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Moringa Leaves – 16 Health Benefits That You Should Know

By Nikita Banerjee +2 more

Moringa tree is also known as the ‘miracle tree’ and there is a good reason why. The leaves, fruit, sap, oil, roots, bark, seeds, pod and flowers of the tree have medicinal properties. The products from the tree have many uses. It is also known as the ‘drumstick tree’. It is found mostly in Asia, Africa, and South America.

Moringa Leaves Nutrition

The drumstick leaves commonly known as moringa leaves are nutritionally very rich, leaving behind carrots, oranges and even milk in terms of nutrition value. The leaves find many uses in Indian cuisine as they are versatile and can be incorporated into the diet in many ways. Adding them to juices and using them as stir-fry vegetables are the most common ways in which they are eaten. When consumed in their natural form, the moringa leaves have no side effects.

Did you know that fresh Moringa oleifera leaves are not only packed with nutrients but also provide several health benefits? They contain about 6.7 grams of protein for muscle health, 1.7 grams of fats, 12.5 grams of carbohydrates for energy, and 0.9 grams of fiber for digestion. Adding these nutrient-rich leaves to your diet can be a great way to boost your overall nutrition and support a healthy lifestyle.

Dr. Rajeev Singh, BAMS

Amazing health benefits of moringa leaves:

1. Rich in Vitamins and Minerals

Moringa leaves are rich in vitamins A, C, B1 (thiamin), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6 and Folate. They are also rich in magnesium, iron, calcium, phosphorus, and zinc.

One cup of moringa leaves will contain 2 grams of protein, magnesium (8 per cent of the RDA), Vitamin B6 (19 per cent of the RDA), Iron (11 per cent of the RDA), Riboflavin (11 per cent of the RDA)  and Vitamin A (9 per cent of the RDA).

2. Rich in Amino Acids

Moringa leaves are rich in amino acids, the building blocks of proteins. 18 types of amino acids are found in them and each of them makes an important contribution to our wellbeing.

3. Fight Inflammation

Inflammation is how a body naturally responds to pain and injury. Moringa leaves are anti-inflammatory in nature due to the presence of isothiocyanates. They have niazimicin that is known to reign in the development of cancer cells. Inflammation is the root cause of many diseases like cancer, arthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, and many autoimmune diseases. When we suffer an injury or infection, the body suffers increased inflammation.

Basically, it is a protective mechanism against trauma but because of a wrong lifestyle and an unhealthy diet, inflammation can increase in the body. Long-term inflammation leads to chronic health issues. Eating moringa leaves helps to reduce inflammation.

Read More: 10 Top Anti-Inflammatory Food to Include in Your Diet

4. Rich in Antioxidants

Moringa leaves have anti-oxidative properties and protect against the damaging effects of free radicals present in the environment. The damage caused by free radicals is responsible for many chronic diseases like type 2 diabetes, heart problems and Alzheimer’s.

Moringa leaves are rich in vitamin C and beta-carotene that act against free radicals.

They also have Quercetin which is an antioxidant that helps to lower blood pressure. Another antioxidant that is present in moringa leaves is Chlorogenic acid which helps to stabilize blood sugar levels post meals.

A study in women showed that taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa leaf powder regularly for three months had shown a significant increase in blood antioxidant levels.

5. Lower Blood Sugar Levels

Sustained high blood sugar levels lead to the development of diabetes in individuals. Diabetes, in turn, can cause heart problems and organ damage in the body. To avoid this, it is good to keep the blood sugar levels in check. Moringa leaves are a perfect resource for that as they stabilize the blood sugar levels due to the presence of isothiocyanates.

Based on my medical experience, I want to emphasize the potential benefits of Moringa leaves for eye health. These leaves contain high concentrations of vitamin A, which play a vital role in warding off night blindness and maintaining optimal vision. Regular consumption of Moringa oleifera leaves, either as whole leaves or in powdered form, can provide the essential vitamin A needed to support healthy eyes and potentially delay the onset of conditions like cataract.

Dr. Siddharth Gupta, MD

Did You Know?

6. Lowers Cholesterol

Apart from oats, flaxseeds, and almonds, moringa leaves are a dependable remedy against high cholesterol. Cholesterol is the major reason why people suffer from heart diseases and eating moringa leaves has known to show considerable improvement against high cholesterol levels. Moringa oleifera can lower those levels and protect against the risk of heart disease. Pregnant women usually experience higher levels of cholesterol, which can in turn increase the risk of developing gestational diabetes during their term. What is gestational diabetes? It is a type of diabetes that is first detected in pregnant women who did not have diabetes before they were pregnant. Moringa leaves can certainly be included in the diet for gestational diabetes

Read More: 6 Simple Ways to Reduce Cholesterol Levels

7. Protects the Liver

Those who have tuberculosis can benefit greatly from moringa leaves as they reduce the negative effects of anti-tubercular drugs. The leaves accelerate the repair of the liver cells. The leaves have a high concentration of polyphenols that protect against oxidative damage to the liver and may even reduce it. They increase the protein levels in the liver.

The liver is the site of blood detoxification, fat metabolism and nutrient absorption and it can function properly only if the liver enzymes are normal. Moringa leaves stabilize these liver enzymes.

Moringa health benefits

8. Protects Against Arsenic Toxicity

In many parts of the world, arsenic contamination is a common problem. Arsenic has found its way in our systems through many food items, particularly rice.

Long-term exposure to this element can lead to the development of cancer and heart disease. Research on lab animals has shown that moringa leaves to combat the effects of arsenic toxicity.

9. Good for the Stomach

Moringa leaves are beneficial against digestive disorders. Those who suffer from constipation, bloating, gas, gastritis and ulcerative colitis should add Moringa leaves to their diet.

The leaves have antibiotic and antimicrobial properties which make them an ideal remedy against digestive disorders. Even the high amount of B vitamins in the leaves helps in improving digestion.

10. Improves Bone Health

Moringa leaves are rich sources of calcium and phosphorus. Both of these elements are needed for good bone health. Since moringa leaves have an anti-inflammatory nature, they help combat arthritis and may even heal bones that are damaged.

Moringa oleifera also fights against osteoporosis and keeps bone and teeth strong

11. An Antiseptic

Moringa leaves are antiseptic and fight off many bacterial infections. They are even beneficial towards wound healing and help to heal bruises, minor cuts, and burns quickly as they reduce the clotting time.

12. Improve Lactation

Moringa leaves for pregnancy can be beneficial due to their nutrient-rich composition, potentially supporting the health of both the expectant mother and the developing baby. In traditional Ayurvedic medicine, moringa leaves were used to increase lactation in nursing mothers. Since they are a rich source of protein, important vitamins, and essential nutrients, consuming moringa leaves is very good for the health of the mother and the baby.

13. Helps in Weight Management

Moringa leaves increase fat burning in the body. They slim down the person without depleting energy reserves. This keeps the person feeling buoyant and nourished. They reduce cravings for food and boost metabolism. They also lower cholesterol.

14. Good for Skin and Hair

Due to an abundance of antioxidants and nutrients, moringa leaves improve the health and appearance of skin and hair. They add suppleness to the skin and shine to the hair. The antioxidants present in moringa leaves reduce the appearance of fine lines and wrinkles on the skin. They have about 30 antioxidants present. Not just this, a paste of moringa leaves for hair. when applied to the scalp reduces dandruff and adds life and bounce to dull, lifeless hair. The leaves also strengthen the hair follicles. Moringa leaves for skin also has proven to be beneficial for acne-prone skin, however, more research is required. This is why moringa leaves are part of many cosmetics. They improve the skin tone and add a glow due to their purifying nature and therapeutic properties.

Read More: 7 Home Remedies for Glowing Skin

15. Good for Nervous System

Many nervous disorders have been known to show positive results with the moringa leaves uses. They support brain health and work as neuro-enhancers. The high concentration of vitamins E and C combat neural degeneration and help improve brain function. Those who have a migraine or suffer from recurring headaches must eat moringa leaves regularly. These leaves also work as mood balancers as they stabilize the production of neurotransmitters like serotonin, dopamine, and noradrenaline which are important for memory, mood, and for stimulus-response.

16. Good for Detoxification

Moringa leaves are natural cleansers and help to detoxify the system. This helps to keep the body and increases immunity against various infections. They also increase the energy levels in the body.

Also Read: Moringa Powder Benefits: Research-Based Overview of Its Health Advantages

Potential Downsides

  • Moringa and its leaves may not be for everyone. While generally considered safe and healthy for most, there are some minor moringa side effects to watch out for. In large doses, the leaves, bark, roots, and moringa fruit may have laxative properties.  
  • In pregnant women, the roots, bark, and extract of Moringa may cause uterine contractions. Pregnant women should take the advice of their doctors before including Moringa leaves or products into their diets.  
  • Similarly, breastfeeding women should avoid Moringa leaves since it is unknown whether any of the chemicals or substances present can pass through the milk to the child.  
  • In some cases, Moringa leaf powder has been found to contain higher than the recommended tolerable amounts of lead, please source any extracts you use only from reputable companies.  
  • Lastly, it is recommended that people on blood thinners should also avoid Moringa unless you consult your doctor first. As with all things, when taken in moderation it can be safe for most people, so always use it with caution.

Over the years, I have observed that Moringa leaves are truly remarkable. They contain not only 9 essential amino acids but also 7 non-essential amino acids, making them an exceptional source of protein. This unique combination of amino acids found in Moringa leaf powder can have numerous benefits for your overall health and well-being. Adding Moringa leaves to your diet can be a great way to ensure you’re getting a wide range of essential nutrients.

Dr. Smita barode, BAMS

Interactions with Moringa

Thyroid MedicinesParticularly, Levothyroxine medicine. Since moringa may increase thyroid function, it should not be taken along with other thyroid medicines.
Medicines broken down by the liverMoringa may slow down the breakdown of medicines in the liver, this may lead to subsequent issues.
DiabetesBoth moringa and diabetes medicines reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. If both are taken together then the blood sugar may drop too low.
Blood pressureMoringa has blood pressure-lowering properties, when taken with pressure medication it may cause your blood pressure to drop.

Conclusion

Moringa leaves provide a powerful punch of nutrition and have an anti-inflammatory nature. Their antioxidative properties combined with their cellular-health protective properties make them a new ‘superfood’. They suppress the production of inflammatory enzymes and lower sugar levels. Make these a regular part of your diet to reap rich health benefits.

Frequently Asked Questions:

1. What happens when you drink moringa everyday?

Consuming Moringa everyday may lead to modest reductions in blood sugar and cholesterol levels. Moringa leaves are highly nutritious and can be consumed everyday which proves to be highly beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients.

2. What is the ideal way to have moringa?

You can take moringa on its own, on an empty stomach, or on a full stomach. You may take it with food, or without. It’s entirely up to you or as advised by the doctor.

3. How long does it take to see positive results from moringa?

You may not see positive results instantly after consuming moringa. You must continue having moringa for at least a month or two to see good results. 

4. What is Moringa tea?

Moringa tea is an herbal tea made by steeping the moringa leaves in pure hot water. This tea can also be made using moringa leaf powder and tea bags. It is naturally caffeine-free and you can consume it any time of the day.

5. What is moringa good for?

Moringa is good for a variety of health benefits. It is rich in essential vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, which can help boost energy, support immune function, and provide overall nutrition. Moringa is also known for its potential anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties.

6. What are the potential benefits of moringa for women?

Moringa offers numerous potential benefits for women, including improved nutrition, increased energy, and support for bone health due to its rich mineral and vitamin content. It may also help address anemia and offer anti-inflammatory properties, contributing to overall well-being. However, it’s essential for women to consult healthcare professionals before adding Moringa to their diet, particularly during pregnancy or while nursing.

7. What are the potential benefits of moringa for men?

Moringa offers several potential benefits for men, such as improved vitality, enhanced energy, and support for overall well-being due to its rich nutritional profile. It may also aid in addressing specific health concerns, but consulting with healthcare professionals before incorporating Moringa into their diet is advisable.

8. What are the potential benefits of moringa leaves for weight loss?

Moringa leaves for weight loss show promise due to their low-calorie, nutrient-rich nature, which can help control appetite and support weight management. When integrated into a balanced diet and exercise routine, they contribute to a holistic approach to sustainable weight loss. However please consult with your healthcare provider before adding moringa leaves to your diet

9. How can moringa leaves for eyes benefit vision?

Moringa leaves for eyes offer a valuable source of vitamin A, which is essential for maintaining optimal eye health and preventing conditions like night blindness and cataracts.

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Prakash Gayaki

Very nice information.

Patrick

Very helpful and nice information… I have learnt a lot..

Ramesh Biradar

Thanks
Best information

Ashir Sahal

You are most welcome. Hope you found it useful.

Job Edakulathoor

Good and useful health information.

Richard Phiri

This is excellent information ever. I have for some times been hearing about Moringa Tree with limited knowledge from people. Because of your care in this regard you have filled that gap of information. Profuse thanks and continue educating the world. As deforestation records skyrocket, such information helps us to think twice before cutting down the trees. If we have cut the trees down, we must remember to plant 2 trees for every plant that we cut down. Plants are a source for our life. Continue educating us since learning does not end.

Shantanu Sodhi

Thank you. Please stay tuned for more such articles.

Chidera

Can an ulcer patient take moringa leaf

K.v.Reddy

Good info with detailed explanation.

Manav Sodhi

Thank you, glad you liked it.

Venkatalakshmi

Indeed it helped a lot..thank u very much !

Ashir Sahal

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Lindiwe

Thank you, I have muringa tree

Ashir Sahal

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Oliver Chinedu

This is nice information and educative, thank you.

Ashir Sahal

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Anirban Biswas

very informative article about moringa leaves. Indian traditional diet has such immense benefits. Thanks for this educative post.

Ashir Sahal

You are welcome, appreciate your support, stay tuned for more such articles.

Edna

I bought Moringa leaf at a herbal remedies store. The attendant told me that some drug rehab clinics are using it on patients to help control the cravings for drugs. Can you confirm this info?

evans banda

very educative and thank God i planted moringa in backyard garden

Ashir Sahal

Thanks for sharing your feedback. We appreciate it and hope you find it useful.

Zafar Yaqoob

The Fight Inflammation & Protects Against Arsenic Toxicity are awesome health benefits, Its proven Fight Inflammation I’m using Moringa powder past few weeks that shows me awesome results.

Ashir Sahal

Thanks for your feedback, glad you liked it.

Yusuf isa

What is the effect of moringa leave to kidney?

Ablegrant

This was helpful to me for my studies also

Dr Azizur Rahman

I am an elderly man, aged 71 years. I have been regularly taking one spoonful of Moringa Leaves powder, along with breakfast, for about the last two months but have noticed no health benefits so far. I have been taking it mainly for an improvement in the functioning of my digestive system (as I have been suffering from Irritating Bowel Syndrome for a long time) and also for keeping my cholesterol level under control.

Jeremy

I was having lower back pain due to arthritis for about 3 years. I found articles about Moringa or drumstick which in Asian grocery stores call it drumstick. After 1 month of eating the fresh leaves from a Asian grocery store has stopped the pain. After alot of research on Moringa I have found it can cure about 300 diseases, it’s also considered a aphrodisiac, even regrow hair, I feel amazing at 50, I don’t recommend anything unless I have highly research it. I started on the pills but once I found the fresh leaves I put it in smoothies and make soups with it. It’s referred as the tree of life even referenced in the Bible. Research it first but trust me it works!

Taofeeq Alim

Thank you so much for the details information about this Moringa.I saw the tree around ,and make use of the grounded leaves, sincerely is beneficial.

kamlesh sharma

is Moringa leaves or powder ient is good for Kidney patient and good for Grf kidney function

Adeel Ashfaq

Moringa powder is a total game-changer—it fights inflammation like a champ and shields against arsenic toxicity! I’ve seen awesome results in just a few weeks, it’s seriously impressive!

Adeel

Exploring the 16 health benefits of Moringa leaves is eye-opening! From antioxidants to nutrients, it’s a natural treasure trove for overall well-being.

Ezra Tan

Indeed, moringa leaves are nutritious! We’re never short of this healthy plant. My father made a fence out of moringa branches. lol. We always use the leaves as ingredients to soups and omelettes.

petrickzag

This is so important! Are there any resources you can recommend for learning more about biomolecular interactions?