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Have you ever tried the moringa plant? It is known for its various nutritional benefits! Because of its high nutrient content, it is frequently referred to as the “miracle tree” & “the tree of life”. In this blog, we will talk about the origin of the moringa plant, where they grow and the health benefits of including it in your diet. 

The moringa plant is scientifically known as Moringa oleifera. It was first discovered in northern India around 2000 BC and the traditional doctors, in that time, discovered that every part of the tree could be used for medicinal purposes and decided to call it the “Miracle Tree”. The Moringa tree is native to northern India, Pakistan and Nepal. It is also used as traditional medicine and for cooking in countries such as Afghanistan and Bangladesh. Because of its many health benefits and climate adaptability, it is now cultivated in many tropical and subtropical parts of the world.

Florida’s subtropical environment makes it possible for the moringa trees to flourish throughout the state. It usually survives in areas with high temperatures and lots of sunlight. Some areas in Florida where Moringa can grow successfully are South Florida, Central Florida and Southwest Florida. South Florida has suitable conditions for the growth of Moringa due to its warmer climate. Growing Moringa trees is also possible in Central Florida because this area has continuous warmth and milder winters. Moringa can also be grown in Southwest Florida due to  its plenty of sunshine and comfortable temperatures. 

The leaves, pods, seeds, and flowers of the moringa tree have multiple uses. Being abundant in vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants, they serve as a valuable addition to diets in numerous parts of the world. Moringa is a very versatile plant that may aid with anything from managing certain health issues to increasing energy levels. Some of the health benefits are as follows:

  1. Nutritious 

    – The leaves and pods are commonly consumed in various parts of India and Africa as they are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. 
    – In other countries, the leaves are sold as dietary supplements in a capsule or powder form

  2. Rich in antioxidants

    – It has high levels of antioxidants, such as beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid, which support the body’s defense system against oxidative stress and inflammation.

  3. Lower blood sugar levels

    – Some studies have found that blood sugar levels may be positively impacted by moringa, which may help with diabetes management. Nonetheless, additional study in this field is required to determine this for sure. 

  4. Contains anti-inflammatory properties

    – Moringa’s ingredients may have anti-inflammatory properties, making them advantageous for ailments where the body experiences inflammation.

  5. Lower cholesterol
    – Animal- and human-based studies have shown that Moringa may have similar cholesterol-lowering effects, which in turn helps cardiovascular health.

  6. Supports immune system function
    – The nutrients in Moringa leaves can boost the immune system and help the body in fighting infections and illnesses.

As mentioned before, Moringa has been used in traditional medicine for thousands of years, however, only few of its health benefits have been studied scientifically. As with anything else, you could take moringa supplements in moderation, however, if you have any medical conditions, it would be best to consult with your doctor before consuming it.

Now for some fun facts: 

  1. Moringa tree can be found in South America and Africa, though it is native to India.
  2. Moringa serves as a true natural binder.
  3. Moringa is known to offer more Vitamin C than oranges, more iron than spinach, more calcium than milk, and more potassium than bananas.
  4. The entire moringa tree consists of 9 essential & non-essential amino acids, 46 antioxidants, and 92 nutrients.
  5. The tiny seeds contained inside the drumstick pods are pressed to produce moringa seed oil.
 
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