Moringa oleifera is native to India and Nepal, it is also known as “drumstick tree,” “miracle tree,” and “tree of life”. It is also called as survival food since it contains all the nutritional elements such as protein, calcium, impressive 8 of the 9 essential amino acids, iron, Vitamin C and A minerals and more.
Every part of the plant can be put to some use. The leaves, flowers and roots of the drumstick or moringa tree are all edible. The seeds are used to extract oil while the flowers can be cooked and eaten. The most amazing thing about moringa is that every part of the tree offers great health benefits as they are full of essential nutrients and antioxidants. Therefore, it is rightly called ‘miracle moringa’. The moringa powder is extracted from the leaves that are sun-dried, crushed and finally ground. Interestingly, the moringa leaves contain three times more iron than spinach. They are also very rich in Vitamin A.
Moringa can be consumed for “tired blood” (anemia), arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism), asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, diarrhea, seizures, stomach pain, stomach and intestinal ulcers, intestinal spasms, headache, heart problems, high blood pressure, kidney stones, symptoms of menopause, thyroid disorders, and infections.
Moringa can be applied externally i.e. directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also applied to the skin for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.
Some of the many uses of moringa are as follows-
- Acts as a source of plant-based protein – Whether you’re a vegetarian or just trying to cut down on meat, it’s not always easy finding convenient plant-based protein. Sure, there are lentils and tempeh, but sometimes you just want a quick, no-cook add-in to sprinkle on smoothie bowls or add to soup. That’s where moringa comes in. Powders made from its crushed leaves are packed with protein—3 grams of protein per tablespoon, in fact—and have a leg up on legumes because they contain all the essential amino acids, necessary for muscle repair, energy production, and mood regulation.
- Asthma- Moringa can reduce the severity of asthma symptoms and improves lung function in adults with mild to moderate asthma.
- Malnutrition- Moringa helps in improvement of weight issues in malnourished children.
- Reduces blood sugar levels- Moringa helps control blood glucose levels, which can reduce the risk of diabetes. Moreover, moringa contains a pigment known as chlorogenic acid which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels post meals.
- Helps fight inflammation- Inflammation is how a body naturally responds to pain and injury but uncontrolled inflammation is bad for you. Moringa is a powerful anti-inflammatory agent and helps in soothing inflammation in the body by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and boosting production of anti-inflammatory cytokines.
- Fights insomnia- Moringa contains amino acid tryptophan that is required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and the sleep cycle regulating hormone melatonin. Being rich in protein, it acts as a great mood boosters by stimulating the feel good hormones in the body.
- Cardiovascular Disease – Extracts of the moringa leaf may help lower cholesterol and improve heart health. Moringa leaves protect the heart and support cardiovascular system by bringing down the bad cholesterol levels, which can block the blood vessels thereby causing heart attack.
- Flushes out toxins- Moringa powder helps in the faster elimination of toxins from your body and supports your liver in doing so. It makes your body more resistant to toxins while the antioxidants help in fighting free radicals to keep your system clean.
- It may improve digestion.- Moringa leaf powder contains about 30% fiber, most of it insoluble, something you not only need for digestion but that may also reduce your risk of disease. Moringa is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial and may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens that can cause digestive upset. Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to help with digestive disorders, like colitis; plus, a recent study in mice found that it may improve gut bacteria.
- Good for skin and hair- Moringa leaves are full of Vitamin A which helps in supporting supple skin. It is also a great source of all the essential amino acids that help in the formation of keratin protein needed for longer and thicker hair. With a considerable amount of antioxidants, moringa powder also possesses anti-ageing properties.