Moringa oleifra, also known as drumstick tree it is a highly useful plant. It is a fast growing, deciduous tree mainly native to India. It is also cultivated in many tropical Asian, African countries. It is widely called as horseradish. Moringa is a very ancient tree, its leaves are considered to be more nutritious as herbs. Ancient Egyptian, Greeks valued the medicinal value of moringa leaves.
One cup of moringa leaves have,
- Vitamin B6 – 19%
- Vitamin A – 9%
- Protein – 2 g
- Vitamin C – 12%
- Vitamin B2 riboflavin – 11%
- Iron – 11%
- Magnesium – 8%
Moringa leaves are taken in natural green forms in tropical countries, but in western countries they are available in dried powdered form. It is also as healthy as the natural form.
Health Benefits of Moringa Leaves
Treat Stomach Disorders
The isothiocyanates which is in moringa are the best in treating of abdominal disorders like constipation, gastritis and ulcers. The moringa leaves are able to cure severe burns caused to to heavy acidic foods in your stomach.
Moringa leaves contain antibiotic properties adn it wcerts inhibitoru effects in the growth of various pathogens. This includes coliform bacteria, which can trigger the conditions like diarrhea.
Moringa leaf powder has beeb effective at reducing glucose levels in your blood. It also it controls the cholestrol levels and improves the protection from cell damage.
Moringa extracts exert a hepatoprotective effect on the liver. Research studies have validated the effectiveness of moringa leaves against the liver damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs as well as its stimulating effects in speeding up the recovery process. It helps to restore the levels of glutothione content in the body and prevents radiation-induced Hepatic lipid preoxidation. This protective effect is attributed to the presence of phytochemicals such as catechin, epicatechin, ferulic acid and vitamin C found in moringa.
Moringa is an anticancer agent and is highly valued in tumor therapy. Scientific research has demonstrated that moringa extracts possess chemopreventive properties attributed to the presence of the phenolic components quercetin and kaempferol. Another study has demonstrated the role of the bioactive compound niazimicin in restraining the development of cancer cells. Moringa extracts impart chemomodulatory effects towards curing various types of cancers such as Ovarian cancer, hepatic carsenogensis by inhibiting the proliferation of malignant cancer cells and inducing apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.