The health rewards of Moringa include respite from stomach disorders, allergies and edema. The antioxidant strength of Moringa aids in liver protection, diabetes, eye protection, cardiovascular health, bone health, uroliathiasis, wound healing, healthy hair and skin. The antibacterial and antifungal properties of Moringa assist to fight various infections, including herpes.
Moringa is abundant in phytonutrients, which are effective for preventing various health conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, bronchial asthma, sickle cell disease, nephrotoxicity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anemia, and obesity, as well as helping to build a strong immune system.
Moringa – The “Miracle Tree”
Moringa oleifera, generally known as drumstick tree, is a sought after and versatile plant which belongs to the Moringaceae family. Moringa is a fast growing, deciduous tree that is indigenous to India and is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all over Asia, Africa and South America. It is widely known with many other names, including Horseradish tree and Ben oil tree.
Although modern science has only recently discovered its value, Moringa has been imparting a multitude of benefits across various cultures since ancient times. Moringa was valued by the Romans, Egyptians and Greeks for its medicinal influence on a range of ailments. Today, usage of Moringa has been encouraged by various humanitarian organizations to combat malnutrition and its effects in poverty-stricken regions, mainly due to its economic viability and rapid growth.
The Moringa tree has thick, whitish bark with droopy, fragile branches and long, green, oval-shaped leaflets. In Ayurvedic therapy, moringa is valued for its impressive selection of therapeutic uses, commonly associated with its antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties. In some areas, it is simply known as ‘shigru’.
Moringa: Nutritional Profile
Moringa leaves and Moringa pods are a nutritional powerhouse and supply a great range and quantity of essential proteins, minerals and vitamins. Moringa is a rich source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It also boasts a great deal of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6, folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). The mineral wealth of Moringa includes calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. It contains surprisingly low amount of fats and offers no harmful cholesterol.
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