Moringa oleifera is a plant native to northern India that can also grow in other tropical and sub-tropical places, like Asia and Africa. Folk medicine has used the leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant for centuries.
Moringa has many important vitamins and minerals. The leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body heal and build muscle.
It's also packed with antioxidants, substances that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There's some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.
It's traditionally been used as a remedy for such conditions as:
- Long-lasting inflammation
- Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Joint pain
- Heart health
The benefits of moringa may include:
- Protecting and nourishing skin and hair
- Treating edema
- Protecting the liver
- Preventing and treating cancer
- Treating stomach complaints
- Fighting against bacterial diseases
- Making bones healthier
- Treating mood disorders