What is moringa? Is it really a Superfood?

Moringa is a plant and Moringa Oleifera is the most widely cultivated species among Moringa. It is also known as the drumstick tree.

Moringa is the native of the Himalayan region and India is the largest producer of Moringa.

The moringa tree is grown mainly in semiarid, tropical, and subtropical areas.

Moringa is cultivated throughout tropics and due to its high medicinal properties, Moringa is marketed as a superfood and health food.

 

What does Moringa contain?

 

Moringa is a storehouse of important nutrients.  Every part of it is rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, iron, and copper. (1)

Moringa is a good source of various vitamins like beta-carotene of vitamin A, vitamin B as folic acid, vitamin C, D, and E.

Moringa contains sterols, tannins, terpenoids along with anti-cancerous agents like glucosinolates. It also contains antioxidants, a wide variety of flavonoid compounds such as quercetin. (2), (3)

Moringa has low-calorie value so it can be used for weight loss.

Moringa pods are a good source of fiber and protein.

The negative side of moringa is that it contains anti-nutrients which are responsible for the absorption of minerals and proteins.

 

Does moringa reduce blood sugar level?

 

If sugar level is consistently high, then it can be a serious health issue. It is very important to keep it within range.

Studies show that antioxidant activities of moringa leaves, that regular consumption of moringa leaves through diet can reduce oxidative damage in a diabetic patient. (4)

As you have seen earlier it contains antioxidants and several nutrients which may control sugar level. (5)

Although several studies show that moringa leaves capsules have no role in diabetes control but it has shown some positive result on blood pressure control and further investigations are needed. (6)

 

Does moringa helpful in cancer?

 

Research and studies are going on to check whether moringa has any role to prevent cancer.

One of the studies shows that moringa leaf extract killed the density of cancerous cells. (7)

Studies also show that moringa induces cancer apoptosis. (8)

 

The effectiveness of moringa on other diseases.

  • Asthma.
  • anemia.
  • Arthritis.
  • Constipation.
  • Diarrhea.
  • Epilepsy.
  • Stomach pain (gastritis).
  • Stomach and intestinal ulcers.
  • Headache.
  • Heart problems.
  • High blood pressure.
  • Kidney stones.
  • Swelling (inflammation).
  • Thyroid disorders.
  • Infections.
  • As a nutritional supplement.
  • Stimulating immunity.
  • Increasing sex drive.
  • Other conditions.

Skin care

  • Athlete’s foot.
  • Dandruff.
  • Warts.
  • Skin infections.

 

Types of moringa supplements available in the market

1.  Moringa capsule:

It is the most popular form among Indians and it is easily available in the market.

 

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2. Moringa leaf powder

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3. Moringa seeds

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4.  Moringa tea

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5. Moringa oils

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All the above and many more moringa products are easily available on Amazon.

 

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