If I were to ask how many of you are aware of what moringa is, I am sure very few hands would be raised. Like a lot of superfoods that take part in the spotlight (matcha, kale, acai), moringa, also popularly known as “the miracle tree” has begun making waves as an even healthier option to cure anything that ails you.
Moringa oleifera, commonly known as horseradish tree due to its overpowering, bitter essence of the roots, is a plant native to Nepal, Pakistan, and India. You may have observed its catchy name, which sounds less like a superfood, popping up as an element in juices, smoothies, or booster shots at café’s serving organic health foods nationwide. Some have already termed moringa, with its endless list of benefits, the go-to superfood of 2019.
Ayurvedic practitioners all over the world have revealed that the leaves of the moringa tree have the power to cure over three hundred diseases. Let us look at each of the benefits of consuming moringa regularly.
Moringa: Key benefits and positive changes that cannot go unnoticed
- Improved energy levels
A single cup of moringa tea encompasses nearly 3x the iron of legumes or spinach. Iron is vital to enriching the energy, blood, and oxygen into our muscles, tissues, and organs. Make a switch from sugar-loaded, caffeinated “energy” drinks to moringa tea to support health and strength – without any side effects.
- Fights inflammation in the body
Moringa tea is rich in isothiocyanates, an antioxidant that can help reduce pain caused due to inflammation. Very often, inflammation is responsible for causing most ailments in the body. The most notorious connection between poor health and inflammation is that of heart disease and appropriate brain functioning. Chronic stress, which leads to chronic inflammation, can cause heart attacks, strokes, memory problems, and dementia. The very powerful anti-inflammatory properties of moringa help combat these concerns without much effort than simply integrating it into your diet.
- Better vision and eye health
Being low in calorie and rich in antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, and essential amino acids, moringa possesses a host of benefits that are useful for treating and curing eye ailments. The juice extracted from moringa leaves is useful in treating chronic eye diseases such as eye inflammation, eye allergy, conjunctivitis, redness, or strain in the eyes. Since moringa is high in beta carotene, it supports clear and healthy vision.
- Healthier skin, nails, and hair
Since moringa contains the essential amino acids, you will observe that brittle, dry hair and cracking nails are a thing of times past after integrating it into your diet. Moringa leaves promote skin health and take the role of a natural detoxifier.
- Encourages a healthy and regular bowel movement
Moringa powder contains nearly 30% fiber, mostly insoluble, something you not only require for digestion but also to scrub the bowel of toxins and waste to further find a way to absorb nutrients from the foods. Moringa is a natural antibacterial and antibiotic that may help constrain the growth of pathogens that cause digestive upset. The secret to healthy skin and a stronger body is found in detoxification.
The nutritional value of this miracle tree is truly surprising, as it offers superior concentrations of antioxidants, essentials vitamins like A and C, healthy fats, and amino acids, depending on the part of the tree being consumed.
How to consume moringa?
Moringa is certainly good for your health, but it’s no common ingredient and isn’t easily available. If you want to consume moringa, you can either buy it in a powdered form or have it as a morning tea. Moringa powder can be added to your smoothies, shakes, or juices, but if you are looking to have it as a morning tea, you only need to pluck the greenest leaves, air dry them, store, and start brewing. However, before you include moringa tea in your diet plan, ensure consulting a doctor.
The comfort and convenience of having one element as opposed to consuming multiple supplements, coupled with extensive research and scientific backing, proves that moringa is much more than just an herbal tree.
Akanksha Shukla is a content strategist, writer by the day and reader by the night- all with the trusted companionship of coffee!