Moringa (Moringa Oleifera), also known as “drumstick tree,” is a plant from India. This powerful superfood has been used for thousands of years for better digestion and heart health.
This is linked to the moringa leaves, which are filled with potassium, iron, and vitamin C. In recent years, this superfood has gotten popularity as companies add it to their smoothies and snack bars.
When you consume Moringa, you get three big health benefits:
1 — Lower Cancer Risk
The moringa tree was studied and found to have more than 40 natural antioxidant compounds like B-carotene, kaempferol and quercetin.
Antioxidants protect your DNA from damage which comes from free radicals that are created during metabolism. When these free radicals are greater than the antioxidants, it can cause a state known as oxidative stress, which raises your risk of chronic illness.
2 — Lower Inflammation
Most illnesses today come from chronic inflammation. Moringa lowers inflammatory enzymes that already exist inside your body, and the moringa oleifera pod specifically has bioactive components that lower inflammation in your body through protein kinase pathways.
In a 2019 study of 40 people, the participants who consumed a moringa powder tablet had a decrease in lower back pain, fatigue, eye soreness, and shoulder stiffness over the next four weeks compared to those who did not take the moringa tablet.
3 — Lower Cholesterol
Some trials and reports show the use of this plant and extracts for lowering bad cholesterol. LDL cholesterol is usually said to be the “bad” cholesterol because it clogs onto the walls of blood vessels, which raises your risk of getting a stroke or heart disease.
A 2017 study looked at the effect of moringa seed powder on liver function, heart enzymes and lipids in rats. The study discovered that low amounts of moringa seed helped their heart enzymes, cholesterol levels, and repaired their liver function too.
Moringa has many healthy compounds that will help you if you have insulin resistance. Many of these compounds found within the leaves of moringa may be involved in glucose homeostasis. Also, a beneficial result of moringa includes aiding insulin activity and helping glucose uptake. Research shows that moringa can be used to lower insulin resistance and help blood sugar levels in people with diabetes.
Author: Blake Ambrose