Moringa has gained recognition from grocery stores and celebrities across the country. Recently, Naomi Campbell and Martha Stewart also cited moringa as a powerful way to nourish and energize the whole body, as well as support greater immune health. Eating moringa everyday might be the new change that your daily routine needs. But why is moringa specifically good for women?
We break it down into several main points in this article. If you’re curious about overall reasons to consume moringa, we summarized it for you in the blog 10 Reasons To Eat Moringa Everyday.
Moringa is a superfood that has nourished women for thousands of years, and several studies suggest that it is a vital piece of overall women’s health.
Why is Moringa Good for Women?
The health benefits of moringa are well-documented, with additional research on its benefits released each year. It’s called “the miracle tree” in many cultures around the world, and for good reason! We’ll cover some of the essential benefits below.
1. Moringa is Like a Multivitamin
What we feed our bodies also feeds the systems that compose our bodies. Moringa is high in vitamins A, C, E and a handful of B vitamins. These vitamins are known as the “antioxidant vitamins” and they help combat illness and infection. Vitamins A and E also help keep cells healthy, and prevent cellular mutations.
If you want to learn more about the role of these vitamins and the immune system, we offer a great article on The Science Behind Nourishing Immunity.
Adding to that, vitamin E is a helpful tool with PMS. That ever-familiar bloated and groggy feeling each month? Moringa might help with some of those symptoms. Vitamin E is also one of those vitamins that help with skin, hair and nail health. That’s why some people are using moringa in their homemade face masks.
Women need ample B vitamins to help prevent fatigue and boost cognitive function. B vitamins work with other vitamins to turn calories into energy, by way of increasing 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 plant-rich energy.
One serving of moringa has four times the calcium of milk, four times the vitamin A of carrots, seven times the vitamin C of oranges, and three times the potassium of bananas. We cover this in depth in our Battle of the Greens article, which covers the comparative profile of moringa.
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.
2. Moringa is a Mood Enhancer
Some days simply need a mood enhancement, and moringa can helps with that. In times of stress, it’s reassuring to have a quick, easy way to get the nutrients we need as women—especially during uncertain times.
How does moringa affect mood? It’s complicated, but we’ll summarize the key points. It’s important to remember that there’s no one superfood that is a “cure-all” for overall health. Sustained, daily habits build long-term health. It’s the collection of these habits that help with overall feelings of vitality and wellness. Moringa is just one piece of that puzzle!
Moringa can help balance our neurotransmitters and in turn, uplift our mood. How? Neurotransmitters are the chemicals that communicate to your brain how to function and which parts of the brain should be working.
One study reveals how moringa helps with the release of serotonin, a key neurotransmitter associated with mood, memory and the stress response system. Much like exercise releases a bucket of neurotransmitters in your brain—and thus help life your mood and combat stress—moringa can help your brain release serotonin.
This factor, combined with the antioxidant factors of moringa, can help fight oxidative stress. Whether the stress is from looming deadlines, uncertain times, or environmental stressors, moringa might help your overall wellness.
3. Moringa Can Get The Mood Going
Moringa has been found as a sort of aphrodisiac and performance enhancer in bed. Scientists aren’t exactly sure how this is happening, but part of the theory is that moringa may reduce the stress hormones. When we are less stressed, we are more likely to be in the mood for other pleasures. Th overall nutrient-density of moringa may also help with this; when we eat foods that are rich in vitamins, we are more likely to have the energy to engage in more physical activities.
Moringa also helps block the brain activities responsible for sexual dysfunction, and helps increase testosterone in the brain; testoserone is 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. Why not make moringa smoothies part of your daily routine?
4. Moringa is rich in iron
Anemia is a condition when the blood doesn’t have enough healthy red blood cells or hemoglobin to transport oxygen to the body’s cell.
Anemia often results in fatigue, lightheadedness, and shortness of breath. The condition currently affects 3.5 million Americans. Recent studies suggest that moringa leaves may be better at improving iron sufficiency than conventional iron supplements.
One tablespoon of moringa leaf powder provides an excellent source of iron. Moringa also has 7 times the amount of iron as spinach. Making sure you have an iron-rich diet can be as easy as adding a scoop of moringa to your daily smoothie.
The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force recommends screening for iron deficiency anemia in pregnant women, but not in other groups, according to this article. Anemia affects women more often than men; however, men benefit from consuming iron-rich foods too!
5. Moringa is 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 enriches the nutritional quality of breast milk. Moringa is also 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 where we explore it in depth.
Moringa has been used for centuries as a way to get the key nutrients we need to thrive. Before modern-day labs, our ancestors recognized the medicinal properties of moringa. Today, science is starting to come forth with repeated tests that affirm moringa’s amazing nutritional portfolio. It’s been called the “miracle tree” across many cultures for good reason!
Moringa is an incredible asset to women’s health and is easy to add to a daily routine. Try adding one-two teaspoons of moringa at first, blended into a smoothie. Check out our blog for some recipe ideas on how to easily incorporate moringa into your diet too!
Now that you know how great moringa is for women, you may also wonder how moringa benefits men. Be sure to check out this blog’s brother post on Why Moringa is Good for Men.
At Kuli Kuli, we believe that moringa is one piece of the larger health puzzle. Has moringa helped you find the energy you need? Let us know in the comments!
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