Nutritional qualities and Benefits
Moringa oleifera is a nutritional powerhouse. The recommended daily intake (RDI) of Vitamin A is 750 mcg but just one hundred grams of moringa leaves provide you with 6780 mcg of Vitamin A, or nine times the RDI. The RDI of Vitamin C is 75 mg for women and 90 mg for men. Moringa leaves provide you with 220 mg which is two to three times the RDI. The RDI of calcium is 1000 mg; moringa leaves give you 440 mg or almost half of the needed amount.
Like other antioxidants, Vitamins A and C prevent and reduce the damage done by free radicals to the molecules of our body, including our DNA and RNA, enabling us to live longer, more active, more productive and healthier lives. Vitamin C is a strong and effective but safe antioxidant.
It safeguards our eyes, skin and heart, and is essential for the production of collagen, which in turn is necessary in the formation of blood vessels, tendons, ligaments and bone. Vitamin C can even regenerate or revitalize other antioxidants such as Vitamin E. If you are a smoker, you need even more Vitamin C since it fights the effects of cigarette smoke and other pollutants on your body, and is rapidly depleted in the process. Vitamin A, on the other hand, helps us to protect and maintain our eyes, skin and heart healthy.
Proteins-which are made of amino acids-are our bodies' most basic and essential building blocks. In most cases only meat and meat-based products contain all the necessary amino acids. The moringa is an outstanding exception to the rule, since it contains all these important and essential acids although it is a plant. Amino acids repair and keep our muscles, organs, nails, hair, skin, ligaments and glands healthy. Moringa leaves are also good sources of calcium which is necessary for strong bones and teeth, and potassium, which protects our brain and nervous system.