Derived from the Moringa oleifera tree, Moringa Powder has been used to treat a wide set of ailments, ranging from diabetes to infections. Additionally it has widespread use as a foodstuff, often brewed into teas or added to dishes or soups for its great nutritional value.
100g of Moringa Powder amounting to an impressive:
- Protein: 27 grams
- Fat: 6 grams
- Fiber: 34 grams
- Sugar: 3 grams
- Sodium: 1,361 mg
- Calcium: 173% of the Daily Value (DV)
- Iron: 133% of the DV
- Zinc: 27% of the DV
- Magnesium: 126% of the DV
- Copper: 111% of the DV
- Vitamin A: 176% of the DV
These statistics are further supplemented by polyphenols: powerful plant compounds that exhibit cancer-fighting properties, assisting in lowering the risk of such conditions, such as diabetes and heart disease.
Short answer: We don’t know.
Long answer: Information regarding Moringa is surprisingly sparse still, with only a handful of small studies having been performed on it – coupled with limited usage globally in a historic context, it has thus-far evaded the proverbial radar of mankind.
However this is set to change; as a few modern preliminary studies on the benefits of Moringa as nutritional supplement are underway, and some smaller studies have already concluded. Giving an indication of the impact this nutritional supplement may have.
In an 8-week study of 41 obese people on an identical diet and exercise regime, those taking 900mg of a supplement containing Moringa and Turmeric, lost 4.8kg on average – compared to only 1.8kg in the placebo group. (source)
Another similar study that has been conducted, randomised 130 people who were overweight, to receive the same supplement as in the aforementioned study. In this case, those given the supplement lost an average of 5.4kg over a 16 week period, compared to 0.9kg in the placebo group. They also significantly decreased their LDL (bad) cholesterol, whilst improving their HDL (good) cholesterol levels. (source)
Both of these studies indicate that there may indeed be a significant benefit to using Moringa as dietary supplement, especially when coupled with Turmeric as well as the fundamentals of good diet and exercise. As with any diet, regardless of intent to lose weight or otherwise.
Additionally there have been several studies focused on other facets of health and well-being. Such studies have found that Moringa may aid with:
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- Lowering blood pressure
- Regulating blood sugar
- Lowering bad cholesterol levels (as previously mentioned)
- Reducing inflammation
- Protecting against heart disease (also as previously mentioned)
Still more, other studies have found improvements in conditions such as diabetes and asthma.
These improvements are linked to the various polyphenols and antioxidants found in the leaves of Moringa trees. Though admittedly the bulk of the research is still out on the subject, there are some clear and substantial indications so far that Moringa is sure to become a household staple in terms of cost vs. the potential benefit to attaining it.
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