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Have you heard of this new “superfood”?

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Moringa-Oleifeira

The leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. One cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains the following:

  • Protein: 2 grams.
  • Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA.
  • Iron: 11% of the RDA.
  • Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA.
  • Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA.
  • Magnesium: 8% of the RDA.

In Western countries, dried leaves are sold as dietary supplements, in either powder or capsule form.

Compared to the leaves, the pods are generally lower in vitamins and minerals. However, they are exceptionally rich in vitamin C. One cup of fresh, sliced pods (100 grams) contains 157% of your daily requirement for vitamin C.

  1. It is very nutritious
  2. It contains antioxidants
  3. May lower blood sugar
  4. May lower cholesterol
  5. May reduce inflammation

Take Home Message

To sum up, Moringa oleifera is an Indian tree that has been used in traditional medicine for a very long time.

It has been used to treat various different conditions and diseases, but only a few of the health claims have been studied scientifically.

So far, studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may lead to modest reductions in blood sugar and cholesterol. It may also have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, and protect against arsenic toxicity.

Moringa leaves are also highly nutritious, and should be particularly beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients.

To read more of this article from  Dr. Atli Arnarson at Authority Nutrition, click HERE

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