Benefits of moringa

With Donovan Grant

Sunday, February 07, 2016

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Dear Donovan,


I have recently been experimenting with the moringa tea as I hear it has beneficial properties, including for weight loss. Is this true? What other properties does it have? Also, what other teas can I use to detox that will also help me to lose weight?




The moringa plant (moringa oleifera) is considered by many to be the most nutritious plant ever discovered. Moringa oleifera is a fast-growing, drought-resistant plant native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in North Western India. However, it is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas of the world.


The leaves are said to be the most nutritious part of the plant. When infused, the leaves will release an abundance of nutrients and antioxidants, as well as vitamins A, C, calcium, potassium, iron, and proteins. According to research from the Johns Hopkins University, each ounce of moringa provides more vitamin A than an ounce of carrot, more iron than an ounce of spinach, more calcium than an ounce of milk, more potassium than an ounce of banana, and more vitamin C than an orange.


The same study also found that the moringa plant contains protein quality at similar levels to whole milk without the fat and calories. Moringa tea is known to boost energy and mental clarity. It has also been shown to reduce bad cholesterol and may even help with arthritis pains. In addition, the leaves have been alleged to help with weight loss, although I have not seen any robust scientific study to totally prove this fact.


However, the moringa’s role in weight loss may be mostly attributed to the plant’s low-fat and low-calorie content. Hence, the moringa tea could be used as a low calorie, nutritious substitute for many other foods.


The moringa plant is also high in vitamins B-1, B-2 and B-3 which the body needs to convert food to energy. The B vitamins in the moringa plant may also increase the metabolism, promoting weight loss. In a nutshell, the moringa tea can provide a healthy alternative without the unhealthy fats and carbohydrates. Therefore, consuming the moringa tea, as well as reducing the intake of food, and exercising, will help in weight loss.


Other teas that can help with detoxing and cleaning the body are cerasee, senna pods, milk tissue, and dandelion. The detox process can also help to increase the metabolic rate and help the body to digest and also convert the food to energy faster. However, before using these teas for weight loss and detoxing, I would suggest that you speak with a professional.




We will answer your weight-related questions


Are you struggling to lose weight or just need some advice on living a healthier life? Tell us about your health issues and we’ll have nutritionist and wellness coach Donovan Grant answer them for you. Grant has over 12 years’ experience in the fitness industry and is the owner of DG’s Nutrition and Wellness Centre, Suite 16, 39 Lady Musgrave Road, Kingston 5. Send your questions to clarkep@ jamaicaobserver.com.


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