Moringa oleifera or just moringa as it is commonly called is a fast growing, drought tolerant tree that grows in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountain ranges. The leaves, pods and kernels of this tree are cultivated and utilized. The pods may be cooked as beans and eaten by the locals, the seed kernels are used for their oils and to purify water, and the leaves are utilized usually in a dried powder form. The food from The Miracle Tree (as it is known) is highly prized around the world and is an excellent food source, especially in areas like northern Africa where food can be difficult to grow (1).
Moringa leaf is renowned for its high nutritional values and several health promoting properties. Moringa is very high in antioxidants including; Quercetin a powerful antioxidant that may lower blood pressure and Chlorogenic acid which may help the body maintain healthy blood sugar levels. Diets high in antioxidants have long been considered essential in keeping the body free of carcinogens, free radicals and other pollutants. Free radicals are believed to cause a variety of disease, so diets high in antioxidants are thought to prevent many illnesses. Commonly the leaf is used for a fast acting caffeine free energy booster, that does not cause a crash. Contrasty moringa can promote healthy sleep by relaxing muscles an reducing stress. This is possible because moringa only utilizes sugars already present in the body to provide a boost of energy (2).
Several studies have been conducted and have found a links between moringa and lower blood sugar levels, lower cholesterol and reduced inflammation. All 3 of which are common factors in many diseases (3). An in depth report on these characteristics and identified properties was written by Majambu Mbikay entitled “Therapeutic Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaves in Chronic Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia: A Review” it is certainly worth looking at.
Moringa is a powerful medicinal food, the leaves can booth boost energy and promote healthy sleep, it is highly nutritious and makes a great supplement for those lacking certain minerals. Moringa tea is an excellent way to take advantage of the Miracle Tree’s amazing properties.
- “Moringa.” Wikipedia, Wikimedia Foundation, 20 Sept. 2017, Accessed 21 Sept. 2017.
- Arnarson, Atli. “6 Science-Based Health Benefits of Moringa oleifera.” Healthline, Healthline Media, 20 June 2017, Accessed 21 Sept. 2017.
- Mbikay, Majambu. “Therapeutic Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaves in Chronic Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia: A Review.” Frontiers in Pharmacology, Frontiers Research Foundation, 2012,. Accessed 21 Sept. 2017.