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What Are the Benefits of Moringa Oleifera?

Moringa oleifera is a plant with benefits and therapeutic uses that have been hailed for thousands of years. Chock-full of healthy antioxidants and useful compounds, this large tree is native to North India and known by names such as drumstick tree, ben oil tree, and horseradish tree. Nearly all of its parts are consumed or used for herbal medicines, particularly the leaves and pods that are a dietary staple in parts of India and Africa. There are numerous bioactive components found in moringa, including phenolic acids, flavonoids, isothiocyanates, tannins, and saponins—all present in considerable amounts in different parts of the plant. Moringa leaves, for instance, provide many vitamins and minerals. A single cup of fresh, chopped leaves, or 21 grams (g), contains 2 g of protein, 19 percent of the recommended daily allowance (RDA) for vitamin B6, 12 percent of the RDA for vitamin C, and 11 percent of the RDA for iron and riboflavin (vitamin B2). Moringa also …