Moringa seeds are a potentially incredible find, with antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, and cholesterol-lowering effects listed among some of their benefits.
Moringa seeds also offer many nutritional benefits (1). They contain:
- Seven times more vitamin C than oranges;
- Four times the amount of vitamin A found in carrots;
- Four times more calcium than milk;
- Three times more potassium than bananas; and
- Two times more protein than yogurt.
7 Health Benefits of Moringa Seeds
The following are just a few of the health benefits associated with moringa seeds (5). More research is happening every year on the medicinal value of moringa; we have only just begun to understand how potentially powerful moringa tree seeds are.
1. Lowers Blood Pressure
High blood pressure is a serious cardiovascular issue that can lead to heart attacks and stroke if it isn’t managed. Medications are sometimes necessary, but the ideal route if possible is through exercise, a healthy lifestyle and diet, and proper supplementation. While studies have shown that moringa can lower blood pressure, these studies are preliminary and more research needs to be done on humans, so talk to your doctor before stopping any prescribed treatment for high blood pressure.
2. Acts as a Sleep Aid
For a good night’s rest, steep moringa leaves in hot water for 15 minutes and then drink before bed. It will help you sleep soundly, which in turn will leave you energized to tackle the day.
3. Boosts Energy
A single serving of moringa has almost three times the amount of iron as spinach. This is especially important for vegetarians/vegans and those who suffer from low iron issues, as the body needs iron to enrich the blood and carry oxygen to our muscles, organs, and tissues.
4. Lowers Blood Sugar Levels
A 2014 study published in Acta Histochemica reported that moringa seeds can lower blood sugar levels, which would provide therapeutic management (or even prevention) of diabetes (6). However, the study was done on lab rats and research is needed on humans before any recommendations can be made.
5. High in Fiber
Moringa is high in fiber, and as a result it can do a great job of moving food along your digestive system. Fiber is also a key component in maintaining a healthy cardiovascular system.
6. Can Lower Cholesterol
Too much cholesterol in the blood has been linked to heart disease. In traditional Thai medicine, moringa is used as a cardiotonic (a drug or herb used to improve how the heart contracts). Some plants have been known to reverse bad cholesterol and research is showing that moringa is among them.
7. Promotes Healthy, Beautiful Skin
The oil extracted from the seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants. The skin absorbs the oil well and can receive these nourishing antioxidants easily. The oil can be used as a moisturizer and antiseptic.
Why eat Moringa Seeds?
People eat the seeds for many different health purposes believing that the seeds improve vision, help with insomnia, contributes to faster weight loss and provides relief from headaches. Some people peel off the outer layer and eat 2 or 3 seeds a day. They believe that it helps their diabetic condition.
The seeds are not to be eaten on an empty stomach. Eating too many seeds can cause a laxative effect. If one chooses to eat Moringa seeds for long term, it is recommended not to exceed 3 or 4 seeds per day.