Moringa’s Phytonutrients -moringa superfood

Phyto means “plant” in Greek and Phytonutrients are naturally occurring organic chemical compounds from plants. In Simple terms these are the nutrients from plants. The Importance of these Phytonutrients arise mainly because hey cannot be made by the body or obtained from animal products. Phytonutrients are often distinct from other nutrients such as vitamins, minerals, proteins, fats and carbohydrates.

Moringa Is also referred by many as moringa superfood is called as the King of Super foods because moringa is highly rich in several of these rare natural organic compounds.

 

Research indicates Moringa Oleifera leaves contain the following phytonutrients:

 

Flavonoids

Flavonoids are shown to have the capacity to scavenge free-radicals, antioxidative activity, known to prevent coronary heart disease, and exhibit anticancer activity. Some flavonoids even exhibit potential for anti-human immunodeficiency virus functions.

 

Anthraquinones

Anthraquinones the main active constituents in herbs are a class of naturally occurring phenolic compounds. Frequently used to relieve constipation they act directly on the intestinal mucosa making the stool more liquid and easing bowel movements. Thus aiding gastrointestinal health in humans.

 

Terpenoids

Also referred to as terpenes, they play a role in traditional herbal remedies and are under investigation for antibacterial, antineoplastic, and other pharmaceutical functions. They display a wide range of biological activities against cancer, malaria, inflammation, and a variety of infectious diseases (viral and bacterial). Worldwide the sales of terpene-based pharmaceuticals in 2002 were approximately US $12 billion.

 

Saponins

Saponins are to be found in around 100 different plant families. Plants produce them to help resist microbial pathogen such as fungi and certain bacteria and viruses. Saponins have hemolytic, expectorative, anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating activity. According to researchers of a review published in 2010 in the journal “Fitoterapia,” around 150 natural saponins have anti-cancer properties. Recent research by scientists in Canada and Africa suggests that Masai tribes people in East Africa who consume a diet very high in animal products, cholesterol, and saturated fat have very low serum cholesterol levels most likely due to the consumption of saponin-rich herbs.

 

Alkaloids

Alkaloids are a group of naturally occurring chemical compounds that contain mostly basic nitrogen atoms. Alkaloid-containing plants have been used by humans since ancient times for therapeutic and recreational purposes. Many alkaloids have useful physiological effects and are used in medicine Common alkaloids include quinine, caffeine, nicotine, strychnine, serotonin, and LSD.

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