By now, talking about super food has almost become a mantra. And indeed there are real superfoods that nature gives us and that have surprising effects on health and beauty. One of the super foods of the moment is definitely the moringa .
Not everyone knows about it, yet this plant of Indian origin really boasts incredible properties and certainly to be discovered.
What is moringa
The moringa oleifera is a plant also called “miraculous tree”. Used in India since time immemorial for its beneficial properties, currently this herbal remedy is getting great success in the West .
From a nutritional point of view, moringa can be considered in all respects a “supercage”. The plant can be used all the parts but what contains a greater number of nutrients (and, therefore, is able to exert a strong healthy action) is the leaf .
First of all, moringa has a good amount of vitamins (A, C and B vitamins) and minerals, especially potassium . But not only: this super food is rich in amino acids and essential fatty acids such as Omega 3 , Omega 6 and Omega 9. These are really valuable for the health of heart, arteries and brain.
Properties of moringa for health
Moringa is therefore highly beneficial to health. First of all, it acts to lower the levels of “bad” cholesterol in the blood while favoring the raising of the values of “good” cholesterol. Secondly, being a natural anticoagulant, it protects the heart, arteries and even the health of the brain .
In addition, this plant is rich in natural antioxidants and anti-inflammatory substances , which is why food supplementation with moringa helps to calm neuralgia and pains in general, to relieve a sore throat and to relieve the upper respiratory tract.
The plant also works well during periods of convalescence and can be considered a restorative and energizing remedy .
And it’s not over: the moringa is also exceptional for reactivating the metabolism and the proper functioning of the digestive system . This remedy acts as a hypoglycemic agent and is indicated when blood sugar is to be monitored, when overweight or in the presence of hypertension .
As for the beneficial effect on digestion , moringa is also antiemetic and indicated in case of meteorism with abdominal swelling.
Finally, some research has also highlighted a positive correlation between moringa extract and libido: this plant, therefore, would be even a natural aphrodisiac .
Benefits of moringa for beauty
Moringa also has a beneficial effect on the beauty of skin and hair . In fact, it is a completely natural ingredient but very rich in active properties. For example, moringa is indicated both when the skin appears dry and dull , and when the skin is affected by acne and impurities .
In the first case, the regenerative action is due to the high content of antioxidants and vitamin E . On the other hand, as regards the aid in the treatment of acne, moringa is effective in controlling hormonal imbalances and, consequently, the effects of these imbalances on the skin.
Even the hair benefits from the integration of moringa: thanks to vitamins, amino acids and minerals, this natural remedy strengthens the hair weakened and weakened .
Both for the skin and for the hair, butters, creams and oils based on moringa are available on the market . Obviously, the higher the concentration of active ingredient in the formulation, the more effective the product is.
Uses of moringa
But how do you assume moringa? The moringa extract is taken in powder , for example. A teaspoon of powder is the dose usually referred to as supplementation.
The powder can be dissolved in drinks or used to prepare healthy smoothies . Moringa, however, is also available in herbal medicine in the form of practical tablets(containing dry extract), in this case the dosage is that reported on the package.
But there are also teas, herbal teas and food oil based on moringa, the latter perfect for dressing vegetables for example.
Contraindications of the moringa
In general, moringa is considered a very safe product , so much so that it is also recommended as a tonic for children and the elderly, as well as an adjuvant product in strengthening the immune system in times of risk (such as during the cold season and influenza epidemics ).
But any undesirable effects can always occur, for example in the gastrointestinal tractor in the case of specific individual intolerances to the active ingredient. For these reasons, a gradual and controlled recruitment is always recommended.