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Written by Kellie Moran

Moringa is a tree grown in tropical and subtropical areas. The tree’s structure is very slender and long. The tree’s branch holds the pods and leaves that have beneficial sources for the human body. The tree grows best in dry soil, and grows at a fast rate. The roots, seed oil, seeds, leaves, and drumsticks (immature seed pods) are where the general nutrition is found in these trees. Moringa Oleifera is in the kingdom known as Plantae. Moringa Oleifera is believed to cure about 300 diseases.

It is full of nutrients and antioxidants. It contains more than 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. It is said to contain almost all vitamins found in fruits and vegetables. Moringa is seen as the most nutritious herb on earth. Tests have shown that there are no side effects to this “miracle” herb, allowing both children and adults to take it.

There are many health benefits when using this herb like, nourishes the Immune System, stimulates healthy circulation, supports normal glucose levels, natural anti-aging benefits, provides anti-inflammatory support, promotes healthy digestion, promotes sharp mental clarity, boosts energy without caffeine, encourages balanced metabolism, promotes softer skin, provides relief from acne, and supports normal hormone levels. The Moringa leaves help build strong healthy bodies because the leaves contain amino acids.

Moringa leaves also contain Vitamin A, Vitamin B1, Vitamin B2, Vitamin B3, Vitamin B6, Vitamin B7, Vitamin C, Vitamin D, Vitamin E, and Vitamin K. When comparing the nutritional value of Moringa it is two times the protein of yogurt, three times the potassium of bananas, four times the calcium of milk, four times the vitamin A of carrots, and seven times the vitamin C of oranges. Vitamin A is a vitamin which is essential for the retina of the eye. Vitamin B1 helps fuel the body with energy. It keeps the mucous membranes healthy and is essential for the nervous system, cardiovascular and muscular function. Vitamin B2 is significant in energy metabolism, and for the metabolism of fats, ketone bodies, carbohydrates, and proteins.

Vitamin B3 are needed for healthy skin, hair, eyes, and liver. They also help the nervous system function properly. Niacin (that is in vitamin B3) also helps the body make several sex and stress-related hormones in the adrenal glands and other parts of the body. Niacin is effective in improving circulation and decreasing cholesterol levels in the blood. Vitamin B6 is needed for the brain and to prevent nerve damage. Vitamin B7 can help report high blood glucose levels in people that have type 2 diabetes, and is helpful in upholding healthy hair and nails, decreasing insulin resistance and improving glucose tolerance, and perhaps stopping birth defects. It plays a role in energy metabolism, and has been used to treat alopecia, cancer, Crohn’s disease, hair loss, Parkinson’s disease, peripheral neuropathy, Rett syndrome, seborrheic dermatitis, and vaginal candidiasis.

Vitamin C is said to be one of the effective nutrients and also one of the safest. The benefits of vitamin C are the protection against immune system deficiencies, cardiovascular disease, prenatal health problems, eye disease, and even skin wrinkling. Vitamin D is needed for bone growth. Vitamin D sufficiency prevents rickets in children and osteomalacia in adults. Vitamin D when combined with calcium also helps protect older adults from osteoporosis. Vitamin D also reduces inflammation. Vitamin E prevents break down of body tissues. Lastly vitamin K is essential for normal clotting of blood in humans. All of this as stated before is in the herb Moringa Oleifera. People are using this herb for health benefits and to prevent them from chronic diseases.

Kellie Moran is a Nutrition major at Montclair State University

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