Moringa oleifera (also known as the “tree of life”) is a plant that can be found at the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. is also grown in the tropics and has a number of different medicinal uses of their leaves, bark, flowers, seeds and fruits.
Moringa is traditionally used for energy and for the treatment of “tired blood” (what you and I call anemia, although it is a pretty good description!) as well as joint pain, asthma, diarrhea, pain stomach, epilepsy and more.
So what exactly is it and how does it work?
Uses and mechanism of action
Although the exact mechanisms of action are not understood completely moringa, which We do know that is a) a powerful antioxidant and b) a great source of amino acids.
As an antioxidant, moringa is able to fight free radicals that cause cancer in the body. These are substances that are highly reactive and can cause undesirable results when in contact with the cell walls. At first, free radicals cause external damage only contributing to the visible signs of aging.
Overtime, however, if the damage accumulates, it can penetrate deeper into the cells and attack the DNA. This causes mutations that prevent cells function properly and that these cells multiply, the cancer can spread throughout the body.
Moringa is a powerful antioxidant and at the same time provides the body with usable proteins that can be used to build muscle and help the healthy functioning of the brain through the creation of neurotransmitters.
Above all that, the moringa is also a potent source of potassium, iron, calcium , sulfur, B vitamins and more. In terms of essential amino acids, moringa is one of only complete sources. As for other nutrients, only half a cup is enough to meet your recommended vitamins A and C. daily dose
also contains more than ten times the requirement of vitamin E and more than three times the iron found in spinach or beef. It has three times more potassium than beef . also has more than four times the calcium found in milk.
What does this mean in real terms? This means better skin (vitamin E), which means less cramps (potassium), which means stronger (calcium) bones and muscles means harder. It is very thin and no heating value and also provides a lot of long-term energy and complex carbohydrates.
Note: moringa flowers are abortifacients so do not use during pregnancy. The flowers can be made into tea, but make sure they are cooked before eating. You can also cook moringa and use it on the side of a meal as you would any other leafy green vegetables. It’s great in salads and can be found in many organic stores.
Along with wheat grass, chlorella and spirulina is one of the “greens energy” and is a great addition to any diet.