Moringa is a perennial tree belonging to the Moringaceae family. This tree likes the so-called difficult climatic conditions, which explains its presence in tropical and subtropical countries. In Moringa, everything can be eaten: from the seeds to the leaves, Moringa is multi-use. The leaves can be eaten fresh, as an herbal tea or dried. Moringa powder comes from the drying and grinding of Moringa leaves. Moringa powder is full of vitamins, such as vitamins A and E. Moringa (leaf) has demonstrated health benefits beyond its high nutritional value. Thanks to its antioxidant activity, it protects the brain, liver and kidneys. Its fibers, along with flavonoids, also help to harmonize blood sugar, cholesterol and triglyceride levels. On the culinary side, the Moringa powder has a slightly bitter taste. It can be used in both sweet and savory preparations. Latin name: Moringa oleifera Lam. Stuntz. Botanical family: Moringaceae. Part used : Leaf.
Moringa powder is a concentrate of energy and nutrients. It is best to increase doses as you go along to avoid unpleasant side effects. As a cure or for pleasure, 2 to 6 g of Moringa powder, or 1 to 3 teaspoon(s) of Moringa powder per day.
To make the most of its benefits, you can use it :
We advise you to use it during the following meal(s) to take full advantage of its benefits:
You can integrate them into the following preparations to facilitate its taking:
As such,Moringa powder can complement your healthy and varied diet.
The hypoglycemic effect of Moringa leaves is associated with the interesting contribution of fibers and flavonoids. Moringa powder reduces the risk of developing diabetes and improves blood sugar levels in pre-diabetic and diabetic patients. It also slows down the risks of vascular complications related to diabetes by fighting against oxidative stress. On another level, they will help to reduce cholesterol and triglyceridemia.
Moringa powder promotes hair growth. A scientific study shows an increase in the number of follicles after a supplementation of Moringa powder. Concerning the skin, thanks to its richness in vitamin A, Moringa will preserve the appearance of the skin by contributing to its renewal.
It seems that the Moringa powder protects the kidneys. This property allows to delay chronic renal diseases. However, this capacity is indicated only on the animal. Further studies are necessary before affirming its beneficial character on renal health.
Oxidative stress would be one of the main causes of development of neurodegenerative diseases related to age. Thanks to its strong antioxidant power, Moringa powder can claim to fight against oxidative stress increasing neurodegeneration. In addition, Moringa powder provides carbohydrates. Carbohydrates are fuel for cells, especially for carbohydrate-dependent cells that can only feed on carbohydrates. Nerve cells are carbohydrate-dependent cells. In short, Moringa powder is an ally of cognitive functions.
A diet insufficiently rich in fiber leads to slowed bowel emptying and even constipation. To learn more: constipation and diet. Moringa powder is rich in fiber, it will restore and regulate digestive transit. It is also said to protect the liver from overeating and excess alcohol. However, this capacity is indicated only on the animal. Further studies are necessary before affirming its beneficial character on the hepatic health.
An adequate supply of vitamin K is necessary for the proper functioning of the blood coagulation process. The latter is essential in case of blood vessel breach. The Moringa participates greatly in the contributions of vitamin K.
The Moringa in powder takes part in the good functioning of the vision by the contribution in vitamin A. Within a varied and balanced diet, the antioxidant power of the vitamin A takes part in the prevention of the decline of the visual acuity related to the age.
Vitamin A has an action on the genetic material. Naturally, it promotes the synthesis of cells such as immune cells. Thus, within the framework of a correct hygiene of life, the Moringa in powder reinforces the response of the immune system.
Moringa is a perennial tree, the most cultivated of the Moringaceae family. Native to India, in the valleys south of the Himalayas, Moringa has spread and acclimatized in all tropical and subtropical regions. It can be found in South America, Africa, North-East India, Bangladesh, Afghanistan and Pakistan. Moringa is also called "the tree that never dies", because it shows a great ecological plasticity. It can grow on both rich and poor soil. It is little affected by drought nor by heavy rainfall. The altitude does not seem to worry it either. Moreover, its growth is fast, it can take until 7 m in one year.
Its trunk measures on average 30 cm in diameter, it is straight and not very developed (3 m maximum height). The branches form a parasol and extend much more. The leaves are alternate, bi or triennial and develop only on the terminal part of the branches. The young leaves are covered with a gray down, which they lose while growing. The flowers have a cream color, they are numerous and give off a pleasant smell. The fruit is a three-lobed pod. When the pods are dry, they open to release the seeds. Each pod contains 12 to 35 seeds. The seeds are round and have a brown shell. A tree can produce 15,000 to 25,000 seeds per year.
Moringa is considered one of the most useful trees in the world, as almost all parts of the tree can be used for food, medicine and industrial purposes. In fact, the leaves, flowers and green pods are common vegetables in producing countries. It is even believed that it could fight malnutrition and enhance food security in disadvantaged regions. Moringa has various nicknames like "Morunga", "White Acacia", "Horseradish", "Winged Moringa", etc. It is even mentioned as "Shigon" in the Sushruta Samhita (a treatise of medicine and surgery founding Ayurvedic medicine, its creation is estimated to be in the 1ᵉʳ and 2ᵉ centuries AD). This mention also indicates Moringa has been cultivated by humans for millennia.
Although Moringa is not very demanding regarding its climatic conditions, it seems that these conditions vary the nutritional composition of Moringa leaves. One study analyzed the nutritional composition of Moringa leaves from Africa and another from India. It appears that the African Moringa leaves were less "nutritious" than the Indian Moringa leaves. The researchers believe that the overly high temperatures in Africa denature the nutritional components, which may explain the nutritional differences.Organic Moringa (in powder)
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