Moringa Oleifera, commonly known as the drumstick tree, ben tree or horseradish tree is a relatively small tree that is native to India and common in Pakistan and Nepal as well. Due to its rising popularity, the tree is currently being cultivated in various parts of the world. The tree has been used for several generations in the treatment and prevention of various ailments. The plant’s leaves have a particularly high nutritional value which makes them an exceptional natural energy booster.
Prevention and Control of Cancer
The use of Moringa leaves for prevention and control of cancer is fast growing popular among populations of the world. The herb has been studied to possess compounds that minimize the effects of inflammation and oxidative stress. Some of the active compounds that are responsible for this include Vitamin – C, beta-carotene, quercetin, polyphenols as well as chlorogenic acid. Studies indicate that these compounds suppress the development of cancers of the colon, lung, or stomach.
Enhancement of the Digestive Health
As a traditional herb, moringa leaves grew popular as a method of boosting the digestive health. The leaves not only boost the digestion process but also remedy illnesses of the digestive tract. Due to their anti-inflammatory characteristics, moringa leaves are effective for the treatment and prevention of stomach ulcers.
Control and Treatment of Diabetes.
In recent years, moringa leaves are being adopted for the treatment and prevention of diabetes. Scientific research shows that the plant contains a compound known as chlorogenic acid. This is a type of acid that has been proven to aid in the control of blood sugar levels. The acid works by enhancing the cells’ ability to release or take up glucose (sugar) as required. Moringa is thus an effective anti-diabetic herb that can even be used to reverse the condition. Besides the chlorogenic acid, moringa leaves also contain another compound known as isothiocyanates. This compound provides remarkable natural protection against diabetes.
Skin Protection and Nourishment
Due to its antifungal, antibacterial and antiviral properties, moringa leaves have been an excellent herb for skin protection and nourishment. They are used to protect the skin from different kinds of infections. Among the common uses of moringa for skin protection include elimination of body odor, treatment of athlete’s foot, eliminating dandruff, soothing inflammation caused by acne as well as remedying gum disease. It also helps in healing bites, viral warts, burns and wounds. It can also be used to kill bacteria by applying directly onto the skin.
Improving Brain Health
Moringa leaves are high on protein which makes them beneficial for the health of the brain. They also contain an amino-acid known as tryptophan which is beneficial to the neurotransmitter functions. Its antioxidants help in fighting depression, fatigue, mood swings and insomnia.
How to Use
There are different ways of utilizing moringa leaves depending on how its available and what it is being used for. For longevity, moringa leaves are sold as powder or capsules. The powder is taken orally. It is recommendable to start with one tablespoon/day, increasing gradually to five over a period of two weeks.
You can also take it by preparing moringa tea. The tea is prepared by steeping the leaves in hot water.
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