Moringa is known locally in Ghana as the “miracle tree” for its nutritional and medicinal properties.
A Bureau of Plant Industry report states that gram per gram, moringa leaves contain:
- Twice the protein content of 8 ounces of milk (and 4 times the calcium)
- The vitamin C equivalent of 7 oranges
- The potassium content of 3 bananas
- 3 times the iron of spinach
- 4 times the Vitamin A of carrots
Dating as far back as ancient Egyptian and Roman times, the moringa tree has been used for a wide variety of purposes across different traditions and cultures, including cosmetics, medicine, water purification, and – of course – nutrition.
Moringa has been used for centuries in traditional herbal medicine across the world. Because of its high iron content, moringa is often used for “tired blood” (anemia), and as a natural pre- and postnatal vitamin for expecting and new mothers, who are more susceptible to anemia. Research has also shown that in addition to combating anemia, it has a dual purpose for breast-feeding mothers as an effective galactagogue.
It is also commonly used to naturally combat hypertension, diabetes, and high cholesterol claims which have been extensively researched and backed through scientific clinical trials.
Enemy Of Abnormal Cell Growth
Moringa leaves also have 90 essential nutrients and 2 compounds that have been shown to regulate abnormal cell growth (or retardation of their growth). This has earned moringa the reputation of being a plant that supports health. India’s traditional natural Ayurvedic medicine currently uses moringa leaves in the care of over 300 diseases.
Moringa leaves are a healthy aging powerhouse because they contain several thousand times more of the powerful nutrient zeatin than any other plant.
A study published in Rejuvenation Research shows the undeniable youth-preserving effects of zeatin are due to its ability to regulate cell division and growth and delay cell aging. With the zeatin contained in moringa, new skin cells grow at a faster rate than old skin cells die. This results in a marked reduction of the look and feel of wrinkles on the face and other parts of the body, and a more youthful skin appearance.