Moringa oleifera, commonly known simply as moringa, is a tree native to the south of the Himalayas that is cultivated in tropical or subtropical climates.
Moringa has been used in Ayurveda (Indian traditional medicine system) for thousands of years, offering multiple benefits in the treatment of alterations and conditions of the body.
In the seeds, leaves, flowers, pods and roots of moringa we can find a high concentration of antioxidants (flavonoids, carotenoids, …) vitamins (A, B and C), minerals (iron, calcium, phosphorus, copper, …) and proteins (composed of a balanced amount of essential amino acids such as methionine, tryptophan or lysine).
This composition, as well as its proven usefulness in Asian medicine, has meant that Moringa is known as the tree of life or miraculous tree and that it is classified as a superfood, that is, a food with a nutritional value superior to that found in common foods and that therefore can provide a series of important benefits for health care.
Properties attributed to moringa
The anti-inflammatory effect of moringa has been proven both in cases of acute and chronic inflammation. In the same way, it has been concluded that the side effects in this type of treatments are practically non-existent given the exceptionally low toxicity of moringa, even when ingested in high doses.
The roots, leaves, flowers, seeds and resin of this tree have often been used as a diuretic. To achieve this effect, it is recommended to take it as an infusion.
Traditional Indian medicine has used moringa leaves as a remedy against headache. Also, in recent years, various scientists have tested its use and confirmed its analgesic properties.
The concentration of iron in this superfood is higher than that found in the liver or blood sausage. This makes it an effective remedy in case of anemia.
Also, since we frequently consume iron through meat, moringa is highly recommended as a dietary supplement in the case of following a vegan or vegetarian diet.
Reduces cholesterol levels
A study conducted by the pharmacology department of the University of Nigeria demonstrated the usefulness of Moringa oleifera as hypocholesterolemic.
The study was conducted in obese patients and after including in the diet raw extract of Moringa leaf, they found a decrease of 14.35% in the levels of cholesterol in blood, liver and kidney.
Reduces blood pressure
Moringa leaves have a variety of compounds that act by reducing blood pressure. These compounds are difficult to find in other foods which makes this plant so precious.
The combination of diuretic components together with its positive effect on the regulation of blood pressure and cholesterol levels makes this superfood an effective remedy against cardiovascular disorders.
Helps maintaining a healthy skin
Due to its low molecular weight, the proteins found in the seeds of moringa have purifying action for the skin. This means that the extract of this plant has been used in cosmetic products and that it is an excellent ally to combat aging.