Health benefits of moringa powder

Most plants are well-known for one nutrient. The lemon, for example, is famous for its vitamin C content. Moringa is unusual because it contains a variety of nutrients at high concentrations. That’s why it’s an ideal energy health food. Check out the benefits of moringa powder and why it is called the miracle tree.

Moringa Oleifera is native to tropical and subtropical regions. That’s why it only recently became popular in the West. The moringa tree is very adaptable and can grow in harsh conditions, even with very little water. It is native to the Indian sub-continent but has spread all around the world. People have been using it for centuries. Moringa is also called “neverdie” because it can survive and grow in the most difficult areas. All parts of the moringa tree are edible-the roots, stem, tree, plant, seeds, leaves, and flower.

Moringa gives your body what it needs

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Moringa contains more vitamins, minerals, and phytonutrients than you can find in most other common foods. In his book, “Miracletrees” Dr.Martin L. Price reports about the work of Lowell Fuglie. Fuglie introduced moringa tree leave powder to the diet of the people in Senegal. Most families in Senegal have five or more children and the poorest are struggling to get food on the table. This results in a diet high in starchy foods like rice and sauce, couscous or porridge. They rarely eat a variety of vegetables which leads to malnutrition.
 
The moringa tree was already growing wild in Senegal but it was seldom eaten. As Fuglie reports, “much of the nutritional content (was) lost by the common practice of boiling the leaves and then discarding the water as many as three times before the leaves (were) eaten.” Fuglie introduced dried leaves into the diet of malnourished children and breastfeeding woman. The results were noticeable in only a few weeks. Children exhausted and lethargic before eating moringa became active and happy.
As Fouglie writes this change is all due to the nutritional value of the moringa powder. One rounded tablespoon (8 g) of leaf powder will satisfy about 14% of the protein, 40% of the calcium, 23% of the iron and nearly all the vitamin A needs for a child aged 1-3. Six rounded spoonfuls of leaf powder will satisfy nearly all of a woman’s daily iron and calcium needs during pregnancy and breastfeeding.”
 
Most of us don’t suffer hunger in the Western world. But there are many eating an unbalanced western diet who are malnourished. Eating one or two teaspoons of moringa powder will nourish the body with nutrients it craves.

Super nutrition in moringa powder

Moringa Oleifera is very rich in beneficial nutritional compounds and trace elements. But there is one unusual fact about moringa. The nutrients are present in high amounts but also in a favorable bioavailable form. This makes the nutrients easily available to our body. Here is a brief overview of nutritional compounds found in moringa powder. Compared to 100g of common other foods. According to Fuglies’ study dried Moringa leaves contain:
  • 25 times the  iron of spinach
  • 17 times the calcium of  cow milk
  • 15 times the potassium of bananas
  • 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
  • 9 times protein of yogurt
  • 1/2 the vitamin C of oranges (vitamin C content is much higher in fresh leaves)

Macro and micronutrient content of moringa leaves

NutrientsFresh leavesDried leaves
Calories92 kcal205 kcal
Carbohydrate13.4gr38.2 gr
Fat1.7 gr2.3 gr
Proteins6.70 gr27.1 gr
Fiber0.90 gr19.2 gr
Vitamin A – B carotene6.8 mg16.3 mg
Vitamin B1 -thiamin (mg)0.21 mg2.64 mg
Vitamin B2 -riboflavin0.05 mg20.5 mg
Vitamin B3 -nicotinic acid0.8 mg8.2 mg
Vitamin C -ascorbic acid220 mg17.3 mg
Vitamin E- tocopherol acetate113 mg
Calcium440 mg2003 mg
Cooper1.1 mg0.57 mg
Fe7 mg28.2 mg
Magnesium24 mg368 mg
Phosphor70 mg204 mg
Potassium259 mg1324 mg

Amino acid profile of moringa leaves

Amino acidsFresh leavesDried leaves
Arginine406,6 mg1.325 mg
Histidine149,8 mg613 mg
Isoleucin299.6 mg825 mg
Leucin492.2 mg1,950 mg
Lysine342.4 mg1,325 mg
Methionine117.7 mg350 mg
Phenylalanine310.3 mg1,388 mg
Threonine117.7 mg1,188 mg
Tryptophan107 mg425 mg
Valine374.5 mg1,063 mg

Perfect food for people on plant-based diets

Moringa is rich in antioxidants but so are many other plants. Moringa is unique because it’s a very good source of vegetable protein, like beans. It contains 18 of the 20 amino acids found in the human body. That includes all 9 essential amino acids. Moringas protein structure seems to be very simple. Our bodies can absorb these proteins without any difficulty. Many people have allergic reactions to plant proteins from beans or soy. Because of its protein structure, moringa leaves are exceptional. Most people don’t have any problems absorbing the proteins. They are only rarely considered an allergen.

Moringa oleifera is an excellent source of protein for people who are allergic to beans or soy. As well as for people who are on a plant-based diet.

Powerful antioxidant

Moringa easy digested protein

As mentioned above Moringa oleifera is very rich in antioxidants. Moring has about 46 antioxidants. Anti-oxidants fight the free radicals your body forms due to oxidative stress. Moringa contains powerful bioactive compounds like:

  • beta-carotene
  • vitamin C
  • quercetin- may help to lower blood pressure
  • chlorogenic acid – may help moderate blood sugar levels after eating

Research shows that it also contains glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, glycoside compounds and glycerol-1-9-octadecanoate. All these are anticancerous agents. The effect of Moringa leaves and bark on cancerous human cells has been the subject of many studies.And the results are promising. As it seems, both the leave and bark, have powerful anti-cancer performances. Studies show that Moringa inhibits the growth of pancreatic cancer cells. As well as breast and colon cancer cells.

It seems that the combination of different antioxidants in Moringa is very effective. The favorable composition seems to support the antioxidant cascade. It protects your body form extra oxidative stress. That’s why Moringa tea has more antioxidants than any other plant tea including green tea.

Zeatin balances hormonal status

Moringa is also packed full of zeatin. Zeatin is part of the cytokinins, which are hormones that regulate the growth of plants. Compared to other plants Moringa has up to 1000 times more zeatin, which is the reason this plant grows so rapidly (4-8 meters in one year).

These hormone-like properties can help balance the hormonal status. This is especially interesting for menopausal women. In a study, 90 postmenopausal women were divided into three groups. The women in group II got to eat 7g moringa leaves powder daily. In group III the women were given 9 g of amaranth leaves powder. They supplemented both groups for a period of 3 months. Group I didn’t get any supplementation. Analysis after three months revealed an increased antioxidant status. Both in the group supplemented with moringa leaves and amaranth powder. At the same time, oxidative stress markers were decreased. These results show that moringa has powerful antioxidant properties. As well as a therapeutic potential for the prevention of complications during postmenopause.

Zeatin is also the reason Moringa is so rich in nutrients. The hormone inhibits the degradation of chlorophyll. As a result, further degradation of proteins and nutrients is much slower compared to other plants. That’s why Moringa leaf powder is so rich in nutrients.

Health benefits of moringa powder

Moringa lowers blood pressure and cjholesterol levels, ptent anti inflammatory agent

Researchers at the  Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences at Jhon Hopkins School of Medicine at the top with Dr. L Fahey have given an extensive review of the nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties of Moringa oleifera. Here are some of the benefits of Moringa powder:

How to use moringa in your diet

Moringa powder smoothie

The daily dose recommended by KuliKuli is at 1tsp-1 tbsp per day. According to Carrie Waterman, Ph.D., Professional Researcher at UC Davis, Moringa oleifera is considered a vegetable and it’s consumption is generally considered as safe.

The easiest way to incorporate moringa into your diet is with moringa leave powder. Buy an organic product if possible. Add one teaspoon to one tablespoon of moringa powder to your green smoothie. You can also add it to foods like sauces, soups or sprinkle it over a finished meal. Don’t cook it at high temperatures so the nutritional compounds remain preserved. The powder has a spinach-like, horseradish taste that may need some time to get used to. I prefer to add it to smoothies because it tastes nice and no nutritional components are lost to cooking.
 
You can get dried moringa leaves to make tea. Just pour hot water over 1 teaspoon of dried moringa leaves and sweeten as you wish. You can also make a blend of moringa and green tea leaves for a potent antioxidant power mix.
 
Another way to drink moringa is to pour a cup of cold or warm water over 1 teaspoon of moringa powder. Add the juice of half an orange to taste. Moringa goes well with orange juice and they taste great together. The powder doesn’t dissolve in water. You have to mix the powder and water to get a smooth drink.

One word of caution

The consumption of moringa leaves, when eaten, is safe. Moringa has been used safely in doses up to 6 grams (about a flat tablespoon) daily for up to 3 weeks.
You should be cautious about eating the root of the moring tree as it contains toxic substances.
Moringa may also not be safe when you’re pregnant. The root, bark, and flowers can cause uterine contractions. Better avoid it when pregnant.

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