The Incredible Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera

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Moringa oleifera or commonly called “the drumstick tree“ is one of the mystical plants that can offer a selection of health benefits. The moringa oleifera has been consumed and used as a remedy around the globe for many years.

It originally grows in Africa, the Himalayan region and parts of South-East Asia. Nonetheless, this plant has recently become a big hit in the USA and Europe because of the variety of health advantages and its nutritional value.

Every Part of Moringa can be Used

With regards to moringa, nothing should be wasted. Every single part of the plant has its uses and applications. Leaves, flowers, seeds, pods, oil and even the roots and bark, have a valuable place in your kitchen and/or medicine cabinet.

Moringa leaves – The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant. They can be eaten as spinach or powdered and put into sauces and soups. They represent an abundant source of vitamins B, C, K, minerals for example magnesium, calcium, iron, potassium) and proteins.

Moringa leaves have anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial properties and have been used in the past to treat diarrhea.

When applied on the skin, the leaves can stimulate healing of wounds and bites, and help resolve some skin conditions. Moringa leaves are exceptionally suitable for the treatment of iron deficiency.

Moringa flowers – Flowers are used in several places around the world in the management of urinary tract infections and the common cold.

Immature seed pods – The immature seed pods or also called “drumsticks“ are a rich source of Vitamin C, potassium, magnesium, manganese and roughage.

Moringa seeds – The seeds have a potent antibiotic effect and are particularly good for fighting Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa infections.

Their seeds are thought to help with cramps, gout, arthritis, rheumatism, STDs and boils.

Moringa seed oil – Edible oil can be obtained from mature seeds, and can be used as a food supplement or as a cosmetic product for your skin and hair. It also has a potential as bio-fuel. Moringa oil can be used for the same ailments as the seeds.

Moringa roots – The taste of the roots is similar horseradish, thus giving the alternate name to this plant as horseradish tree. The roots are loaded with polyphenols and are used as a condiment. However, there is some controversy around the safety of eating moringa root.

The roots and bark contain all the properties in higher concentrations, so more care ought to be taken if they are used as medicines.

Moringa Gum – The gum is a known diuretic and has been noted for its uses in the treatment of asthma.

Why Moringa is a True Superfood

Moringa leaves are filled with minerals, vitamins, essential amino acids, and much more. According to the experts, 100g of dry moringa leaves contain:

15 times the calcium of milk
4 times the potassium of banana
3 times the vitamin A of carrot
12 times the iron of spinach

With moringa’s popularity on the rise, the science on this tree is growing as well. Research brings some promising findings, but more research is necessary to establish the effects and potential uses in medicine.

Below is a list of current researches and known treatments with moringa:

Anti-inflammatory effect
Antioxidant activity
Anti-cancer potential
A role in diabetes prevention
Analgesic activity
Liver protector
Blood pressure and cholesterol levels

Possible Adverse Reactions and Precautions

Pregnant and breastfeeding women should avoid using moringa due to the lack of research on this plant’s safety.

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