Moringa is a nutrient-rich tree hailing from Northern India. Known to be one of the most nutritious sources of food on the planet, moringa is a superfood loaded with antioxidants, and it’s a powerhouse for both weight loss and detox.

Moringa oleifera has been used traditionally for thousands of years as a natural way to reduce pain, ease upset stomach, reduce headaches, and even fight off common infections, as it is a potent source of compounds known to boost the immune system.1

While most of the tree cannot be utilized, the leaves or pods of the moringa tree are dried up and ground into a fine powder for use in a variety of applications for good health.

Can Moringa Help with Weight Loss?

There are many ways that moringa can help you reach your weight loss goals. Praised for its ability to slow down the release of sugar into the bloodstream, moringa may help to increase feelings of fullness after meals. By helping to prohibit the conversion of excess sugar in the bloodstream into fat, moringa is a great addition to any weight loss regimen. It’s ability to lower blood sugar also helps to support cholesterol balance due to it’s content of a compound called beta-sitosterol. This nutrient works to help reduce buildup of LDL (“bad”) cholesterol, and also acts as an anti-inflammatory agent to promote the overall health of your body.2

Moringa is also capable of boosting metabolism, which may help to burn more calories faster than a healthy diet and regular exercise alone. Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties make it a useful plant-based weight loss tool for shedding unwanted pounds, as it helps to reduce digestive pain and upset caused by less optimal, acid-forming dietary choices. Daily use of the plant is said to help alleviate a wide variety of stomach and digestive problems, including chronic inflammation, low nutrient absorption, and irregularity – all contributors to unwanted weight gain.3

Cleansing Properties of the Indian Tree

Moringa is loaded with enzymes that help breakdown the food in the stomach before entering the digestive system, aiding in faster and more complete bowel elimination. It’s colon cleansing properties are yet another effective way to reduce unwanted weight gain by allowing the absorption of essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients in the GI tract, while simultaneously sweeping the system clean. Due to its high fiber content, moringa acts as a broom as it moves stagnant waste material through the intestines faster.

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Moringa leaves have an impressive nutritional profile as well, and carry virtually no caloric burden. This potent plant is an effective energy booster, containing roughly three times the amount of iron found in spinach (12.5% of the RDA in one tablespoon serving in powdered form). Iron is vital in enhancing the blood and delivering oxygen into the muscle, tissues, and organs. Using moringa in your pre-workout drink will give you that extra edge necessary for a more complete workout. Not only that, but each serving of moringa provides a good source of nutrients including potassium, calcium, phosphorus, iron, as well as vitamins A, C, and D, essential amino acids plus the vital antioxidant compounds of beta-carotene, and flavonoids.4

The Takeaway

Moringa is available in powdered, encapsulated, and root extract forms, and it can be used in many different ways. Add a tablespoon of moringa leaf powder into your smoothie or tonic. Take a capsule in the morning on an empty stomach if your busy schedule does not allow for drink preparation time. For those who enjoy warm beverages, moringa powder can be added to your home brewed teas, and it is also available in ready-made tea bags for your convenience. Low in price, and readily available, moringa is an easy addition to your superfood collection.

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Sources:
1. Lakshmipriya Gopalakrishnan, Kruthi Doriya. Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its medicinal application. Food Science and Human Wellness. Volume 5, Issue
2, June 2016, Pages 49-56.

2. Majambu Mbikay. Thereapeutic potential of moringa oleifera leaves in chronic hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia: a review. Front Pharmacol. 2012: 3: 24.

3. Muangnoi, C, Chingsuwanrote P. Moringa oleifera pod inhibits inflammatory mediator production by lipopoluysaccharide-stimulated RAW 264.7 murine macrophage cell lines. Inflammation. 2012 Apr:35(2):445-55.

4. Majambu Mbikay. Therapeutic Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaves in Chronic Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia: A Review. Front Pharmacol. 2012; 3: 24. Published online 2012 Mar 1. doi:

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