Moringa is a powerful superfood which is used often in South Indian foods. It is a multi-purpose tree and is mostly found on the foothills of the Himalayas. All parts of the plant have known to be put to good use. Over the years, it has come to be known as ‘miracle moringa’ and the powder comes after extraction from the leaves that are sun-dried, crushed and finally ground. Interestingly, moringa leaves contain more iron than spinach and are also a source of Vitamin A. If you have never used moringa, then here are some health benefits and reasons why you should add it to your daily diet stat!
- It is packed with Vitamins and minerals
Moringa is a superfood because just one cup of chopped leaves is considered a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and has notable amounts of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, and magnesium. Moringa is therefore a versatile superfood that can contribute to everything from better vision and immunity to bone health and skin radiance.
- It can help balance hormones
Menopause can cause women’s hormones to go out of control but moringa can help in these situations. A study published in the Journal of Food and Science Technology found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of moringa leaf powder and amaranth leaf powder for three months had decreased markers of oxidative stress. Additionally, Moringa has also been linked to improved thyroid health, which controls hormones related to energy, sleep, and digestion.
- Gives you instant energy
Moringa powder is highly nutritious and full of minerals and antioxidants. While your body uses the food you eat to repair and rejuvenate the body, moringa powder is great to give you that sudden kick of energy. Being a superfood that is also rich in iron and magnesium that help in fighting tiredness and fatigue.
- Helps balance blood sugar
When insulin levels in your blood spike, this can cause mood swings and sugar cravings and at worst, lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Moringa powder has been proven to effectively reduce lipid and glucose levels. One study even showed therapeutic antioxidant properties as well as lower fasting glucose levels in postmenopausal women who took a supplement with moringa, and amaranth, leaves for three months.
- Flushes out toxins
Moringa powder helps to eliminate toxins from your body and also supports your liver to do so. In the long run, it makes your body more resistant to toxins while the antioxidants help to fight the free radicals to keep your system clean.
- Can support brain health
The moringa leaf is high in vitamins C and E which have the ability to combat the oxidative stress linked to Alzheimer’s disease. Moringa has also been linked to increased dopamine and serotonin (happy hormones) and research suggests it could possibly be used to help treat depression in the future.