Moringa Oleifera is a plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years. It is rich in healthy antioxidants and bioactive plant compounds. So far, scientists have only examined a fraction of the numerous reputed health advantages.
Here are 6 health benefits of Moringa Oleifera that are confirmed by scientific research.
1.Moringa Oleifera is very nutritious
Moringa Oleifera is a small tree that is native to North India.
It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horseradish tree, or ben oil tree.
Almost all parts of the Moringa Oleifera tree can be eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines.
The leaves and seeds are commonly eaten in parts of India and Africa.
The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. One cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains protein (2 grams), vitamin C (12% of the RDA), vitamin B6 (19% of the RDA), beta-carotene (9% of the RDA), riboflavin (11% of the RDA), iron (11%of the RDA), and magnesium (8% of the RDA).
Dried leaves can be found in every health food store as dietary supplements, in either powder or capsule form.
Compared to the leaves, the pods are generally lower in vitamins and minerals. Yet, they are especially rich in vitamin C. One cup of fresh seeds (100 grams) contains 157% of your daily requirement for vitamin C.
2.Moringa Oleifera is rich in antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that work against free radicals in our bodies.
High levels of free radicals cause oxidative stress, which may contribute to chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.
Few antioxidant plant compounds have been found in the leaves of Moringa Oleifera.
In addition to vitamin C and beta-carotene, these include :
-Quercetin: This powerful antioxidant may help lower blood pressure.
-Chlorogenic acid: Also, found in high amounts in coffee, chlorogenic acid may help moderate blood sugar levels after meals.
In fact, one study in women found that taking seven grams (1.5 teaspoons) of moringa leaf powder every day for three months significantly increased blood antioxidant levels.
3.Moringa Oleifera may reduce blood sugar levels
Over time, high blood sugar raises the risk of many serious health problems, including type 2 diabetes and heart disease. For this reason, it is important to keep blood sugar within healthy limits.
Interestingly, several studies have shown that Moringa Oleifera may help lower blood sugar levels.
However, most of the evidence is based on animal studies. The human studies are few, and generally of low quality.
In one study, 30 women took 7 grams of moringa leaf powder every day for three months. This reduced fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent.
In addition, a small study in 6 diabetic patients found that adding 50 grams of Moringa leaves to a meal reduced the rise in blood sugar by 21 percent.
These effects are caused by plant compounds found in Moringa leaves, such as isothiocyanates.