13 Moringa Oleifera Benefits Backed By Science
13 Impressive Benefits Of Moringa
There is so much more to greens than just lettuce and kale. You need moringa leaves in your life!
Moringa is a tree that’s sometimes called the Tree of Life. It has been used as natural medicine in many cultures because of its antioxidant and inflammation reducing properties. When the remedying benefits of a plant have been proven for centuries, it makes you curious, doesn’t it? Let’s dive deeper into the magical secrets of moringa, shall we?
What Is Moringa?
Moringa oleifera is a miracle tree that is native in Asia and some parts of Africa. It grows in tropical, sub-tropical and semi-arid climates. It is also called a drumstick tree by the British and Malunggay in the Philippines.
Moringa is a multipurpose plant, because its leaves, pods, roots, flowers, fruit and bark are beneficial one way or another. Most commonly the leaves and the seeds are used as extracts or are cooked and eaten. In the West, moringa being used as a superfood powder has become increasingly popular. Other parts are also used as traditional medicine in certain cultures.
Moringa Nutrition Facts
One cup of fresh moringa leaf contains the following:
- Protein: 2 grams
- Vitamin B6: 16% of the RDA
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
- Riboflaven (B2): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
- Antioxidants: quercetin and chlorogenic acid
One cup of fresh moringa pods contains:
- Vitamin C: 157% of the RDA
The Benefits Of Moringa
The health benefits of moringa are endless. There are countless scientific studies that have been done proving the medicinal potency of moringa from its ability to fight cancer, diabetes and inflammation to its ability to give you glowing skin.
The remedying benefits of moringa leaves include:
Let’s look at a few of these benefits more closely:
May Protect Against Arsenic Poisoning
Arsenic is a naturally occurring earthly element that can cause major health issues if consumed in high amounts over a long period of time. Most people aren’t aware that there may be traces of arsenic in foods such as rice and rice products such as baby cereal and breakfast cereals.
Long term exposure to arsenic may increase the likelihood of cancer and heart disease.
Some animal studies suggest that eating the leaves and seeds of moringa olefeira may help prevent some of the symptoms of arsenic toxicity (see here, here and here).
Can Help You Maintain Good Cholesterol
Eating a diet rich in plant-based foods is an excellent way to improve overall health, lower cholesterol and reduce risk of illness and disease. Many studies suggest that moringa oleifera has cholesterol-lowering effects (see here, here, here and here).
Can Help Improve Your Mood
Moringa leaf is a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan, which has big benefits for the brain’s neurotransmitters, including neurotransmitters that are responsible for producing the “happy hormone” serotonin. Its high antioxidant levels also help to improve thyroid function, which can in turn improve symptoms of depression, fatigue, low libido and mood swings.
Can Help Balance Hormones
Moringa contains plenty of fiber, which helps to eliminate excess estrogen from the body, resulting in more balanced levels between estrogen, testosterone and progesterone. This herb’s high levels of vitamins A and C also help to reduce inflammation and reduce the impact of stress (cortisol) on the body.
Can Improve Digestion
Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties have been used throughout history to help with stomach ulcers, digestive disorders, infections, candida, liver disease and kidney damage. Because it is rich in fiber, moringa powder can help clean out the digestive tract. In juice form it can help soothe an upset stomach and improve diarrhea.
How To Take Moringa
The recommended dose for moringa is 150-200 mg/kg, making it 1,600-2,200 mg as an optimal dose for a 150 lb person.
100 grams of fresh moringa leaves has nearly twice as much nutritional value as most other vegetables.
Fresh Moringa Leaves
Moringa leaves can be eaten just like other vegetables. You can add them to fresh salads or throw them into stir-frys, soups, pastas, you name it! When cooking fresh moringa leaves, don’t add them until near the end of cooking, like you would with spinach or other tender leafy greens.
Dried Moringa Powder
If you don’t have easy access to fresh moringa, the second best option is to find a high-quality dried form. These are usually in capsules or powdered blends to be added into liquids (smoothies, juices, etc.).
Organifi Green Juice
One of the easiest and most cost-effective ways to take moringa is within a superfood complex like Organifi. A main ingredient of Organifi Green Juice is moringa along with other immune-boosting superfoods like spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass and aswagandha. All are formulated together in effective doses!
Organifi Green Juice can hydrate and revitalize your cells, detoxify your body, fight inflammation, boost your immune system, naturally balance your hormones, support your mental clarity and relieve stress.
You can mix Organifi Green Juice with a glass of water to make a green juice ready to drink within seconds. You can also add it to any of your green juices, green smoothies, shakes, raw snacks and other recipes.
Here are a few creative and nutrient-dense ways to enjoy the benefits of moringa:
Iced Moringa Tea
- 1 tbsp moringa leaf powder (or 1 tsp diced moringa leaf)
- 16 ounces water
- Raw honey to taste
- 1 tsp fresh grated ginger root (optional)
- Fresh squeezed lemon or orange juice
- Add moringa powder, ginger and water to a shaker bottle or blender. Add honey and lemon/orange juice.
- Shake/blend vigorously for about 30 seconds.
- Add ice and refrigerate for 8 hours.
- Serve cold on ice.
- Moringa leaf or moringa leaf powder
- Raw honey to taste
- Brew moringa in your coffee maker like you would normal coffee, using the same water ratio. For a single cup that would be about 1/2 to 1 teaspoon of moringa powder/leaf.
- Add raw honey to taste, if desired.
Moringa Green Smoothie
- 4 leaves kale or spinach
- 1 banana, frozen
- 1 tbsp nut butter
- 3/4 cup coconut water or almond milk
- 1 tsp moringa leaf/powder
- 1 cup ice
Instructions: Combine all ingredients into a high quality blender. Enjoy immediately.
- 2 medium ripe avocados
- 8 cherry tomatoes
- Fresh cilantro, finely chopped, to taste
- Fresh squeezed lime juice from 2 limes
- 2 tsp moringa powder or 2 tsp dry moringa leaf
- 1 tbsp garlic, minced
- Sea salt and pepper to taste
- Dash of cayenne pepper (optional)
- Smash the avocados with a fork and then stir in all ingredients.
- Serve immediately or cool in the fridge for 30 minutes.
Frequently Asked Questions About Moringa Oleifera
Q. Is moringa safe when pregnant and breastfeeding?
A. There is not enough information available about moringa to determine whether or not it is completely safe for pregnancy. Moringa does have some effect on the uterus, potentially causing it to contract. It is probably safer to avoid use of moringa while pregnant unless otherwise advised by a medical professional.
Q. Are moringa roots poisonous?
A. Yes. Moringa roots and their extracts contain a toxic substance that can cause serious side effects such as paralysis and death.
Q. How do you cook moringa?
A. There are a variety of ways to cook moringa, the most common being in a stir fry with olive or coconut oil. Cook moringa in cooking oil until tender.
Q. Are moringa capsules effective?
A. Capsules can be an effective way to receive the benefits of moringa. As with most plants, the most benefits will be achieved when eaten fresh.
Q. Does moringa prevent pregnancy?
A. The toxins in moringa ROOT can prevent pregnancy and should be avoided by all. There is conflicting evidence as to whether or not the rest of the plant prevents pregnancy, but the leaves and seeds are not harmful, even if they contribute to lower conception rates. They may be a form of natural birth control. But don’t rely on them if you don’t want to get pregnant!
Moringa oleifera is a potent medicinal herb that is continuing to grow in popularity throughout western culture. Some professionals are predicting that it will become one of the most sought after superfoods in coming years. Moringa can be a beneficial addition to any diet.
What’s your favorite way to enjoy moringa? Share with us in the comments below!
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Drew Canole is a rockstar in the world of fitness, nutrition and mindset, with a huge heart for others and doing his part to transform the world, one person at a time.
As the founder and CEO of Fitlife.TV, he is committed to sharing educational, inspirational and entertaining videos and articles about health, fitness, healing and longevity. He is also a best selling author and the founder of Organifi, an organic, incredibly delicious greens powder, chock-full of superfoods to make juicing easy no matter your busy schedule.
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