Moringa Seed Science & Nutrition
In this article I am going to cover the nutrition information & some studies that have been done on the seeds of the Moringa Oleifera plant. While the seeds are themselves considered a superfood, the leaves of the moringa plant are even more nutrient rich & are more versatile in their use as supplement, liquid, and tincture forms. If you’d like the nutrition information and health benefits of the moringa leaves, check out the article here.
Moringa Seed Nutritional Value
Per 100 Grams of moringa seed
- 8.53 Grams of Carbohydrates
- 2.10 Grams of Protein
- .20 Grams of Total Fat
- 3.2 Grams of Dietary Fiber
- No Cholesterol
- .620 Milligrams of Niacin
- 30 Milligrams of Calcium
- 45 Milligrams of Magnesium
- 50 Milligrams of Phosphorus
- 461 Milligrams of Potassium
Moringa Seed Science & Health Benefits
Fights Breast Cancer
A study published in the African Journal of Traditional, Complementary, and Alternative Medicine in 2017 found that moringa seed powder has an anti-proliferative effect on the MCF7 breast cancer cell.
Acts As A Sleep-Aide
Moringa seeds are reported to be an excellent sleep aid. The oil extracted from the seeds is what is thought to stimulate sleep by inducing sleep inducing hormones.
As a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan, moringa seeds assist with neurotransmitter function, which helps fight fatigue and insomnia.
High In Fiber
Moringa seeds are high in soluble fiber, which can help move food along your digestive system. Research shows that moringa seed soluble fiber is also termed as moringa seed resistance protein. As such, this soluble fiber could potentially benefit digestion, blood sugar, the immune system and more.
One study published in the Journal of Immunotoxicology in 2007 examined the anti-anaphylactic effect of the ethanolic extract of moringa seeds. The results of the study suggested that moringa seed extract could be a potential anti-anaphylactic agent in the treatment of allergic disorders.
One study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology in 2003 found that moringa helps reduce LDL (low-density lipoprotein) cholesterol and increase HDL (high-density lipoprotein) cholesterol.
Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Health
The antioxidant content in moringa seeds is able to limit the oxidative stress that can lead to heart disease, heart failure, and high blood pressure. In part, the oleic acid in moringa seeds is also responsible for its antihypertensive effect and ability to reduce heart diseases. Oleic acid works to reduce the amount of lipids in the blood.
One study published in the American Journal of Hypertension in 2016 found that moringa seed powder had a beneficial effect on the heart of hypertensive rats, and therefore was suggested to prevent heart diseases associated with high blood pressure.
Furthermore, research published in the journal Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity in 2017 determined that the anti-inflammatory and antioxidant effects of moringa seeds positively affected rats with hypertension. As a result, the seeds were thought to also treat other heart disorders associated with oxidative stress and inflammation.
Boosts Energy With Iron
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.
Lowers Blood Sugar & Manages Diabetes
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. However, the study was done on lab rats and more research is needed on humans before any recommendations can be made.
The scientists believe that the blood sugar-lowering effect is due to compounds like isothiocyanates.
There have been studies done on humans, however. One study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology in 2014 found that 30 women taking 1.5 teaspoons of moringa powder daily for three months had experienced a 13.5% decrease in fasting blood sugar level, on average.
Another small study published in the International Journal of Food Sciences and Nutrition in 2009 found that blood sugar levels dropped by 21% when six people with diabetes added 50 g of moringa to their meals.
Reverses Ageing, Nourishes & Protects Skin & Hair
The oil can be used as a moisturizer and antiseptic as well. The omega-9 fatty acid in moringa seeds is thought to also be one of the best natural moisturizers for the skin. In addition, moringa seeds contain collagen, which helps prevent acne and reduce skin wrinkles.
It is no wonder that moringa seed oil has a lot of value in the cosmetic and beauty industry, and it can be found in body oils, deodorants, hair products, soaps, body washes, anti-aging creams, and massages and aromatherapy oils.
Various active components in moringa seeds make them very useful for both skin and hair care. The oil extracted from the moringa seeds contains almost 30 antioxidants. The skin absorbs the oil well and can receive these nourishing antioxidants easily. They can also reduce free radical damage on the skin.
Moringa seeds can help treat and prevent infections caused by viruses, bacteria and fungi.
One study published in the Indian Journal of Pharmacology in 2008 found that taking three grams of moringa seed powder for three weeks had helped improve bronchial asthma symptoms including wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing.
Protects The Liver
One study published in the Journal of Food Science in 2012 found that the free radical scavenging potential of moringa seed oil can help repair liver damage due to hepatitis. The researchers suggested that moringa seed oil can treat certain liver disorders.
A study published in the journal 3 Biotechin 2016 mentioned that moringa is a high source of iron that can help treat iron deficiency and anemia.
One 2010 study published in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology suggested that moringa seeds have immunosuppressive activity that can reduce immune-related inflammation.