Moringa oleifera or drumstick tree is a small tree native to India but today is mainly cultivated in all tropical and subtropical areas. This plant loves a lot of heat and little water, which makes it suitable for dry regions and that’s why India is the largest producer of moringa.
Almost all parts of this plant are edible: leaves, immature seed pods called drumsticks, mature seeds,seed oil,roots and flowers. This tree was being used not only in the traditional indian medicine but also by ancient Greeks, Egyptians and Romans,they all knew how powerful was this plant.
Maybe its nutrients makes it so special, especially leaves and pods are high in vitamin B (B1,B2,B3,B5,B6,B9) vitamin C and vitamin A, from minerals we’ll mention that one cup of fresh chopped leaves (21g) contains: Iron 11% of the RDA, magnesium 8% of the RDA, calcium 4% of the RDA, manganese and phosphorus 3% of the RDA and small percent of zinc and potassium.
But, the high levels of antioxidants is what makes it perfect fighting cancer.
The leaves of moringa contain powerful antioxidants like: quercetin and chlorogenic acid , two compounds that are best in fighting free radicals in the body which provides protection against various diseases such as pulmonary and cardiovascular diseases, osteoporosis and certain forms of cancer.
These compounds together with another one called isothiocyanate , also found in moringa leaves, scientifically are proved in reducing blood sugar levels and they also have anti-inflammatory properties and that makes them a great choice of food for lowering the blood sugar in a natural way.
The leaves and the seed pods or drumsticks are often used in preparing soups and curries and the research shows that they have a cleansing effect on the blood. They are lowering the cholesterol and triglycerides that decrease the risk for cardiovascular problems.
Because of their anti-inflammatory effects, the extract of leaves is often used for solving skin problems: pimples,acnes, dandruff even is used as anti-aging product.
Moringa can be found in many forms. You can find fresh moringa leaves as well as dried leaves in form of powder or capsules that can be used as supplements,for preparing teas or just added to your favorite meal or salad, moringa oil useful to moisturize the skin and as we mentioned as ingredient in anti-aging cosmetic and moringa seeds , the best source of oleic acid. It’s important to buy the purest kind of moringa, from companies who sell certified products of this plant and always follow the dosage instructions , maximum 6 grams of moringa daily for three weeks. If you take it longer, you may feel some stomach issues.
Some studies have shown that moringa root may contain some toxins and it’s not recommended to eat it, especially it’s unsafe for pregnant women and those who are breastfeeding,in fact for them it’s not recommended any of moringa products.
Moringa tree it’s widely used not only in nutrition but in other fields to. Its benefits are many, from washing soup to water filtration,and in the future we hope to find out more about this magical tree.
But one thing is for sure, it’s very healthy and can be very useful for many issues you have so you can freely include it in your nutrition!