Moringa Oleifera, a tree native to South Asia is being as the tree of life due to the recent medical studies confirming the health benefits of moringa leaves, bark, seeds and well as moringa milk. Traditionally, the health benefits of Moringa has been known by ancient Romans, Greeks and the Egyptians. In one of the traditional systems of Medicine (called Ayurveda), Moringa is said to have the cure of more than 300 diseases! More recently, there have been many studies using modern science and medicine that confirm the claims of the health benefits of Moringa.
A simple search on Google Scholar results in approximately 5000 papers that have been published for Moringa and its health benefits. In case you are interested to read some of them, they have been listed here.
Moringa and its users claim that the leaves and other parts of the tree have a great range of medicinal benefits. Further, Moringa leaves are packed with Nutritional Value. Just the nutritional value of Moringa leaves can ensure that one would want to include it as a part of the diet.
Listing down all the nutrients that Moringa has can take up the entire article, some of which are:
- Great source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics.
- Rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.
As a result of the immense amounts of nutrients present, there are a lot of health benefits of Moringa and Moringa leaves. Moringa can act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants. The leaves also have antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Health Benefits of Moringa – Each Part of the Tree
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Health Benefits of Moringa Leaves and Medicinal Uses
- Leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.
- To stop bleeding from a shallow cut, apply a poultice of fresh leaves.
- There is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites.
- Extracts can be used against bacterial or fungal skin complaints.
- Leaf tea treats gastric ulcers and diarrhoea.
- Eating Moringa food products is good for those suffering from malnutrition due to the high protein and fibre content.
- Leaves treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, inflammation of the mucus membrane
- The iron content of the leaves is high, and they are reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines.
- Dried Moringa leaves treat diarrhoea in Malawi, Africa.
- The powder ground from the seeds is also used in the treatment of scurvy skin diseases (common bacterial infections of the skin).
Health Benefits of Moringa Flowers and Medicinal Uses
- Flower juice improves the quality and flow of mothers’ milk when breast feeding.
- Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination.
- In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy.
Health Benefits of Moringa Pods and Medicinal Uses
- If eaten raw, pods act as a de-wormer and treat liver and spleen problems and pains of the joints.
- Due to high protein and fibre content they can play a useful part in treating malnutrition and diarrhoea.
Health Benefits of Moringa Seeds and Medicinal Uses
Used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments.
- Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination.
- They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus and Pseudomonas aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.
There are many more benefits of the bark, gum and oil of the Moringa tree. For complete details, please refer to MiracleTrees.Org
How can you consume Moringa?
As mentioned in the above article, each and every part of the Moringa Tree can be beneficial for the health. In order to get all the health benefits of moringa, you may want to consume their leaves and fruits at least.
Moringa leaves are a great addition to your diet in all forms, whether eaten in fresh state or dried and powdered form, they are a powerhouse of nutrients.
Tip: In case you are using Moringa leaves as fresh leaves, try and add them at the very end of your cooking.
Moringa leaves can be dried on powdered and used as a supplement. However, in order to retain majority of its nutrition, the moringa leaves should be cool dried. Moringa leaves are available in powdered and packaged form all across the globe.
The are also available in the form of capsules on Amazon and other Store.
Moringa Fruits (Drumsticks)
In South Asia, the moringa fruits (generally know as Drumsticks) are available all across the year in almost all markets. You may find it a bit difficult to find it in the US and European markets, but the nutritional value of the fruit makes the search worthwhile.
You may want to look as these following recipes that help you get all the health benefits of Moringa.
Please let us all know in case you have used Moringa and have personally seen the health benefits of moringa.