Also known as a “horseradish tree,” Moringa oleifera is a derivative from the ben tree or “drumstick tree,” most commonly found in India, Pakistan, and Nepal. It has been used for centuries to treat and prevent diseases, including: cancer, constipation, diabetes, chronic headaches, thyroid disorders, inflammation, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, epilepsy, respiratory, skin, and digestive disorders.
Here are the Top 7 Health Benefits of Moringa that make it a natural power-house.
Moringa is extremely nutrient-dense, with a 100-gram serving containing more nutrients than most foods associated with the following vitamins and minerals.
Vitamin A (Builds strong eyes and vision, clear healthy skin, a strong immune system, and supports healthy cell production.)
Moringa: 6780 mcg vs. Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C (Natural immunity booster.)
Moringa: 220 mg vs. Orange: 30 mg
Calcium (Supports and builds strong bones and helps prevent osteoporosis.)
Moringa: 440 mg vs. Spinach: 30 mg
Potassium (Essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.)
Moringa: 259 mg vs. Bananas: 88 mg
Iron (Energy and healthy blood and oxygen.)
Moringa: 4 mg vs. 3 oz. Beef 2.2 mg
Protein (The “basic building block” of your cells.)
Moringa: 6.7 gm vs. 1 egg: 6 gm
With over 40 powerful antioxidants, moringa is often referred to as a panacea, having been cited to treat and cure more than 300 diseases.1 These compounds help protect the body against disease and free radicals, stopping them in their tracks before they cause cellular damage and disease. However, if you're one of the 9 in 10 Americans who does NOT consume enough veggies in a day, moringa could be a welcome addition to your daily diet.
Moringa also contains a powerful plant hormone called zeatin. This compound affects the cell division and aging process by protecting the skin and increasing the antioxidant activity of enzymes that fight aging. Zeatin interrupts cell growth, reduces the cellular debris and improves their oxidative stress response.2,3
In addition, moringa (especially its leaf), contains high concentrations of “polyphenols” (phenolics and flavonoids)—substances that protect the body from oxidative stress.
Your liver is responsible for filtering out toxins and wastes in your food and environment, as well as assisting your gallbladder in bile production and body in elimination. If it’s not healthy, then constipation, gallbladder attacks, fatty liver or liver disease, fatigue and digestive disturbances are more likely.
Moringa contains methionine, a unique sulfur-containing amino acid, that supports detox and anti-inflammatory pathways. Moringa also promotes the production of glutathione—the “detox antioxidant” that counters free radicals causing stress to your liver.
Aruveydic practitioners have been using moringa for years to cleanse the liver and body of toxic burden from the foods we eat, hygiene products we use and environmental conditions (mold, smog, dust, etc.).
Natural Antibiotic (without the gut destroying side-effects)
The seeds of the moringa plant include a natural antibiotic, known as pterygospermin, that can be used to treat or control infection.
One study of moringa’s role in fighting off disease found that moringa bark extract killed off the bacteria in four different common bacteria that cause disease, including:4
- Staphylococcus aureus (pimples,boils, pneumonia)
- Citrobacter freundii (meningitis, brain disease, urinary tract infections, gallbladder and pancreatic dysfunction)
- Bacillus megaterium (“anthrax”)
- Pseudomonas fluorescens (infections in the blood, especially in dialysis patients)
Another study concluded that Moringa killed off 90-percent of 19 bacteria connected to disease and typically treated by antibiotics - without the same gut-destruction often associated with antibiotics.5
Additionally, Shailemo et al (2016) concluded that moringa is like a “natural water filterer”—finding that it eliminates bacteria connected to water-borne diseases.6
Natural Antacid (Acid Reflux Fighter)
Moringa leaf has long been used to treat gastric ulcers, as well as offer short-term relief when that tomato sauce or citrus gets the best of you. The acetone extract and methanol extract of the leaves produce a gastric anti-secretory effect to help settle your stomach. And, unlike over the counter antacids, moringa does not suppress stomach acid (HCL), which is necessary for promoting good digestion.
Promotes Blood Sugar Balance
Moringa is a natural blood sugar balancer—helpful in preventing 3 p.m. “crashes” or afternoon headaches, shakiness between meals, insulin highs and lows, and sugar cravings. In fact, moringa has been shown to be effective for treating both Type 1 and Type 2 diabetes, due to its blood-glucose stabilizing effects.
For instance, one study treated 46 type 2 diabetic patients with moringa oleifera leaf for 40 days. At the end of the study, fasting blood glucose and postprandial blood glucose were 28% and 26% lower, respectively, in the treated subjects.7 The following year, Ghiridhari et al. (2011) conducted a study with 60 type 2 diabetic subjects, given moringa oleifera or a placebo for up to 3 months. After 3 months, the blood glucose of the moringa patients decreased 30% more than the control group.8
Natural “Energy Drink”
Moringa provides natural lasting energy, without disturbing cortisol (stress hormone) levels the same way caffeinated beverages do. Moringa is also loaded with B-Vitamins—nutrients essential for tons of metabolic functions, including: energy, enhancing metabolism, and cell growth, especially red blood cells (naturally oxygenated energy boosters).
With all these benefits, it’s difficult to see the downsides of regularly consuming moringa. Restorative Blend’s Armor Green Antioxidant powder provides 930mg of organic moringa per serving, making it easy to add this powerful, nutrient-dense plant to your day.
1 Gopalakrishnan et al, 2016 http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453016300362
2 Rattan & Sodagam, 2005 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15798374
3 Casati et al, 2011 https://miracletrees.org/moringa-doc/moringa-zeatin-antiaging.pdf
4 Zaffer et al, 2010 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25362592
5 Dzotam et al, 2016 https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4709887/