Leaves of Moringa oleifera is gaining lot of attention due to its super food characters. Leaves of this tree contains high amount of calcium, potassium and protein in addition to vitamins A, B, C, D, and E.
M. Oleifera is a fairly large tree that is native to India. Almost all part of this plant is edible and has many benefits. The leaves and pods are commonly eaten in parts of India and Africa. Currently the powder of leaves has been selling in US and other countries. However, the plant grows both in temperate and tropical climates.
One cup of chopped fresh leaves of Moringa oleifera contains following ingredients:
- Protein: 2 grams,
- Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA,
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA,
- Iron: 11% of the RDA,
- Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA,
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA,
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
It also gives surplus amounts of antioxidants including beta carotene, Quercetin, Chlorogenic acid.
Health benefits: Moringa oleifera is an Indian tree that has been used in traditional medicine for a very long time. Leaves are highly nutritious compared to pods and other parts. It is known to reduce inflammation, blood sugar level, cholesterol, protects against arsenic toxicity.