THE MAGIC OF MORINGA LEAVES: BENEFITS AND USES

October 24, 2019 0 Comments

THE MAGIC OF MORINGA LEAVES: BENEFITS AND USES

The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) is native to the Himalayas in northwestern India. The plant has been used in cooking and herbal medicine for over 5,000 years. Also known as the “Miracle Tree” or “Wonder Tree” almost all parts of the plant, from the bark, seeds, and root to the leaves and flowers, have a great nutritional value. In fact, Moringa was awarded “plant of the year” by the National Institutes of Health in 2008.

Moringa Leaves

A close look at Moringa Leaves

Moringa powder made from the leaves is the most commonly available form of the plant. Besides being a complete protein this powder has over 90 nutrients all eight essential amino acids, vitamins such as B6, A, C, and B2 and essential nutrients such as potassium, magnesium, and iron. In fact, it is more nutritious than kale which is said to be a nutritional powerhouse. Moringa has 2x more protein, 4x more iron, 3x more calcium, and 2x more fiber than kale. 

In comparison to some of your favorite sources of vitamins and minerals, Moringa is known to have:

Moringa Benefits of Moringa Infographic
  • 17x as much calcium as milk
  • 7x times as much vitamin C as oranges
  • 15x as much potassium as bananas
  • 7x as much B2 as yeast
  • 6x as much polyphenols as red wine
  • 4.5x as much folic acid as beef liver
  • 4.5x as much vitamin E as wheat seedlings
  • 4x as much vitamin A and 2.5x times as much carotene as carrots.

Moringa is known by many names because of its versatility and usefulness. It is commonly called as the drumstick tree because of its slender and long pods, the Miracle Tree in some areas because it's been known to be effective in treating about 300 conditions, it is also called the horseradish tree because the roots have been ground and used as a condiment in moderation, the same way we use horseradish.

The Moringa leaves also have highly sought-after antioxidant properties.

 If you add a full tablespoon of Moringa oleifera powder to an infants food thrice in a day, he/she will have taken 25g of Moringa which when broken down contains :

 

Nutrient

Percentage(25 grams)

Protein

42%

Calcium

125%

Magnesium

61%

Potassium

41%

Iron

71%

Vitamin A

272%

Vitamin C

22%

 

Pregnancy and breast-feeding periods are when women are likely to suffer certain nutritional deficiencies. Six tablespoons of Moringa leaf powder per day will give her body the following nutrients in terms of RDA:

Nutrient

Percentage(Six tablespoons)

Protein

21%

Calcium

84%

Magnesium

54%

Potassium

22%

Iron

94%

Vitamin A

143%

Vitamin C

9%

 

In addition to its nutritional and medicinal properties, it is an incredibly resilient plant. It grows despite poor soil and drought, and it can even improve the health of the surrounding ecosystem. All parts of the tree are edible, and it can be grown in the climates of countries around the world where food is scarce to fight world hunger and malnourishment. 

Moringa is currently being used in feeding programs in India and Africa because it can be grown easily and cheaply. The young seed pods, also called “drumsticks,” can be prepared similar to green beans. The seeds themselves can be extracted and cooked like nuts. The leaves can be cooked similar to spinach or dried and used as a condiment. No matter what form the tree is in, it is edible and retains its nutritional composition of vitamins and minerals.

Benefits of Moringa Leaves 

Moringa Leave Powder

    • It Helps to Build Muscles

    Moringa is a great muscle builder because it contains 30% of vegetable protein and 21 amino acids. It has a very high percentage of protein for a plant. It is this protein that helps to build muscles in the body and maintain body mass.

    • It Helps to Boost Immunity 

    If you've ever wrapped yourself under a big blanket but wanted something that will quickly warm you up from the inside out, then a cup of Moringa Leaf Tea will do the job. 

    Moringa is an excellent immunity booster and filled with deep nutrition. It contains 7x more vitamin C than oranges so it’s what you need to supercharge your body to boost immunity. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells to counter the spread of the cold.

  1. It Helps in Fighting against Bacteria

  2. Moringa leaves contain a wide of antioxidants and other properties that help in fighting bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli, and others.

  3. It can Increase Blood Antioxidant Levels

  4. Moringa contains antioxidants such as quercetin and chlorogenic acid which may help increase the antioxidant levels in the blood.

  5. It may lower Blood Sugar Levels

  6. There's no need to be alarmed or scared if your blood sugar levels are high when moringa may help reduce the level and return it to normal.

    Research carried with six people showed that adding 50 grams of moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21%.


  7. It Helps to Improve Bone Health

  8. Moringa extracts are good for bones because it contains essential minerals like calcium and phosphorus. It also promotes bone density. 


  9. It may Support Kidney Function

  10. Moringa extracts help to protect the kidney against problems that may be caused by toxins. It helps to remove heavy metals and harmful toxins from the body.

    Where Can You Get Moringa Leaf Powder?


    A good place to get Moringa Leaf Products is Herbal Goodness. Our products are non-genetically modified and FDA  approved, so you can be sure you are getting the best.


    HOW TO MAKE MORINGA  LEAF TEA

    INGREDIENTS

    METHOD

    • Boil water to your preferred temperature
    • Crush garlic cloves with a pestle
    • Pour the hot water into a cup and place a teabag of Herbal Goodness Moringa Tea. Leave for 5 mins
    • Add crushed garlic to the tea, stir and serve




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