Moringa leaves are powerful herbs used in the treatment of many illnesses and medical conditions; maybe that is why they call the tree “the miracle tree”. The leaves are very nutritious and medicinal and they are used in various ways.
Although native to India, it is now popular and planted all over the world; it is one of the most powerful plants on the planet, it has many health benefits and it has been used for centuries in Ayurveda medicine to treat over 300 diseases.
There are many studies and scientific findings that back the therapeutic nature of Moringa leaves and they have confirmed that Moringa leaves are indeed the powerhouse of nutrients. They are also rich sources of powerful antioxidants and many vital nutrients that the body needs for optimum health and proper functioning.
Before we take a look at ten health benefits of Moringa leaves, we will look at ways in which we can use the leaves. There are three main ways that Moringa leaves are being used and they are:
The tea method: In this method; fresh Moringa leaves are gotten and boiled; the solution is left to cool, then it is sieved before drinking. You can add lemon or lime juice; you can also add fresh ginger and turmeric roots when boiling the leaves.
Moringa juice: In this method; fresh Moringa leaves are gotten then crushed using a mortar and pestle, the juice is then extracted and taken.
Moringa powder: In this method; fresh Moringa leaves are dried in a shade; note that you must not dry them under direct sunlight as that will reduce the nutritional value. You air dry them till they are well dried. Then you grind them into a fine texture; you can sieve and re-grind till you get a very smooth consistency. This should be stored in a clean and dried container with a good cover and should be used within 2 months.
This powder can be used to make herbal tea; by adding some tablespoons of Moringa powder to a cup of boiled water. You allow it to steep, then you strain and drink it when cooled. The powder can also be added to paps, soups, foods, smoothies and whatever you want to add it to.
Below are the Top 1o Health Benefits of Moringa Leave
It Fights Inflammation
Inflammation causes many problems in the body including chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease, kidney disease, respiratory problems, arthritis, obesity and so on. It is able to prevent and fight inflammation by suppressing inflammatory enzymes and in the body.
It Fights Diabetes
These leaves have powerful phytochemicals that can reduce the levels of sugar in the blood; they can also reduce the levels of cholesterol, lipids and oxidative stress which can contribute to the development of diabetes in the body. Its rich content of antioxidant protects against cell damage and stops the activities of free radicals.
It Makes the Brain Healthy
The rich contents of antioxidants boost brain health and support cognitive functions; it also enhances the functions and activities of neuro-transmitters. Moringa leaves are given to people with Alzheimer’s disease, dementia and other brain problems to help reduce the severity and correct the damage. They have rich content of vitamin C and E which fights oxidation, brain aging, and neuron degeneration and thereby improves the overall health and function of the brain.
They also help to balance the levels of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine and noradrenaline; these compounds help in controlling mood, memory, focus, response to stimuli, prevent depression and psychosis.
It Protects the Heart
Moringa leaves protect the heart and support the cardiovascular system; they bring down the levels of bad cholesterol, which can block the blood vessels thereby leading to a heart attack. The leaves of Moringa also protect the blood vessels and prevent the formation of plaque in the arteries which can lead to a heart attack or stroke.
It Fights Infections
Moringa leaves are rich in antimicrobial and antibacterial compounds; they can fight skin infections, urinary tract infections and digestive problems. It is also used in treating wounds because of its powerful antimicrobial properties. There are blood clotting properties in the leaves of Moringa that can help stop bleeding and prevent infection of the wound. It also hastens healing of the wound.
It Increases Energy
Tiredness and chronic fatigue is a common complaint in our time now; Moringa leaves can increase the levels of energy in the body thereby combating these ugly symptoms. The leaves are rich in iron which helps in reducing weakness and tiredness in the body; they are also rich in vitamin A which ensures that iron is absorbed and properly utilized by the body. If you usually feel tired or your work is stressful; it will be a good idea if you start your day with a cup of Moringa tea every morning. It is even used to treat stress and relief the symptoms of stress.
It Boosts the Immune System
These leaves are loaded with powerful immune boosting phytonutrients; it fortifies the immune system and enables it to fight off infections and parasites easily. It has rich content of vitamin C, A, and iron which all supports a healthy and active immune system. This is why this herb is in the fore front of herbs used in fighting different types of cancer.
Moringa leaves are rich in vitamin A which supports healthy eyes, clear visions and prevents eye problems. It has improved my vision greatly since I started taking it; I can even see better when it is slightly dark unlike in the past that without the help of torch light or light bulb I can’t see in a slightly dark room.
It Maintains Strong Bones
Strong and healthy bones is important for overall health; osteoporosis and other bone problems are hard to treat and a way to make your bones healthy is by taking Moringa leaves regularly. these leave are rich in calcium, vitamin K and proteins which all contribute to a healthy bone and prevent thinning of the bones.
It Protects the Liver
Moringa leaves have high concentrations of polyphenols which protects the liver against damage, toxicity and oxidative damage from free radicals. They can reverse oxidative damage in the liver; they increase the levels of proteins in the liver and also reduce oxidative stress. They can reduce liver fibrosis and damage and boost the levels of enzymes in the liver so that the liver can function properly.
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The liver is a very important organ in the body; it performs many functions like detoxification of the blood and body, it produces bile, it is involved in the metabolism of fat and fructose, it also process nutrients and helps in digestion of foods. When the liver is damaged; many metabolic activities in the body will be affected, so take Moringa regularly to protect your liver and boost its functions.