Moringa Benefits

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Moringa Benefits

Moringa Leaf Benefits Overview

Moringa oleifera is arguably the most nutritious plant on the planet! Moringa has been used for hundreds of years in the Ayurvedic and Unani systems of traditional medicine, boasting remedies for over 300 ailments! Below are just 6 benefits of Moringa oleifera.

1. Incredible Nutritional Profile

Fresh Moringa leaves are incredibly nutrient dense! The leafy greens are made up of 10% protein and contain 18 amino acids including all 9 essential amino acids! On a gram for gram basis, fresh Moringa leaves also contain*:

  • 4x more calcium than milk
  • 3x more vitamin C than oranges
  • 2x more iron than spinach
  • 2.5x more protein than yogurt
  • The same potassium of bananas
  • The same vitamin A of carrots

Moringa also contains zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid, kaempferol, silymarin and essential minerals such as zinc.

*The above comparison was made from data taken exclusively from the USDA nutrient Database [1]. Other food nutrient databases report significantly higher levels of vitamins and minerals in Moringa! [2,3] In any case, Moringa is a nutritional powerhouse!

When the fresh leaves are dried the concentration of nutrients goes up even higher as it takes about 4 pounds of fresh leaves to make 1 pound of dry leaves.

2. Rich in Antioxidants

Antioxidants are substances that stop or delay cell damage and are often referred to as anti-aging compounds. Moringa oleifera leaves have been shown to have extremely high antioxidant activity! [4,5] Moringa leaves have a reported 47 anti-oxidants!

Dr. Axe recently stated:

Moringa leaves are high in several anti-aging compounds that lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation, including polyphenols, vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. These are associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as stomach, lung or colon cancer; diabetes; hypertension; and age-related eye disorders. [6]

3. Lowers Cholesterol

Moringa has been shown to reduce cholesterol which can decrease the risk of heart disease. [7,8,9,10]

In 2012, the International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications published the results of a study where they gave postmenopausal woman 1.5 Tbsp of Moringa powder each day. They showed there was a significant decrease in total cholesterol and tryglycerides. [7]

4. Reduces Inflammation

Inflammation is understood to lead to many chronic diseases, including cancer and even heart disease. Moringa leaves, seedpods, and seeds have all been shown to possess anti-inflammatory properties! [11, 12, 13] In fact the leaves contain 36 anti-inflammatories! To further understand the effectiveness of Moringa as an anti-inflammatory, clinic tests on humans need to be conducted. At this point results are very positive from animal testing.

5. Balances Blood Sugar Levels

In 2012, it was reported that 9.3% of the American population had diabetes and 86 million americans age 20 and older had pre diabetes! High blood sugar levels lead to a multitude of health issues!

Moringa has shown to naturally reduce fasting food sugar levels by 13.5% by woman taking 7 grams of powder per day. [7] In another study, Moringa powder also reduced the rise in blood sugar levels after eating by 21% [14] . At this point, more clinical trials with larger populations are required; but the results look very promising!

Again, Dr. Axe in his recent article on Moringa stated:

Moringa contains a type of acid called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and allow cells to take up or release glucose (sugar) as needed. This gives moringa natural antidiabetic and hormone-balancing properties. Aside from chlorogenic acid, compounds called isothiocyanates that are present in moringa have also been tied to natural protection against diabetes. [6]

6. Increases Milk Supply

While breastfeeding of babies is certainly on the rise in the US, still one of the largest reasons people give up is a concern over milk supply. In fact, one national study on feeding practices found that about 50% of mothers cited insufficient milk supply as their reason for stopping breastfeeding [15].

In the Philippines, where Moringa capsules are prescribed by doctors for various treatments, clinical tests have been conducted to test the effectiveness of Moringa on increasing milk supply. Tests show a significant increase in milk production starting on day 4 of taking Moringa capsules. Increases of over 100% have been documented by day 7! Baby weight during the first 4 months after birth has also shown to be significantly increased when Moringa capsules are used by the mother. All studies were free from any unwanted side effects. [16]

A Note on Quality

At A Healthy Leaf, our job is to provide you with the best quality Moringa possible. As Moringa continues to gain in popularity in the US, it seems that many low quality products are flooding the market. For a simple test Moringa powder should have a deep, vibrant green appearance and a strong, fresh, grassy aroma. The powder should also be laboratory tested and free from heavy metal and microbial contamination that may be prevalent in exporting countries.

At A Healthy Leaf, we pass the above tests with flying colors and we are also proud to claim that all our packaged Moringa products are USDA certified organic.

For tips on how to incorporate Moringa into your diet see: How to Eat Moringa and our ever growing list of recipes.

 

References

1. U.S. Department of Agriculture, Agricultural Research Service. USDA national nutrient database for standard reference, release 28. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

2. Stadlmayr, B., U.R. Charondiere, V.N. Enujiugha, et al. West African food composition table. Rome: The Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations; 2012.

3.  Goplan, C., B.V.R. Sastri, S.C. Balasubramanian, et al. Nutritive value of Indian foods. Hyperabad, India: National Institute of Nutrition; 1999.

4. Sreelatha, S., and P. R. Padma. “Antioxidant activity and total phenolic content of Moringa oleifera leaves in two stages of maturity.” Plant foods for human nutrition 64.4 (2009): 303-311.

5. Razis, Ahmad Faizal Abdull, Muhammad Din Ibrahim, and Saie Brindha Kntayya. “Health benefits of Moringa oleifera.” Asian Pac J Cancer Prev15.20 (2014): 8571-8576.

6. “This ‘Miracle Plant’ Balances Hormones & Improves Health in Many Ways.” Dr Axe. 2016. Web. 22 Feb. 2016.

7. Kushwaha, Shalini, Paramjit Chawla, and Anita Kochhar. “Effect of supplementation of drumstick (Moringa oleifera) and amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) leaves powder on antioxidant profile and oxidative status among postmenopausal women.” Journal of food science and technology 51.11 (2014): 3464-3469.

8. Ghasi, S., E. Nwobodo, and J. O. Ofili. “Hypocholesterolemic effects of crude extract of leaf of Moringa oleifera Lam in high-fat diet fed Wistar rats.” Journal of Ethnopharmacology 69.1 (2000): 21-25.

9. Mehta, Komal, et al. “Effect of fruits of Moringa oleifera on the lipid profile of normal and hypercholesterolaemic rabbits.” Journal of ethnopharmacology86.2 (2003): 191-195.

10. Mbikay, Majambu. “Therapeutic potential of Moringa oleifera leaves in chronic hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia: a review” Frontiers in pharmacology 3 (2012).

11. Sulaiman, Mohd Roslan, et al. “Evaluation of Moringa oleifera aqueous extract for antinociceptive and anti-inflammatory activities in animal models.” Pharmaceutical biology 46.12 (2008): 838-845.

12. Mahajan, Shailaja G., and Anita A. Mehta. “Immunosuppressive activity of ethanolic extract of seeds of Moringa oleifera Lam. in experimental immune inflammation.” Journal of ethnopharmacology 130.1 (2010): 183-186.

13. Cheenpracha, Sarot, et al. “Potential anti-inflammatory phenolic glycosides from the medicinal plant Moringa oleifera fruits.” Bioorganic & medicinal chemistry 18.17 (2010): 6598-6602.

14. William, Felicia, S. Lakshminarayanan, and Hariprasad Chegu. “Effect of some Indian vegetables on the glucose and insulin response in diabetic subjects.” International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition 44.3 (1993): 191-195.

15. US Department of Health and Human Services. “The Surgeon General’s call to action to support breastfeeding.” (2011).

16. Raguindin, P. F., Leonila F. Dans, and Jacelie F. King. “Moringa oleifera as a Galactagogue.” Breastfeeding Medicine 9.6 (2014): 323-324.