Moringa oleifera is a tiny Indian tree that spreads worldwide. Named for its long, twisted pods, the entire tree is tasty. Tamil meaning "twisted pod"
Its nutritional qualities are well-documented, and there are supplement firms based on them (though it is widely available in many forms including capsules, teas, and other forms at much lower prices).
High in NutrientsAs mentioned, Moringa is a source of antioxidants and some vitamins, including:– B-vitamins– Vitamin C– Iron– Magnesium– Vitamin A– Zinc
May Reduce InflammationThough Moringa isn’t a spectacular source of nutrients for those already consuming a nutrient-dense diet, it may have another benefit that makes it helpful for those in the developed world.
Positive Effects on CholesterolMoringa has also been studied for its ability to reduce cholesterol levels in human trials. This may be significant with the emerging research discounting the effectiveness and safety of Statin drugs.
Possible Arsenic ProtectionThough it hasn’t been studied in humans, there is some evidence (from studies on rats and mice) that certain compounds in the leaves of the Moringa plant may be protective against arsenic poisoning.
Natural Energy BoosterThis is one benefit of Moringa that definitely seems to have a large amount of anecdotal evidence and this may be due to the amino acid profile of this plant.
Additionally, the leaves of the plant have been shown to have a mildly laxative effect and may cause digestive disturbances in some people.