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- Mar 07 2017
The Myriad Health Benefits of Moringa-Drum Stick
Moringa plant is gradually gaining popularity as the new ‘super-food’ because of its anti-inflammatory, tissue protective and anti-oxidant properties.
Moringa Oleifera, also referred to as ben tree, horseradish or drumstick tree, is a plant indigenous to India, Pakistan and Nepal and has been used since generations to treat diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, heart disorders, anemia, conditions associated with the liver, skin, respiratory and digestive diseases.
Although more popular as the supplement of the leaf powder, the pods, flowers, bark, roots and seeds of the plant are edible as well.
Some of the major benefits of consuming Moringa are:
1 It is packed with nutrients
Moringa is packed with minerals, amino acids and vitamins. It is also loaded with significant amounts of Vitamin C, A and E, potassium, protein and calcium. The pods of the tree contain lesser amounts of minerals and vitamins as compared to the leaves. In the developing nations, the diets people follow may be lacking in sufficient quantities of vitamins, proteins and minerals. In such cases, Moringa Oleifera can act as the perfect substitute. But one thing to bear in mind here is that consuming this particular supplement in the form of capsules won’t work as good as expected.
It prevents damage caused by free radicals
Free radicals are molecules that cause cell damage, oxidative stress and inflammation. The flowers, leaves and seeds are packed with anti-oxidants such as polyphenols, flavonoids and ascorbic acid. According to a study, the leaf extracts were much more potent as compared to the seeds or the flowers.
It prevents inflammation
Inflammation can result in chronic conditions such as diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, obesity, arthritis and other respiratory distress. By suppressing the enzymes that cause inflammation, Moringa helps treat inflammation. Also, Moringa leaf extracts significantly reduces cellular inflammation
Fights certain symptoms of diabetes
The powder obtained from Moringa leaves has proven to be effective in bringing down levels of glucose and lipid and controlling oxidative stress among patients diagnosed with diabetes. This implies that it insulates against cholesterol and blood pressure, thus protecting against damage caused to the cells.
Keeps the cardio-vascular mechanism in good shape
The powder obtained from Moringa leaf extracts is beneficial in the upkeep of your heart health, especially when it comes to controlling the levels of blood lipid, prevention of formation of arterial plaque and reduced levels of cholesterol.
Supports cognitive health
Moringa, because of its neuro-enhancing and anti-oxidant properties, keeps one’s cognitive functioning in top shape. By reducing inflammation, it also contributes to better brain health. More so, Moringa has also been tested positive in cases of Alzheimer’s disease with favorable results in the preliminary stages of it. Consuming recommended dosages also helps to normalize levels of certain neurotransmitters such as dopamine, serotonin, and noradrenaline in the brain; thus leading to improved organ function, memory, mood and bettered response to environmental stimuli such as pleasure or stress.
Protects the liver
The leaves and flowers of Moringa are high on polyphenols that help protect the liver from damage, oxidation and toxicity. It is capable of reducing the damage to the liver by reversing oxidation as well as diminishing signs of fibrosis. The oil of Moringa is also known for its properties of increasing protein levels, restoring the balance of the enzymes in the liver and thus reducing stress from oxidation. The functions of the liver are several and few amongst them are detoxification of the blood, fat metabolism, fructose metabolism, nutrient processing and most important of all- bile production. These functions are only possible with the aid of the enzymes present in the liver and if they go out of balance, then it can create various problems in the body.
Anti-microbial and anti-bacterial properties
Moringa oil also acts as an anti-bacterial and an anti-fungal agent. It is most effective on bacterial strains or fungal strains that infect the skin. It also acts against bacterial strains that cause infections in the blood and as a result, cause problems in the digestive system or the urinary tract.
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