Moringa oleifera has been lauded for thousands of years as a plant with potent medical properties.
Rich in antioxidants, we have only discovered a small portions of its benefits for human beings.
Below are the six biggest medical health benefits of Moringa, supported by research-backed science:
It is filled with nutrients
The Moringa plant is is native to India. Going by many names (including “horseradish tree” and “drumstick tree”), nearly 100% of it has elements that are used in natural and herbal medicines.
The pods and leaves are especially healthy and are regularly consumed in many countries, including India and countries throughout Africa.
Its leaves are filled with minerals and vitamins.
A single cup serving of the chopped leaves contain large amounts of important nutrients like iron, protein, riboflavin, and vitamins C, B6, and A.
The leaves sell well in the West, consumed in both capsule-based and powder forms.
The pods have fewer vitamins and mineral (in comparison to the leaves), though they have a lot of Vitamin C. A cup of the pod sliced up (100 g) has more than 100% of the amount your body needs daily.
Many people in the developing countries of the world lack proper nutrition, so in these countries the Moringa oleifera is vital in providing much of these nutrients.
The leaves also feature large amounts of antinutrients, which frequently work to reduce the absorption of the nutrients.
Also, these supplements in capsule form will not provide a large amont of the nutrients.
The amounts are not big compared to what you can get in food, provided you eat a good diet.
In summary: The Moringa plant has a lot of the nutrients that humans need, which may meàan the plant is good for human beings.
It is a great source of antioxidants
Antioxidants work to fight free radicals within the human body.
Large amounts of these may be linked to increased instances of diseases such as heart disease and diabetes.
A few of the antioxidants are to be found in Moringa oleifera’s leaves.
In addition to the beta carotene and Vitamin C, these are in the compounds as well as:
• Quercetin: lowers blood pressure.
• Chlorogenic acid: Chlorogenic acid frequently helps to lower blood sugar following meals. It is found in coffee as well.
A recent study showed that females consuming one and a half teaspoons (seven grams) of the powder daily for 3 months had greatly increased antioxidant levels in their bloodstream.
The exract can be utilized to preserve food also. It allows you to keep meat longer before spoiling, as well, by lowering oxidation.
In summary: Moringa oleifera contains important antioxidants like chlorogenic acid and quercetin. The powder from the leaf can moderate antioxidant amounts in the blood.
It Can Moderate High Blood Sugar
Many health problems can be caused by having too high a blood sugar level. This is the main factor of diabetic conditions.
Over years, it also increases the likelihood of others diseases, which can include heart disease. So it is important to work to keep it low.
Recent studies show Moringa oleifera likely lowers blood sugar levels.
Currently, most studies are based off animals, and there have only been a couple studies of this involving people.
One of them looked at thirty females and showed that consuming one and a half teaspoons of the powder daily for 3 months lowered the fasting blood sugar level by nearly 15% (on average).
An additional research study looked at 6 people that have diabetes, and showed that increasing the leaves to 50 g. in a meal lowered the rise of blood sugar by a factor of 21 percent.
Many in the research community think this is from the compounds in the plants, including isothiocyanates.
In summary: It is likely the Moringa leaves help lower high blood sugar levels, though more research needs to be done to ensure this is the case.
It Likely Lower Inflammation
Inflammation happens in a human body after injury and/or infection. It is vital to protect the human body, but can become a problem if continued over extended periods of time.
Sustained inflammation, over long periods of time, has been linked to long-term health issues including cancer. Fruits, veggies, and spice all reduce inflammation.
How much they can do so depends on how many anti-inflammatory properties they have.
Scientists think isothiocyanates are the main factors that combat inflammation within the moringa plant.
Unfortunately, most of the research thus far has been done on animals, so more research needs to be done to ensure humans can get benefits from these.
In summary: Animal testing has shown that Moringa oleifera has elements that fight inflammation, but it is not yet definitive that these benefits extend to humans. More research into this will be necessary.
It Can Help With High Cholesterol
Large amounts of cholesterol are linked to a higher likelihood that heart disease will occur.
Fortunately, quite a few plant foods are shown to reduce cholesterol, including almonds and flaxseed.
Human and animal research shows Moringa oleifera might lower cholesterol levels.
In summary: Moringa oleifera may lower cholesterol levels, thus lowering the chance of heart disease.
It May Lower Arsenic Toxicity
The contaminating of good and water by arsenic is a big issue in certain areas in our world.
Exposure to large amounts of arsenic over the long term could cause health issues over time.
Research has connected exposure over a long period of time to an greater chance of heart disease and cancer.
Some animals studies show that elements of Moringa oleifera may be helpful to combat arsenic toxicity.
Once again, the results are optimistic, but more research involving humans is required before a definitive answer on their health benefits can be had.
In summary: The animal research strongly suggests that Moringa oleifera may be good to combat arsenic toxicity, but this has yet to be studied in human beings.
Moringa oleifera is a tree utilized in medicine for millennia.
Despite that, only several of its supposed health properties have been properly researched scientifically.
So far, studies show Moringa oleifera might lead to lower levels of blood sugar and lower levels of cholesterol, and may also be helpful to combat arsenic toxicity.
The leaves are filled with nutrients and will be great for those people needing those nutrients it contains.