Moringa leaves powder has long been believed to be beneficial for health. This plant is commonly found in Indonesia, several countries in Southeast Asia, India, Africa, and Latin America. The popularity of this plant called Latin Moringa oleifera has increased in recent years.
The World Food Organization Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) had included Moringa as the Crop of the Month, in 2018.
Launched by the book Moringa Plants: Nutritional Value, Benefits, and Business Potential (2018) by F.G. Winarno, Moringa is one of the eight mega superfoods (super food).
Superfood is a functional food that is highly nutritious and rich in phytochemicals that are beneficial for the body and health. Apart from the moringa plant, there are other mega superfoods. These include chlorella algae, goji berries, spirulina, chocolate, wheat grass, camu camu, and acai.
With a trusted reputation for years, Moringa leaves are also believed to have a myriad of benefits. Here are three scientifically proven health benefits of Moringa leaves powder. Among others:
Has a high nutritional content
According to F.G. Winarno, 100 grams of dried moringa leaves contain compounds: Protein two times higher than yogurt Vitamin A seven times higher than carrots Potassium three times higher than bananas Calcium four times higher than milk Vitamin C seven times higher than oranges
Not only the compound above, launched Healthline, Moringa leaves also contain vitamin B6, iron, magnesium, and riboflavin B2. In 100 grams of fresh moringa leaves, its vitamin C content is sufficient for 157 percent of daily nutritional needs. However, dry moringa leaves or Moringa oleifera nutritional supplements are not as big as fresh moringa leaves.
In addition, Moringa leaves also have a negative side, namely, they have high levels of antinutrients. Excessive consumption can reduce mineral and protein absorption. You are advised to consume Moringa leaves along with other sources of intake so that your balanced nutritional needs are maintained.
High in antioxidants
Antioxidants are compounds that can fight free radicals in the body. The buildup of free radicals in the body can increase oxidative stress, which is the source of dangerous diseases such as heart disease and type 2 diabetes. Experts have found several types of antioxidants in Moringa leaves, including quercetin and chlorogenic acid.
Quercetin is an antioxidant that can be useful for lowering blood pressure. Meanwhile, chlorogenic acid can maintain blood sugar levels after eating. In one study, women who consumed 1.5 teaspoons of Moringa leaf powder every day for three months, the antioxidant content in the blood increased significantly.
Lowering blood sugar levels
A number of studies have shown Moringa leaves are effective at lowering blood sugar levels. Scientists believe it comes from the isothiocyanate compound. However, some of the new studies have been tested on animals. Existing human-based studies are still on a small scale.
One study involved 30 women who consumed 1.5 teaspoons of Moringa leaf powder per day for three months. As a result, their fasting blood sugar levels fell by an average of 13.5 percent. Another small study involved six diabetics who were given 50 grams of Moringa leaves powder in their diet. As a result, their blood sugar levels can be reduced by 21 percent.
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