According to the ancients, the Moringa Oleifera tree was a storehouse of vitamins, minerals, proteins, and bioactive compounds. The leaves and pods of the tree were highly valued to treat malnutrition. In Asia and Africa, Moringa leaves and pods were added to soups, stews, and casseroles and consumed for their taste as well as their nutritional value.
The Ancients Did Get It Right
Moringa has proved to be one of the most nutritious plants in the forests of Asia and Africa. Several studies have shown that Moringa contains beneficial compounds that offer multiple health benefits. In fact, Moringa could be used to control at least five common nutritional deficiencies seen all over the world.
- Vitamin and Mineral Deficiencies – Moringa leaves are an exceptionally good source of vitamins. In fact, studies show that Moringa leaves contain four times the Vitamin A found in carrots, seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges, and a large amount of Vitamin B, as well. In fact, studies rank Moringa as the best among tropical vegetables for their vitamin and mineral content
- Amino Acid Deficiencies – A study has shown that Moringa contains large amounts of essential amino acids like Isoleucine, Lysine, Glutamate, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptohan and Valine. A total of 17 amino acids were noted and the exceptionally high content of amino acids were extremely beneficial to humans and livestock as well.
- Antioxidant Reserves – Moringa is known for its anti-oxidant value. According to a study, the plant contains significant quantities of α-, β-and γ-tocopherols, stigmasterol, campesterol, quercetin, and kaempferol that can reduce free radical damage.
- Anti-Inflammatory Benefits – A study has shown that an aqueous root extract of Moringa Oleifera could reduce edema equivalent to the action of an anti-inflammatory drug like indomethacin.
- Essential Fatty Acids – Good fats like Omega-3 and Omega-6 are found in large quantities in Moringa Oleifera and they can boost skin, hair, and bone health.
Experts agree that Moringa Oleifera is the most inexpensive and credible alternative to treat malnutrition in developing countries.
Finding the Right Supplements
As you can see, a single serving of fresh Moringa a day could ward off most of the common nutritional deficiencies. The nutritional content of fresh and dried Moringa leaves found in two capsules of Senyia could prove extremely beneficial to growing children, pregnant and lactating women and adults.