Moringa is a plant that is grown in Pakistan, India, Nepal and Afghanistan. It is also called a miracle tree due to its amazing health benefits. Also known as Suhanjna or Murangai in India and Pakistan. Its seed, flower, fruit, leaves and bark are used to create different types of medicines.
Moringa powder is made from the dried leaves of the moringa tree. It is used as a food source in many parts of the world because the powder preserves most of the vitamins and minerals when dried. It contains protein, vitamins and minerals and also has antioxidant properties.
In this post, we look at moringa powder benefits and side effects, its nutritional facts, and how to use it in your diet.
Moringa Powder Benefits
There are many health benefits of Moringa Powder due to its richness of vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin)
B3 (niacin), B-6, folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C), calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus, zinc. It protects and cleans the hair and keeps them healthy. It is beneficial for skin cells because it has proteins that protect skin cells from damage.
The anti-inflammatory property of Moringa helps in recovering from edema or swelling pain.
Moringa Powder helps reduce sugar level
According to Healthline, in a study, 30 women took 7 grams (one tablespoon) of moringa powder for 30 days. Their blood sugar level was reduced by 13.5% on average.
Nutrients in Moringa Powder
Moringa is a good source of different vitamins, So in 21 grams of dried and crushed Moringa leaves have:
- Protein: 2 grams
- Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA (recommended daily allowance)
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
- Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
Moringa Powder Usage
As we know Moringa has a lot of vitamins so we can use it with other products to consume it. There are different ways to take Moringa some of them we share here with you.
SPRINKLE: If you want to really take advantage of Moringa then add it to salads, eggs, roasted veggies, pasta & risotto, etc.
BAKE: Moringa can be used to take with savoury bread, muffins & cookies. A brownie is a square or rectangular chocolate baked confection that can be used with Moringa.
STIR: Add the moringa powder to your soup, warm or hot, that is made by combining meat or vegetables with water. Beside this we can also take it with dips, sauces, casseroles & stews.
SHAKE: People love to add moringa powder to different flavoured drinks like apple, mangoes, bananas smoothies.
Moringa Powder Side Effects
The side effects of consuming moringa may include lower blood pressure and slow heart rate because of the alkaloids in the plant. If you are pregnant, consult your doctor before consuming this.