Moringa Nutritional Benefits

Moringa Oleifera (MO), a plant from the family Moringacea is a major crop in Asia Africa. Moringa has many health and nutritional benefits. Moringa health benefits are nothing but miraculous. In this article, we will discuss the benefits of Moringa, the effectiveness, and the safeness of the herb in chronic disease.

Moringa has nutrients in the leaves, pods, and seeds.

Moringa oleifera Seeds and Oil

Moringa oleifera (Moringaceae) is a fast-growing softwood tree indigenous to sub-Himalayan tracts of Northern India. Moringa seed is a promising source of medicinal benefit because of its high nutrient value of monounsaturated fatty acids with a high monounsaturated/saturated fatty acids ratio. The nutritional content of Moringa

Moringa is also rich in protein and amino acids. These amino acids are important nutritionally because the body needs protein and amino acids.

The Moringa tree grows rapidly, therefore it is very valuable to the locals who depend on it. All parts of the Moringa tree (leaves, seeds, roots, and flowers) are suitable for human and animal consumption.

The leaves that are rich in protein and other minerals are used for human consumption and traditional medicine.

Moringa health benefits

Moringa Seeds and Moringa Health Benefits

The seeds have attracted scientists interest because the seeds contain a significant amount of oil that has a high quality of fatty acids. This oil is also resistant to degradation. This is very promising. We know that the brain and heart require good quality fat that does no go rancid.

Commercially Moringa oil is known as Behen oil. Moringa oil can be a substitute oil for olive oil because it has similar properties.

Moringa Medicine Uses

Several studies have shown that  Moringa had excellent antioxidant properties. Raw or crushed seeds ahs have been used to treat stomach pain, poor vision, and to aid digestion.

We know that antioxidants have been used to prevent cancer and aging.

In the labs, Moringa has been shown to exhibit antibacterial properties. The protein in Moringa causes bacterial cell damage.

In some underdeveloped countries, Moringa seeds are used to purify the drinking water.

Another study showed Moringa seeds possess liver-protective properties that prevent liver damage and fibrosis.

Moringa seed at 750mg per day was given for 8 weeks and it reduced the heart rate and improved cardiac diastolic function. In addition, left ventricular wall thickness was reduced.

Moringa also has antidiabetic properties.

Moringa health benefits

Moringa oleifera Nutritional Value

Moringa is extremely nutritious. Moringa has more nutritional value than many superfoods. For example:

  • Moringa has 7 times as much Vitamin C as an orange. We know that vitamin c is needed to sustain the immune system. Especially during the winter season. Vitamin C is also needed to help heal wounds, cuts, and burns.
  • Moringa has 4 times as much Vitamin A as carrots. We know that we need Vitamin A to help vision, the optic nerve, immune system, and cell growth. Vitamin A or retinoid comes from two different sources: plant sources and meat sources. Moringa provides the plant source.
  • Moringa has four times the calcium of milk. Calcium is needed for proper muscle and bone growth. Calcium is also needed for proper utilization of Vitamin D.
  • Moringa has three times the potassium of bananas. This is a big one because we need potassium for so many body functions. We need potassium for proper muscle function and proper heart function. Potassium is present in all body tissues and is required for normal cell function because of its role in maintaining intracellular fluid volume.
  • Moringa has two times the protein of yogurt. Protein is important for muscle and bone repair. You also use protein to make enzymes and hormones. Protein is an important building block of bones, muscles, cartilage, skin, and blood.

As you can see, Moringa has a plethora of vitamins and minerals. In addition to the vitamins and minerals that are listed above, Moringa also has the following:

  • Ca – Calcium
  • K – Potassium
  • Cu – Copper
  • S – Sulphur
  • Zn – Zinc
  • Cr – Chromium
  • B – Boron
  • Mg – Magnesium
  • P – Phosphorus
  • Fe – Iron
  • Na – Sodium
  • As – Arsenic
  • Mn – Manganese
  • Se – Selenium
  • A – Vitamin A
  • B1 – Vitamin B1
  • B2 – Vitamin B2
  • B3 – Vitamin B3
  • C – Vitamin C
  • E – Vitamin E
  • K1 – Vitamin K1

Amino Acids in Moringa

  • Isoleucine
  • Leucine
  • Valine
  • Lysine
  • Methionine
  • Tryptophan
  • Phenylalanine
  • Threonine
  • Histidine

Moringa Benefit Testimonies

In Senegal, the World Health Service conducted a test to see if the Moringa leaf powder would prevent malnutrition in pregnant and breastfeeding women and children. The test was done by a Morinaga well-known expert, Mr. Lowell Fuglie.

The results were astonishing! The children maintained or increased their weight. The children also have improved health.

The pregnant women recovered from anemia. Pregnant women also had higher birth weight babies.

[su_quote cite=” Lamine Diakite, an Official from Red Cross” url=”http://www.fac.org.ar/scvc/llave/PDF/toubouli.PDF”]Lamine Diakite, from the Red Cross, stated Ounce for ounce, moringa leaves contain more beta carotene than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas. Its protein content is comparable to that of milk and eggs, and its leaves are still available for harvest at the end of the dry season, when other food may be scarce. Malnourished children gained weight when put on a timely dietary supplement made from the leaves, Mr. Diakite says.[/su_quote]

Ways to Eat Moringa

In Africa, the leaves were boiled like spinach. Indians used the seed pods as a delicacy.

The Senegalese people make a “sauce” out of Moringa. The plant is boiled down so that is is highly concentrated. The Moringa plant is also treasured in Africa because unlike other vegetables, the Moringa plant is very hardy. This plant can withstand tough drought conditions.

Moringa Dosage

There are no standardized dosages for Moringa. However, the dosages that were used were from 800mg to 1000 mg once a day. However, as always it is best to start out at a lower dosage and work your way up. You can also buy Moringa powder and make tea.

[su_note note_color=”#fde575″]Moringa should be taken on an empty stomach because it can possibly cause stomach upset. Pregnant women should be cautious because it can produce uterine bleeding. [/su_note]

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Conclusions 

Moringa is a promising plant. There have been over 800 studies done on the benefits of Moringa. The benefits of Moringa is vast and I suspect it is due to the nutritional properties.

You see, we know that the majority of diseases and disorders are actually nutrient deficiences. When the body does not have adequate nutrition,  it goes into a state of inflammation.  Most of the diseases and disorders listed above are related to diet.

In fact,  Type 2 diabetes is a complete lifestyle disease and it can be modified. I will be doing a series of articles on the benefits of Moringa. Stay tuned!

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Moringa Oil and Seeds

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