A Little Leaf with Super Powers: Meet Moringa
A single leaf...with an ASTOUNDING array of health benefits. It sounds promising! And to many people, it is.
The last decade has seen Moringa catch the attention of researchers in the Western world, sparking a trend that has given way to hundreds of studies and has helped garner Moringa its mystical nickname: the “miracle tree”.
It’s health properties are impressive, to say the least, and there are many ways to consume it (including tea!), making it an easy item to add to your daily routine.
Moringa has been found to help improve healing speed, stabilize blood sugar, and even combat disease.
Why should you start incorporating this little super power leaf into your health regime?
1. It’s High in Antioxidants
Moringa provides a wealth of vitamins and minerals, many of which serve as antioxidants. Rich in minerals such as calcium, copper, iron, magnesium, potassium and zinc, it’s also a good source of vitamins A, many B vitamins, C, D, and E.
Even more impressive is its phytochemical contents, many of which have been found to slow the growth of cancer and reverse diabetes. If that weren’t impressive enough, it also contains a spectrum of 18 amino acids, including all 9 of the essential amino acids, making it the only plant to be considered a complete protein.
Moringa has been found to be as effective as over the counter anti-inflammatory medicine...without the dangerous side-effects. By suppressing inflammatory proteins in the body, Moringa effectively shuts down swelling, thus contributing to a healthier, happier you.
3. It Works to Balance Hormones
Hormones are sensitive to oxidative stress, so the antioxidant properties of Moringa help protect your hormones against free radicals. This is especially true for the hormone estrogen, making Moringa a particularly beneficial supplement for women.
4. It Smooths Digestion
The anti-inflammatory properties of Moringa have helped soothe troubled digestion for centuries. Meanwhile, its fiber and coagulant properties make it a great source of alleviation for constipation. More recently Moringa has been found to help alleviate even more serious digestive issues, such as acute colitis.
5. It Contributes to Glowing Skin
Moringa is made up of antibacterial, antifungal and antiviral compounds, all of which help heal skin conditions ranging from acne to abscesses. Moringa oil has been used as an astringent agent to help treat skin conditions and heal wounds topically. The antioxidant properties of Moringa help combat infections of the skin internally, as well, by fighting free radicals and boosting the liver in its detoxification process.
6. It Improves Brain Health
By bolstering the thyroid through its antioxidant properties, Moringa not only protects the regulation of all-important hormone levels, but it also enables the thyroid to do its job in balancing mood and sleep patterns. Better mood and sleep make for a healthier environment for the brain.
7. It Stabilizes Blood Sugar
Researchers have been fascinated with Moringa for the last decade as they realized its powerful effects against diabetes. Numerous studies have shown moringa to lower blood glucose levels among patients with diabetes. Other studies have found that Moringa can help lower other markers for diabetes, as well, such as increase insulin sensitivity and lower fasting blood glucose.
How to Prepare Moringa
Moringa tea can easily be made with dried leaves steeped in nearly boiling water. Though the nutritional benefits of Moringa tea are not as extensively studied as Moringa extract or powder, it can surely provide you with many similar benefits when consumed regularly.
No other plant offers the same nutritional content as Moringa, nor has any other plant been found to combat such a wide array of disease. It is, indeed, a little leaf with super powers!