This Superfood is responsible for at least four positive effects to your body
It goes by a variety of names—drumstick tree, horseradish tree, ben oil tree, malunggay. However way you call it, Moringa oliefera, the humble yet hardy plant that thrives in tropical climes, packs a healthy punch that is difficult to beat. We’re talking about more than 92 nutrients and 46 antioxidants in just a single serving, so it isn’t surprising that moringa is hailed as a superfood.
Every part of this plant teems with essential nutrients that are key to optimum health. Its fiber-rich pods contain lipids, protein, and healthy fats that aid in digestive problems and issues with the liver, spleen, and painful joints. Loaded with calcium, potassium, amino acids, and nectar, its flower addresses urinary problems and colds. Its root bark, a storehouse of alkaloids and minerals such as calcium magnesium, and sodium, works as a cardiac stimulant and anti-ulcer and anti-inflammatory agent. With its antimicrobial and anti-inflammatory properties, its seeds treat a wide range of conditions, from hyperthyroidism to arthritis, gout, and sexually transmitted diseases. High in vitamins, minerals, and phytochemicals, its leaves are used against respiratory ailments and to lower blood pressure and cholesterol.
Stacked up next to other healthy food, moringa contains seven times more Vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more Vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, nine times more protein than yoghurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas, and 25 times more iron than spinach. It’s been used to help tend to more than 300 diseases—from diabetes to cancer—and whether you consume this leafy green as a fresh ingredient of a savory soup or viand, in powder form as a condiment or smoothie, or as a convenient capsule, you can still reap its slew of health benefits.
Here are at least four positive effects of moringa to your body.
Improved eyesight. Moringa is chock-full of Vitamin A (9 percent of the RDA), which helps prevent xerophtalmia, an eye condition marked by dryness of the conjunctiva and cornea of the eye. Rich in antioxidants, it regulates the blood sugar in patients with diabetes, protecting them from retinopathy, an inflammation of the blood vessels in the eyes. Left untreated, retinopathy could progress to complete blindness.
Improved respiratory health. In a 2008 study, patients with asthma consumed 3 grams of moringa in powder form with water for three weeks. The natural bronchodilator worked, and by the end of the treatment, the patients showed a marked improvement in lung function. Symptoms such as wheezing, chest tightness, and coughing were significantly reduced, and none experienced any adverse effects from moringa.
Improved digestion and gut health. The fiber in moringa helps relieve constipation, ensuring regularity and ease in digestion. Its anti-inflammatory property can address stomach problems such as gastritis and ulcerative colitis.
Increased toxin filtration. Moringa can contribute to the proper functioning of our kidney and liver, two vital organs that filter out harmful substances from the body. Studies reveal that it reduces liver damage and even helps prevent liver injury. It may also help in restoring liver enzymes, which allow the organ to perform its many duties: clear our blood of drugs, chemicals, and alcohol; convert glucose to starch for storage; and excrete wastes via bile, to name a few.
Meanwhile, moringa also helps in protecting the kidneys from constant exposure to the toxins it filters out. It also aids in eliminating ions that are potential kidney stone formers such as oxalates, calcium, and phosphates.
It’s no wonder scientists refer to it as a Miracle Tree. Moringa also grows prolifically in the Philippines, so it is indeed a superfood that is close to our homes and hearts.