Moringa Benefits for Women
We have been writing about the benefits of moringa since the beginning of this blog. All of us here at Kuli Kuli swear by it. In fact, I have even convinced my friends and family here in Ecuador to make it a part of their routine because I have seen how it has boosted my own health during my expat experience.
While moringa is great for everyone, though, it is especially great for women. Women are faced with extra challenges each day that span far beyond the workplace and pay grade (though moringa can surely help with that, too!). Our bodies, by design, expend energy in complicated ways, falling deficient and exhausted far more easily than our male counterparts. To top it off, we are expected to continue each day with a smile on our faces and straight backs for fear of being weak, or worse, hysterical.
So let’s take a look at this incredible resource we have, moringa, and how us women can support our incredible, powerhouse selves.
Moringa as a multivitamin
Let’s be honest, I could write an entire academic paper on all of the health benefits of moringa. Let’s focus, instead, on the particular needs of women that moringa can help with.
All The Vitamins
Moringa is especially high in vitamins A, C, E and a handful of B vitamins. These vitamins are known as the antioxidant vitamins as they help combat illness and infection. Vitamins A and E in particular help keep cells healthy and prevent cellular mutations.
Women are pretty much on-the-go no matter your hobby, profession, number of children or overall interest in being on-the-go. (I mean, I don’t know any women that aren’t active?) These vitamins will help boost your immune system and fight the pollution, stress, overworked and underslept routine that you might be experiencing.
Add to that, vitamin E is a helpful tool against PMS. So when you’re running around town trying to get things done and you are starting to feel that ever-familiar bloated/groggy/grumpy feeling creep up on you, dosing yourself with some vitamin E via moringa can help.
By the way, vitamin E is also one of those vitamins that help with skin, hair and nail health. Who doesn’t like to have beautiful skin, hair and nails?
Women are also in particular need of B vitamins to help prevent fatigue and boost cognitive function. The B vitamins work with other vitamins to turn calories into energy by way of boosting metabolism. Moringa is a good source of vitamins B1, B2 and B3, more than any other plant source. One scoop of moringa is like a scoop of energy.
All The Minerals
Moringa is full of calcium (more than a serving of milk!), potassium, protein and iron. These minerals are incredibly important for women as deficiencies can lead to serious problems.
Calcium is important to help prevent osteoporosis and heart disease. Iron deficiency is one of the most common deficiencies among young women and can lead to anemia. Plant-based protein helps your basic cell structures remain healthy and robust. Potassium helps maintain a healthy heart, muscle strength and a strong metabolism. It also helps against anxiety and stress, which seems to be like the problem du joir for our generation.
Moringa as a mood enhancer
As a young woman I kind of hate having to include a section about mood enhancement as a reason for moringa being good for women. Let’s be honest, though; some days my mood simply needs enhancement.
Whether it’s because of my constantly fluctuating hormones, my poor sleep habits (thank-you-very-much Ecuador for the too-hot and too-humid nights), or my overfilled plate of responsibilities I can most certainly count on moody days that seem far beyond my control. In these stressful times, moringa has helped me keep my cool.
Moringa Boosts Mood
Moringa has a weird way of balancing out the neurotransmitters associated with mood, memory and the stress response system. Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that communicate to your brain how to function and which parts of the brain should be working. Much like exercise releases a bucket of neurotransmitters in your brain that help boost your mood and combat stress, moringa helps your brain release serotonin, one of the key neurotransmitters responsible for mood, while stabilizing the other neurotransmitters.
This factor combined with the antioxidant factors of moringa help fight oxidative stress—like, say, looming deadlines, pollution and your mother-in-law—from cluttering up your brain.
Moringa Boosts Sex
Scientists aren’t exactly sure how this is happening but what they found was that moringa reduced the stress hormones. It also blocked the brain activities responsible for sexual dysfunction and increased testosterone in the brain (not just a hormone for men). Another study found that moringa extract increased blood flow in the sexual organs for both males and females.
If this isn’t some kind of mood enhancer then I don’t know what is.
Moringa as an anti-cancer agent
The reason this is so exciting is because many plant extracts have been found to combat cancer cells and induce a self-killing response in cancer cells. No plant, though, had been found to combat ovarian cancer quite like moringa.
The leaves of the moringa plant are also established as anti-cancer agents in breast and colorectal cancer, so much so that scientists are pushing forward studies to use it in cancer treatment.
Moringa as a Lactation Enhancer
Multiple studies have shown that moringa can increase the amount of breast milk produced by new moms. In one study, new moms who were given 350mg of moringa per day produced significantly more breast milk than those given a placebo.
Moringa not only increases the amount of breast milk produced by new mothers, but it also makes said breast milk more nutritious! As previously mentioned moringa is high in vitamin A, a nutrient of significant importance to newborn babies. In West Africa, new mothers harness moringa’s nutritional benefits by adding it to breast milk to fulfill infant nutrient requirements. For more on moringa as a lactation enhancer, check out this blog post from our archives.
Moringa Supports Women
Moringa has been used for centuries as a way to support the malnourished. It is also traditionally used to support women’s health. It seems that before labs, extracts and controlled environments our ancestors knew of the potent medicinal properties of moringa long before we did. Now, we have science to back it up.
Moringa is an incredible asset to women’s health and is so easy to add to our daily routine. Seriously. One scoop of moringa a day can help you be the superwoman that you already are. Check out our blog for some recipe ideas on how to easily incorporate moringa into your diet!