What is Moringa and what are its possible benefits?

The entire Moringa tree starting from its leaves and pods to its flowers, bark and roots spells numerous health benefits. The Moringa Oleifera tree which is native to Asia and Africa is known by several names including drumstick tree, benzoil tree, and horseradish tree. The drought-resistant Moringa tree grows quickly and is found abundantly in the Himalayan foothills in the northwestern region of India.

The different parts of the tree have been used as culinary delicacies for centuries in India, Nepal, and several other countries in Southeast Asia. The leaves, pods, bark, and flowers have been extensively used for treating digestive disorders, skin ailments, respiratory diseases, anemia, diabetes, arthritis, and heart disease. The Ayurvedic medicinal treatment system of India lists nothing less than 300 disorders and diseases that can be treated and cured using leaves of the Moringa tree.

Moringa pods, leaves, and flowers abound in several nutrients including but not limited to vitamins A, B1, B2, B3, and C, calcium, zinc, potassium, manganese, phosphorus, magnesium, iron, copper, chromium, and protein. Believe it or not, the leaves of the tree contain more nutrients than milk, bananas, oranges, yogurt, and carrots. Here’s looking at some of the health benefits of Moringa.

Moringa boosts cognitive and brain function, thanks to its neural-enhancing and antioxidant attributes. Being rich in vitamins C and A, Moringa leaves help in combating oxidative stress that can cause nerve degeneration, and improves intellect. Additionally, the leaf aids in balancing or streamlining of neurotransmitters like norepinephrine, noradrenaline, dopamine, and serotonin which individually and in combination influence organ function, mood, and memory.

The secretion of these neurotransmitters also has an impact on your stimuli responseresulting in excessive stress or being too ecstatic ultimately making you overly depressive or unusually hyperactive. Taking Moringa supplements or consuming the pods of the tree helps in maintaining your mental health.

The flowers and leaves contain a high proportion of polyphenols that work against toxicity and oxidation thereby allaying liver damage. Oil of Moringa is extremely effective in restoring the emission levels of hepatic (liver) enzymes to normal or healthy levels. This restoration leads to an increase in the liver’s proteinaceous content and minimizing of oxidative stress.

The liver in the human body performs many vital functions including nutrient processing and assimilation, fat metabolism, glucose metabolism, production of bile, and detoxification of blood. Enzymatic secretions in the liver should be maintained at appropriate levels so that the largest organ in the body can efficiently execute the aforementioned functions. Therefore regularly consuming the leaves and the seedpods can go a long way in boosting up liver function.

The leaves of Moringa tree are endowed richly with a vegetative compound known as isothiocyanates that is instrumental in controlling the blood sugar level. Habitual intake of the leaves helps in regulating the discharge of insulin which in turn helps in maintaining the level of glucose in the bloodstream. Researches and studies have time and again proved that routinely consuming meals flavored with Moringa leaves brought down sugar levels in the blood of diabetics by nearly 21%.

The Journal on Ethnopharmacology in one of its editions reported that Moringa had the potential of lowering abnormally high blood cholesterol levels having an action similar to ‘Simvastatin’-a drug that helps to bring down cholesterol content in the bloodstream. The journal also mentioned that the leaves of the miracle tree found widespread use in traditional Thai medicine as a cardio-tonic. Studies carried out lately to pinpoint the health benefits of the drug clearly established its hypocholesterolemic action.

The conclusive findings of such studies confirmed that sections of the tree were imbued with anti-atheroschlerotic, hypolipidemic, and antioxidant properties. These innate properties translated into potential that had the effect of counteracting the risks of suffering from cardiovascular diseases.

Moringa is laden with fibers that help cleanse the digestive tract and promotes bowel movement. The leaves are endowed with a phytochemical compound known as isothiocyanates imparting to these antibacterial properties which helps rid your system of Helicobacter Pylori-a bacterium that plays a vital role in causing gastric cancer, ulcer, and gastritis. As the H. Pylori bacteria enters the human body via impure or unclean water and settles in the digestive tract, drinking water purified with Moringa seeds may prevent the microorganisms from invading your system.

A byproduct of the seeds, called the seed cake which is actually a derivative that remains after the seeds have been hard-pressed for oil extraction, is highly effective in removing most of the impurities that are found in water. Protein elements in Moringa seeds are dimeric cationic that make the colloidal molecules in water to bunch up ultimately enabling easy removal of the impurities through filtration.

The process by which water is filtered using the seeds of the Moringa tree is environmental-friendly (and hence non-toxic). Therefore, the seeds serve as a better or healthier alternative when it comes to purifying drinking water sullied by pollutants in regions where the tree is found abundantly.

Hemophiliac individuals bleed profusely even when they suffer a minor cut or a simple bruise. This happens because the blood’s capability to clot in hemophiliacs is severely compromised. The roots, seeds, and leaves of the Moringa tree have blood-clotting properties that aid in healing wounds and injuries faster as effective clotting time is considerably reduced.

When you suffer a cut or a wound in any area of your body, the affected region tends to get inflamed or swollen. This inflammation is the body’s natural mechanism to respond to wound, injury or infection. However, if the inflammation is sustained, it can be indicative of a major chronic disease like cancer, diabetes, arthritis or cardiovascular disease. Moringa seeds, pods, and leaves are rich in isothiocyanates that imbibe these parts of the tree with anti-inflammatory properties.

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