Moringa Oleifera is also called the tree of life. This tree is found in the sub-Himalayan parts of India, Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. It also grows in the tropic areas and it has numerous medicinal uses thanks to the healing properties of its leaves, flowers, seeds, fruits and bark.
This plant has been long used for energy supply and treating tired blood (anemia), as well as asthma, diarrhea, stomach pain, joint pain, epilepsy and so on.
What is moringa exactly and how does it work?
Uses and Mechanism of Action
No one knows exactly how moringa works, but we do know that it is a very strong antioxidant and that it is a great source of amino acids.
Being a strong antioxidant, moringa is able to fight cancer-causing free radicals in the body. These compounds are highly reactive and can cause unwanted results when they come into contact with the walls of the body cells. Initially, free radicals cause external damage only, which leads to the visible signs of ageing.
Nevertheless, in time, the damage builds up and it can penetrate deeply into the cells and attack the DNA in them. This leads to DNA mutation which prevents the cells from functioning appropriately and as these cells multiply, the cancer spreads through the body.
Moringa is not only a potent antioxidant, but it also supplies the body with usable proteins it utilizes for building muscles and supporting the brain function through the creation of neurotransmitters.
Besides the abovementioned benefits, moringa is also a rich source of nutrients, including iron, potassium, calcium, sulfur, B vitamins and much more. When it comes to essential amino acids content, moringa is one of the only complete sources. When it comes to other nutrients, the fact that you should take just half a cup of it to meet the recommended daily amounts of vitamins A and C says enough.
Moringa contains more than ten times your needs for vitamin E and more than three times the iron that spinach or beef contain. It also contains three times more potassium than beef and over four times more calcium than milk.
In other words, moringa makes your skin better (thanks to the high content of vitamin E), prevents cramps (thanks to the presence of potassium), improves and strengthens the bones (thanks to the calcium), and it strengthens the muscles as well. This plant is lean and non-calorific, and supplies your body with long-term energy, being a complex carbohydrate.
Note: moringa flowers should not be used during pregnancy, as they are abortifacients. You can prepare tea from the flowers, but if you want to eat them you will have to cook them first. Moringa can be used cooked in your meals as any other leafy green. It is excellent for salads. Almost all organic stores have moringa.
Moringa, wheat grass, spirulina, and chlorella are the power greens that are fantastic additions to any dietary regime.