The Moringa Tree is sometimes referred to as the ‘miracle tree’ and its no surprise why.
This South Asian tree has been used in traditional medicine for centuries for its ability to sure hundreds of diseases.
The small round leaves of the plant are full of protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C and potassium. The plant is quick to grow and so is always in plentiful supply.
6 reasons why the Moringa tree is considered a ‘superfood’
- The high quality and quantity of nutrients found in the leaves of the Moringa tree are incredibly special. 100g of dried moringa leaf contains
- 9 times the protein of yogurt
- 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 17 times the calcium of milk
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 25 times the iron of spinach
2. The high level of antioxidants in the Moringa leaf make it special. The Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention notes
“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.
Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”
3. The moringa tree could be helpful in treating diabetes as it is known to lower blood sugar levels die to presence of isothiocyanates. One study saw women who took seven grams of moringa leaf powder daily for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent.
4. The moringa tree is known to have great anti-inflammatory properties. The Epoch Times notes
“The tree’s strong anti-inflammatory action is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. Moringa oil (sometimes called Ben oil) has been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation. The oil is unique in that, unlike most vegetable oils, moringa resists rancidity.
This quality makes it a good preservative for foods that can spoil quickly. This sweet oil is used for both frying or in a salad dressing. It is also used topically to treat antifungal problems, arthritis, and is an excellent skin moisturizer.”
5. Moringa can be used to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels, even rivalling cholesterol drugs. From the Journal of Ethnopharmacology,
“… In hypercholesterol-fed rabbits, at 12 weeks of treatment, it significantly (P<0.05) lowered the cholesterol levels and reduced the atherosclerotic plaque formation to about 50 and 86%, respectively. These effects were at degrees comparable to those of simvastatin.
… The results indicate that this plant possesses antioxidant, hypolipidaemic, and antiatherosclerotic activities, and has therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.”
6. The leaves of the moringa plant may even be used to protect against arsenic toxicity. This magical property migh come in handy due to the rising number of common foods found to be contaminated with arsenic poisin. One study noted
“Co-administration of M. oleifera [moringa] seed powder (250 and 500 mg/kg, orally) with arsenic significantly increased the activities of SOD [superoxide dismutase], catalase, and GPx with elevation in reduced GSH level in tissues (liver, kidney, and brain)”.
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