Moringa is the newest wellness buzzword — and for good reason: It's packed with vitamins and nutrients, antioxidants and anti-inflammatories. Derived from the moringa oleifera tree, this superfood has been grown and used in Asia and the tropics for thousands of years. There, it's known as the miracle tree because of all of the positive effects it has on the body; though it's on the new side for those of us in the west.
So what exactly can it do for you? So glad you asked — keep reading to learn more about moringa and all its benefits.
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It's Packed With Nutrients
Vitamin C, vitamin A, vitamin B6, vitamin E, potassium, calcium and iron are just the beginning of the amazing nutritional value moringa brings to the table. It's also loaded with protein and has eight essential amino acids. It's actually one of the most nutrient dense plants in the world — so, if you're looking for a plant-based supplement for overall health, moringa is a good option.
Inflammation is basically a dirty word these days. It's technically the body's natural response to injury, but when it goes on too long, inflammation can become a problem: Chronic inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, arthritis and certain cancers. That's why anti-inflammatory agents like moringa have been given superhero status. Thanks to all its antioxidants, moringa can help stop an inflammatory response in its tracks.
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It Can Lower Cholesterol
High levels of cholesterol increase your chances of getting heart disease. Moringa has been used in Thailand and India for centuries as a heart-healthy medicine, and the west is picking up on its potential for lowering your risk of cardiovascular diseases. Studies have shown that moringa, like oats and flaxseed, does indeed lower cholesterol, and help prevent plaque in your arteries.
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It Fights Infections
Anti-bacterial? Check. Anti-fungal? Yup. Anti-microbial? That too. This little leaf has been shown to stop the symptoms of food poisoning, inhibit UTI's, and prevent fungal infections on the skin.