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 gives your body what it needs
Super nutrition in moringa powder
- 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
|Nutrients||Fresh leaves||Dried leaves|
|Calories||92 kcal||205 kcal|
|Fat||1.7 gr||2.3 gr|
|Proteins||6.70 gr||27.1 gr|
|Fiber||0.90 gr||19.2 gr|
|Vitamin A – B carotene||6.8 mg||16.3 mg|
|Vitamin B1 -thiamin (mg)||0.21 mg||2.64 mg|
|Vitamin B2 -riboflavin||0.05 mg||20.5 mg|
|Vitamin B3 -nicotinic acid||0.8 mg||8.2 mg|
|Vitamin C -ascorbic acid||220 mg||17.3 mg|
|Vitamin E- tocopherol acetate||–||113 mg|
|Calcium||440 mg||2003 mg|
|Cooper||1.1 mg||0.57 mg|
|Fe||7 mg||28.2 mg|
|Magnesium||24 mg||368 mg|
|Phosphor||70 mg||204 mg|
|Potassium||259 mg||1324 mg|
Amino acid profile of moringa leaves
|Amino acids||Fresh leaves||Dried leaves|
|Arginine||406,6 mg||1.325 mg|
|Histidine||149,8 mg||613 mg|
|Isoleucin||299.6 mg||825 mg|
|Leucin||492.2 mg||1,950 mg|
|Lysine||342.4 mg||1,325 mg|
|Methionine||117.7 mg||350 mg|
|Phenylalanine||310.3 mg||1,388 mg|
|Threonine||117.7 mg||1,188 mg|
|Tryptophan||107 mg||425 mg|
|Valine||374.5 mg||1,063 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.
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:
- 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
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:
- Moringa is a powerful antioxidant and increases blood antioxidant levels
- Moringa may regulate anemia, high blood pressure, diabetes, high blood serum cholesterol, thyroid, liver and kidney problems
- It has strong anti-inflammatory properties that may have a positive effect on rheumatism, joint pain, arthritis, and edema
- It is effective against digestive problems including colitis, diarrhea, gases, ulcers or gastritis.
- Moringa is an anti-bacterial, anti-microbial, and anti-viral agent. It is effective against bacterial and viral infections, cavities and parasites
- It can protect you against arsenic toxicity
How to use moringa in your diet
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.
One word of caution
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