Moringa oleifera is a fairly large tree native to North India, Pakistan, and Nepal, of which all its componenrs (leaves, seeds, flowers and bark) are considered medicinal. It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horseradish tree or ben oil tree. Almost all parts of the tree are eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines.
From: Bioactive Compounds, 2019
Antioxidant, Isothiocyanate, Beta-Carotene, Moringa, Seed Extracts, Leaf Extract, Proteins, Larvae
Species: M. oleifera
Binomial name – Moringa oleifera
Nutritional content of 100 g of fresh moringa oleifera leaves (about 5 cups), is shown in the table (right; USDA data), while other studies of nutrient values are available.
Moringa seed oil also has potential for use as a biofuel. Using the cold press method (under 132 degrees F) only yields 14% which is about the same amount of yield in a raw press using no heat whatsoever.
The same review noted that the plant contains a number of important compounds, including beta-carotene, quercetin, and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.
It is also extremely low in fats and contain no harm cholesterol
Health Benefit of Moringa oleifera
Protecting and Nourishing Skin and Hair
It can be successful in curing skin infections and sores.
Edema is a painful condition where fluid builds up in specific tissues in the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa may be effective in preventing edema from developing.
Protecting the Liver
Moringa appears to protect the liver against damage causes by anti-tubercular drugs and can quicken its repair process.
Preventing and Treating Cancer
Moringa extracts contain properties that might help prevent cancer developing. It also contains niazimicin, which is a compound that suppress the development of cancer cells.
Treating Stomach Complaints
The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of moringa may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens, and its high vitamin B content helps with digestion.
Fighting against Bacterial Diseases.
Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, moringa extracts might combat infections caused by Salmonella Rhizopus, and E. coli.
Treating Bones Healthier
Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bone healthy and strong. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties moringa extract might help to treat conditions such as arthritis and may also heal damaged bones.
Treating Mood Disorder
Protecting the Cardiovascular System
The powerful antioxidants found in Moringa extract might help prevent cardiac damage and has also been shown to maintain a healthy heart.
Helping Wounds to Heal
Extract of moringa has been shown to help wounds close as well as reduce the appearance of scars.
Moringa helps to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood, as well as sugar and protein in the urine. This improved the hemoglobin levels and overall protein content in those tested.
Protecting against Kidney Disorder
People may be less likely to develop stones in the kidneys, bladder or uterus if they ingest moringa extract. Moringa contains high levels of antioxidants that might aid toxicity levels in the kidneys.
Reducing High Blood Pressure
Moringa contains isothiocyanate and niaziminin, compounds that help to stop arteries from thickening, whoch can cause blood pressure to rise.
Improving Eye Health
Moringa contains eyesight-improving properties to its high antioxidant levels. Moringa may stop the dilation of retinal vessels, prevent the thickening of capillary membranes, and inhibit retinal dysfunction.
Treating Anemia and Sickle Cell Disease.
Moringa might help person’s body absorb more iron, therefore increasing their red blood cell count. It is thought the plant extract is very helpful in treating and preventing anemia and sickle cell disease.
: Medical News today