By Kara Parlin
The Moringa plant, also known as the drumstick tree, grows in subtropical areas of Africa, Asia and Latin America. The entire plant has beneficial uses, which is why Moringa-based products have gained popularity in North America and Europe. While the leaves, wood and flowers each have a long list of uses, let’s focus on ways you can benefit from the seeds found inside Moringa pods.
1. Aids Gut Health
High in fiber, Moringa seeds help promote overall digestive health. If that's not enough, studies are exploring their potential benefits in relieving ulcerative colitis. While it's a bit early in the research process, the results in animal tests have shown promise.
2. Eases Inflammation
Swelling and inflammation can cause pain that ranges from a minor inconvenience to a debilitating condition. It plays a role in many disorders, such as ulcers, asthma or rheumatoid arthritis. Some have found that adding Moringa to their supplement regimen reduces severity.
3. Promotes a Good Night's Sleep
If you suffer from insomnia, you may find some relief using Moringa seeds. The seeds contain amino acids like tryptophan that have been shown to help people get more restful sleep, which can also result in increased energy during the day. Simply steep the seeds in hot water for about 15 minutes and drink before going to bed.
4. Supports Your Immune System
Moringa seeds are packed with natural nutrients, which makes them an ideal addition to your pantry. In fact, they may provide more of the key vitamins you need than popular produce selections. According to research published in Food Sources and Human Wellness, Moringa can provide "7 times more vitamin C than oranges, 10 times more vitamin A than carrots, 17 times more calcium than milk, 9 times more protein than yogurt, 15 times more potassium than bananas, and 25 times more iron than spinach."
5. Helps Regulate Blood Sugar
Although more research needs to be done, early studies show that Moringa seeds contain isothiocyanates compounds that may aid in significantly lowering blood sugar. Researchers hypothesize that in the future, Moringa may allow people to manage or even prevent diabetes.
While the exploration of its effectiveness is still in its infancy, Moringa shows promise as a new superfood. And since the seeds are just one small portion of the plant's overall potential, it's worth exploring whether it should play a part in your overall wellness plan.
Kara Parlin is a writer, editor, and content strategist who has covered various health and wellness topics during her 20-year career.