Moringa is very popular among the elders. It is also called drumsticks. Do you know why it is considered as ‘The Miracle Tree’?
Moringa Oleifera commonly grows in the foothills of Himalayas. This is because it has immense nutritional value and healing properties. Its bark, leaves, fruit, root, seeds and flowers are used to make different medicines.
Other names of Moringa Oleifera are:
- Hindi name: Sehjan/Senjan
- Tamil name: Murungai
- Malayalam name: Muringa
The leaves of Moringa tree are full of advantages. You will be surprised to know that dried powder of Moringa leaves is even more beneficial than fresh Moringa leaves! This is due to the fact that its dried powder contains ten times more nutrients than its fresh leaves. It can be conveniently stored in organic capsule form and it dissolves easily in water. This makes it easy to use over a long time.
What is the nutritional value of Moringa leaves?
Moringa leaves have great nutritional value. It forms an organic health supplement that provides immense energy and endurance. Moringa leaves contain:
- 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges
- 4 times the calcium in milk
- 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots
- 2 times the protein in milk
- 3 times the potassium in bananas
Let us discover the numerous valuable benefits of Moringa leaves powder that justify it as ‘The Miracle Tree’:
- A storehouse of plant protein:
Moringa leaves are a minefield of 18 different types of amino acids that makes them a complete source of protein. Although Moringa leaves are full of plant protein, they can give an equal amount of nutrition in comparison to sources of animal protein. So, all the vegans and vegetarians can take full advantage of it to build up their muscle mass and general health. They help build your stamina, haemoglobin, skin, cartilage and bones, and help boost your immunity levels.
- Full of calcium and magnesium:
Moringa leaves are an excellent supplement for strengthening your bones and teeth. It helps in preventing osteoporosis and other bone ailments. One serving of Moringa powder gives you 125% of recommended daily intake of calcium and 61% of that of magnesium. Magnesium helps absorb calcium into your body.
- An excellent source of anti oxidants:
There are a lot of free radicals in your body that cause degenerative ailments and cause signs of ageing. Moringa leaves are an amazing source of anti oxidants. They contain a whopping 46 different types of anti oxidants! These anti oxidants destroy the free radicals and keep signs of ageing like wrinkles, graying of hair etc. at bay. You end up looking much younger beyond your age with regular use of Moringa leaves extract.
Anti oxidants also help protect you against various diseases like macular degeneration, cystic fibrosis etc. Your eye health gets a boost too as Moringa leaves are a rich source of Vitamin A.
- Helps you keep diabetes under control:
Moringa leaves powder is immensely helpful in keeping your blood sugar levels normal. Diabetics can consume it in capsule form or add it to their drink, as recommended by the Ayurvedic doctor. It is an effective home remedy for diabetics that is also light on your pocket.
- Lowers bad cholesterol levels:
LDL cholesterol is bad for your health. It gets deposited in your arteries of the heart and forms clots. These clots block the glow of blood and oxygen to your heart. If this condition is not controlled in time, it may even lead to a heart attack eventually.
Moringa leaves help clear out the bad LDL cholesterol from your blood stream. They help in curbing the buildup of clots on your arterial walls and help prevent heart ailments.
- Lowers hypertension:
Hypertension or high blood pressure is an asymptomatic condition. It is a dangerous condition that can lead to serious heart related ailments. Moringa leaves have the healing properties that help keep your high blood pressure under control.
Their extract also helps you relax and sleep better at night. It is therefore effective in treating symptoms of insomnia too.
- Boosts your energy levels:
Moringa leaves have incomparable nutrition value. It has loads of nutrients like Vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6, C and E, minerals like calcium, magnesium, iron, 18 types of amino acids, 46 types of anti oxidants, proteins and dietary fibre.
It is specially recommended as a health supplement for athletes to enhance their stamina and endurance levels. It is beneficial for students as well. It helps increase their concentration levels.
- Promotes detoxification:
Moringa leaves powder has incredible detoxification properties. Its coagulant nature helps binds harmful bacteria and other toxins. It helps remove toxic substances from your body when consumed in powder form. This helps prevent many ailments from breeding in your system.
- Fights depression:
Moringa leaves powder helps your nerves relax. It is an effective remedy for treating symptoms of depression and anxiety.
- Enhances immune system:
Moringa leaves enhance your immunity. It improves your metabolism, detoxifies and rejuvenates your kidneys and liver, and nourishes your eyes and brain.
- Treats infections:
Moringa leaves have anti bacterial properties. It helps in treating bacterial and fungal infections.
- Aids weight loss:
Moringa leaves are capable of boosting your metabolic rate. They have loads of dietary fibre content that helps enhance your digestion. It helps in weight loss as it is low in calories and helps curb your appetite and reduces water retention.
- Improves lactation:
Moringa leaves powder is extremely nutritious supplement for pregnant and lactating women. 6 tablespoons or 50 grams of Moringa powder should be consumed by pregnant or lactating women every day. It helps meet the nutrient requirement during pregnancy or breast feeding period.
- Acts as an aphrodisiac:
Moringa leaves extract is also an excellent aphrodisiac. It boosts your libido and improves your stamina.
How Moringa Benefits Skin
Moringa takes good care of your skin. It nourishes and makes your skin supple and healthy. It also has tremendous healing properties that help keep infections at bay.
- Astringent effect:
Moringa leaves powder has astringent properties that helps kill germs. Because of this nature, you may use it to treat infection, gum disease like gingivitis, cuts, wounds, insect bites etc. The best advantage of Moringa leaves is that they help the wounds and cuts heal faster without leaving any scars.
- Gives you a glowing skin:
If you want to keep your skin soft, radiant and free from blemishes, using Moringa leaves powder will give you great results.
To make a face pack mix Moringa leaves powder, sandalwood powder and fuller’s earth in an equal ratio. Add rose water to this mixture to make a paste. Apply this paste evenly on your face (leaving the eye area untouched) for 20 minutes. Wash it off with plain water.
Apply this pack once a week to enjoy compliments for a great looking skin.
- Keeps wrinkles away:
Moringa leaves are packed with numerous varieties of anti oxidants and Vitamins like A, C and E. This helps destroys the free radicals that cause damage to your skin and bring on early signs of ageing.
The anti oxidants prevent fine lines on your face and wrinkles on your skin. As a result you appear youthful and radiant.
Moringa is Great for Hair!
Moringa leaves are tremendously useful in promoting your hair health. Here are ways in which it helps boost your hair health:
- Treats dandruff:
Moringa leaves powder can be used on your scalp to treat dandruff. You can make hair pack. Take 3-4 tablespoons of organic Moringa leaves powder and add water to make a fine paste.
Apply this paste on your hair and scalp for 30 minutes. Wash it off with a mild shampoo and water. Apply this hair pack once a week to get dandruff free hair.
- Helps form Keratin:
Keratin protein is necessary for your hair health. It gives vitality, volume and shine to your hair. Moringa leaves powder contains essential minerals, vitamins and other nutrients that help produce keratin. As a result your hair bounces with great health and shine!
- Nourishes your hair and promotes hair growth:
Lack of zinc can cause your scalp to dry up and lead to dandruff buildup. Moringa leaves powder is rich in minerals like iron and zinc that keep your sebaceous glands well nourished. This enhances your hair growth and helps in protein synthesis.
Vitamins help nourish your hair follicles and make your hair stronger and richer.
How is Moringa powder made?
Moringa powder is made by drying the dark green Moringa leaves at low temperatures. This process continues till its plant tissue gets converted into a powder form. After this, the powder is processed to remove the various impurities.
The organic powder is then packed into capsules and sealed bags. In this form, the Moringa powder remains fresh for many months and its nutritive value remains high. It is easy to store and use. The best part is that it is free from any side effects. It can be used as an ingredient in many dishes as well.
If you can’t get fresh leaves, always go for Organic Moringa Powder.
How to use Moringa leaves powder?
Moringa leaves powder can be used and consumed in various ways:
- You may add it to your juices, beverages like tea and smoothies directly.
- You may add it to your porridge, cereals or soups too.
- It can be used as an ingredient while cooking. Just make sure to avoid high temperatures while using Moringa powder. High heat destroys some of its nutrients.
- You can take directly in the powder or capsule form with water.
- You can directly cook Moringa leaves as a dish. It is cooked in the same way as spinach.
What is the daily dosage?
You may consume Moringa powder in the dosage of 3 grams daily. If your doctor recommends a higher dosage for treating certain conditions, you may do so.
For example, pregnant and lactating ladies are recommended to take 50 grams of Moringa leaves powder daily.
Are there any side effects of Moringa extract?
The great news is- organic Moringa powder has no side effects. It is safe to use within the expiry period. Even small babies are fed with it in Africa to overcome malnutrition.
Moringa leaves are a storehouse of nutrients and energy. The energy boost from its organic powder is unlike the energy boost you experience from sugar intake. This powder gives you a long lasting surge of vitality and promotes a feeling of general well being.
In organic form, Moringa leaves have the potential to protect you against 300 different types of diseases. It is a great way of uplifting your wellness and boosting your health.
Here are some healthy recipes of Moringa leaves:
- High Energy Moringa Smoothie:
Get a daily boost of high energy with the Moringa smoothie.
1 cup coconut milk / almond milk, 1 tsp Moring leaves powder, 1/2 tsp turmeric powder, 1/2 tsp cinnamon powder, a pinch of nutmeg powder, ¼ cardamom powder, 1/2 banana. You may also add ginger, coriander and other spices to enhance the flavour.
Just toss the given ingredients together, and put them in a blender to get the super food smoothie.
- Refresh yourself with Moringa Tea:
Rejuvenate yourself with fresh Moringa tea.
Take ½ tsp Moringa leaves powder and add it to a cup of hot water. Cover it and let it steep for 5 minutes. You may add a few drops of lemon juice and sweetener to it to enjoy your Moringa tea cuppa!
Apart from Moringa leaves, you can use Moringa seeds as well. You can get them from the pods of the drumstick tree. The seeds are tender when they are fresh. Once the seeds dry up, they become hard and look like small beans. These seeds have tremendous benefits just like the leaves. You can cook them in many ways like boiling, roasting or steaming.
Do not eat Moringa seeds on an empty stomach as it may give you a tummy ache. Also limit their consumption to 3-4 seeds a day as excessive eating may have a laxative effect. Also ensure that the seeds are grown organically to avoid consuming chemicals sprayed on them.
Make Moringa leaves and seeds a part of your daily diet routine. It will enhance your wellness and pep up your health quotient. Enjoy the natural benefits and keep yourself free from many ailments easily. If you have more Moringa recipes, do share them with us!
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