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Seven reasons why Moringa is the next superfood

The amazing health benefits of Moringa tree seeds and leaves

[This article first appeared in the Khaleej Times, June 1, 2017 ]

The superfood bandwagon is getting bigger, with a new name being thrown in every now and then. Recently, having extensively researched it, I began to try moringa tea in the morning. A month later, I can already see the benefits, and so, here’s seven reasons why moringa should make it into your daily routine.

Our bodies are naturally prone to inflammation. Moringa suppresses the inflammatory enzymes and proteins in the body. Here, it is advisable to take moringa as a tea infusion. Do not cook the moringa leaves, brew them.

Nutrient dense
Packed with nutrients that our bodies need, moringa is rich in vitamins A, C and E and minerals like calcium and potassium. Personally, I add a scoop of the powder in my post-workout protein shake for best results and trust me, it works.

Mental health
Due to its antioxidants, moringa is known to prevent Alzheimer’s disease. With its high content of vitamins C and E, moringa helps fight oxidation that leads to neuron degeneration, hence enhancing brain function. It also acts as an anti-depressant as it normalises serotonin and dopamine levels.

Anti-bacterial properties
Moringa seeds and leaves possess anti-bacterial properties. The seeds, however, should not be taken orally as they could contain toxins. The leaves can be used to heal wounds or fungal infections when applied as a paste made with sterilised water.

Its anti-inflammatory and diuretic properties help reduce water retention considerably. Also, the high fibre content reduces fat absorption in the gut. The reduction in insulin resistance may prevent excess fat accumulation.

Incorporating moringa leaves in your diet is known to increase immunity. In India, these leaves are usually added to lentil soups during extreme winters to avoid common cold, flu and other ailments.

Gastrointestinal health
Moringa leaves also have mild laxative properties. The high fibre content facilitates easy movement of food along the digestive tract. It also takes care of some minor digestive problems that are caused by gastrointestinal worms and microbes.

The best way to include moringa in your diet is to simply add a spoonful to a smoothie, shake or dip. Mix a spoonful into a glass of water or juice or simply sprinkle over salad. You can also make a tea infusion and sip at regular intervals. However, moringa should not be used in place of medication prescribed by your doctor.

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