The moringa plant is generally of great interest as all its parts including roots, seeds, bark, flowers, and leaves have nutritional or medicinal benefits. Moringa oil is extracted from the seeds of the plant. It has been used historically for medical remedy and cosmetic ingredients. In recent years, oil has gained popularity for a wide range of personal and industrial uses. Moringa oil may be produced by cold pressing or by solvent extraction. The cold-pressed organic oil is recommended for consumption or topical application on the skin.
Moringa oil contains many nutritional compounds such as monounsaturated fats, proteins, sterols, and tocopherols. The oil also contains a high amount of phytonutrients which are significantly beneficial to overall health. Here are some of the benefits of consuming moringa oil.
Studies have shown that taking moringa oil inhibits the development of cancer. It contains niazimicin, a bioactive compound that suppresses the growth of cancer cells.
Prevents oxidative stress
Oxidative stress is caused by an imbalance in the production of free radicals and the ability of the body to neutralize their effects through antioxidants. Oxidative stress can lead to cell and tissue damage. Moringa oil contains beta-sitosterol which has antioxidant properties and can thus help relieve oxidative stress. This antioxidant can also help prevent cardiac damage as well as maintain a healthy heart.
Helps with stomach problems
Taking moringa oil has been shown to be beneficial in the treatment of stomach disorders such as constipation, gastritis and ulcerative colitis. The oil is naturally antibacterial and therefore prevents the growth of various pathogens found in the digestive tract. It also helps the process of digestion.
Fights bacterial infections
Moringa oil has been shown to have antibacterial and antifungal properties. It is therefore beneficial in fighting microbial pathogens such as Salmonella, Rhizopus and E. Coli.
Helps control diabetes
Taking moringa oil has great results for diabetics. It reduces blood glucose levels while improving the hemoglobin levels. It also provides diabetics with a high protein content
Moringa oil contains anti-inflammatory compounds that are effective when ingested or used topically. These compounds include tocopherols, catechins, quercetin, ferulic acid, and zeatin. The oil is therefore effective against inflammatory conditions such as asthma as it can help prevent bronchial constrictions. Moringa oil can also be used as a mouthwash to help relieve inflammations in the gum.
Taking moringa oil is beneficial to anemic people as it helps the body absorb more iron thus increasing red blood cell count. This significantly helps in treating anemia and sickle cell disease.
Protects liver health.
Moringa oil has been shown to boost liver health by reversing the damage done by high toxicity. Studies have shown that taking moringa oil reduces the markers of liver damage. This also includes damage from infections as well as medication.
Helps relieve pain in rheumatic conditions.
Moringa is applied to painful arthritic joints to help relieve the swelling and inflammation as well as the pain.