowers are cooked down and the juice is used. Moringa tea is made from the flowers as this contains antioxidants and flavonoids. For a daily dose of these supplements Moringa tea bags are ideal.

The roots and bark are used to relieve kidney pain and cardiac and circulatory problems, digestion and inflammation. The concentration of the Moringa properties are higher so care should be taken when using these parts of the tree as medicine.

According to research there are elements of the Moringa root that can help improve the function of the kidneys, flushing out the calcium and phosphates that cause inflammation and stones.

Other benefits of Moringa include helping with anti-ageing and rejuvenating dull and tired skin. The antioxident’s, vitamin C and nutrients in Moringa help fight free radicle damage and stabilize collagen that causes wrinkles and skin tissue damage. It maintains moisture and softens dry skin, conditioning dry and chapped lips.

The anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties contained in Moringa can treat bruises, sunburn, minor cuts , skin infections and insect bites.

How can you gain from the benefits of Moringa?

All of the above benefits of Moringa have not been proven by scientists but daily consumption of Moringa as part of your diet helps the natural defence system of the body.

As Moringa becomes more in demand, as its reputation spreads beware of low quality products and make sure that the product you purchase is 100% Moringa Oleifera with no added fillers.

There are a huge variety of multi vitamin supplements on the market but Moringa supplements are superior to most. The Moringa capsules purchased should be vegan or vegetarian where possible.

Make sure the Moringa powder you buy is bright green and not brown.

You can currently buy Moringa in these forms Powder, Tea, Oil, Supplements, Soap, Body Creams and Shampoos.

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What is Moringa Oil best for?

Moringa oil is comparable to olive oil in nutritional and antioxidant value. It is clear, odourless and importantly lasts indefinitely, it will not turn rancid like other oils.

Documents show that the Romans knew about the benefits of Moringa oil and used it in their perfumes.

Also the Egyptians had knowledge of the protection properties using it on their skin to shield them from the harsh desert conditions. Tombs have been found with vases of Moringa in them.

Moringa oil and extracts are being used by more and more cosmetic companies due to the trace mineral content that have enormous nourishment and rejuvenation elements for the skin.

The value of Moringa oil is also being recognised by perfume makers as it absorbs and keeps the most unstable of scents, its long shelf life and oleic levels make it a common choice in perfume production.

Hair is also enhanced by using Moringa oil, by moisturizing the scalp with the oil it helps control dandruff and reduces split ends.

Moringa has a high content of Vitamin A so by adding this to your diet the immune system is improved and the development of healthy cells and tissues in the body is promoted, which then encourages hair growth and a reduction of hair loss.

Small amounts of moringa oil in a child’s diet can provide them with valuable nutrients. The ‘Ben oil’ which is an extract of the Moringa seed can be used to soften a baby’s skin.

So is Moringa Oleifera really a miracle tree?

So to sum up the benefits of Moringa are huge with various ways you can get this wonderful plant into your life and we believe it is well worth trying.

The leaves (which can be purchased in powder form) are rich in important nutrients, antioxidant’s, increasing blood antioxidant levels. This can lead to a reduction of blood sugar levels and has anti-inflammatory properties and can possibly lower cholesterol.

The powder is impervious to spoiling, the oil has a long life and is comparable to olive oil for nutritional and antioxidant levels. It has numerous benefits for skin and hair and is valued in the production of everyday cosmetics and skin care.

What more could you ask for from this ‘Miracle Tree’!

If you enjoyed this you may also like to read our article ‘9 Surprising Health Benefits of Green Tea‘ or a wonderful article all about ‘Pu-erh Tea’

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