Moringa: A Good Food For The Heart

Moringa is one of the most commonly used natural remedies for a range of health problems. It is a multi-purpose herbal plant as it is both used as human food and an alternative for medicinal purposes worldwide. The main reasons behind its medicinal uses are its wide range of vital antioxidants, antibiotics, and nutrients including vitamins and minerals (1).

Moringa And Heart Health

Our entire body benefits when our heart is healthy. The foods we eat support our heart by reducing cholesterol, lowering blood pressure, and reducing inflammation. Adding moringa to our everyday meals may help our heart function at its best.

Moringa pods are exceptionally rich in vitamin C. One cup of fresh, sliced pods (100 grams) contains 157% of our daily requirement. This vitamin helps reduce the risk of heart disease, including high blood pressure, high triglyceride or LDL (bad) cholesterol levels, and low levels of HDL (good) cholesterol (2). In a study, results showed that people who took at least 700 mg of vitamin C daily for 10 years had experienced a 25% lowered risk of heart disease than those who did not take a vitamin C supplement (3).

One 10-gram serving of moringa powder offers 160 mg of potassium (3.4 percent DV) (4). Getting the right amount of potassium every day can help us greatly improve our lives. It is an essential nutrient for maintaining heart health. Getting enough of it is necessary to protect the heart, prevent the onset of a stroke and improve the organ’s ability to circulate blood to the body, thus reducing the risk of heart diseases (5).

Magnesium helps our heart keep the beat, as it is involved in transporting other electrolytes that are all important for nerve signals and the muscle contractions of a normal heartbeat. Experts found that deficiency in this mineral increases irregular heartbeats known as arrhythmias. Furthermore, low magnesium levels were also linked with atrial fibrillation (afib), the most common heart rate disorder, according to a  review published in May 2019 in Cardiology Research and Practice (6).

Being rich in antioxidants, taking moringa every day can help us fight free radicals and diseases (7).

In addition to vitamin C and beta-carotene, the medicinal plant also contains powerful antioxidants including quercetin (which may help lower blood pressure) and chlorogenic acid (8).

Sources:

  1. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/25374169/
  2. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/vitamin-c-benefits#3.-May-lower-your-risk-of-heart-disease
  3. https://pubmed.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/15585762/
  4. https://www.everydayhealth.com/diet-nutrition/diet/science-backed-health-benefits-moringa-powder/
  5. https://www.moringapowder.com/nutrition/moringa-oleiferas-potassium-benefits/
  6. https://www.everydayhealth.com/atrial-fibrillation/diet/where-to-get-your-magnesium-for-healthy-heart/
  7. https://www.shethepeople.tv/news/7-reasons-why-you-need-to-add-moringa-to-your-diet/
  8. https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/6-benefits-of-moringa-oleifera#TOC_TITLE_HDR_3

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