Moringa seeds obtained from Moringa or drumstick tree, native to Northwestern India and south Asia, have amazing health boosting properties. Known as ‘tree of life’ the plant has been used as a great food source in Indigenous culture for thousands of years. All parts of this plant like seeds, flowers, leaves and roots have been used in Ayurveda to cure skin, hair and many health issues. Incredibly rich in vitamins, minerals, iron calcium, amino acids and antioxidants, moringa seeds obtained from pods of moringa tree can offer numerous health benefits. Fresh, tender moringa seeds can be boiled, steamed and roasted or cooked like nuts and beans for eating. Dried seeds are hard. Oil can be extracted from dried seed and used as excellent moisturizer for the skin. The antioxidant, anti-inflammatory properties of the nutrient dense seed can be used to get relief from various health conditions and disease.
8 Best Benefits Of Moringa Seeds
On-going research may very soon declare Moringa seed as another new super food. From the limited studies and research we have just began to understand its powerful medicinal qualities of Moringa Seeds. Here are just a few to mention.
1. Powerhouse Of Antioxidants
The extract of moringa seeds are powerful and natural source of antioxidants which are free radical busters that rids the body of oxidative stress and protect cell damage and reduces risk of chronic diseases like cardiovascular disease, cancer, diabetes. And age related eye disorder. Moringa seeds are loaded with vitamin A, C, and B vitamins and minerals like calcium, potassium, magnesium, copper and zinc each of which are essential for a complete wellness. Like calcium is required from strong bone and teeth, iron is needed to reduce the risk of anemia; zinc is required for healthy sperm count and so on. Several anti-aging, anti-bacterial compounds, essential amino acids, phytonutrients, powerful anti-oxidants like quercetin works like anti-inflammatory drugs and hence consuming a healthy dose of moringa seeds can help us avert diseases and stay healthy (1).
2. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure has become a serious concern in this modern fast spaced world. If not managed correctly, it can even lead to stroke and heart attack. Some preliminary studies show that moringa can lower blood pressure reducing oxidizing lipids and safeguarding the heart tissues from getting damaged and also reduce the risk of heart disease (2).
3. Lowers Cholesterol
High cholesterol level has been linked to heart disease. Moringa seeds are rich in oleic acid (Monosaturated fatty acid) a healthy source of fat can reverse bad cholesterol, working as good cholesterol. This helps to keep cholesterol level down, reduces the risk of blood clot forming and hence tower the risk of cardiovascular disease (3).
4. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
Some preliminary studies and research o done on animals reported that Moringa seeds can lower the level of blood sugar as the seeds have high concentration of zinc that enhances the secretion of insulin. When blood sugar regulation is normal, it helps to manage or prevent diabetes in a better way. Moringa seed therefore can be used for managing diabetes (4).
5. Reduces Joint Pain
Moringa seeds are high in calcium. Those suffering from joint pain can consume the moringa seed extract as a calcium supplement. The anti-inflammatory of moringa seed also relieves from bone disorders and joint pain by curbing inflammation (5).
6. Boosts Immunity
The high vitamin C content present in moringa seeds can acts as great immune booster. Power packed with antioxidants and powerful nutrients like vitamin A, C, E and several minerals, combined together works like antibodies to fight infection and diseases. The Studies have found the mooring seeds are effective in fighting against colon cancer and breast cancer. Vitamin A contained in the seeds also aids in improving eyesight and provides protection against eye disorders (6).
7. Treats Anemia
Moringa seeds being rich in iron are great solution for combating iron deficiency. Iron is essential for maintaining a healthy RBC count in the blood, enrich blood and carry oxygen to muscles, tissues and organs. Deficiency of iron can lead to anemia and other health problems like fatigue, lack of energy, headache, poor cognitive skills and even shortness of breath. Moringa seed contains iron almost 3times more than Spinach (7).
8. Promotes Healthy, Beautiful Skin
Loaded with powerful nutrients like vitamin A, C, D, E and essential minerals like copper, calcium, zinc, silica, iron, magnesium and manganese, the oil extracted from moringa seed which contain more than 30 antioxidants contributes exceptionally in making the skin healthy. The oil is not just nourishes and moisturizes the skin but also has antiseptic properties which can successfully heal skin rashes, sunburn and other minor skin disorder (8).
Ongoing research shows lot of promises regarding the health benefits of Moringa seeds but more research is required to regard it as a superfood.
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