We all know that moringa is one of nature’s best galactagogue, making it a reliable ally for lactating mothers around the world who want to increase their breastmilk supply. However, there’s more to it than just being an effective galactagogue.
Many published studies show a long list of amazing benefits of this tropical plant. Thankfully, many western countries now have access to it as companies like Go-Lacta have been able to package 100% organic moringa leaves in the forms of capsule supplements, teas, and powders that can be consumed by every member of the family.
Today, there’s moringa capsules for breastfeeding moms, moringa powder for babies, moringa powder packets for dads-on-the go, moringa tea for grandma and more.
Read on to know more about the many wonderful benefits of moringa for you and your family.
- It’s an excellent source of calcium. According to Science Direct, moringa in powder form can provide more than 4000 mg of calcium compared to 8 ounces of milk which only provides 300-400mg.
- It has more iron content than spinach. A 100-gram serving of moringa leaves has 4 mg of iron while spinach has 2.7 mg. It’s powder form may be used as substitute to iron tablets to fight anemia.
- It is packed with protein. Like tofu and tempeh, moringa comes packed with protein and is great for those who are on a plant-based diet. For every 100 grams of leaves, you get 9.4 g of protein while for every tablespoon of its powder form, you get 3 g of protein.
- It can lower cholesterol. Research shows that moringa seed oil contains 76% of linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oleic acid whose collective name is PUFA. These PUFAs have the ability to control cholesterol, making moringa seed oil a good substitute for olive oil.
- It can help fight free radicals. The flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid in moringa are all effective antioxidants. These are needed to fight free radicals that come from air pollution, smoking, fried foods, and sun exposure, among others. Free radicals in the body lead to cell damage that may cause premature aging.
- It may reduce overall inflammation. Moringa has high concentrations of antioxidants which can be used in patients with inflammatory conditions, including cancer, hypertension, and cardiovascular diseases. Leaf extracts are found to have tannins, saponins, flavonoids, terpenoids and glycosides, all known as effective antioxidants, antimicrobial, and anti-carcinogenic agents.
- It may lower blood sugar levels. Studies cited by Healthline shows that a group of 30 women who took 7 grams of moringa leaf powder everyday for three months reduced their fasting blood sugar by 13.5% while a smaller study of six people who took 50g of fresh moringa leaves lowered their blood sugar by 21%. Scientists attribute the results to isothiocyanates plant compounds found in moringa.
- It promotes healthy sperm cells. Zinc is essential for proper growth of sperm cells and moringa contains 25.5–31.03 mg of zinc/kg, which already meets the daily requirement of zinc in one’s diet according to Science Direct.