The plant is increasingly popular as it has been used in traditional medicine for years to manage various ailments and diseases. All parts of the moringa tree have some nutritional or medicinal value, from the roots, leaves, oil, extract, etc. This is because they have a high phytochemical and protein content and are also a natural source of calcium and iron.
This article examines five significant benefits of moringa leaf that you didn’t know before now.
1. It helps fight inflammation.
Inflammation is the body’s response to pain and injury, and it’s the root cause of arthritis, cancer, and other autoimmune diseases. When an individual suffers from an infection or an injury, the body suffers an increase in inflammation, and long-term inflammation leads to chronic health issues. Chewing moringa leaves, however, can help reduce inflammation. The extract of moringa leaves has isothiocyanates(an anti-inflammatory compound) which have anti-inflammatory properties.
2. It increases breast milk yield.
This miracle herb helps increase breast milk yield (galactagogue) in nursing mothers. Since they are a great source of vitamins, proteins and essential nutrients, moringa leaves are suitable for both mother and the baby. In the Philippines, for example, augmenting breast milk production with moringa is a common practice.
3. It improves the appearance of the skin and hair.
Moringa has several antioxidants and nutrients that help improve your skin and hair. Antioxidants active in moringa eliminate fine wrinkles on the skin. The moringa increases skin suppleness and hair bounciness. You could also make a paste of moringa leaves and apply it to the scalp to eliminate dandruff and make hair supple. Moringa leaves are also suitable for acne-prone skin. This is a significant reason they are included as part of most cosmetics.
4. It helps lower blood glucose levels.
Moringa leaf is a natural supplement that can lower blood glucose levels. Studies in rats have shown that moringa reduces fasting blood sugar levels and reduces spikes in sugar levels after meals. Other antioxidants in moringa prevent insulin-producing cells from damaging oxidative stress.
5. It promotes prostate health and cures erectile dysfunction.
The leaves and seeds of the moringa tree are rich in glucosinolates (sulfur-containing compounds) which fight cancer, especially benign prostate hyperplasia. This condition is common in older men and presents with enlarged prostate, making urination difficult. Intake of moringa leaf can reduce the prostate weight.
The plant also reduces the prostate-specific antigen levels in the blood(produced by the prostate gland). The leaf is also helpful in treating erectile dysfunction. It contains polyphenols(plant chemicals) which increase blood flow in the male sexual organ by increasing nitric oxide production while lowering blood pressure.
Moringa is a powerful plant with several benefits known in the medical field. From the leaves to the oil extract, every part of the tree is helpful to human health.
To benefit, you could drink the tea or grind the leaves to a paste and apply it to the affected areas. Don’t forget to check in with your doctor before you use any herbal supplements.
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