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Moringa: An essential guide to the healthy leaf

Made from dried and ground moringa leaves, the powder incorporates a mild flavor with a rather earthy taste, so it works well with many alternative recipes.

Moringa leaves stick out as a superfood because one cup of chopped leaves is taken into account as a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and has notable amounts of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, and magnesium

 Uses

  1. Moringa leaves are more concentrated in vitamin C than oranges. Leading to a better vision and immunity, bone health and skin radiance.
  2. Powders made up of its crushed leaves are filled with protein—3 grams of protein per tablespoon, in fact—and have a leg au courant legume because they contain all the essential amino acids, necessary for muscle repair, energy production, and mood regulation.
  3. Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols to reverse oxidation in the liver leading to reduction of liver fibrosis and protection against liver damage.
  4. Free radicals are created by things like pollution, fried food, and sun exposure. They damage your cells by robbing them of an electron, causing oxidative stress, cell damage, and premature aging. The antidote: antioxidants, just like the flavonoids, polyphenols, and water-soluble vitamins found in moringa. A diet rich in antioxidants has been shown to prevent premature wrinkles and possibly causes you to live longer.

Move over, turmeric, there is a new inflammation-fighter in town!!

  1. Moringa has been shown to significantly lower inflammation in cells. As well as containing inflammation-lowering polyphenols and isothiocyanates, Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. Take that, diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer.
  2. Moringa leaf powder contains about 30% fiber, most of it insoluble, something you not only need for digestion but that may also reduce your risk of disease. Moringa is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial and may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens that can cause digestive upset. Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties have been shown to help with digestive disorders, like colitis; plus, a recent study in mice found that it may improve gut bacteria.
  3. The leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in lab studies. One clinical study also showed therapeutic antioxidant properties as well as lower fasting glucose levels in postmenopausal women who took a supplement with moringa, and amaranth leaves for three months.
  4. Moringa leaf is high in vitamins C and E, which combat the oxidative stress associated with Alzheimer’s. Animal studies of both Alzheimer’s and dementia are showing promising results. 

More good news: Moringa has also been linked to increased dopamine and serotonin (“happy hormones”), and with more research, it could possibly be used to help treat depression in the future.

Who shouldn’t use Moringa?

Moringa might be unsafe for pregnant women or nursing mothers to use due to the chemicals possibly found in the root, bark, or flowers of the plant; studies show consuming these parts of the moringa plant may cause the uterus to contract. 

Otherwise, the leaf powder had been deemed safe in human studies, even in larger doses than normal. 

You’ll also want to stay clear of moringa seeds and moringa seed extract consumption, as they have shown a level of toxicity in immune cells. Moringa can have a laxative effect when consumed in large quantities or lead to stomach upset, so we suggest starting with a small dose—½ to 1 teaspoon per day.

How to Use? 

Ø  Add it to your morning green smoothie.  

Ø  For lunches or other meals, it can also be sprinkled into hummus, guacamole, soups, salads, avocado toast or sweet potato toast. 

Ø  Try baking it into treats like zucchini bread, or mixed into your favorite energy balls. 

Ø  Finally, use the powder like matcha and whisk it into hot water for a caffeine-free coffee substitute. 

Ø  Moringa-infused teas are also common (try Traditional Medicinals Organic Moringa With Spearmint & Sage). 

Ø  Chips

References:

  1. Facebook.com. 2020. Sixth Sense Ayurveda Research & Treatment Center. [online] Available at: <https://www.facebook.com/103179444499554/posts/meet-moringa-oleifera-in-its-native-india-and-nepal-its-known-as-drumstick-tree-/154493799368118/> [Accessed 7 December 2020].
  2. Glazia. 2020. The “Super Food” Moringa And Its Health Benefits.. [online] Available at: <https://glaziang.com/the-super-food-moringa-and-its-health-benefits/> [Accessed 7 December 2020].
  3. Young, A., 2020. 10 Powerful Health Benefits Of Moringa Powder + How To Use It. [online] mindbodygreen. Available at: <https://www.mindbodygreen.com/0-22401/10-powerful-benefits-of-drinking-moringa-every-day.html> [Accessed 7 December 2020].
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