What is moringa plant?

Moringa seeds and leaves have been used for centuries to treat severe illness and promote wound healing. The leaves are packed with healthful compounds essential to human health.

The plant is gaining recognition and is coming on the radar of western scientists. As a growing number of studies are conducted, the benefits of this plant have started to emerge. Learn what research shows about moringa tea and how it is possible to brew a yummy cup.

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What's Moringa Tea?

Moringa tea is produced from the leaves of this Moringa oleifera plant. The moringa tree goes by many common names, such as "the wonder tree"  because of its seed pods' shape. It is commonly referred to as the "ben oil tree" because it produces benzoyl. 

The moringa tree is native to tropical regions throughout Southeast Asia. The largest cultivator of moringa is India. The tree can be grown for medicinal and agricultural purposes in Indonesia, Pakistan, Nepal, and Taiwan. Further, the plant is cultivated and happens in Africa, Central America, and Oceania.

Moringa tea is made by steeping in pure hot water. The tea can also be produced with moringa leaf powder and powder bags. It's naturally caffeine-free and can be consumed at any time of the day.

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How to make moringa tea yourself

You can also create moringa powder in your home. Get your hands on some new moringa leaves, clean, dry, and then grind them to make a powder. If you are in a rush, you can just wash the leaves and place them in hot water to make moringa tea.

Moringa tea is produced from the leaves of this Moringa plant. After collecting a good set of healthy leaves, they are air-dried, crushed, pan dried, and packed, so you can brew and revel in their health benefits.

The greenest mature leaves, and be sure to remove those that have signs of yellowing. It's up to you to harvest as much or as little as you desire. The harvested leaves are placed in a clean, dry pan. They're picked and removed from impurities like dirt and insects.

The leaves are then transferred to a bigger flat container for air-drying. After two to three days, the leaves become wilted and will then be ready for crushing. Sun-drying strips the nutritional content of the leaves. The leaves are then crushed to remove more impurities from the leaves. The procedure deactivates oxidative enzymes and prevents the leaves from rotting. Moringa tea can be stored in an air-tight container.

You can purchase small tea bags and pack every bag with two teaspoonfuls of dried leaves. If you don't have teabags or you do not want to use one, storing the tea in a glass container will do.

- Brewing: Moringa tea is made by steeping the moringa leaves in hot water. The tea can also be produced with moringa leaf powder and tea bags. Moringa tea provides an earthy flavor similar to that of green tea. It is less bitter and astringent than many green tea varieties. You can add honey, lemon, and cinnamon to suit your palate.

Consult your provider prior to adding this tea to your diet.

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Moringa tea health benefits

Research demonstrates that moringa leaves contain the maximum nutritional value compared to other plant components. According to the USDA, raw moringa tea contain many different minerals and vitamins. The dried leaves Include iron, calcium, Vitamin A, and thiamine.

There are several health benefits of moringa tea listed here:

- Lowers Infection

Inflammation is a robust response to stimuli within the body. Chronic inflammation, however, can result in severe health issues such as hypertension, chronic pain, and a greater risk of stroke. Moringa tea and moringa powder comprise inflammation-fighting agents called isothiocyanates. Most vegetables and plant products include anti-inflammatory compounds. Two lab studies found that phenolic glycosides and other moringa substances demonstrated immunosuppressive and anti-inflammatory actions.

 - Diabetes: Moringa tea can help individuals with diabetes modulate their blood sugar levels. A number of studies have demonstrated positive results with animals. Some studies reveal that moringa intake can lower glucose levels after meals. Researchers state that differences between moringa varieties and preparation methods could cause differing results.

- Fights free radicals: Moringa leaves are loaded with antioxidants which have been shown to give a range of health benefits. Antioxidants help rid free radicals from the body and prevent the onset of oxidative stress. Oxidative stress has been associated with serious ailments from heart disease to Alzheimer's disease and certain cancers. Antioxidants in moringa leaves contain beta-carotene and vitamin C. The ingredients' antioxidant activity has been associated with better immune health in animal studies and human trials. Moringa leaves also contain quercetin -- an antioxidant that can help reduce elevated blood pressure in specific individuals. Additionally, moringa leaves include chlorogenic acid, which research shows may help regulate blood glucose levels.

- Heart health: In some studies, moringa intake has improved heart health. In one study, moringa lowered cholesterol and decreased the formation of plaque in blood vessels. It acted in a fashion similar to a statin medication.

- May fight cancer: In one study, moringa slowed the development of human pancreatic cancer cells and enhanced the impact of chemotherapy drugs. Researchers say that moringa is well-tolerated by laboratory animals.

- May combat malnutrition: Moringa leaves are packed with essential minerals and vitamins to help combat hunger and empower undernourished people to raise their body weight. Some moringa products like moringa oleifera leaf extract and moringa leaf powder are less powerful than raw or cooked leaves. To combat malnutrition, the leaves are usually consumed raw or cooked and function equally to cooked spinach.

- Poison control: In many industrialized countries, arsenic is an essential problem in regards to the water source.  A few smaller studies have shown promise in using moringa to prevent arsenic poison. Studies have primarily been conducted in control of laboratory experiments and on little rodent studies. More research is required to establish the usage of moringa as a remedy for arsenic toxicity. 

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Moringa tea side effects

Always seek medical advice and consult with a healthcare professional before swallowing herbal tea. Herbal teas may interact with some drugs and can cause side effects for nursing or pregnant women.  Additional research is required to establish the health benefits of this plant and the resulting tea. Caution should be exercised for:

- Pregnant women: Women that are pregnant shouldn't consume moringa products. Some research demonstrates that moringa rhizomes and blossoms contain chemicals that may induce contractions and cause premature births or miscarriages.

- Medication Interactions: Moringa leaves contain alkaloids that may decrease heart rate and also affect blood pressure. If you take blood pressure drugs or suffer from heart ailments, speak with your physician before drinking moringa tea.

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