- Moringa leaves are loaded with plenty of nutrients
- These are also a non-dairy source of calcium
- Moringa leaves can help control blood sugar levels
Ever heard of moringa? Well, Moringa comes from the Moringa oleifera plant, often called the drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or miracle tree. Moringa, is one of those "new" foods, that is becoming more and more popular in the everyday diet. 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.
Further, moringa is a medicinal powerhouse that possesses antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. Also, because each and every part of the moringa plant has its own unique and useful properties it has been used for various health benefits.
So, let's jump into the various health benefits that moringa offers:
1. Boosts energy levels
Moringa is said to increase energy levels of the body, giving relief from tiredness and fatigue. Moringa leaves being rich in iron help in reducing weakness and drowsiness.
2. Boosts immunity
Moringa leaves are loaded with strong immune boosting phytonutrients that strengthens the immune system and enables it to fight off infections. Together, they contain vitamin A, C and iron that support a healthy and active immune system.
3. 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.
4. 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.
5. Takes care of your heart
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.
6. Good for stomach
Moringa leaves are beneficial against digestive disorders. Those suffering from constipation, bloating, gas, gastritis and ulcerative colitis should add moringa leaves to their diet.
7. Improves bone health
Moringa leaves are rich sources of calcium and phosphorus, which are needed for good bone health. Since moringa leaves have an anti-inflammatory nature, they help prevent arthritis and fight against osteoporosis, keeping your bones strong.
How to use moringa leaves
As moringa powder - Moringa leaves are dried and grounded in powder form or as supplements. Add the powdered moringa to your smoothies, soups, or use it as a tea.
As moringa oil - As an essential oil, moringa has benefits for moisturizing and cleansing the skin, along with as a moisturizing hair treatment
As moringa juice - Fresh leaves of moringa are crushed and then the juice is extracted for use.
With its unique taste, rich in various nutrients, moringa has many benefits and applications and can be used in many delicious recipes. Thus, adding moringa to your products will enrich nutrition and contribute to healthy lifestyle.
(Nmami Agarwal is a Delhi-based nutritionist at Nmamilife)
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