When you think of “doing a detox,” what comes to mind? Do you think of drinking large amounts of juice? What about making lists of foods to avoid? Do you consider detoxing your environment by eliminating excess clutter or changing out your chemical-laden cleaning supplies? If you said “yes” to any of these or mentioned anything that involves you getting rid of something harmful or toxic — you would be right!
Previously, to detoxify meant to rid the body of substances like drugs or alcohol. Today, detoxification has a broader meaning and looks at ways to remove harmful substances that can negatively impact our homes and bodies. Many health-conscious individuals turn to the Moringa tree to help in their quest to detox.
In the past, the word “tea” only referred to the cured leaves of the Camellia sinensis plant, which is an evergreen shrub that is native to parts of Asia. Now we use the word “tea” to describe pouring water over the dried and processed leaves of different trees and plants. Moringa tea falls in the category of the latter.
The Moringa tree (also called Drumstick or Ben Oil) is said to be a “miracle tree” and grows in parts of Pakistan and India. Containing more vitamin A than a carrot, more vitamin C than an orange, and more potassium than a banana — Moringa is credited with curing many ailments. Referred to as a superfood, it is loaded with antioxidants and has a complete set of the amino acids our bodies need.
Popular for liver detoxification, Moringa is known to speed up the elimination of toxins. Additionally, it is said to decrease the effects of alcohol in the liver and prevent mitochondrial variations that are sometimes produced by ethanol found in alcoholic drinks. Whether in tea form or tablet, Moringa accomplishes the following:
- Alters the cell membrane by making it resistant to toxins
- Contains a large amount of amino acids that make it easier for cell regeneration
- Provides antioxidants that fight off free radicals (unstable atoms that damage cells)
Moringa tea is caffeine-free and a great source of calcium. It is said to help with conditions such as:
- Poor immune system
- Poor digestion
- Low energy levels
- Split ends and acne (moringa oil as well)
- Chronic cancer-causing diseases and Alzheimer’s disease
When looking at the powerful claims Moringa is credited with, it should be noted that some reports are based on studies only done on animals. Specific to benefits for humans, Moringa is said to:
- Be nutrient rich – with vitamin B6, vitamin C, Iron, riboflavin (B2), vitamin A, magnesium, calcium, and zinc
- Be rich in quercetin and chlorogenic and increase blood antioxidant levels
- Possibly reduce blood sugar levels (more research is needed)
- Lower cholesterol levels
- Conceivably protect against arsenic toxicity (more research is needed)
While Moringa possesses many of the nutrients that have been shown to improve one’s hair and skin, because of its potency it is always good advice to check with your doctor if attempting to treat a specific condition. Also, some who drink Moringa tea complain of heartburn, nausea, and diarrhea (this is true when consuming moringa oil as well). Pregnant women are warned of the risk of miscarriage because the tea tightens the uterus and brings on contractions.
The Moringa tree, aka Miracle Tree, is known for the important work it does inside and outside the body. When it comes to ridding our bodies of the harmful chemicals and additives we find in our food and health products, Moringa tree products seem to be an essential part of our arsenal. Whether it is a tea, capsule, or a DIY scrub made with Moringa seed oil, you would be doing your body a favor by looking into the benefits of Moringa.