Moringa, also known as the drumstick tree, mainly grows in eastern Africa and northern India. At present, the more commonly eaten varieties are mainly Indian traditional Moringa, Indian improved Moringa and African Moringa. Moringa leaves are fresh and tender with a slightly sweet aftertaste, so they are very suitable for being added to beverages and various foods. Moringa oleifera leaf is an important raw material that ranks among the top 40 in US natural channel dietary supplement sales in recent years.
The main health benefits of moringa leaf extract:
1.Contains various nutrients and protein
Moringa leaf is an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals. It contains vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin B, vitamin E, and trace elements such as calcium, magnesium, iron, zinc, and potassium. In particular, the content of vitamin C is higher than that of citrus. It is also much higher, which means that Moringa oleifera leaves can help with a range of health problems from improving immunity to bones to skin.
2.Moringa leaves are rich in antioxidants
In Moringa leaves, in addition to vitamin C and β-carotene these antioxidants, it also contains strong antioxidants such as echelin and chlorogenic acid. Moringa leaf extract can also be used as a food preservative to extend the shelf life of meat by reducing oxidation.
3.It can lower blood sugar and cholesterol
In laboratory studies, Moringa oleifera leaf powder can effectively reduce lipid and glucose levels in the human body. Moringa in the diet helps reduce weight gain and insulin resistance.
4.Helps balance hormones
Moringa is also involved in improving thyroid health, which controls hormones related to energy, sleep, and digestion.
5.Protect the liver
Moringa contains a high concentration of polyphenols, which can reverse oxidation in the liver. Preliminary studies have shown that eating Moringa can reduce liver fibrosis and prevent liver damage.
6.It can improve digestion
Moringa leaf powder contains about 30% fiber, most of which is insoluble, and eating it helps intestinal health. At the same time, Moringa leaf is a natural antibiotic and antibacterial agent, which may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens that can cause indigestion. Moringa has been shown to help improve digestive health; it can improve the probiotic flora in the intestines.
7.Support brain health
Moringa leaves are rich in vitamins C and E, which can fight brain-related oxidative stress, such as Alzheimer’s disease. In addition, Moringa leaves are also related to the increase of dopamine and serotonin (happy hormone), which can help sleep. With more research going on, it may be used to help improve depression in the future.
Application of Moringa Leaves in Food, Beverage and Supplements
Common forms include tablets, capsules, gums, powders, drops, etc., and are often mixed with green superfoods such as algae and wheatgrass, as well as various herbal functional materials.
2.Food and beverage
Moringa leaves have been widely used in various foods and beverages, such as meal replacement milkshakes, energy bars, energy drinks, snacks, tea bags, and can also be mixed with flour to make various types of baked goods and pasta products.
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