Is Moringa a superfood? – Moringa is a plant grown originally in southeast Asia, it is an amazing plant whose every part is useful: the flowers, seeds, leaves, flowers are edible, the stem is not left out as it has medicinal uses. It is a hardy plant that everyone should grow in a backyard or windowsill, it grows quickly, requires less water and fertilizer.
Moringa is commonly available and can be easily consumed in a powdery form made from the leaves of the moringa tree. If you want to consume it in powdery form, ensure it is pure, made from dried moringa leaves, devoid of supplements that contain chemicals.
Moringa powder can be used for tea, shakes or added to cooking. Is moringa a superfood? Moringa is hugely beneficial, and it is recommended for specific needs or benefits which are highlighted below.
Uses and Health benefits of Moringa.
1. It contains a lot of Nutrients and Antioxidants
Moringa leaves are rich in vitamin A, B6, C, magnesium, protein, iron and riboflavin. The pods, on the other hand, do not contain these vitamins but are extremely rich in vitamin C.
Moringa leaves are also antioxidant-rich, which helps to prevent diseases. Antioxidants contained in moringa includes chlorogenic acid (which regulate blood sugar levels), quercetin (which regulate blood pressure). A study showed that women who took 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder daily for three months had an increased blood antioxidant level.
2. Moringa may reduce Inflammation
Being inflamed isn’t fun, it can be a precursor to other health problems such as cancer, heart disease etc. Certain herbs such as vegetables and spices have anti-inflammatory properties, moringa belongs to this group.
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3. Lowered Cholesterol
Looking to reduce your cholesterol levels? Oats and almond are effective. Studies have shown moringa may possess a similar cholesterol-lowering ability.
Moringa has been shown to reduce cholesterol and blood sugar level, it is therefore ideal for diabetes to reduce some of its symptoms.
4. Protection against Arsenic toxicity
Unfortunately, Arsenic finds its way into our food and water sometimes, a long-term exposure can lead to varieties of health problems, chiefly cancer. So far studies have only tried to examine the positive effect moringa leaves and seeds have on arsenic toxicity in rats and mice. The results so far are encouraging, but there is no certainty on having the same protection-ability to humans.
5. Combating Depression
A study in 2015 on the effects of moringa on animals as an anti-depression agent, also in combination with low doses of fluoxetine (an anti-depressant drug) showed encouraging results in combination.
6. Treating Alzheimer’s
Alzheimer’s has no known cure, but moringa contains vitamin C and E which can help fight oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, ultimately improving brain function. Preliminary studies discovered an extract from moringa leaves that can help relieve some Alzheimer’s symptoms. Some other plants which can help reduce Alzheimer’s symptoms include common sage, ginkgo, and sicklepod.
7. Wound Healing
Moringa leaves, seeds, and roots have blood clotting properties that help prevent cuts, wounds or scratches to stop bleeding and heal faster.
8. Healthy and Environmentally-friendly oil
Oils can be extracted from moringa seeds, this oil is known as “Ben Oil”. The oil is high in healthy saturated fats, which can be used in salad dressings and stir-fries. Ben Oil is also used in conditioners, skin cares, soap and perfumes. Moringa is a tough plant that grows easily, surviving adverse weather conditions, not requiring fertilizers or pest control, and regenerate quickly when clipped, thus making it a great biofuel.
9. Great for preventing Erosion
Have you ever lived near or on a mountainside, particularly an earthquake-prone area? You will understand the need to prevent erosion. If you have ever driven along a mountainous area, you will notice the rocky dirt sides are covered in concrete, this is done to prevent landslides across the roads. Moringa and some other hardy plants will do a better job at preventing erosion, and it will also serve as a windbreak.
Is Moringa a Superfood; Fads or myth?
Recently, the TIME magazine described moringa as “the next quinoa”, just like other superfoods that have trended, caution is required. Marketers will take advantage of the trend and hype as “superfood” to sell moringa products at a high price. You can decide to either buy at that price or simply grow yours. Furthermore, keep eating greens, red, yellow, purple etc. vegetables, fruits, and herbs to live healthily and maintain a healthy lifestyle to reap similar benefits.
Is Moringa a superfood? yes! The above-listed moringa benefits are real, but so also can coconut oil be used for stir-fries, broccoli is rich in vitamin C. Superfood are contextual and for people living in dry, rough climates inundated with food shortages, moringa is a divine intervention, a superfood from above. But if you have an unlimited access to veggies and fruits, moringa then should serve as a healthy option rather than a superfood.
The myth is Moringa a superfood has been confirmed!
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