You’ll be surprised to know that this green herb which is commonly used in South Indian meals is actually a powerful superfood. The multi-purpose moringa tree is mostly found on the foothills of the Himalayas. Every part of the plant can be put to some use. The leaves, flowers and roots of the drumstick or moringa tree are all edible. The seeds are used to extract oil while the flowers can be cooked and eaten. The most amazing thing about moringa is that every part of the tree offers great health benefits as they are full of essential nutrients and antioxidants.
Therefore, it is rightly called ‘miracle moringa’. The moringa powder is extracted from the leaves that are sun-dried, crushed and finally ground. Interestingly, the moringa leaves contain three times more iron than spinach. They are also very rich in Vitamin A. You may have never used it before, but we’re giving you seven reasons why you should be.
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1. Aids weight loss
Moringa is high in fiber which helps in keeping you full for longer. The leaves contain an antioxidant called chlorogenic acid that acts as a natural fat burner and also helps in balancing the blood sugar levels which is linked to your metabolism. It is known to reduce glucose levels in the body which also makes it good for diabetics.
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2. Gives instant energy
Moringa powder is highly nutritious and full of minerals and antioxidants. Your body gets energy from the food you eat and most of it is used for repairing the normal wear and tear of cells that occurs. Therefore, moringa powder is great to give you a sudden boost of energy. It is also rich in iron and magnesium that help in fighting tiredness and fatigue.
3. Flushes out toxins
Moringa powder helps in the faster elimination of toxins from your body and supports your liver in doing so. It makes your body more resistant to toxins while the antioxidants help in fighting free radicals to keep your system clean.
4. Good for skin and hair
Moringa leaves are full of Vitamin A which helps in supporting supple skin. It is also a great source of all the essential amino acids that help in the formation of keratin protein needed for longer and thicker hair. With a considerable amount of antioxidants, moringa powder also possesses anti-ageing properties
5. Improves digestion and gut health
Moringa powder is packed with fiber that regulates your digestive functions and relieves constipation. Moringa leaves also have a mild laxative effect. Moringa is known for its strong anti-inflammatory properties and may help in treating stomach ulcers and infections.
6. Fights insomnia
Moringa contains amino acid tryptophan that is required for the production of the neurotransmitter serotonin and the sleep cycle regulating hormone melatonin. Being rich in protein, it acts as a great mood boosters by stimulating the feel good hormones in the body.
7. Storehouse of nutrients
Moringa powder contains seven times more potassium than bananas and twice the amount of protein as in milk. Imagine that! It is rich in minerals like calcium, iron and manganese and vitamin A, E and K.