Moringa – The Miracle Tree
Known by many names, Moringa is a type of tree endemic to the foothills of the Himalaya Mountains in Asia. This unique tree is renowned throughout India and other tropical climates in Asia for its dense nutrient loads. Moringa leaves contain 90 different types of nutrients, including four times more calcium than milk, four times more potassium than bananas, four times more vitamin A than carrots, 50 times more vitamin B3 than peanuts, 36 times more magnesium than eggs, and 25 times more iron than spinach. It also includes high amounts of additional nutrients such as dietary fiber, iodine, lutein, zinc, selenium, zeatin and beta-carotene.
These abundant nutrients help maintain healthy blood pressure, joint health, endurance, energy and healthy digestion. Moringa also nourishes the brain and eyes, promotes health in the circulatory system, liver and kidneys.
Antioxidants – Analysis has shown that the powdered leaves of the Moringa tree contain 46 types of Antioxidants. One serving contains 22 percent of the recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin C, and 272 percent RDI of Vitamin A.
Amino Acids – Leaves from the Moringa tree contain 18 amino acids, eight of which are essential amino acids, making them a complete protein.
Calcium and Magnesium – One serving of Moringa leaves contains 125 percent RDI of calcium and 61 percent RDI of magnesium.
Regularly consuming Moringa leaves has also been linked to lower blood pressure, improved digestion and mood, immune-boosting effects and, thanks to their high fiber levels and low fat and calorie levels, weight loss.
Derek Van Atta, Founder of Sarvaa Superfood harvests and discusses Moringa
A report published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention describes Moringa as a fantastic addition to your diet because of its blend of essential amino acids (protein) and carotenoid phytonutrient content. Its combination of anti-aging and immune-boosting compounds help to fight inflammation in the body. These compounds, including Vitamin C, quercetin, and polyphenols, help reduce the risk of certain types of cancers, high blood pressure, and other chronic diseases.
In 2014, the Journal of Food Science and Technology published a study describing how researchers selected ninety postmenopasual women between the ages of 45-60 years to test the effects of different levels of Moringa on their hormones.
The study revealed the women had better blood glucose levels and increased hemoglobin, inviting the conclusion that Moringa can help to prevent hormone changes and age-related diseases. Research also showed that supplementing Moringa and Amaranth increased these women's antioxidants, resulting in decreased oxidative stress.
Moringa also contains tryptophan, which helps the body to produce serotonin. The combined effects of adding Moringa to your diet can be quite significant.
How else is Moringa beneficial for you:
- Reducing Inflammation-related issues
- Arthritis and other joint pain, like rheumatism
- Allergies and asthma
- Constipation, stomach pain, and diarrhea
- Stomach and intestinal ulcers
- Chronic headaches
- Heart problems like high blood pressure
- Kidney stones
- Fluid retention
- Thyroid disorders
- Low sex drive
- Bacterial, fungal, viral and parasitic infection
Additionally, some incredible facts about the Vitamin and Minerals present in Moringa:
- Two times the amount of protein of yogurt
- Four times the amount of vitamin A as carrots
- Four times the amount of potassium and bananas
- Four times the amount of calcium as cow's milk
- Seven times the amount of vitamin C as oranges
To give you more of an idea of how powerful this plant truly is, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called Moringa (moringa oleifera) the “plant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.”
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