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MORINGA: Overview, Uses, Side Effects, and More

What is moringa

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What is Moringa

Known as a healing plant for many centuries and popular in Asia, native to India and also found in South America, and Africa… Moringa is a tree with delicate vibrant green leaves sometimes known as “The Miracle Tree,” the “Drumstick Tree” or referred to affectionately as the “Tree of Life.” People of all walks of life say there are many health and beauty benefits from moringa and enjoy utilizing the leaf extracts and consuming the pod or flower.

Moringa oleifera grows abundantly in tropical climates and harnesses an impressive list of health benefits including: antioxidants, vitamins and minerals, generous levels of potassium and is high in calcium, protein, iron and amino acids. Overall, this tree is a nutritious source of healing and offers great benefits when consumed properly.

Health Benefits of Moringa

Utilized for centuries, the leaves, flowers, roots and seeds of this tree have been harvested and used to treat diabetes, various types of bacterial, viral or even fungal infections, joint pain and inflammation. Moringa is considered highly nutritious and quite tasty too. Generations have created a moringa seed oil that is often used for hair and skin.

Health Benefits of Moringa

The oil is hydrating while also protects and nourishes. You can also use the moringa leaves and pods in food and cooking… People suggest adding the leaves to stews, soups and stir fry’s as it adds depth of color, texture and a light pleasant leafy taste to cooked dishes.

Moringa Use

Moringa is believed to have high levels of amino acids to help your body heal and to assist with building muscles.

Experts say it is packed with Vitamin C and Potassium.

Moringa is believed to be full of antioxidants that help your immune system.

Studies have shown the plants may be able to reduce pain, swelling and lessen the impact of arthritis and joint discomfort.

Moringa Use

High levels of proteins in the plant could help with lowering blood sugar levels and assist the body with insulin creation.

Side Effects

While more research needs to be done to analyze the negative effects of moringa before use or consumption; it is advised to consult with a physician prior. There have been some discussions about the possible side effects of moringa on fertility and pregnant women have been advised to avoid the plant. When using the extract, or oil, be sure to read the label carefully and use only the recommended amounts.

If this is all new to you, then say hello to Moringa, a centuries old “miracle” plant that is grown, harvested and dried then used for both health and beauty.

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