Moringa is a leafy green plant with quite a history. Native to India but widely cultivated in Asia, Africa and South America. Moringa has been used for in ancient Ayurvedic medicine as an antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory. Used in the east for centuries to treat diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease, skin and digestive disorders. Moringa has been used by humanitarian agencies to combat malnutrition and has been coined the ‘miracle tree’ on recent times.
Moringa is highly nutritious containing essential proteins, vitamins, minerals and essential amino acids. It is also packed full of a large number of very useful antioxidants. What does this all mean for you? We have explored some of the more common and lesser known benefits as shown through scientific study of this superfood supplement.
Moringa is a great source of nutrition. Containing vitamins, A, B1, B2, B3, B6, folate, vitamin C, calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, zinc and phosphorous. Moringa contains all the essential amino acids needed for human protein synthesis in making it an ideal plant supplement for vegans and vegetarians. If you want to ensure you are feeding your body everything it needs, Moringa is a great choice.
Moringa has 46 antioxidants so little wonder that a study found Moringa to be highly effective in fighting oxidative stress in the body. Its antioxidants prevent cell damage caused by free radical’s present in the body that cause inflammation, ageing and the onset of disease. The leaves in particular have higher anti-inflammatory properties, mopping up more free radicals and preventing lipid, protein and DNA oxidation.
Moringa has 36 natural anti-inflammatory agents. It has been used in ancient medicine as a treatment for rheumatism and arthritis and a study found it to be highly effective in treating acute inflammatory conditions. Keeping general inflammation at bay is good for general disease prevention and a study found it effective in alleviating low grade inflammation associated with chronic diseases.
Moringa has an ORAC score of 157,000 comparable to Matcha green tea. These antioxidants coupled with Vitamin A and E make Moringa great support skin support.
Mood & Stress
Moringa works to normalize the neurotransmitters serotonin and dopamine in the brain that supports our response to stress and has been proven to maintain mental health issues such as depression.
The iron and Vitamin C in Moringa supports the immune system.
Moringa has a concentration of polyphenols in its leaves that protect against liver damage and toxicity.
The fibre and calcium in Moringa supports the digestive system and contributes to bowel health.
Looking for an energy boost? The iron and Vitamin A in Moringa works to reduce tiredness and fatigue. If you want to feel less tired, it’s a great supplement to take.
If you suffer from diabetes moringa can really help to control the symptoms. A study showed that the leaves of the moringa plant could be used to control blood glucose and lipid concentration and prevent hyperglycaemia and hyperlipidaemia. It could also protect against oxidative stress in diabetes patients.