Moringa leaves and pods are a nutritional powerhouse that provides a great range and amount of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a rich source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins.
According to the USDA, moringa pods also contain a significant amount of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, folate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Its mineral wealth includes calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, and zinc. It contains a very low amount of fats and offers no harmful cholesterol.
The overall nutritive value of moringa is truly beneficial to combat undernutrition, according to a study by Dr. Jed W. Fahey, Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, US.
Health Benefits of Moringa
Let us look at the amazing benefits of moringa.
The moringa plant offers a rich blend of powerful antioxidants such as kaempferol, caffeoylquinic acid, zeatin, quercetin, rutin, chlorogenic acid, and beta-sitosterol.
These powerful antioxidants found in moringa possess free radical scavenging capacity and have shown its therapeutic value in curing the damage caused by oxidative stress.
Lower Blood Sugar Levels
Research studies have demonstrated that treatment with moringa works positively towards the reduction of blood glucose, urine sugar, and urine proteins in diabetic test subjects. Intake of its extract has shown a remarkable improvement in the hemoglobin levels and total protein content of the diabetic subjects.
A study by Dr. Majambu Mbikay, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute, Canada, confirms that its leaves can be used to prevent chronic hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia (high blood lipid levels).