While its pods, roots, bark, flowers, and seeds are all edible, people are becoming increasingly interested in moringa as a powder supplement. Moringa supplements are also made in the form of capsules.
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A study actually found that leaf extracts of the tree had higher free-radical-scavenging capacity, antioxidant activity, and higher inhibition of protein, lipid, and DNA oxidation than its seeds and flowers. Why is this good? Moringa oleifera can prevent the damage and degradation that free radicals cause in the cells of different organs in the body, maintaining their proper functions (mindbodygreen). Let’s learn more about what the horseradish/drumstick/ben tree has to offer.
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Antioxidants: Multiple antioxidant plant compounds have been found in the leaves of moringa oleifera. That includes Vitamin C, Beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid–all powerful antioxidants. One study involving women found that taking 1.5 teaspoons (7 grams) of moringa leaf powder every day for three months considerably increased blood antioxidant levels.
Mental health: Moringa’s high levels of vitamins C and E can fight off oxidation that leads to neuron deterioration. This magical supplement has the power to normalize neurotransmitters such as serotonin, noradrenaline, and dopamine in the brain, influencing mood, organ function, memory, and response to stimuli (mindbodygreen).
Inflammation: Scientists believe that isothiocyanates are the key anti-inflammatory compounds in moringa leaves, seeds, and pods, helping to prevent the development of infections. Infections are caused by sustained inflammation and can lead to chronic health complications, including cancer and heart disease (healthline).
Cholesterol: We know that high cholesterol levels are directly related to an increased risk of heart disease. While many plant foods such as flaxseeds, almonds, and oats can lower bad cholesterol, moringa oleifera might have similar effects. That means it can potentially lower the risk of heart disease—saving lives.