This plant grows a lot in the tropics, trees, fruits, seeds, and roots are so amazing and have been proven through scientific research. Moringa has a scientific name Morenga Oleifera, this plant grows in many tropical climates, for example, India, Southeast Asia, and Indonesia.
Because Moringa is known to have many properties, then Moringa leaves have been widely used to treat various diseases, including cardiovascular disorders (heart), digestive disorders and inflammation, reported in an article published in the journal “Phytotherapy Research” in 2007.
Moringa as an Antimicrobial
Leaf and seed extracts from Moringa plants contain compounds that have anti-bacterial properties which mean they can be used as an infectious drug. According to a June 2010 study “Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences,” Moringa leaf extract can inhibit the growth of disease-causing microorganisms such as Staphylococcus aureus, Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Enterobacter aerogenes and Escherichia coli. While the benefits of Moringa seed extract are only effective against E.coli and Salmonella typhimurium, but the greatness of seed extract can prevent the growth of fungi – Mucor and Rhizopus.
Reducing Blood Pressure and Cholesterol
Moringa oleifera can help lower blood pressure and high cholesterol levels. The benefits of Moringa leaves are published in the article “Phytotherapy Research,” in 2007, concluded that Moringa leaf extract has a stabilizing effect on blood pressure. The properties of Moringa leaves like that because they contain substances, such as thiocarbamate glycosides, nitrile and mustard oil glycosides, which help lower blood pressure. The same study reports that B-sitosterol, a bioactive found in moringa leaves, can help maintain cholesterol levels to stay healthy.
In addition, Moringa fruit is useful in reducing bad LDL cholesterol, triglycerides and cholesterol proven by research on rabbits with abnormally high cholesterol levels.
Benefits of Moringa as a Protective Liver
Eating healthy foods helps the liver to perform all its functions properly. Conversely, a high-fat diet can cause fat to accumulate in liver tissue, eventually leading to various health problems. Moringa plants can help reverse the liver damage done by unhealthy foods.
A study published in June 2012 “Indian Journal of Experimental Biology” found that Moringa leaf extract was able to protect the liver against damage, research in rats fed a high-fat diet.
Furthermore, Moringa flower extract is known to have hepatopretector (liver protection) activity, published in “Phytotherapy Research”, 2007. The benefits of Moringa are there because they contain quercetin, flavonoids.
Moringa Seeds Useful for Treating Bronchial Asthma
A study published in the “Journal of Pharmacology India” in January 2008 examined the effects of Moringa oleifera seeds on bronchial asthma, a chronic lung disease that constricts the airways. In the study, 20 patients with bronchial asthma were treated with 3 grams of powder, the seeds were dried for three weeks. The results showed a significant increase in asthma symptoms and a reduction in asthma attacks. This is what causes the researchers to conclude that Moringa plants are useful for treating bronchial asthma. No side effects were observed.
How to Use Moringa Leaves
To get the extraordinary benefits of Moringa leaves, it must be true how to consume them. Luckily Moringa leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked or dried.
General guidelines recommend, how to eat Moringa leaves, which is like other vegetables that you consume. Therefore you can eat Moringa leaves in all kinds of ways: Moringa leaves can be eaten in salads, added to rice or pasta or other dishes such as Moringa leaf juice.
Moringa leaves are also available in powder form which can be used as tea, added to drinks, sprinkled on food or taken in capsules.
Caution: Excessive heat can destroy some vitamins, and all the enzymes contained in moringa leaves or moringa leaf powder. So don’t cook for too long!