How moringa acts as an immune booster.
Moringa Oleifera is a “Miracle Tree”. It is a plant with innumerable benefits. It has remarkable therapeutic and healing properties which can greatly benefit an individual. The plant has been used for ages to heal problems related to malnutrition, asthma, menopause, hyperglycemia, cardio-vascular diseases; etc.
Moringa is a treasure house of all essential nutrients that are needed to improve the immunity. Vitamins and minerals are known to be very effective to protect us from flues, infections and other common health problems.
The nutrient contents which designate moringa as an important immune booster are listed below:
Protein– It is the skeleton of the immune system and its functioning depends on the new protein synthesis. Hence, protein rich foods like milk, yogurt, meat, etc are recommended for daily intake. Moringa itself is known to contain two times more protein than yogurt.
Vitamin A– It regulates the defense mechanism of the body. It also protect against infections by keeping the internal and external organs of our body healthy. Hence, vegetables like carrots, spinach, etc should be consumed. Moringa contains four times more vitamin A than carrots.
Vitamin C– It stimulates the antibody formation; thus protects the body from infection and improves the immunity. Citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit and tangerines, or red bell pepper, papaya; etc; can provide the recommended dietary intake of vitamin C. Moringa contains seven times more vitamin C than oranges.
Vitamin E– It acts as an antioxidant; which helps to neutralize the free radicals; thus improve the immune system. Vitamin E can be incorporated in the diet by consuming fortified cereals, sunflower seeds, almonds, vegetable oils, hazelnuts, etc. Moringa is a storehouse of vitamin E and its consumption can fulfill the recommended intake of vitamin E.
Zinc– It regulates the functioning of the immune system and helps in wound healing, normal growth and development during pregnancy, childhood and adolescence. Beans and nuts are the primary sources of zinc and hence are recommended for consumption. The amount of zinc found in moringa leaves, pods and seeds are twice as found in beans.
The moringa leaves also provide significant amount of antioxidants. Antioxidants help the immune system to defend the infectious agents and carcinogenic cells more effectively; thus providing a secondary line of defense to the body against the pathogens.