Moringa is originally native to India and other countries. It contains protein, vitamins, and minerals (1). It offers several health benefits and has been used to treat ailments for centuries. The information presented in this blog is just the tip of the iceberg for what the powerful moringa is able to provide.
1 cup of Moringa seed powder offers the following nutritional benefits:
Moringa Nutritional Info (3)
Moringa Oleifera has dietary benefits. It contains protein, vitamins, and minerals, making them powerful in fighting many diseases. The seeds are rich in vitamin B6, beta carotene, vitamin c, magnesium. The plant has medicinal values for skin issues and improving digestion. It is also highly recommended for use to reduce high pressure in the eye. It stands out for its use in glaucoma (3)
Moringa seeds offer several medicinal benefits which include:
- It has a significant pressure lowering value when administered to a patient with high blood pressure, and according to a new study in 2018, it is found to be useful in the treatment of early stages of glaucoma.
- As a cholesterol reducer. In 2003, a study was done on rabbits who were fed with 200mg/kg/day of moringa for 120 days, the result indicates lower serum cholesterol, triglycerides, and lipid levels of the heart and liver.
-Moringa seed is rich in omega-3s, amino-acids, antioxidants and vitamin E, making it vital for brain health.
-In 2010, a study was conducted on a rat induced with liver fibrosis for 8 weeks. Moringa seed extract was administered on the rat daily. After eight weeks, it showed that the liver injury was healed.
Health benefits of Moringa (3)
Dietary Forms of Moringa
-The powder can be mixed with water and drink or mixed with some quantities of kale to drink. Below are various dietary forms.
-Seeds can be chewed raw.
-Sprinkle onto salad, eggs, roasted vegetables, pasta, and risotto.
-The powder can be mixed with liquid in a drink form
-Bake into bread, brownies, muffins, and cookies, pancakes
-Stir into apple juice, coconut water and salad dressings.
-Blend into ice-creams, sauces, smoothies
External Uses of Moringa
-The extracted form of moringa can be used as a skin moisturizer.
-It can be applied topically as an astringent because it helps to fight bacterial infection.
-It can be used to treat cuts, bites, and wounds (3)
The Use of Moringa Seed for Water Treatment
Moringa seeds have long been used for water treatment because they reduce bacteria contained in water, making it safe to drink and cook. Moringa powder coagulates with the bacteria making it denser than water, thereby settling at the bottom of the water. It is 90-98% effective in purifying water (3)
The benefits of the moringa plant, seeds, leaves, and its powder will make every individual want to incorporate it in his/her meals. The benefit of this wonder plant is vast and stands a good chance to be widely advertised.