Moringa Oleifera tree has been considered as one of the most nutritious plants ever discovered with most of its benefits concentrated in its small green leaves. Moringa is called the Miracle Tree for good reason. Moringa oleifera tree has been called the tree of life in many cultures around the world, including Nigeria. It has many names based on its many uses: clarifier tree, horseradish tree and drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) and in East Africa moringa is known as “mother’s best friend”.
Here in the Nigeria, its names include Ewe Igbale in Yoruba, Zogelle in Hasusa and Idagbo monoye in Igbo.
It is estimated that at least 300 diseases can be cured by taking this supplement along with hundreds of other health benefits, thanks to its more than 90 nutrients, 46 different antioxidants, and all eight essential amino acids.
Scientific studies have shown that it contains specific antioxidants and health promoting ingredients that offer palliatives to malnutrition, hunger and diseases.
Moringa is rich in many vitamins, including Vitamin A, several forms of Vitamin B, Vitamin C, Vitamin D and Vitamin E. In fact, it has more of these vitamins than a variety of foods that all claim to be excellent sources of them, such as carrots, oranges and milk. These vitamins provide a number of recognized health benefits. Moringa leaves have a few specific benefits that must be touched on as well. Protein is a vital nutrient found in the leaves of this tree.
There is twice as much calcium in Moringa leaves than in milk. Iron is found in large quantities in Moringa leaves as well. In fact, there is three times as much iron in this plant than in spinach.
Along with these specific nutrients, the leaves can be consumed to stimulate your metabolism, thus aiding in weight loss. This is possible because Moringa provides energy without sugar. The leaves can also be used to beautify your skin, thus they are commonly taken as supplement by women looking for healthier skin.Moringa seeds have a number of benefits specific to them as well.
They contain iron, just like the leaves, and they also contain amino acids along with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. That means if you have minor injuries like bruises, cuts or burns, you will heal faster when you take Moringa supplements.
Along with these specific health benefits, you can even put its seeds in dirty water and they will attract the impurities and make the water drinkable. As far as science is concerned, Moringa is an all time find.
The powder has a ‘spinachy’ taste so is ideal for mixing into smoothies or juices, sprinkling onto salads, adding to soups and fortifying both sweet and savory dishes.
Here’s ten reasons why you need to add moringa to your daily diet.
1. Energy release
Moringa is an excellent source of vitamin B6, calcium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, riboflavin (B2) and a source of thiamine (B1) and niacin (B3), all essential vitamins and minerals that contribute to normal energy-yielding metabolism.
2. Healthy, radiant skin
Moringa is rich in anti-oxidants and skin-loving vitamins A, E, riboflavin (B2), niacin (B3) as well as zinc, promoting healthy, radiant skin.
Moringa also contains almost 25% protein including all nine essential amino acids, which help support the building blocks of proteins required for optimum growth, repair and maintenance of healthy skin cells.
Moringa is also an excellent source of phosphorus, which contributes to the essential functioning of the skin, including the ability to self-repair cells that are damaged by external aggressions.
Moringa also has an exceptional antioxidant profile, with six times the antioxidant content of goji berries and more antioxidants than green tea, blueberries, acai and pomegranates.
The antioxidants, vitamin E, riboflavin and zinc in moringa contribute to the protection of cells from oxidative stress to help battle against ageing.
4. Strong, healthy immune system
Living fast, busy lives is part of modern life, but it can often leave us feeling run down.
Moringa is an excellent source of vitamins A and B6, and a source of iron and zinc – all of which contribute to the normal functioning of the immune system.
5. Reduction of tiredness and fatigue
Moringa is especially high in vitamin A (325% RDA per 100g) and iron (468% RDA per 100g) which support the reduction of tiredness and fatigue.
Vitamin A is needed for normal production of red blood cells and iron contributes to normal formation of red blood cells and haemoglobin, the substance in red blood cells that transports oxygen around the body.
If you don’t have enough iron, your body has to work harder to get the energy it needs, which can leave you feeling tired. The high iron content also makes moringa ideal for vegans, vegetarians, fighting fatigue and iron-deficiencies
6. Growth and maintenance of muscle mass
Regular exercise is an important part of maintaining a healthy lifestyle and we need to make sure that we give our bodies the right nutrients to both prepare and recover.
Moringa is an excellent source of calcium, magnesium, potassium and zinc. It is also high in fibre and almost 25% plant protein.
Calcium, magnesium and potassium contribute to normal muscle function and protein contributes to growth in muscle mass.
Moringa is an excellent source of vitamin B6, magnesium and potassium and a source of niathin (B3) and thiamin (B1) – essential nutrients that contribute to the normal functioning of the nervous system.
8. Healthy nails and hair
Moringa is a source of zinc which contributes to the maintenance of normal nails and hair.
Our modern day, fast paced, often unhealthy lifestyles place a huge strain on our body, both mentally and physically.
Detoxification is a natural process which allows the body to eliminate environmental and dietary toxins, ensuring that our systems are cleansed, re-energised and able to function at our optimum state.
Moringa is an excellent source of 13 essential vitamins and minerals, including vitamin B6, which help to repair damage and heal the body. A high concentration of minerals helps to speed up the detoxification process by producing energy.
Moringa is high in fibre, which is good for digestive health and helps to promote healthy bacteria in the gut, essential during a cleanse. Vitamin B6 helps the liver to detoxify, which in turn eliminates many environmental toxins.
10. Normal blood pressure
High blood pressure is not usually something you can feel or notice, but according to the NHS, up to 30% of people in England have it.
It’s a condition that is often caused by lifestyle factors and can increase your risk of a heart attack or stroke.
Moringa is an excellent source of riboflavin (B2), vitamin B6, potassium, vitamin K, calcium and iron. Riboflavin and vitamin B6 contribute to the formation and maintenance of normal red blood cells; potassium contributes to the maintenance of normal blood pressure; vitamin K and calcium contribute to normal blood clotting and iron contributes to normal oxygen transport in the body.