Health Benefits of Moringa Olifera (Shigru)
Traditional medicinal plants have long been used to treat various ailments in the primary health care system in India. Moringa Oleifera (Shigru) is the most widely cultivated species, fast-growing, drought-resistant, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in north western India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas. It is known for its impressive range of medicinal uses, and different parts of this plant are being employed for the treatment of various ailments in the indigenous system of medicine.
Main vitamin contents of Moringa Oleifera include vitamin B-1, vitamin B-2, vitamin B-3, vitamin B-6, vitamin B-7, vitamin C, vitamin D, vitamin E and vitamin K. The leaves are rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper.
Moringa is rich in nutrition owing to the presence of a variety of essential phytochemicals present in its leaves, pods and seeds. In fact, Moringa leaves are said to provide 7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 9 times more protein than yoghurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas and 25 times more iron than spinach.
Moringa Oleifera for Diabetes
Moringa Oleifera is known to possess anti-diabetic properties. It exerts an antihyperglycemic effect and controls blood sugar levels. It can also help to prevent the complications of diabetes such as diabetic neuralgias, diabetic nephropathy, diabetic retinopathy, diabetic foot, and cataracts.
Moringa Oleifera for Hypercholesterolemia
The extract of Moringa Oleifera can be used to treat hypercholesterolemia. It helps to decrease the cholesterol levels in the blood. It also stimulates the excretion of fatty acids that are harmful to the body. These actions of Moringa Oleifera can help in the prevention of disorders that can occur due to the high level of cholesterol such as myocardial infarction and cerebrovascular stroke.
Helps in Muscle building
Moringa Oleifera is high on protein content. It contains around 9.8 grams of protein in 100 grams. Protein and amino acids are two main building block of the body. Hence, it is very useful for those looking for muscle gain.
Helps to maintain healthy joints
Due to its high calcium content, Moringa Oleifera strengthens bones. It improves blood circulation to the joints, in addition to its anti-inflammatory and analgesic properties – which are beneficial in treating joint aches and pains related to arthritis and rheumatism. It also helps to suppress joint inflammation and pain by targeting key enzymes that facilitate the release of pro-inflammatory chemicals in the joints. The antioxidant phytoconstituents present in Moringa alleviate gouty inflammation of the joint by inhibiting the key enzyme that is involved in excessive uric acid production
Treats underdeveloped lungs
Another constituent of Moringa Oleifera is oleic acid. It is mainly found in its leaves and seeds. It is kind of monounsaturated fat. According to studies, oleic acid is helpful in treating the patients with underdeveloped lungs.
Helps in digestion of food
Fresh pods and leaves of Moringa Oleifera have heavy vitamin A content. Vitamin A is one of those antioxidants that are fat-soluble. This vitamin A lines the colon membrane with mucus, which helps in smooth flow of food during digestion. In addition, externally it helps in maintaining skin, vision, and immunity.
Another vitamin found in Moringa Oleifera is Vitamin C. Consumption of Vitamin C helps in improving immunity against various diseases. It also fights against the harmful free oxygen radicals in the body.
Synthesizes RNA and DNA
It contains essential B-complex vitamins such as folates, niacin, pyridoxine, thiamin, riboflavin, pantothenic acid, etc. Thiamine produces energy from carbohydrates and is involved in RNA and DNA formation. Riboflavin is involved in catabolism of fatty acids. Niacin is involved in metabolism of fats, glucose, and alcohol.
It is a very good source of fine minerals required for the body. It contains calcium, which is important for bones and teeth. It contains iron which eliminates anemia. Moringa Oleifera is very good for those patients who has anemia. It contains zinc, which is essential for hair growth, spermatogenesis, and skin maintenance.
Moringa leaves, seeds and seeds pods are known for its anti-inflammatory nature. These are used to reduce inflammation. This herb is very beneficial in arthritis, rheumatism, cramps and gout.
Repairs Damaged tissues
It contains Arginine, which produces growth hormones – which are known to repair the damaged tissues. It also strengthens our immune system against bacteria, viruses and cancer cells.
Improves excretory process
It also contains Aspartic acid, which helps in the excretory process. It produces ammonia from the waste created by cells.
Promotes cell formation
It contains Glycine, which produces oxygen required for cell formation, and forms hormones required for proper functioning of the immune system.
Sharper and healthy brain
Moringa contains Glutamic acid, which is helpful for the brain. It improves mental ability and healing process becomes faster. It also contains Tyrosine, which helps in transmitting impulses in the nervous system; and improves memory, mental ability and alertness.
Research studies for the use of Moringa Oleifera in Cancer
The anticancer potential of Moringa Oleifera in the management of Breast and Colorectal Cancer was evaluated in research.
This study investigated the anti-carcinogenic effects of the leaves, bark, and the seed extracts of Moringa Oleifera. The extracts were tested against the HCT-8 and MDA-MB-231 cancer cell lines. The extracts of the bark and leaves showed significant anti-cancer properties, but the effect of the seed extracts was found to be insignificant.
Disclaimer: This article is for information purpose only, and is not intended for diagnosis, treatment and cure of any disease, and is not a substitute for the advise and opinion of your health provider/doctor.