Moringa trees (Moringa oleifera) are native to South Asia. These trees have been referred to as miracle trees, due to the nutritious potency of vitamins found in their leaves. They’ve been associated with herbal medicine for centuries, and the benefits of its leaves are well known to those in its native area, but are just becoming popular here in North America. We’re huge fans of moringa leaves, and the health benefits are seriously endless. Here are just some of the reasons why we’re showing this little leaf lots of love:
1) Antioxidants for days
Moringa leaves contain massive amounts of antioxidants like vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. These plant based nutrients can help lower blood pressure, moderate blood sugar levels, maintain healthy skin, and help keep your immune system strong. One study found that after giving women 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf daily for three months, their blood antioxidant levels greatly increased.
2) Nutritional powerhouse
Moringa leaves have literally endless amounts of nutrients! Don’t believe us? 100 grams of dry moringa leaves will give you the following:
- 3.5 times the calcium of cow’s milk
- 9 times the protein of yogurt
- 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 25 times the iron of spinach
3) Goodbye inflammation
Moringa is a stronger ant-inflammatory than turmeric! Inflammation is your body’s way of naturally protecting itself from injury or illness. But extended irregular inflammation is believed to be associated with chronic diseases. This is where moringa comes in. Moringa contains over 15 anti-inflammatory and pain relieving nutrients.This information along with various tests and studies have lead researchers to believe it’s anti inflammatory properties (isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acid) help reduce inflammation more so than popular prescription drugs like Indocin (indomethacin).
4) Major perks for breastfeeding moms
Mothers looking to increase their breast milk production in a safe and natural way should think about moringa. A study on the use of moringa for the increased volume of breast milk among mothers of preterm infants was conveyed. The end result found those who ingested 250mg of the plant’s leaves twice a day, had increased milk production on day 5 of the study, and by a staggering 152 to 176 percent. Due to these results, it should come as no surprise that moringa leaf tea is used specifically by midwives to increase breast milk production in lactating mothers.
5) Counteract your cholesterol
Most people are aware of bad cholesterol (LDL) and how it contributes to plaque that can lead to clogging your arteries. Moringa can actually help reverse this effect. A study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2000 revealed much lower levels of bad cholesterol in laboratory rats when moringa was added to their normal daily diet. Something interesting about their findings was both rats with high fat diets, and normal healthy diets showed massive improvements in their cholesterol levels. It’s now become fact among many scientists and medical professionals that moringa can offer your body a significant defence against bad cholesterol in your bloodstream.
They should really call it more-inga as in I’m going to be adding more moringa to my diet.
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