Health Benefits of Moringa Oleifera
Now considered as ‘super food’ is the green, leafy vegetable called Moringa Oleifera. Moringa is also known as “Malunggáy" in Philippines, "Sajina" in India, "Shojne" in Bengal, "Drumstick Tree, Horse Radish Tree, Ben Oil Tree" in English, and "La mu" in Chinese. It is a popular plant that grows in the tropical countries, such as Philippines, India, and Africa. In the Philippines, it is a very common leafy vegetable which is also considered as a ‘poor man’s food’. However, Moringa should not be underestimated, because it is a plant known for its high nutritional value and effective as an herbal medicine. It is also a well-known ingredient for dishes and is also used to cure illnesses and create herbal medicines. Right now, there are many products that features Moringa, such as shampoo, soap, lotion, snacks, biscuits, and face mask. These products claim that Moringa, the main ingredient, is incredibly healthy in nature and should be a part of your diet to maintain a healthy body.
The Moringa plant can grow to as high as 9 meters with white fragrant flowers that produces long pods with 3-angled winged seeds. The most useful part of this plant is the leaves, which is commonly used for cooking. The leaves are also used as medicine for cough, colds, headache, and other discomforts in the body. The flowers of Moringa are also cooked and mixed in other foods as side dish.
If you’re curious as to how the so-called super food can help you achieve a better health, here are some of the health benefits of Moringa Oleifera:
1. It can serve as an effective medicine in:
Asthma: Moringa leaves can play a big role in curing asthma, especially when it is mixed with honey. The leaves and seeds of Moringa help in boosting our immune system about 10x more than the commercially-made vitamins and other supplements.
Diabetes: It is also recommended for those who are diabetic, because it can normalize the blood sugar levels. According to research, diabetes causes an increase in the magnitude of impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) which almost doubled from 4.1% to 8.1%. In this case, one tablespoon of Moringa leaves can be mixed into a cup of hot water to make a tea and brew it for 5 minutes. It was proven effective in a study when the tea was drunk by hyperglycemic patients, their blood sugar levels decreased two hours after intake. That proof shows that Moringa leaves tea can manage or treat diabetes.
Cancer: One of the strongest reasons why Moringa is called a ‘super food’ is because it claims to be effective when it comes to curing cancer. Though there are many researches involving the effectiveness of the plant, it is revealed that phytochemical produced by Moringa is miraculous, as it contains potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, vitamin A and D, Essential amino acids as well as known as antioxidants such as beta-carotene, vitamin C and flavonoids. In addition to, Moringa plant is also rich in compounds containing simple sugar, rhamnose and unique group or glucosinolates and isothiocyanates which categorized as hypotensive, anticancer and antibacterial activities. Benzyl isothiocyanate which is found in Moringa leaves is also said to prevent cancer cells in the body. The leaves are also used in the treatment of prostate and skin cancer, while another study show that it can also prevent breast cancer. leaf can even heal tumor and prevent cancer cells activities.
Migraine and Headache: If you’re always suffering from headache and migraine, then it’s about time for you to try easing the pain with Moringa. The leaves of Moringa contains vitamins A and C which is not only used for serious illnesses, but also in migraine and headache as well. It is also used to ease head and neck discomfort. You can fry the leaves if ever you want to cure your fever. You can also make a juice and drink it in case of extreme headache.
Ulcer: Moringa leaves contains amino acid histidine, which is proven to cure ulcer or gastritis. You can convert the leaves into powder form and mix it with water to ease the pinching pain of ulcer. Besides ulcer, it can also prevent intestinal worms which can be very harmful to the health.
Insomnia: Suffering from sleepless nights can be very tiring, but thanks to Moringa tea, you can now fight insomnia without taking the scary sleeping pills. The various nutrients from Moringa leaves make people can get relaxed and prevent nervous disorder. It can also solve your anxiety problems.
2. It can make your skin and hair really beautiful:
Everyone wants a glowing, healthy skin without bumps, rashes, and infections. In order to get that dream skin, Moringa seed oil can help us assist in doing so. There are many available over-the-counter Moringa oil products which you can use like a lotion in the skin. There are also readily available lotions, soaps, and face masks made from Moringa that you can buy. Also, if you’re suffering from itchy scalp and dandruff, shampoos made of Moringa would also be effective. But if you have the Moringa plant itself, you can use leaves and seeds to make a natural oil and apply it in your skin. Not only natural, but 100% organic as well.
- Beneficial for Breast-feeding Moms
Because Moringa plant contains many vitamins and nutrients, it can also help the breastfeeding mothers to produce more milk for their babies. It can help increase the milk flow of lactating mothers and provide sustainable energy and nutrients to their precious ones.
- Water Purifier
Contaminated water is not a problem if you use Moringa seeds. It is proven to be effective in removing solid contaminants in water and can soften it until it can filter out the water 100%. It can produce healthy and potable water to drink. Moringa plant is truly the ‘super food’ because of the many benefits it can offer in our health.