Moringa Oleifera may sound unfamiliar to most people but do you know that it's recently hailed as the "miracle tree" because of its amazing properties that have been found to cure hundreds of diseases, including diabetes, cancer, and tumors.
This tree is a great source of fats, proteins, carotenoids, vitamin C, iron, potassium, and other nutrients.
It is called in some places as ‘drumstick tree’, and ‘horseradish tree’ for it has tiny rounded leaves.
People believe that it is the "tree brought from the mind of Nature to the hands of man." Moringa is recognized by the National Institutes of Health as the Botanical of the Year for 2007 and was recognized again in 2011 and 2012.
What makes it special is that it contains a rare combination of zeatin (a potent antioxidant), quercetin (a flavonoid known for its ability to neutralize free radicals and relieve inflammation), beta-sitosterol (a nutrient superstar that blocks cholesterol formation or build-up and is an anti-inflammatory agent for the body), caffeoylquinic acid (another powerful anti-inflammatory compound), and kaempferol (a key nutrient that promotes healthy body cellular function). All in all, enzymatically active and bioavailable Moringa oleifera provides 36 natural anti-inflammatory agents.
Medical experts vow that this "miracle tree" can produce all the amino acids needed by the human body. It helps in boosting the immune system, which plays a big role in protecting our health.
Here are some of its health benefits:
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1. Moringa is a plant rich in fiber and it could work as some sort of 'mop' for your intestines to cleanse any excess waste left from a greasy meal.
2. It contains powerful antibiotic properties and is highly effective in eliminating a bacterium known to cause gastritis, ulcers, and gastric cancer.
3. The seed of this tree is even found to have the ability to purify water. It is said that it does even better than most of the conventional synthetic materials that are being used today.
4. The leaves of Moringa are abundant in vitamins, minerals, essential amino acids and other helpful ingredients. In 100 grams of dry moringa leaves there is:
9 times more protein than in yogurt
10 times more vitamin A than in carrots
15 times more potassium than in bananas
17 times more calcium than in milk
12 times more vitamin C than in oranges
25 times more iron than in spinach
5. The chlorogenic acid present on the leaves of Moringa is known to slow down the absorption process of sugar in the cells.
6. Moringa has anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects, which is a result of the presence of a compound called niaziminin.
7. It helps in the regulation of the thyroid function, especially for hyperactive thyroids.