It's packed with vitamins and minerals.
Many of the healthy foods you eat have a single standout nutrient. Think carrots and vitamin A, citrus and vitamin C, nuts and vitamin E.
Moringa leaves stick out as a superfood because one cup of chopped leaves is considered a good source of iron, calcium, vitamin C, vitamin B6, and riboflavin and has notable amounts2 of potassium, vitamin A, vitamin E, and magnesium.
It's a source of plant-based protein.
That's where moringa comes in. Powders made from its crushed leaves are packed with protein—3 grams of protein per tablespoon, in fact—and have a leg up on legumes because they contain all the essential amino acids4, necessary for muscle repair, energy production, and mood regulation.
It may help your sex life.
It may help balance hormones.
Menopause can throw women's hormones out of whack—and make them feel off, but moringa may help.
A study published in the Journal of Food and Science Technology found that postmenopausal women who took a combination of moringa leaf powder and amaranth leaf powder8 for three months not only had decreased markers of oxidative stress, but they also had better fasting blood glucose and increased hemoglobin levels, which could mean more balanced hormones.
It may protect the liver.
Think of your liver as the body's detoxifier. It filters the blood, detoxifies chemicals, and metabolizes fat—and moringa may help it work better.
First off, moringa contains high concentrations of polyphenols to reverse oxidation9in the liver, and preliminary research in animals has shown moringa consumption to reduce symptoms of liver fibrosis10 and protect against liver damage11.
It may help fight free radicals.
The antidote: antioxidants, like the flavonoids, polyphenols, and ascorbic acid found in moringa3. A diet rich in antioxidants has been shown to prevent premature wrinkles and possibly make you live longer13.
It may reduce inflammation.
It may help balance blood sugar.
Spikes in insulin and blood sugar levels can cause mood swings and sugar cravings and even lead to the development of type 2 diabetes and obesity. Enter moringa.
One clinical study16 also showed therapeutic antioxidant properties as well as lower fasting glucose levels in postmenopausal women who took a supplement with moringa, and amaranth, leaves for three months.
It may improve digestion.
It may support brain health.
It's estimated that worldwide, 55 million people are living with Alzheimer's and other dementias. Moringa leaf is high in vitamins C and E, which combat the oxidative stress21 associated with Alzheimer's.
Animal studies of both Alzheimer's22 and dementia23 are showing promising results. More good news: Moringa has also been linked to increased dopamine23 and serotonin24 ("happy hormones"), and with more research, it could possibly be used to help treat depression25 in the future.