Moringa weight loss benefits you should know
The benefits of Moringa are widely discussed on the web. Its seeds and leaves are sold all over the world. But why is it so useful? And why should you try Moringa for weight loss?
What is Moringa?
According to the staff of Johns Hopkins University in India, Australia, South America and Africa, the edible leaves of Moringa Oleifera, or Indian horseradish (the second name of the plant appeared because of the spicy root) – healthy and readily available food source. The homeland of this plant is considered to be the Himalayas. The leaves are dark green with elongated oval leaves.
As for the dietary properties of the product, they exist due to the high nutritional value with minimal calories and the presence of B1, B2, B3 – vitamins are needed for proper conversion of food into energy in our body.
Today, people use different parts of the Moringa to produce a lot of food and medicine, as well as weight loss products. We will analyze Moringa weight loss benefits right now.
Moringa leaves for weight loss: How does it work?
Vitamin and mineral composition
Having a low calorific value (a product with a low glycemic index) Moringa leaves are still very nutritious because they are able to provide up to 42% of the recommended daily requirement of protein and up to 125% of calcium.
The acceleration of metabolism is performed by the other components of the plant – namely, vitamins of group B. And this is another step on the way to the perfect weight.
In sum, the leaves of Moringa contain more than 92 nutrients needed by the body for safe operations.
What do the Moringa leaves and broccoli have in common?
In addition to the above facts, the dietary properties of the Indian horseradish are also conducted by oleic and palmitic acid, glucosinolates, and phenol carbonic acids. They cause a warming effect, give strength, reduce appetite and promote the early transformation of fat into energy.
At the biochemical level, the dietary effect of Moringa leaves is like the effect of the ingestion of raw cruciferous vegetables such as broccoli. Once glucosinolates get into the gastro-intestinal tract, they dissolve to isothiocyanates, which are absorbed in the intestine and then help the body to burn fats, which are saved for future use.
The laxative effect
Another effect of the daily intake of Moringa leaves is water loss, in accordance with Article Dr.Sci. Biol Jed Fahey. It turns out that this plant is a powerful laxative, therefore it promotes rapid weight loss due to dehydration. We must say, it is not the wisest way to lose weight, since the liquid is gone from the body, so it will quickly come back.
But let’s go back to the positive aspects of Indian horseradish leaves. Its leaves, as you might guess, are rich in fiber. Herbal dietary fibers absorb and remove toxins from the intestine, reducing the feeling of hunger and normalizing the activity of beneficial microflora. All this, of course, also contributes to weight loss.
The complete amino acid profile
Most legumes and vegetables lack some essential amino acids needed by the human body. That’s why vegans’ opponents argue that the diet must have meat as a source of valuable protein.
But wait a minute! Some herbal products have a complete amino acid profile. They include Moringa leaves. Their high-quality protein component helps to strengthen and nourish the muscles, making the exercise more effective.
How to use Moringa leaves to lose weight?
Young leaves (the older they get, the tougher they become) of Indian horseradish are eaten raw and cooked, in the form of powder and extract, as well as in the form of brewed tea. Such a wide range of possible forms of acceptance cannot but please those who are concerned about their shape and seek to lose weight.
If we are not talking about the fresh leaves, Moringa leaves can be easily found in the form of an extract or powder. Thus, in various dietary supplements dried leaves powder is put in gelatin capsules.
Recipe of Moringa leaves tea
The good effect is achieved due to Moringa leaves tea. This is a great alternative to the usual coffee and black tea. Here is the recipe.
- Add 2 cups of boiling water to the dried leaves and leave it for 2 hours.
- When the liquid is cool, it can be drunk.
- Take this tea should be drunk during the day, as soon as you feel an attack of hunger. And only after 15-20 minutes after drinking beverage you are allowed to eat.
- The powdered leaves of Moringa for weight loss should be taken in the amount of half a teaspoon per day, gradually increasing single doses up to 1 teaspoon per day.
- The maximum permissible dosage is 4 teaspoons per day.
- During the first few days, you may have some indigestion symptoms as your body begins to eliminate toxins. If possible, do nothing with it and continue to use Moringa.
Recently, scientists have questioned the benefits of Moringa for weight loss. The foreign market has got a new dietary supplement ‘Moringa Extract’, whose work is aimed at combating obesity. It can still be found under the name ‘Moringa Oleifera’. This supplement is made of Moringa tree, which grows in Kenya, Ethiopia, and the Himalayas. The tool has earned a lot of accolades as a drug for weight loss without causing any side effects.
There is evidence that extract of Moringa helps to cure about 300 different diseases because it contains vitamins, minerals, and amino acids. Thus, it contains 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges, 4 times more calcium than milk, 4 times more vitamin A than carrots, 3 times more iron than spinach and 2 times more protein than yogurt. In Africa, which is called one of the birthplaces of Moringa, this tree is called magical and highly valued for edible leaves, seeds, and flowers. Besides, Moringa can purify water, which is incredibly important for those regions where there are problems with the drinking water.
The characteristics of ‘Moringa Extract’ indicates that it causes weight loss, as it slows down the speed of the dissolution of blood sugar (excess sugar is converted into fat which leads to weight gain). Due to the receipt of Moringa, the extra sugar should be converted into energy, resulting in the feeling of cheerfulness.
But nutritionists refer to the use of Moringa diet skeptically. Dr. Mary Hartley said: ‘Moringa is a highly valued medicinal plant, which is grown in the tropics, there are little calories, but a lot of high-quality protein, concentrated fatty acids, vitamins, and minerals as well as antioxidants and anti-inflammatories.
It is a nutritious food for cattle and people in Africa, but there is no scientific evidence that Moringa helps to fight obesity. In fact, the agricultural studies have shown that in the conditions of supply of the leaves of Moringa supplements to cattle, it has gained weight and got an increased milk yield. It seems that the Moringa powder is simply an effective dietary supplement for anyone who has the meager rations’.
And yet, no matter how useful ‘Moringa Extract’ is, people often buy it as a tool for weight loss. But do not forget that the best results are received with a help of a proper diet and daily exercise.
Author: Hannah Chinasa