Moringa leaves are leaves that are found on the moringa tree, a plant that is native to North India. The tree is also known as Moringa ben oil tree, drumstick tree or radish tree. The botanical or scientific name of this plant is known as Moringa oleifera. It is a plant that have been existing for thousands of years, and throughout this period, it is have been widely cherished due to the numerous health benefits that it provides to mankind.
For some time now, the moringa leaves have been used as a case study by so many scientists, but it seems only few portions of the reported health benefits of this miraculous, healthy plant have been investigated. Below are 10 reasons why you should be eating moringa leaves and why they are healthy for you.
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10 Health Benefits Of Moringa Leaves
1. Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that fights against free radicals found in the body. When free radicals gets accumulated and present in high amounts, it can lead to chronic diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Antioxidants that are been provided by moringa leaves includes:
- Vitamin C
- Chlorogenic acid, and
A recent study reported that by consuming just 7 grams of moringa leaf powder for 90 days, the antioxidant levels of the blood of the tested subjects was greatly increased.
2. Moringa leaves can improve your overall gut health
Digestive system disorders such as ulcers, gastric cancer and gastritis are all caused by the by the bacteria, Helicobacter pylori. This bacteria can be easily fought by the anti-bacterial properties of moringa plant.
3. Moringa is rich in nutrients
Moringa leaves can be consumed or eaten through different ways, such as through capsules, powder, or whole and raw. Just a cup of chopped fresh moringa leaves provides an abundant amount of minerals and vitamins. In just this amount of leaves, you will be loaded with 2 grams of protein, 19% of the recommended amount of vitamin B6, 12% of vitamin C, 11% of iron, 8% of magnesium, 9% of vitamin A, and 11% of vitamin B12 (Riboflavin). Most people in the developing countries just like Nigeria, tend to suffer from lack of adequate vitamins and minerals, this is where moringa leves steps in to meet up with such demands.
4. Moringa may reduce inflammation
Inflammation can simply be described as the body's response to any form of injury ir infection. It is an essential protective mechanism, but when it persist for a long period of time, it can complicate to further health issues like cancer, heart disease and some other chronic illness. There is an anti-inflammatory compound found in moringa leaves, pods and seeds called isothiocyanates, which reduces inflammation. To achieve the best of this plant, consume it in tea or in powder form.
5. Moringa aids digestion
The fibre content found in moringa works in a manner that it can basically clear out all the extra stuff that is left over from a diet that is high in grease.
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6. Moringa has the ability of lowering blood sugar levels
An increased blood sugar level is a gateway not only to diabetes but also to other problems like heart diseases. So like the saying goes "prevention is better than cure". Various studies on different test animals have shown that moringa helps to lower blood sugar levels. A study on humans showed that 30 women reduced their blood sugar levels by 13.5% after consuming 7 grams of powdered moringa leaves on a daily basis for 3 months. The potency of moringa leaves in lowering blood sugar levels is credited to the presence of isothiocyanates.
7. Moringa helps protect against arsenic toxicity
There is a great experience of contamination of foods in many parts of the world today, particularly, foods such as rice. Though the symptoms of toxicity won't manifest itself right away, prolong exposure can cause health problems like heart disease or cancer. The moringa leaves have been proven to protect against arsenic toxicity in mice and rats, nd it is believed to have similar effect on man.
8. Moringa can lower your cholesterol level
High cholesterol levels have been linked to a higher risk of heart disease. Moringa have been shown to reduce cholesterol in a way that is similar to almonds, oats, and flax seeds.
9. Moringa protects against tumours and cancer
Special thanks to a compound called niazimicin found in moringa plant, it possesses the property that can prevent tumour and cancer activities in the body.
10. Moringa can purify water
There is a protein found in moringa plant that has the ability to bind with impurities found in water. This binding causes them to congeal so that these clusterings can be separated from the water. With the little knowledge of this, it can lead to a wide range access of clean and safe, drinkable water. If the moringa leaves can do this to water, then you can imagine what it can do for your body when consumed.
There are many other health benefits of moringa leaves, these are just few of them. To be on a safe side, it is advisable to speak to your doctor before making use or consuming these leaves. If you enjoyed this post, kindly share it with your friends on various social networks.