BENEFITS OF MORINGA
Moringa tree is one of the most nutrient-dense plants on the planet. The leaves are naturally one of the most concentrated sources of nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, vital proteins, antioxidants, and other nutrients, including omega oils.
Not only does Moringa contain Vitamins A, B, C, E to K but is also packed with 92 nutrients and 46 natural antioxidants. It also holds several anti-inflammatory compounds and contains minerals such as iron, calcium, selenium, phosphorus, and potassium. Apart from being a great source of fibre, the Moringa tree is also a rich source of protein containing all 9 essential amino acids and essential fatty acids such as omega-3, 6 and 9. Based on the depth of its composition, Moringa can help strengthen the immune system, increase energy levels, and improve general health.
In Asia, Moringa Oleifera is said to have been used for various purposes such as hair nourishment, liver protection, reducing inflammation, and lowering cholesterol levels. For more benefits, research is underway.
FROM THE SOURCE
Grows in: Africa and Asia
Sourced & Processed: Ghana, Uganda and South Africa
Packaged in: Norway and Sweden
TRADITIONAL USES OF MORINGA
Every part of the plant can be used for its nutrient-dense medicinal value and cosmetic purpose, with edible flowers, leaves, root, and seed pods. The tree's edible leaves alone are packed with protein, iron, potassium, calcium, nine essential amino acids, and vitamins A, B, and C. Most legumes don't even have that much protein, nor all the essential amino acids.
Moringa can be related to vegetables such as Kale, broccoli, and cabbage, and shares the same nutritious compounds. Its leaves, when tossed on salads or meat, taste a bit peppery like arugula. Young pods look like asparagus or Chinese long beans, but with a bit of spice. Seeds can be eaten or boiled to make salad oil or cosmetic oil. The fragrant flowers are often used to make tea. More commonly, the leaves are dried and ground into a powder that could be used for smoothies, drinks, or added to soups, curries, and stews.
The seeds, pods, flowers, and leaves are used as food, while the bark, roots, stems, and the rest of the tree are used for making tools or as folk medicine. Ayurvedic medicine uses part of the tree for treating various ailments. The leaves are eaten raw in salads, blended into drinks, or steamed like spinach.
Cold-pressed oil from the seed of Moringa is used as a cosmetic oil and as an ingredient in cosmetic products; due to its fatty acids and anti-aging properties.
WHAT IS MORINGA?
You have probably heard of the names the drumstick tree, miracle tree, ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree. Well, they are other names for the Moringa Oleifera plant. Native to Africa and Asia, Moringa is rich in proteins, vitamins, and minerals. For centuries, it has been widely used due to its unmatched medicinal properties and health benefits. Products from the tree have multiple health, food, and cosmetic uses. Additionally, the plant has anti-fungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
PUBLISHED MORINGA RESEARCH
Anthanont P, Lumlerdkij N, Akarasereenont P, Vannasaeng S, Sriwijitkamol A. Moringa oleifera leaf increases insulin secretion after single-dose administration: a preliminary study in healthy subjects. J Med Assoc Thai. 2016;99(3):308-13.
Fard MT, Arulselvan P, Karthivashan G, Adam SK, Fakurazi S. Bioactive Extract from Moringa oleifera Inhibits the Pro-inflammatory Mediators in Lipopolysaccharide Stimulated Macrophages. Pharmacogn Mag. 2015;11(Suppl 4): S556-S563. doi:10.4103/0973-1296.172961
Leone A, Spada A, Battezzati A, Schiraldi A, Aristil J, Bertoli S. Cultivation, Genetic, Ethnopharmacology, Phytochemistry, and Pharmacology of Moringa oleifera Leaves: An Overview. Int J Mol Sci. 2015;16(6):12791-12835. Published 2015 Jun 5. doi:10.3390/ijms160612791
Leone A, Bertoli S, Di Lello S, et al. Effect of moringa oleifera leaf powder on postprandial blood glucose response: in vivo study on Saharawi people living in refugee camps. Nutrients. 2018;10(10). PII: E1494. doi:10.3390/nu10101494
Chumark P, Khunawat P, Sanvarinda Y, et al. The in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant properties, hypolipidaemic and antiatherosclerotic activities of water extract of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008;116(3):439-446. doi:10.1016/j.jep.2007.12.010