Moringa is a plant that has been used in the traditional Asian medicine for hundreds of years. It grows in South Asia and it is known for its richness in antioxidants. Scientific communities have confirmed many of the health benefits this plant has to offer, but there are still many things that we don’t know.
Moringa is an extremely rich source of nutrients, minerals, and vitamins. Believe it or not, the leaves themselves pack more nutrients than the pods. A cup of fresh Moringa pods provides 15% of RDA of Vitamin C, 19% of daily recommended dose of Vitamin B6, 9% of vitamin A and 11% vitamin B2. The leaves are available as dietary supplements but it is better if you grow it at home in order to enjoy its natural benefits to the fullest.
Here are the health benefits of moringa leaves:
1. Strengthen the bones
Moringa leaves will improve your bone density and prevent bone loss due to the high calcium and iron content. They are great for children and will provide support to their developing bones.
2. Anticancer properties
The fruit is high in antioxidants which fight free radicals and prevent the formation of cancer. It contains chlorogenic acid and quercetin, powerful antioxidants which act by negating free radical activity in the body. The anti-cancer properties help in preventing the development of tumors and growth of cancerous cells.
3. Lower blood sugar
This fruit is known to regulate your blood sugar level and this is great for sufferers of diabetes. It will also help to prevent your risk of stroke and heart disease.
Moringa leaves that have been ground into powder form and 7 grams of this powder consumed for a period of 12 weeks will reduce your blood sugar by as much as 13.5%.
4. Anti-aging food
The Moringa plant is rich in Vitamin A which slows down the natural process of aging, prevents vision loss and strengthens the immune system and the overall body.
5. Giving relief from headaches
You can also use the plant’s root to get relief from headaches. Take its roots and extract its juice. Mix the juice and jaggery in equal amounts and take it. You will get almost immediate relief from the ache.
6.Treating eye issues
Moringa can help you relieve eye problems such as conjunctivitis. Grind some leaves and mix them with some water, then apply the paste on your eyes, or mix the juice with honey and use it as an eyeliner to cure corneal disorders.
7. It Will Purify Your Blood
Both the leaves and the pods of moringa oleifera will help to purify your blood. This is good of you have skin allergies and problems like rashes and acne.