Detox with the Miracle Tree?
This entry was posted on January 24, 2019.
Ever heard of the “Miracle Tree”?
Yup, most of you would know of Moringa Oleifera, the Miracle Tree, by now. This amazing plant is native to north India and found throughout the tropics and has been consumed for centuries as food and medicine.
What is so great about Moringa that we should sit up and pay attention to? The answer lies in the plant’s remarkable nutrient density and disease fighting ability, so much so that it is recorded in Ayurvedic medicine system as treatment for over 300 different diseases! These include high blood pressure, diabetes, digestive issues, depression, and many more. Moringa’s wide range of health benefits cover immune-boosting, antibiotic, antioxidant, anti-inflammatory and anti-aging properties.
A health benefit we wish to highlight here is this: Moringa is a natural liver detoxifier. The liver is our body’s main detoxifying organ. Buildup of toxins, chronic stress, physical inactivity and even lack of quality sleep can wreak havoc on our body’s natural detoxing system and the liver is no exception.
Here’s where Moringa comes into the spotlight, as it can help rejuvenate the liver and restore it back to peak condition:
1. Reduces Liver Damage and Oxidative Stress
Several studies have proven that consumption of moringa helps prevent liver damage as well as helps heal the liver. This is most likely due to moringa’s rich antioxidant content.
Increased levels of free-radicals from stress and toxins from our day-to-day activities can lead to liver damage which would impair its ability to function and flush toxins from our body. Moringa helps prevent this by keeping the antioxidant levels balanced within the liver, allowing it to combat free-radicals and allowing the liver to repair itself and continue to function properly.
2. Restores Liver Enzymes
According to a study from the Food and Chemical Toxicology journal, moringa is also found to help in liver enzyme restoration. When the liver is overused, its enzymes can get depleted thus decreasing its ability to function properly. Moringa helps with the restoration of such enzymes in order for the liver to function in blood detoxing, bile production, fat metabolism and in nutrient processing.
3. Reduces Inflammation
It’s a fact that inflammation is known to lead to the development of chronic diseases and illnesses. In the case of your liver, increased consumption of unhealthy food (high in refined sugar, high in unhealthy fats) results in increased inflammation in the organ due to the process of lipid synthesis (breakdown of fat), which in turn could eventually disrupt the liver’s ability to function.
Of course, we’re no stranger to moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties, thus consumption of moringa will no doubt help reduce inflammation in the liver.
4. Reduction of Stress and Helps Balance Hormones
Last but not least, moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties also helps keep the side effects of the hypothalamic-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) in check during a flight-and-fight response. During high levels of stress, the HPA signals for a total body inflammatory response which, if it carries on in the long term, can cause serious liver damage and in turn affect its detoxification functions. Moringa helps suppress the enzymes that cause inflammation, maintains proper organ function and reduces the risk developing inflammation-related illnesses.
5. Increases protection against Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease (NAFLD)
NAFLD has been known to lead to cirrhosis, liver scarring and total liver failure and symptoms don’t often show until it’s late stage. Moringa’s high level of caffeoylquinic acids are believed to help increase bile production, enabling it to protect the liver and possibly preventing the onset of liver disease. A study has also been done that observed how antioxidants in moringa are able to protect the liver from damage caused by a high-fat diet as well as decreasing its signs of NAFLD; dubbing moringa as having potent preventative and curative liver-protecting properties.
In a nutshell, treat Moringa like your daily detoxifier and multivitamin! It is also very high in whole-food calcium – great for bones.
Moringa is very versatile and can be easily mixed into any no-bake dishes such as juices, smoothies, yogurt, salad dressings, sauces, soups, etc. As moringa leaf powder is more concentrated (about 7 time more) than fresh moringa leaves, we recommend starting off with 1 Tsp (teaspoon) a day. It has a slightly spicy spinach-like taste– typical of any leafy greens – however you can overcome this taste by adding it into sweet or sour dishes or smoothies/juices to counter its leafy taste.
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