Moringa is one of the plants that have many uses. And almost everything in it is full of vitamins and minerals-- flower, stem, fruit, and leaves.
The trees of Moringa are native to India and also grow in other countries in Asia, and Africa. Many companies have developed it into capsule and powder for easy consumption. Some countries in Asia include it as an ingredient to their dishes. In western countries, it is bought in capsule or powder form.
Moringa is known to be a great source of vitamins and minerals. Here are the nutrients found in the plant.
- Vitamins A, B1, B2, B3 and B6
- Folate and Ascorbic Acid or Vitamin C
The plant also has zero cholesterol content. It is also a good source of antioxidants that fights free radicals. When you have enough number of antioxidants in the body, the risk for chronic diseases will be reduced. Moringa also contains antifungal and antibacterial properties that would help the body fights against all types of infections. Its anti-inflammatory properties are also helpful for your body in dealing with diseases that involve inflammation like arthritis, diabetes, and other chronic illness.
Common Benefits of Moringa
The protein content of Moringa nourishing your hair and skin. It protects the cells from damages. Some elements for detox and hydration that are present in the plant is also useful for boosting the health of your hair and skin.
- Protects Liver
The flowers and leaves of the Moringa plant have a high concentration of polyphenols that protects it from damages like toxicity and oxidation.
- May Treat and Prevent Cancer
Moringa contains a compound that suppresses the development of cancer cells called niazimicin.
- Promote strong bones
The calcium and phosphorus in Moringa help in making the bones strong and keeping it healthy, and together with its anti-inflammatory properties, the pain due to arthritis is reduced.
- Protects kidney disorder
When you ingest Moringa extract, you are less likely to develop stones in kidneys, uterus, and bladder. Also, its high level of antioxidants reduces the toxic in the body.
Ways to Use Moringa Powder
The pure Moringa powder may have a strong taste, and it can be bitter.
But if you want to use Moringa powder and enjoy its full benefits, you can add one tablespoon of Moringa powder to any hot drinks you consume every day. Moringa juice is also possible. You can add lemon to in to eliminate the intense flavor.
Here are also some recipes you can make with the powder of Moringa.
What you need:
- 1/2 Moringa Powder
- 1 1/2 cups Non-dairy Milk
- 1/3 brown sugar
- 1 banana
- 1 cup oats
- Blend the oats into a thin flour
- Mix everything and blend until it thickens and smooth
- Put a pan into medium heat and add some oil
- Once hot, spoon a half cup of the mixture into the pan
- Cook for 2 minutes per side until brown
A smoothie can be a great drink together with the moringa pancakes. It will give you energy, and it can be an excellent good health booster.
- 1 tablespoon Moringa Powder
- 1 cup fresh pineapple chunks
- 1 banana
- 1/2 cup blueberries
- 1 peeled oranges
- 1 cup of coconut water
Get a blender and pour all the ingredients. Put it into a high power for 30 seconds until it becomes smooth. You can add crushed ice, or you can refrigerate the ingredients first before blending to get a cold smoothie.
The two recipes are an excellent pair to share with friends and families over a good chat and bonding time.