Health Benefits of Moringa

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Health Benefits of Moringa
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Moringa Oleifera is an ancient plant that goes by many names – the miracle tree, horseradish tree, the tree of life, or the drumstick tree, to name a few. It’s regarded as one of the most nutrient-dense plants. Nearly every part of the plant (pods, seeds, and leaves) is packed with tons of antioxidants, nutrients, and vitamins.

Different cultures in Africa, Asia, and South America have historically utilized different parts of the pantropical plant for its medicinal properties and as a dietary supplement. Why so? The Moringa outclasses most of the popular organic sources of nutrients gram-for-gram as shown below.

Please Note: The nutrient content of the Moringa tree varies with the part of the plant used and processing – i.e., shade dried leaves are more nutrient-dense. [1]

⦁ Vitamin C: Believe it or not, the moringa tree has 7 times the vitamin C content of oranges. [2]

⦁ Calcium: Humans need calcium for strong teeth and bones. While milk is easily the go-to source of calcium for most people, moringa offers 4 times the calcium content in a glass of milk.

⦁ Vitamin A: Vitamin A is an important fat-soluble antioxidant that helps with immunity, vision, and mucosal repair, among other health benefits. Impressively, the moringa has up to 4 times more vitamin A than carrots. [2]

⦁ Potassium: Regulating nerve signals, muscle contractions, and fluid balance – potassium is definitely a vital nutrient in the body. Gram for gram, moringa is packed with up to 4 times more potassium than bananas.

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⦁ Protein: Although it’s rare to find a leafy green plant with adequate protein content, moringa doubles the amount of dietary proteins in eggs.

Remember, always consult your doctor before consuming moringa extracts or any other health supplements, especially if you’re on medication.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

References:

[1] Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its medicinal application https://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S2213453016300362.

[2] Moringa http://seedsoflifetimor.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/12/Moringa.pdf.

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