Moringa powder – three compelling reasons to enjoy more moringa!
Posted on October 09 2013
Moringa powder is a powerful natural superfood extract made from the leaves of the Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera), a flowering tree, which is grown in sub-tropical and tropical regions of Africa, Asia and South America. The tree, often called the ‘tree of life’, is now regularly cultivated in developing countries as a primary source of food and nutrients. That’s because moringa powder is so rich in phytochemicals and gram for gram boasts seven times the amount of vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk and three times the potassium in bananas. Not surprisingly it’s rapidly gaining a deserved reputation as a valuable superfood supplement that’s associated with a number of important health benefits. Below, we examine three such moringa powder health benefits in more detail.
Moringa powder health benefits
The antibacterial, antiviral, anti-fungal, antidepressant and anti-inflammatory properties of the flowers, gum, bark, roots and seeds of the Moringa tree have been harnessed in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for centuries. Packed with protein, vitamins (including A, B1, B2, B6, B12 and C) and minerals (such as iron, calcium, magnesium, phosphorus and potassium), adding just a small amount of moringa powder to your daily diet can help to lower blood pressure, improve your mood, aid digestion, strengthen immunity and offer the following additional health benefits:
1) Moringa powder for weight loss
Recent research by the John Hopkins University showed that moringa powder can supply a generous amount of protein, vitamins and minerals without any of the unhealthy fats and carbohydrates routinely found in other foods. Indeed a study by scientists at the ‘Trees of Life’ organisation revealed that, like milk and eggs, moringa leaves contain a high quantity of protein, yet with none of the fat or calories. In addition, the large amount of vitamin B in moringa powder encourages a more rapid digestion of food and a faster metabolism, resulting in demonstrable weight loss.
2) Moringa powder for extra energy
Moringa powder is rich in ingredients that are known to provide an extra boost of energy, such as the minerals magnesium, calcium and potassium and in particular, vitamin B. Vitamin B is actually a set of eight different vitamins that includes thiamine, riboflavin and folic acid, and is known collectively as vitamin B complex. According to the NHS, B vitamins have several important functions, one being to help the body break down and release energy from food. Thiamine for example works with other B vitamins to actively convert sugar into energy. That’s why, even though moringa powder is entirely caffeine and stimulant free, it still delivers a considerable increase in energy that lasts throughout the day.
3) Moringa powder for disease management and prevention
The consumption of moringa powder is also believed to help manage and prevent a number of modern diseases including:
A study published in the ‘Journal of Ethnopharmacology’ in 2008 suggests that moringa extract has an enviable ability to lower blood cholesterol and can thus actively reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease. The antioxidant content of moringa powder is also thought to protect the heart cells from the damaging effects of free radicals.
Certain animal studies, including one published in the ‘Journal of Clinical Biochemistry and Nutrition’ in 2007, indicate that moringa extract could be used to manage glucose intolerance in those suffering from diabetes.
Enjoy more moringa powder today
Moringa powder is a truly all-in-one superfood supplement that dramatically improves your nutrient intake in just one serving. Suitable for vegetarians, vegans and those on a rawfood diet, moringa powder can be readily stirred into all of your favourite smoothies, shakes and juices or mixed into a variety of tempting rawfood recipes.
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