Moringa: The Anti-inflammatory Skin Saver

Did You Know…that the superfood Moringa can treat skin conditions and alleviate inflammation, all while helping to solve world hunger?

Native to the Himalayan foothills in northwestern India, the Moringa oleifera tree may be a new superfood to the West, but it’s actually an age-old healing remedy.  According to the ancient Indian medical practice of Ayurveda, moringa leaves can prevent 300 diseases!  Each leaf of the moringa plant has:

  • 7 times more vitamin C than oranges
  • 4 times more vitamin A than carrots
  • 25 times more iron than spinach
  • 4 times more calcium than milk
  • 2 times more protein than yogurt
  • 3 times more potassium than bananas
  • 36 times more magnesium than eggs

Heal Skin Conditions 

Moringa was a popular skin-saving agent used in ancient Rome, Greece, and Egypt, where vases of this “Miracle Oil” were found buried inside royal tombs.  Moringa oil is sourced from the plant’s seeds, which are made up of 40% “ben oil” (or “behn oil”).  This pale-yellow, odorless hydrating oil is rich in behenic, palmitoleic, oleic, and linoleic acids among other moisturizing fatty acids, and has a rich concentration of vitamins A, C, and E.  Vitamins A and C help regenerate collagen in the skin and reduce fine lines and wrinkles.  Vitamin E imparts an anti-inflammatory effect, especially beneficial for skin conditions such as eczema and psoriasis.

When applied topically, moringa acts as a germ-killer, astringent, and anti-inflammatory.  It is praised for its ability to treat…

Skin infections (including abscesses)
Athlete’s foot, dandruff

Its high protein content helps protect skin cells from environmental damage, such as exposure to heavy metals like mercury and cadmium.

Take the Sting Out of Inflammation 

The anti-inflammatory properties of moringa have demonstrated a beneficial influence on both chronic and acute inflammatory conditions, such as bronchitis and rheumatoid arthritis.  French researchers determined that moringa root extract exerted an anti-inflammatory effect comparable to that of the anti-inflammatory drug indomethacin.

Shore Up Nutritional Deficiencies 

The leaves, leaf powder, pods, seeds, flowers, roots, and even bark of the moringa plant are edible.  In addition, moringa is a complete protein source made up of 18 amino acids, along with 46 antioxidants, including essential minerals and vitamins.  Not only can daily supplementation with moringa shore up any nutritional deficiencies you may not even be aware you have, but it’s also helping to cure malnutrition around the world.

Over 1.2 billion people suffer from malnutrition.  Moringa grows in undernourished subtropical regions, such as Africa, India, and Haiti, and is helping to heal hunger worldwide not only by providing nutritive sustenance, but also by creating jobs and harvesting previously dormant agricultural lands.  Its leaves can be used as a food source, its juice as a nutritional supplement, its seeds as a vegetable oil, and its powder as a neutralizer for safe drinking water.