Moringa – contains isothiocyanate and niaziminin compounds that help stop arteries from thickening which cause Blood Pressure.

Moringa oleifera is a fairly large tree native to North India, Pakistan, and Nepal, of which all its componenrs (leaves, seeds, flowers and bark) are considered medicinal. It goes by a variety of names, such as drumstick tree, horseradish tree or ben oil tree. Almost all parts of the tree are eaten or used as ingredients in traditional herbal medicines.

From: Bioactive Compounds, 2019

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Antioxidant, Isothiocyanate, Beta-Carotene, Moringa, Seed Extracts, Leaf Extract, Proteins, Larvae

Moringa oleifera is a fast growing, drought-resistant tree of the family Moringaceae, native to Indian subcontinent. Common names include moringa, drumstick tree (from the long, slender, triangular seed-pods) horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish) and ben oil tree or benzolive tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds).

Scientific classification

Kingdom: Plantae

Clade: Tracheophytes

Clade: Angiosperm

Clade: Eudicots

Clade: Rosids

Order: Brassicales

Family: Moringaceae

Genus: Moringa

Species: M. oleifera

Binomial name – Moringa oleifera


It is widely cultivated for its young seed pod and leaves used as vegetables and traditional herbal medicine. It is also used for water purification.
Almost all parts of moringa are edible, with regional uses widely: Immature seed pods, called “drumsticks” leaves, Mature seeds, Oil pressed from seeds, flowers, roots

Leaves

Nutritional content of 100 g of fresh moringa oleifera leaves (about 5 cups), is shown in the table (right; USDA data), while other studies of nutrient values are available.

The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, provitamin A, as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese, and protein.

Drumsticks

The immature seed pods, called “drumsticks”, are commonly consumed in South Asia. They are prepared by parboiling, and cooked in a curry until soft. The seed pods/fruits, even when cooked by boiling, remain particularly high in vitamin C (which may be degraded variably by cooking) and are also a good source of dietary fiber, potassium, magnesium, and manganese.

Seeds

The seeds, sometimes removed from more mature pods and eaten like peas or roasted like nut, contain high levels of vitamin C and moderate amounts of B vitamins and dietary minerals

Seed Oil

Mature seeds yield 38-40% edible called ben oil from its high concentration of behenic acids. The refined oil is clear and odorless, and rasists rancidity. The seed cake remaining after oil extraction may be used as a fertilizer or as a flocculent to purity water.

Moringa seed oil also has potential for use as a biofuel. Using the cold press method (under 132 degrees F) only yields 14% which is about the same amount of yield in a raw press using no heat whatsoever.

Root

The roots are shredded and used as a condiment with sharp flavor qualities deriving from significant content of polyphenols

Moringa Power

The light-colored, earthly-tasting powder is derived from the leaves and seed pods of Moringa oleifera, a tree that’s native to India but also grows in Asia, Africa, and South America, and is sometimes referred to as the drumstick tree, miracle tree, according to a review published in March 2014 in the journal Phytotheraphy Research.
The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used to make medicine. Moringa is used for asthma, diabetes, obesity, symptoms of menopause, and many other conditions, but there is no good scientific evidence to support these uses.

The same review noted that the plant contains a number of important compounds, including beta-carotene, quercetin, and a wide range of vitamins and minerals.


Moringa contains many healthful compounds such as: vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin) B3 (niacin), B-6, folate, and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc

It is also extremely low in fats and contain no harm cholesterol

Health Benefit of Moringa oleifera

Moringa is believed to have many benefits and its uses range from health and beauty to helping prevent and cure diseases

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 contain protein, which means it 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.

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.

Protecting the Liver

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

Preventing and Treating Cancer

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

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.

Fighting against Bacterial Diseases.

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

Treating Bones Healthier

Moringa also contains calcium and phosphorous, which help keep bone 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.

Treating Mood Disorder

Moringa is thought to be helpful in treating depression, anxiety, and fatigue.



Protecting the Cardiovascular System

The powerful antioxidants found in Moringa extract might help prevent cardiac damage and has also been shown to maintain a healthy heart.

Helping Wounds to Heal

Extract of moringa has been shown to help wounds close as well as reduce the appearance of scars.

Treating Diabetes

Moringa helps to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood, as well as sugar and protein in the urine. This improved the hemoglobin levels and overall protein content in those tested.

Treating Asthma

Moringa may help reduce the severity of some asthma attacks and protect against bronchial constrictions. It has also been shown to assist with better lung function and breathing overall.

Protecting against Kidney Disorder

People may be less likely to develop stones in the kidneys, bladder or uterus if they ingest moringa extract. Moringa contains high levels of antioxidants that might aid toxicity levels in the kidneys.

Reducing High Blood Pressure

Moringa contains isothiocyanate and niaziminin, compounds that help to stop arteries from thickening, whoch can cause blood pressure to rise.

Improving Eye Health

Moringa contains eyesight-improving properties to its high antioxidant levels. Moringa may stop the dilation of retinal vessels, prevent the thickening of capillary membranes, and inhibit retinal dysfunction.

Treating Anemia and Sickle Cell Disease.

Moringa might help person’s body absorb more iron, therefore increasing their red blood cell count. It is thought the plant extract is very helpful in treating and preventing anemia and sickle cell disease.

Source: wikipedia

: Medical News today

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