10 HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA

December 14, 2017

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Never heard of moringa before? Although this plant was initially discovered for its beneficial properties thousands of years ago, only recently it has become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market.

In fact, the National Institute of Health acknowledged that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.” (1)

To date, over 1,300 studies, articles and reports have focused on moringa benefits and this plant’s healing abilities that are important in parts of the world that are especially susceptible to disease outbreak and nutritional deficiencies.

When it comes to moringa benefits, there are almost too many to count! Moringa Oleifera, to use its scientific name, is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world.  

1. REDUCTION OF TIREDNESS & FATIGUE

At any given time, 1 in 5 people feel unusually tired, and 1 in 10 have prolonged fatigue, according to the Royal College of Psychiatrists in the UK.

A single serving of Moringa (10g or 2-3 teaspoons) provides:

  • Iron: 32.2% of your daily requirement (NRV)
  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV

Iron is essential for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue in the body, and vitamin A supports the metabolism of iron ensuring a greater uptake. Adding moringa to your daily routine is an effective, natural way to prevent tiredness and fatigue.

The rich iron content of moringa powder also makes it ideal for vegan, vegetarians and those suffering from anemia.

2. SKIN

Moringa has been heralded by Vogue magazine as “redefining beauty from within.”

It is jam-packed with skin-loving vitamins including:

  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV
  • Vitamin E: 16.9% of NRV

Vitamin A is essential for healthy, radiant skin and vitamin E protects cells from oxidative stress helping fight the signs of aging.

Moringa also has one of the highest antioxidant contents of any food. With an ORAC value of 157,000, it has 6x the antioxidants of goji berries and comparable levels of the antioxidant powerhouse matcha.

Antioxidants are essential for protecting, repairing and preventing cell damage, minimising the aging process of the skin in the long-term. They help counteract oxidative stress and the effects of free radicals. Free radicals are unstable molecules that damage collagen causing skin dryness, fine lines, wrinkles and premature aging.

3. IMMUNITY

One of the best moringa benefits is its super immune-boosting powers. Maintaining a healthy immune system is essential for helping our bodies stave off infections and illnesses. Moringa Oleifera leaves are an extremely rich source of:

  • Iron: 32.2% of NRV
  • Vitamin A: 18.9% of NRV

Both of which are essential for the normal function of the immune system.

4. MUSCLE GROWTH

Moringa oleifera leaves are almost 25% protein, which is unusually high for a plant. Moringa contains 9 essential amino acids making it a complete source of protein, supporting the growth and maintenance of muscle mass. The high protein content of moringa makes it particularly beneficial for vegans and vegetarians who can struggle to get a sufficient protein supply.

5. ANTI-STRESS

A 2010 study in the Research Journal of Pharmacology and Pharmacodynamics confirmed that the leaves of the moringa tree are a powerful, natural adaptogen. Never heard of them? Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. Used for centuries in Ayurvedic and Chinese medicine, they help reduce stress and improve attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. Studies indicate that adaptogens not only help the body to cope with stress but can enhance general health and performance.

6. DIGESTION

Moringa powder is a rich source of calcium (24.7% NRV) which contributes to the normal function of digestive enzymes.

It also contains 24% fiber which can help support a healthy digestive system and bowel regularity. Fibre can also be helpful for weight management as it helps you feel fuller for longer and supports a healthy metabolism.  

7. ENERGY RELEASE

Moringa is a rich source of iron (32.2% NRV) and calcium (24.7% NRV), both of which support energy-yielding metabolism.

8. VISION

Having healthy eyes and normal vision is something that can often be taken for granted but requires the right nutrition in order to maintain normal function. Moringa is a source of vitamin A (18.9% NRV per serving) which contributes to normal vision.  

9. GOOD FOR PREGNANT WOMEN AND LACTATING MOTHERS:

It is particularly beneficial for pregnant and breastfeeding women who are at the risk of suffering from nutritional deficiencies. Around 6 spoons of moringa powder satisfy nearly all of a woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.

10. BONES

Maintaining strong and healthy bones is an important component of overall health. Moringa oleifera leaves are a rich source of vitamin K (158.7% NRV), protein (25%) and calcium (24.7% NRV) all of which support normal bones.

I don’t know about you, but I’ve already included Moringa in my daily diet.

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