If you’ve been looking for an all-purpose health-boosting superfood, you’ll want to try moringa leaf powder. Moringa leaf is loaded with a vast array of health nutrients that not only support overall health, but help defend against some of our most chronic and even deadly health conditions.
What is Moringa Leaf Powder?
Moringa leaf powder is made by drying the leaves of the moringa oleifera tree -- a tropical plant native to the Indian subcontinent -- and then grinding them into a fine powder. This powder can then be conveniently added to soups, smoothies, or sprinkled over any food for nutrient boost.
Moringa leaves and other parts of the moringa oleifera tree have been used by ancient cultures in their traditional medical practices for thousands of years. Now modern science is verifying what ancient cultures have long known -- moringa is truly a superfood that offers a host of impressive health benefits.
Let’s start with it’s nutrient profile. Research shows moringa leaves are a great source of many crucial health-promoting nutrients and compounds, including:
Several phytonutrients, including flavonoids1
Health Benefits of Moringa Leaf Powder
The nutrients in moringa leaf powder not only support health in general, but they also may help defend against chronic disease.
Here are 3 major health benefits of moringa leaf powder.
May Improve Gut Health
Gut health is increasingly being recognized for its important role in overall health. More than 10 trillion microbial cells -- including bacteria, viruses, and fungi -- live inside the gut.
Collectively called the gut microbiome, these microbes are crucial for digestion, nutrient extraction and absorption, breaking down dietary fiber, and more.2
But the gut microbiome also affects organs and systems outside of the gastrointestinal. In fact, the microbes in your gut are in constant communication with your brain. When the microbes in your gut become unbalanced, a condition called “gut dysbiosis” it can eventually lead to health problems.3
Health conditions associated with gut dysbiosis include:
Inflammatory bowel disease
Irritable bowel disease (IBS)
Eating a high-fiber diet is particularly crucial for gut health as fiber interacts directly with gut microbes to produce important health-promoting metabolites, such as short chain fatty acids.5
Moringa leaf powder contains a whopping 32.8 grams of fiber per 100 gram, making it a great way to increase your fiber intake to support gut health.6
Chronic inflammation may be the underlying cause of most diseases and chronic health conditions. Multiple studies show an association between chronic inflammation and heart disease, obesity, cancer, arthritis, diabetes, and more.
Finding a way to soothe inflammation could result in a decreased risk of many of our most deadly diseases, and moringa leaf powder could make that possible. Clinical research studies indicate that morina has powerful anti-inflammatory properties.7, 8
Supports Heart Health
According to the Centers for Disease Control, heart disease is the leading cause of death for men and women in the U.S.9
Major risk factors for heart disease include high blood pressure and abnormal cholesterol levels, both of which may be mitigated with moringa leaf powder. Research suggests moringa leaf powder may mitigate these risk factors.
A placebo-controlled study published in 2020 that eating cooked moringa leaves could potentially lower both diastolic and systolic blood pressure. Several studies suggest that consuming moringa leaf powder daily may significantly reduce bad cholesterol levels while increasing good (HDL) cholesterol levels.10, 11
Moringa Leaf Powder for Your Health
The science on the potential health benefits of moringa leaf powder is so impressive that SANE added it to our wildly popular Garden in my Glass, a proprietary blend of powdered fruits and vegetables scientifically proven to support health.
1- Vergara-Jimenez M, Almatrafi MM, Fernandez ML. Bioactive Components in Moringa Oleifera Leaves Protect against Chronic Disease. Antioxidants (Basel). 2017;6(4):91. Published 2017 Nov 16. doi:10.3390/antiox6040091
4- Carding S, Verbeke K, Vipond DT, Corfe BM, Owen LJ. Dysbiosis of the gut microbiota in disease. Microb Ecol Health Dis. 2015 Feb 2;26:26191. doi: 10.3402/mehd.v26.26191. PMID: 25651997; PMCID: PMC4315779.
5- Makki K, Deehan EC, Walter J, Bäckhed F. The Impact of Dietary Fiber on Gut Microbiota in Host Health and Disease. Cell Host Microbe. 2018 Jun 13;23(6):705-715. doi: 10.1016/j.chom.2018.05.012. PMID: 29902436.
6- Leone A, Bertoli S, Di Lello S, et al. Effect of Moringa oleifera Leaf Powder on Postprandial Blood Glucose Response: In Vivo Study on Saharawi People Living in Refugee Camps. Nutrients. 2018;10(10):1494. Published 2018 Oct 12. doi:10.3390/nu10101494
8- Mittal A, Sharma M. David A, Vishwakarma P, Saini M. Goel M. Saxena K. An experimental study to evaluate the anti-inflammatory effect of moringa oleifera leaves in animal models. International Journal of Basic & Clinical Pharmacology. Jan 2017. Volume 6. DOI: 10.18203/2319-2003.ijbcp20170347
10- Chan Sun M, Ruhomally ZB, Boojhawon R, Neergheen-Bhujun VS. Consumption of Moringa oleifera Lam Leaves Lowers Postprandial Blood Pressure. J Am Coll Nutr. 2020 Jan;39(1):54-62. doi:
10.1080/07315724.2019.1608602. Epub 2019 May 7. PMID: 31063434.
12- Ahmad Yar Sukhera. Exploring The Medicinal Plants For The Management of Helicobacter Pylori Associated Disorders. Accessed Jan 8, 2021.file:///C:/Users/cmatt/Downloads/Moringa_oleifera_A_review_of_medical_evi.pdf
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