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Health Benefits Of Moringa Plant - Alabi Olamide

Discussion in 'Health & Lifestyle' started by Admin, Jun 13, 2018.

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    Never heard of moringa before? Although this plant was initially discovered for its beneficial properties thousands of years ago, only recently has moringa (sometimes called the Ben oil tree) become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market. In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called moringa ( moringa oleifera) the “ plant of the year ,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.”

    Moringa oleifera is a plant that is often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree.
    Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant , and anti-inflammatory properties.

    BETTER PROTEIN THAN SOY
    Moringa is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far identified, with the protein in Moringa being comparable in quality to that of soy. Food scientists once believed that only soy had protein comparable to meat, dairy, and eggs. Now they have added Moringa to that very short list. Some even consider Moringa protein better than soy protein as it is non-allergic. Proteins are digested into smaller units known as amino acids. Moringa contains 18 of the 20 amino acids required by the human body including all eight of the essential amino acids found in meat products. (Meat is a luxury most people around the world cannot afford). The body cannot manufacture those eight essential amino acids and must get them through the food we eat. Moringa is one of very few plants that contain all eight.

    MORE IMPRESSIVE THAN OLIVE OIL
    Oleifera is a Latin term meaning oil containing. The Moringa oil, known as ben oil, (due to the high concentration of behenic acid contained in the oil) is extracted from the seeds. Moringa Oleifera seeds contain 35-40% oil by weight and can yield more oil per hectare than sunflower or peanuts. The oil has more impressive attributes than olive oil. It is used in cooking and cosmetics; and because it won’t spoil and turn rancid, it is also used as a preservative and machinery lubricant, even being used as a lubricant in fine watches. What’s left after the oil has been extracted from the seeds is called seed cake, which is used as feed to increase milk production in cows.

    What are the benefits?
    Moringa is believed to have many benefits and its uses range from health and beauty to helping prevent and cure diseases. These are some benefits of moringa:

    1. Protecting and nourishing skin and hair
    Moringa seed oil is beneficial for protecting hair against free radicals and keeps it clean and healthy. Moringa also contains protein, which means it is helpful in protecting skin cells from damage. It also contains hydrating and detoxifying elements, which also boost the skin and hair.
    It can be successful in curing skin infections and sores.

    2. Treating edema
    Edema is a painful condition where fluid builds up in specific tissues in the body. The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa may be effective in preventing edema from developing.

    3. Protecting the liver
    Moringa appears to protect the liver against damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs and can quicken its repair process.

    4. Preventing and treating cancer
    Moringa extracts contain properties that might help prevent cancer developing. It also contains niazimicin, which is a compound that suppresses the development of cancer cells.

    5. Treating stomach complaints
    Moringa extracts might help treat some stomach disorders, such as constipation , gastritis, and ulcerative colitis. The antibiotic and antibacterial properties of moringa may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens, and its high vitamin B content helps with digestion.

    6. Fighting against bacterial diseases
    Due to its antibacterial, antifungal, and antimicrobial properties, moringa extracts might combat infections caused by Salmonella , Rhizopus, and E. coli.

    7. Making bones healthier
    Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bones healthy and strong. Along with its anti-inflammatory properties moringa extract might help to treat conditions such as arthritis and may also heal damaged bones.

    8. Treating mood disorders
    Moringa is thought to be helpful in treating depression,
    anxiety, and fatigue .
     
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