I recently got a chance to interview Dr. Arvind Poswal.
Dr Poswal is one of the best hair transplant doctors worldwide. On asking about natural ways to control hair fall, among other things, he also suggested including Moringa Tea in our daily diets. This got me very curious about this readily available , budget friendly and highly underrated super food. Moringa
On some research . I found out that Moringa leaves are not just good for hair but have various other benefits. Read nore
Moringa tea is a herbal tea which is made from dried leaves of the Moringa oleifera plant. This tree is native to India where it is used as food and herbal medicine. It is also grown in other countries with tropical and subtropical climates, like Asia and Africa. Moringa tree is also known as horseradish tree, drumstick tree, or benzolive tree.
Different parts of the tree can be used – flowers, seeds, pods, and leaves. Both leaves and seeds are high in proteins, vitamins, and minerals and have a high nutritional value. It is rich in flavonoids, such as myocytin, quercetin, and kaempferol, and it contains 27 vitamins including Vitamin A and Vitamin B6, minerals, and other compounds.
For making tea, flowers, leaves, and seeds can all be used, but moringa tree leaf tea is the most common. This tree has been a subject of many human and animal studies.
The potential health benefits of moringa are:
It has 46 different antioxidants that help to boost the immune system, provide free radical scavenging activity, and reduces oxidative stress. Studies suggest that it has high antioxidant potential and helps to fight free radicals that cause damage to the body’s cells.
High nutritional value
Moringa leaves can be used as food because of its high nutritional value and help in treating malnutrition in many countries around the world. This tree is often called a “Miracle Tree”, as it is one of “the most nutrient-dense plants in the world.” Furthermore, leaves can be harvested many times in a year, making it an important potential source of nutrients.
Lowers blood sugar level
Research suggests that moringa is very beneficial for people with diabetes. Moringa leaves helps to increase insulin activity, reduce blood sugar levels, provide anti-inflammatory activity, and improve glucose uptake. It helps to lower blood pressure and helps protect from heart diseases.
Moringa has anti-cancer properties and may help prevent some cancers. In lab tests, leaf extracts slowed the growth of pancreatic cancer cells and helped chemotherapy work better. Other lab studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer effects that might lead to new drugs.
Moringa is known to be rich in several essential vitamins and minerals and is also said to help mobilize stored visceral fat. The tea is rich in antioxidants, which are primarily the polyphenols or plant compounds in it. According to the book ‘How To Lose Back Fat’ by Cynthia Trainer, “Moringa tea is shown to have a weight loss effect. Energy production takes place instead of fat storage… the leaves are low-fat and nutrient-dense and can be easily viewed as alternatives to high-calorie foods.”
The powerful antioxidant abilities of moringa also help in improving the quality of your skin and hair, by fighting inflammation and oxidative stress in the body. Antioxidants help in keeping toxins at bay and potentially clear the skin.
How to make Moringa Tea?
Moringa powder is widely available online and in grocery stores nowadays. It can be boiled in filtered water and then passed through a sieve to get a bright green tea, which is moringa tea. You can also make moringa powder at home. Just get your hands on some fresh moringa leaves, dehydrate them, and then grind them to make a powder. Alternatively, you can just clean the leaves and boil them in water for a few minutes to make moringa tea.
As Moringa contains no caffeine, you can drink it at any time of the day or night. Studies suggest that the daily dose for nutritional purposes is approximately 70 grams. This means that even a few cups of moringa tea a day are likely to be safe.