Moringa Oleifera: The Miracle Tree: Medicinal Uses and Benefits – Healthy Positive Mind –
In most cultures, the Moringa Oleifera is referred to as the ”Miracle Tree” or ”The Tree of Life” and the majority of it is edible and can be consumed by all ages.
Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing tree native to South Asia and now found throughout the tropics. Originally from India (actually growing in the foothills of the Himalayas), is grown around the world, it is completely safe for consumption and medically approved supplement.
Nutritional values of Moringa
Moringa contains more than:
- 90 nutrients,
- 46 antioxidants, and
- 36 anti-inflammatory compounds.
It also has 18 amino acids, including the 8 essentials that our bodies need to survive but cannot manufacture ourselves (and must be supplied through diet).
All this is 100% naturally occurring in the Moringa, whereas most multivitamins and calcium supplements available on the market are made using synthetic ingredients that the human body absorbs very minimal nutrients from.
The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals.
One cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains the following:
- Protein: 2 grams.
- Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA.
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA.
- Iron: 11% of the RDA.
- Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA.
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA.
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA.
Moringa oleifera has an impressive range of medicinal uses with high nutritional value and medicinal benefits. Different parts of Moringa contain a profile of important minerals and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and various phenolics. Moringa provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.
Health Benefits of Moringa
Moringa can act as :
- Cardiac and Circulatory Stimulants;
- Cholesterol Lowering
- Antibacterial and
- Antifungal Properties.
Traditional cultures in various parts of the world have long used Moringa in their herbal medicine repertoire for ailments ranging from gout to various inflammations and fevers. (Some of the remedies are described here but there is no guarantee they will work for every case!)
Moringa Leaves Medicinal Uses and Benefits
- Leaves rubbed against the temple can relieve headaches.
- To stop bleeding from a shallow cut, apply a poultice of fresh leaves.
- There is an anti-bacterial and anti-inflammatory effect when applied to wounds or insect bites.
- Extracts can be used against bacterial or fungal skin complaints.
- Leaf tea treats gastric ulcers and diarrhea.
- Eating Moringa food products is good for those suffering from malnutrition due to the high protein and fibre content.
- Leaves treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, and inflammation of the mucus membrane
- The iron content of the leaves is high, and they are reportedly prescribed for anemia in the Philippines.
- The powder ground from the seeds is also used in the treatment of scurvy skin diseases (common bacterial infections of the skin).
Moringa Flowers Medicinal Uses and Benefits
- Flower juice improves the quality and flow of mothers’ milk when breast feeding.
- Flower juice is useful for urinary problems as it encourages urination.
- In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy.
Moringa Seeds Medicinal Uses and Benefits
- Used for their antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties to treat arthritis, rheumatism, gout, cramp, sexually transmitted diseases and boils. The seeds are roasted, pounded, mixed with coconut oil and applied to the problem area. Seed oil can be used for the same ailments.
- Roasted seeds and oil can encourage urination.
- They can also be used as a relaxant for epilepsy.
- Moringa seeds are effective against skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus Aureus and Pseudomonas Aeruginosa. They contain the potent antibiotic and fungicide terygospermin.
Moringa Oil Medicinal Uses and Benefits
- Oil of Ben is used for hysteria, scurvy, prostate problems and bladder troubles.
- Villagers in Oman use Moringa oil to treat stomach disorders. They also use it in perfume and hair oil.
Moringa and Ayurveda Medicinal Uses and Benefits
Uses every part of the Moringa Tree and considers it one of the most valuable and useful plants. The ayurvedic medicine of India has many uses for Moringa Tree products, such as a natural antibiotic, an aid in childbirth, for treating liver disorders, and many other uses.
Here are the benefits of continuous intake of Moringa Tea
- Increases the Natural Defenses of the body
- Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain
- Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients
- Promotes the Cell structure of the body
- Promotes natural Serum cholesterol
- Lowers the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines
- Promotes the normal functioning of the liver and the kidney
- Beautifies the skin
- Promotes energy
- Promotes proper digestion
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Takes care of the immune system of the body
- Promotes healthy circulatory system
- It is an anti-inflammatory
- Gives a feeling of general wellness
- Supports the normal sugar levels of the body.
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