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Moringa; The Miracle Tree

Moringa is one of the most nutrient-rich plants in the world. It contains all nine essential amino acids, supports the immune system, improves mental clarity, improves libido, and more!Popularly called the tree of life, horseradish tree, and drumstick tree. Moringa lives up to its miraculous name. It can treat over 300 diseases and is packed with lots of nutrients; it’s one of God’s greatest gifts to humanity.

Moringa, or moringa oleifera (scientific name), is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. Research has shown that moringa in the powder form has: Nine times more protein than yogurt Ten times more Vitamin A than carrots 15 times more potassium than bananas 17 times more calcium than milk Seven times more Vitamin C than oranges 25 times more iron than spinach. It’s also a rich source of Vitamin B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, D, K, & E, magnesium, fiber, and antioxidants.



Benefits of Moringa: Top 15 Health and Beauty Benefits.

Moringa leaf
Moringa leaf

 

  1. Reduction of stress and fatigue

    The leaves of the moringa tree contain iron, vitamin A and a powerful, natural adaptogen. Adaptogens are herbs or plants that protect the body from the toxic effects of stress. They help reduce stress and improve attention and endurance in the face of fatigue. Iron is essential for the reduction of tiredness and fatigue, and vitamin A supports the metabolism of iron in the body. Adding moringa to your routine is an effective way of gaining these benefits.
  2. Balance hormone

    Our hormone levels influence our overall health, and every small imbalance affects every part of the body. Including moringa to your diet assists in regulating hormones, thereby relieving the symptoms and addressing the root cause.
  3. Improves sex life

    Moringa is an aphrodisiac. It reduces stress and also contains high levels of vitamin D and vitamin C, which are essential for sexual arousal. Moringa nourishes, revitalizes, and strengthens the body. The vitamin C in it creates circulation and increases blood flow to the male and female sex organs.
  4. Easy solution for Anemia

    Anemia is a condition where the good does not have enough healthy red blood cells to transport oxygen around the body. Moringa is an excellent source of iron and other nutrients that helps prevent and deal with anemia.
  5. Immunity

    One of the best moringa benefits is its immune-boosting properties; maintaining a healthy immune system is essential in helping our bodies starve off infections and ailments. Moringa also has anti-cancer agents and can fight off free radicals.
  6. It balances blood sugar:

    Spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels can cause mood swings and sugar cravings and even lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Moringa is used in traditional medicine in preventing and managing diabetes. It also helps balance blood glucose and cholesterol levels.
  7. Protects Vital Organs of the body:

    Moringa supports the Heart, Liver, Kidney, and Stomach. Moringa’s high antioxidant content and ability to detoxify heavy metals make it an ideal supplement for supporting kidney and liver health. It also reduces the risk of cardiovascular disease and improves digestion.
  8. Enhances Lactation.          Moringa helps increase the quantity and quality of breast milk on new moms. Consuming moringa increases the mother’s intake of beta-carotene, the precursor to vitamin A, this is important for newborn babies, as it prevents blindness and infectious diseases linked to its deficiency. In West Africa, vitamin A deficiency is the main reason behind the high death rate of children under 5. To address this, moringa powder can be added to their weaning food or breast milk supplements.
  9. Improves Eye health

    Moringa contains powerful antioxidants which fights cataract and glaucoma development. Moringa also contains extraordinary amounts of Beta-carotene (Vitamin A), Zeaxanthin, Lutein, all of which have been studied and recommended for the protective eye benefits.
  10. Boosts Brain health

    The antioxidant qualities reduce neuron degeneration and improve brain function. Studies suggest that moringa leaves can protect against symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease and may even delay its onset.
  11. Strengths Skin and Hair

    Moringa helps you glow from the inside, it hydrates and moisturizes your skin; keeps skin clear and improves complexion; fights acne; and slows down ageing. Moringa also stimulates hair growth and nourishes the hair.
  12. Moringa fights against infections

    Moringa is naturally antiviral, antifungal, antiparasitic, and antibacterial. This helps prevent food poisoning, Urinary tract infection(UTIs), herpes, and stomach infections. It also aids wound healing.
Moringa powder
Moringa powder

Moringa side effects

  • Moringa has laxative properties. If taken  In large quantities, it can cause stomach upsets, gaseous distension diarrhea, and heartburn.
  • Certain chemicals found in the roots, flowers, and bark could cause uterine contractions in pregnant women. They may increase the risk of a miscarriage.

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Cynthia Adeh Ekpong
I'm Cynthia Adeh Ekpong, and I write about African Herbs and how they benefit our health. It pains me that we Africans spend more money buying drugs for minor issues instead of using herbs around us for little or no amount. My goal in 54history is to bring more awareness to our African herbs.

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