The Moringa plant is beginning to gain more popularity as a new “superfood” due to its highly nutritious profile and powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue protective properties among many other health benefits.
Moringa oleifera is a small tree from India, Pakistan and Nepal that has been used for generations in Eastern countries to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anemia, arthritis, liver disease and respiratory, skin and respiratory disorders. digestive Now we present you with 6 scientifically supported health benefits of consuming the moringa leaf:
1. Moringa is full of nutrients
Moringa is a rich source of vitamins, minerals and amino acids. It contains significant amounts of vitamin A, C and E; calcium; potassium and protein.
2. Fight against free radicals
Antioxidants fight free radicals, molecules that cause oxidative stress, cell damage and inflammation. Moringa contains antioxidants called flavonoids, polyphenols and ascorbic acid in leaves, flowers and seeds.
One study found that leaf extracts had higher antioxidant activity, scavenging capacity of free radicals and greater inhibition of lipid, protein and DNA oxidation than flowers and seeds. This means that it prevents the damage and degradation caused by free radicals in the cells of the different organs of the body, keeping them healthy and functioning at their best level.
Inflammation can lead to chronic diseases such as diabetes, respiratory problems, cardiovascular diseases, arthritis and obesity. Moringa reduces inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body, and moringa leaf concentrate can significantly reduce inflammation in cells.
Moringa leaf powder has been effective in reducing lipid and glucose levels and in regulating oxidative stress in diabetic patients, which means that it lowers blood sugar and cholesterol and improves protection against cell damage.
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4. Protects the cardiovascular system
Moringa leaf powder has benefits for the heart, particularly in the control of blood lipids, the prevention of the formation of plaques in the arteries and the reduction of cholesterol levels.
5. Supports brain health
This happens thanks to its antioxidant and neuro-enhancer activities. It has also been proven as a treatment for Alzheimer’s disease with favorable preliminary results.
Its high content of vitamins E and C combat the oxidation that leads to neuronal degeneration, improving brain function. It is also capable of normalizing the neurotransmitters serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline in the brain, which play a key role in memory, mood, organ function, responses to stimuli such as stress and pleasure and mental health.
6. Protects the liver
Moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols in its leaves and flowers that protect the liver against oxidation, toxicity and damage. Moringa can reduce liver damage and fibrosis and reverse oxidation in the liver. Moringa oil can also restore liver enzymes to normal levels, reduce oxidative stress and increase the protein content in the liver.
The liver is responsible for the detoxification of blood, the production of bile, the metabolism of fructose, the metabolism of fats, and the processing of nutrients, and can only fulfill these functions with the help of liver enzymes, so that it is vital that it be maintained at normal levels.