Everything you need to know about Moringa

Everything you need to know about Moringa

Everything you need to know about Moringa

Moringa oleifera is an indegenous tree native to the foothills of Himalaya in northwestern India, and it has been praised and recognised for its numerous health benefits for thousands of years by people all over the world.  This plant is popularly known as “Drumstick Tree” in India. Although this superfood  plant is native to India, many Indians aren’t aware of its uses and benefits. Moreover people are used to consuming only the fruits and seeds,  neglecting the most valuable part of the plant. If you have only been eating the fruits all this while, then you are missing out on the numerous health benefits the leaves have to offer. Although the plant as a whole is medicinal and nutrient-filled; the leaves, the root, bark, flowers, and fruits/ seeds, but the leaves are the most nutritious part. 

Studies have shown that Moringa leaves are nutrient-filled. They are rich in vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, anti-inflammatory compounds, polyphenol compounds, carotenoids,  β-carotene alkaloids, and so on [1]. Due to the presence of these powerful phytochemicals and numerous nutrients, Moringa oleifera leaves are beneficial in the prevention and management of chronic conditions such as high blood pressure, diabetes, insulin resistance, hypercholesterolemia, inflammation, cancer, non-alcoholic liver disease, and much more [1]. Additionally Moringa oleifera also aids in weight loss, protects the liver against damage, protects the cardiovascular system, treats stomach disorders such as gastritis and constipation, improves eye health, promotes hair growth, increases stamina and boosts immune function and these make up some benefits among hundreds of others. It also contains a high amount of natural neurotransmitter called Zeatin. Zeatin helps in the proper distribution of vitamins, minerals, amino acids, fat and oils, antioxidants, and it also has the potential to slow down the aging process [2]. 

Nowadays, our diets are substantially low in essential vitamins, minerals, protein, and antioxidants needed for optimal body function, rather they are high in carbs, and unhealthy fats which are mostly responsible for chronic diseases. Now, the good news is that Moringa leaves can be an important source of many micro and macro nutrients needed for proper functioning of the body and in the prevention of oxidative free radical cell damage which is the main cause of various diseases.

One of the amazing things you need to know about Moringa leaves is the fact that it does not lose its nutritional value when processed. Most vegetables lose some of their nutrients upon cooking or processing, but this is not so with Moringa leaves. Study has revealed that whether fresh, cooked or in the form of dried powder stored for several months without refrigerating, Moringa leaves never lose their nutritional value [3]. It has also been shown that the powdered leaf contains three times more bioavailable iron than the raw leaves. Isn’t that an amazing thing?

Do you also know that Moringa leaf powder has been reported to have a higher content of nutrients compared to those found in any individual food? On an average 100 grams of fresh leaves yields only 8-12 grams of powder. According to research, 100 grams of Moringa leaf powder contain 10 times the vitamin A of carrot, 12 times the vitamin C of oranges, 17 times the calcium of milk, 15 times the potassium of banana, 25 times the iron of spinach and 9 times the protein of yoghurt [4]. This is so incredible, what more can you ask for? 

It is rare for a plant to contain so many essential nutrients in such high quantities in addition to the phytochemicals present. So it won’t be an overstatement if I say Moringa Oleifera is “The Miracle Tree” and its leaf powder is “The Miracle Powder.” Do you now see that even though you consume fresh fruits and veggies daily, it’s not enough? You still need to add this miracle powder into your diet everyday and anytime to make it wholesome. Now that you know about the wonders of Moringa leaf powder, the next question should be how can I get an organic pure Moringa leaf powder, free from gluten, additives or preservatives? I have got you covered. KVSUPERFOODS MORINGA LEAF POWDER is a pure Moringa leaf powder, a healthy choice for you and your family. 

So the next question should be how many grams can you consume and is it safe to take it every day? Moringa is safe to use on a daily basis, but it also depends on your body chemistry. So we advise you to start with 2-3 grams which is equivalent to 1 teaspoon per day for a week, then watch how your body reacts to it. So once your body has started adjusting to it, you can increase the grams you take gradually.  When managing chronic conditions such as diabetes, obesity, inflammation or gastrointestinal disorders, it’s advisable to consume Moringa leaf powder regularly.

Studies report no adverse or negative effect in humans who consumed 8 grams of Moringa leaf powder everyday for 28 days or for people who consumed 50 grams of Moringa leaf powder as a single dose [5].

Moringa leaf powder is a fine powder that has a neutral or slightly bitter taste, it has a fibrous texture and earthy unique aroma which is hard to mistake for anything else. Don’t be disappointed if it doesn’t dissolve right away in water because that’s how the real moringa powder is supposed to be. Although it blends better in warm water than cold, both methods are fine as the real magic happens when it goes into your tummy.  And  you can easily add it to your soup, dosa, idli, veggies, daal, sambar, chapati/roti, smoothie/ juice, curd, bread, biscuits and cake; and also take it in the form of tea. When taking it as tea, you can fortify it with other herbs and spices such as cinnamon, ginger or lemon basil.

Moringa leaf powder also has other uses apart from consuming it or using it to fortify foods. It can also be used to make a face mask to improve complexion, prevent wrinkles and fight acne. Just mix a tablespoon of this miracle powder with 1 tablespoon of honey, lemon juice, and water. Apply it on your face and wash off after 10 minutes. 

It can also be used for hair to get longer, thicker, healthier, and shiny hair.  It can also be used to reduce dandruff and treat flaky scalp. Mix with water to form a thick paste, and then apply to your hair and scalp. You can also apply it on cuts, wound bruises or patches. 

Now that you’ve known that Moringa leaf powder has endless benefits for your health, hair and skin. Go ahead and purchase your own miracle powder today to reap its numerous benefits.   

References

  • Marcela, Vergara-Jimenez et al. Bioactive Components In Moringa oleifera Leaves Protect against Chronic Diseases. Antioxidants. 2017; 6(4):91.
  • Nagar, et al. Cytokinins in Developing Fruits of Moringa Pterigosperma Gaertn. Physiologia Plantarum. 2006; 55(1): 45-50.
  • Ahmad Fazai Abdull sozis et al. Health Benefits of Moringa oleifera. Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention. 15 (20): 8571-8576.
  • Fuglie, L.J. 2001. The Miracle Tree: The Multiple Attributes of Moringa. 2001:172pp.
  • Felicia, Williams et al. Effect of Some Indian Vegetables on the Glucose And Insulin Response In Diabetic Subjects. International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition. 1993; 44 (3):191-195.

Disclaimer: This blog provides general information and discussion about health and related subjects. The information and other content provided in this blog, or in any linked materials, are not intended and should not be construed as medical advice, nor is the information a substitute for professional medical expertise or treatment. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, prevent or cure disease or illness.

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