Moringa: Surprising health benefits for all of us
(NaturalHealth365). Moringa (Moringa oleifera) is an herb with shocking nutritional content. Boasting over 92 vitamins and minerals and a whopping 46 antioxidants, and 7 essential amino acids, this cancer-preventing, blood-sugar lowering herb has a long list of health benefits you’ll want to know about.
Packed with nutrition: Many studies have evaluated the nutritional content of Moringa’s leaves, pods, and seeds. In fact, moringa’s leaves have proven to be rich in minerals such as potassium, calcium, magnesium, zinc, copper, iron, and manganese, as well as phytonutrients such the flavanols luteolin, kaempferol, quercetin, and apigenin – which are all potent antioxidants that help us fight off illness and infection, as well as avoid debilitating diseases such as diabetes and cancer.
This plant is also rich in vitamins. Just one cup of its fresh, chopped leaves contains vitamins A (9% of the RDA), C (12%), B2 (11%), and B6 (19% of the RDA).
More effective than toxic medications against pathogenic bacteria
Moringa leaves contain a wide of antioxidants and phytochemicals that help destroy bacteria such as E. coli, salmonella, and other properties that help in fighting bacteria such as salmonella, E.coli, and staph infection (Staphylococcus aureus).
As a cancer-fighting and cancer-cell killing substance, few plants have so many compounds in their leaves as Moringa. Moringa contains, among its other cancer-fighting nutrients such as glucosinoates, a modified amino acid in cruciferous vegetables, known to lower human cancer risk,
Moringa also contains isothiocyantes, which have proven to reduce risk of lung cancer, even in persons who smoke. Moringa is also rich in glycerol-1-9 octadecanoate, a compound which has tumor-destroying properties.
In studies, extracts from the Moringa leaves proved to help chemotherapy to work better in cancer patients and to slow the growth of human pancreatic cancer cells
Help yourself to lower excessive blood sugar levels naturally
The research on Moringa’s powers of helping to fight and prevent diabetes are more exciting than just about any other purported health benefits Moringa may have. In one study published in the journal Bioscan, persons with type 2 diabetes – who supplemented with 8 grams of Moringa powder a day – saw a decrease in post-meal blood glucose of 28 percent and a decrease in fasting blood glucose of 26%.
A study in the Journal of Food Science and Technology found that post-menopausal women, a group especially at risk for contracting type 2 diabetes due to slowing metabolism and fat acquisition due to hormone loss, lowered their average blood sugar levels by 13.5%.
One explanation may be that Moringa is rich in a phytonutrient called terpenoids which have been determined to help stimulate the B cells of the pancreas, helping the pancreas to secrete more insulin. So, whatever your health situation, talk to your doctor about the health benefits of plant nutrition.
Never forget: maintaining a healthy diet is always a smart move.
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