Native to Africa and Asia, the Moringa tree (Drumstick tree) is rich in nutrients. Indeed, its beans, fruits, flowers or bark, are not just edible but have an exquisite taste. That is why they are often found in the delicious recipes in South India.
Benefits of mighty Moringa
The oil produced from the seeds of Moringa, known as Ben oil, much like olive oil regarding its nutritional value. With an unlimited shelf life, this oil is full of antioxidants. It can be used in cooking, as salad oil, but also in cosmetic products. Moreover, it is a component of soaps, skin and hair care products.
In addition, it turned out that the supplements from the leaves of Moringa are much more effective than vitamin supplements available today, because unlike the latter, they do not contain any synthetic components.
Here is a short comparison between the consumption of Moringa and few other foods:
Per gram, Moringa contains:
- 2 times more protein than yogurt
- 3 times more potassium than bananas
- 3 times more iron than spinach
- 7 times more vitamin A than carrots, making it an important source of beta-carotene
- 4 times more calcium than the milk, making it very beneficial for bone health
- 0.75 times more vitamin C than oranges
With this significant nutritional value, Moringa is also used in the treatment of diseases related to malnutrition.
Anti-cancer properties of Moringa
Moringa includes many powerful anti-cancer ingredients such as kaempferol, rhamnetin, isoquercetin and flavonoids which inhibit the development of cancer cells in the body. Scientific research has proven that Moringa brought positive results in the treatment of ovarian, liver, lung cancer and melanoma (skin cancer).
Although more research is needed in this direction, Moringa already represents a potential cure for these types of cancer.
Other benefits of Moringa
- It is a water purifier: thanks to the antibacterial properties of its seeds, it purifies the water and makes it drinkable;
- It contains 9 amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 minerals, antioxidants and more;
- It promotes lactation and increases the richness of breast milk;
- It improves digestion since it is high in fiber;
- It is beneficial for the treatment of several chronic diseases, bites, wounds and other ailments due to its antibacterial and anti-inflammatory properties;
- It strengthens the immune system;
- It effectively cleans the skin and is makes the hair more voluminous and healthier;
- It has no side effects, making it safe for children.
Every part of Moringa is good!
First the leaves are edible as boiled, fried or powdered. Moringa leaves perfectly accompany the dishes.
Secondly, the oil is heavily used by the perfume industry as a perfume fixative. Moringa oil is also edible.
Thirdly, do not forget its seeds, which can be eaten like peanuts but also play an important role in water treatment.
Finally, the dried roots of this plant are used as spice to many dishes, in powdered form. They can also be used to cure joint pain and inflammations.