Meet moringa oleifera. In its native India and Nepal, it’s known as “drumstick tree,” “miracle tree,” and “tree of life”; today it’s also grown in Africa, Latin America, and Asia and also goes by the “horseradish tree.” And moringa powder, made from the leaves of the moringa tree, has a number of science-backed benefits and medicinal uses. This superfood has been used as a traditional remedy in phytomedicine and ayurvedic healing for thousands of years.
Taking 3 grams of moringa twice daily for 3 weeks reduces the severity of asthma symptoms and improves lung function in adults with mild to moderate asthma.
Here are the 5 best health benefits of moringa oleifera
In animal studies, moringa extract has improved heart health. In one study, moringa lowered cholesterol and reduced the formation of plaque in arteries. It acted in a manner similar to a statin drug.
It may lower blood sugar
One study showed that Type 2 diabetics who consumed 8 grams of moringa daily saw their glucose levels drop by 28 percent. Powdered moringa demonstrated an ability to reduce blood sugar in non-diabetics as well.
It can help your sex life
Stress can stress your sex life. It can throw hormone levels off, spiking cortisol and decreasing dopamine to lower libido. In animal studies, moringa has not only been show to bring down cortisol levels, but it may also naturally boost testosterone levels, a known sex drive supporter.
It may help balance hormones.
Menopause can throw women’s hormones out of whack—and make them feel off, but moringa may help. A study published in the Journal of Food and Science Technology found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of moringa leaf powder and amaranth leaf powder for three months not only had decreased markers of oxidative stress, but they also had better fasting blood glucose and increased hemoglobin levels, which could mean more balanced hormones. Moringa has also been linked to improved thyroid health, which controls hormones related to energy, sleep, and digestion.
It helps balance blood sugar.
Spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels can cause mood swings and sugar cravings and even lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Enter moringa. The leaf powder has been effective at reducing lipid and glucose levels and regulating oxidative stress in lab studies.