What is moringa powder?
Moringa is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years and is known by over 100 names across languages from all around the world. This easy-to-grow tropical plant species is native to the Himalayan mountains and parts of India and Africa. Super rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds, moringa pods (also known as drumsticks) are usually cooked in stews and curries such as ‘drumstick sambar’. They can also be dried and ground down into a powder creating a superfood supplement that can be taken in capsules or organically sprinkled in smoothies, teas or meals.
Over 1,000 studies have been conducted around the many health benefits of moringa and apart from its super high antioxidant content, moringa is also an excellent source of plant protein. It contains double the amount of protein found in cow’s yoghurt, four times the amount of vitamin A found in carrots, four times the amount of calcium found in cow’s milk, three times the amount of potassium found in bananas and seven times the amount of vitamin C found in oranges. For these reasons moringa leaf has many health benefits and medical health benefits, and has been used throughout the world to treat a widespread of conditions.
Moringa oleifera benefits to human health
• Thyroid disorders
• Low sex drive
• Kidney stones
• Fluid retention
• Constipation and stomach pains
• Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infections
*Please note: although some people claim that moringa has helped with the above health issues, there is no scientific proof.
What moringa is good for?
1. Balances hormones and slows the effects of ageing
Moringa leaves hold many health benefits for women as they are high in several anti-ageing compounds that lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation including polyphenols, vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin and chlorogenic acid. These are associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases like stomach, lung or colon cancer, diabetes, hypertension and age-related eye disorders – helping to boost the immune system.
2. Helps improve digestion
High in anti-inflammatories, antibacterials and antifungals, moringa can be helpful in easing stomach ulcers, kidney damage, liver disease, fungal or yeast infections such as candida and other digestive complaints.
3. Stabilises moods and helps brain health
Neuron degeneration is usually caused by oxidation and moringa’s high content of vitamin E and C fight this, helping to keep your brain functioning at its optimum. Specific neurotransmitters such as serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline play a key role in memory, mood, organ function, responses to stimulus such as stress and pleasure, mental health and depression – moringa helps to normalise these. You can start to include moringa in your diet by taking a supplement like the Moringa Oleifera Drumstick Capsule.
4. Balances blood sugar levels
Moringa contains a type of acid called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and allow cells to take up or release glucose, or sugar, as needed. This gives moringa natural antidiabetic and hormone-balancing properties. Aside from chlorogenic acid, compounds called isothiocyanates that are present in moringa have also been tied to natural protection against diabetes.
You can buy a powder version and add to smoothies, teas, soups or stews, like this Aduna Organic Moringa Superleaf Powder, which is one of the best moringa products.
5. Protects and nourishes the skin
Due to moringa's antibacterial and anti-fungal properties, moringa helps to fight infections, especially types of fungi that cause infections on skin, and strains of bacteria responsible for blood and urinary tract infections and digestive problems that can also exacerbate skin issues such as acne, inflammation and rashes.
6. Super high in antioxidant and anti-inflammatory compounds
Most pain in the body is due to inflammation. Inflammation is necessary as part of the healing process but excess inflammation from a poor diet, a diet high in pro inflammatory foods and stress can cause joint pain, muscular pain, body aches and pains, headaches, skin flare ups and more. Moringa leaf concentrate helps to reduce inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body.
Visit your local health food store or pharmacy today and start to reap the amazing health and holistic benefits of moringa!
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