Superfoods Explored – What is Moringa?
The rise of the so called ‘superfoods’ continues as people grow more and more aware of the importance of nutrition. One of the popular superfoods is Moringa. A plant that has been praised for its health benefits for thousands of years, what is Moringa and what are the benefits you may ask. Here are some facts.
Although found throughout Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and South East Asia; India is the largest producer of Moringa.
Commonly referred to as the drumstick tree, the Moringa tree is a great food source. The leaves, flowers and green pods are all edible and widely used in Indian cuisine.
What are the health benefits of using Moringa?
Moringa is known to have many health benefits. It is a rich source of vitamin A, C, E, calcium, potassium and protein. It may help fight various types of cancers, promote weight loss, relief from stomach disorders, help control eczema and psoriasis.
Moringa is rich in antibacterial and anti-fungal properties that are effective against the growth of disease-causing microbes. It has been used in the fight against anaemia, arthritis, asthma, diabetes, high blood pressure, and infections including herpes.
The leaves are rich in many important nutrients, including protein, vitamin B6, vitamin C, riboflavin and iron. Dried leaves are sold as dietary supplements.
Here are some of the benefits that are widely made of this superfood:
- improves weight loss
- lowers cholesterol levels in the blood
- helps lower blood sugar levels
- can increase blood antioxidant levels
- improves kidney function
- regulates thyroid function
- helps control eczema and psoriasis
- gives relief from insomnia
- enhances sexual performance
- increases breast milk in lactating mothers
While early findings seem to support its benefits in certain areas, it is important to point out that scientific research carried out has been done with animals.