Moringa tea is made from steeping the dried leaves of the Moringa oleifera in hot water for several minutes. Moringa, or Moringa oleifera – also known as the ‘drumstick tree’ is found in tropical and subtropical South Asian regions such as India, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Like many plants Moringa contains potential medicinal properties, even mentioned as a cure for over 300 diseases in the Annals of Ayurvedic Medicine, one of the world’s most ancient systems of medicine. Though the root and plant extracts should be avoided for its toxicity, the leaves, flowers, seeds, fruit, bark and stems can and are used for medicinal purposes. The leaves are used to make moringa tea.
Moringa tea has a flavour best described as ‘mildly earthy’ or ‘grassy’, and possesses a high concentration of nutrients such as iron, protein, calcium, potassium, phosphorus, Vitamin B-complex, and Vitamin C, while containing amino acids and flavonoids like quercetin and kaempferol.. Furthermore, researchers have discovered that the moringa leaves contain ascorbic acid, polyphenols, and flavonoids, in addition to another forty-six different natural antioxidants such as catechins, beta-carotene, glutathione, and gallic acid.
Each of these nutrients have different and beneficial effects on the body, which is why drinking moringa tea can make you healthy.
For instance, the dosage of Vitamin C in moringa tea boosts the immunity system to manufacture new cells in the body, promoting faster healing especially for those recovering from an injury. It is also believed that moringa tea enhances kidney health to increase protection against nephrotoxicity, which not only increases the output of urine but assists in breaking down kidney stones.
It is also believed that moringa tea has the medicinal property to reduce blood sugar and cholesterol, making moringa tea a favourite beverage amongst those at risk. In addition, the chlorogenic acid found in moringa tea acts as a natural shield against diabetes.
The high-antioxidants in moringa tea assists in the reduction of oxidative stress, cellular damage and inflammation. This is one of the reasons why moringa tea is considered ideal in maintaining gastrointestinal health, easing constipation and calming stomach upsets, due to its anti-inflammatory properties. Moringa tea also boosts the metabolism nutrients that aids in the burning of calories and losing weight. And since it contains no caffeine, yet is capable of providing natural energy boost, a cup of moringa tea can provide all the benefits found in caffeine without incurring the side effects like jitteriness and insomnia. The energy-boosting effects are particularly due to the coenzyme NADH, formed from niacin in B-vitamins. NADH plays a role in improving muscle function, brain function and heart function.
There is currently no limitation on the number of cups of moringa tea to consume, meaning you can drink as much moringa tea as you’d like, and is a considerably healthy alternative to the traditional cup of tea. It’s refreshing, and it contains various health benefits, many of which are still being researched about, because the benefits listed here are merely the ones we know about.