Moringa, also known as “drumstick”, is a powerful bioactive plant that is rich in antioxidants. Scientists have confirmed its health benefits, although more research is needed to further determine its power.
Moringa contains essential vitamins and minerals, and the leaves are even richer in nutrients than the pods. A cup of fresh pods provides 15% of the RDA of vitamin C, 19% of the daily recommended amount of vitamin B, 9% of vitamin A, 11% of vitamin B2, 8% of magnesium and 2 gr. of protein. The leaves are a popular dietary supplement in the West, and can be easily grown at home.
Here are the health benefits of moringa leaves:
Strengthen the bones
Moringa leaves will improve your bone density and prevent bone loss due to the high calcium and iron content. They are great for children and will provide support to their developing bones.
The fruit is rich in antioxidants which can fight free radicals and prevent cancer. It also contains chlorogenic acid and quercetin, 2 powerful antioxidants which can eliminate free radicals in the body. The anticancer properties can prevent the growth of tumors and cancer cells.
The root of the moringa plant can relieve headaches – extract its juice and mix it with jiggery for instant relief.
Treats eye problems
Moringa can help you relieve eye problems such as conjunctivitis. Grind some leaves and mix them with some water, then apply the paste on your eyes, or mix the juice with honey and use it as an eyeliner to cure corneal disorders.
Lowers blood pressure
The plant can keep your blood pressure under control and can also manage diabetes. High blood sugar levels for a longer period may cause many health conditions including heart disease, but according to studies, moringa can lower the levels in only 3 months. A study involving 30 women given 7 gr. of moringa leaf powder daily for 3 months showed a 13.5% reduction in blood sugar, which clearly shows how powerful the plant is.
Purifies the blood
Moringa is great for cleaning the blood of toxins as well as the skin. The juice can be applied on acne and pimples in order to accelerate the healing of the area.
Due to the high vitamin A content, moringa can stop the aging process and strengthen your immune system.