Proteins in Moringa
Moringa leaf powder has a very high content of proteins (28 g per 100 g of dry powder). This fact on its own already makes it an important food resource.
However, there is more: Scientific studies suggest that the amino acid composition of moringa has the highest biological value of all vegetable products! This makes moringa leaf powder a very special food additive.
In the powder, all essential amino acids are present in high concentration. This means that the human body could synthesise every human protein by merely using Moringa. Furthermore the Moringa protein is rich in BCAA (branched chain amino acids), meaning amino acids having a branched molecular structure, which is particularly important for the build-up of muscles.
The chart below shows a comparison between the whey protein, which is applied widely in the sports sector, and the moringa protein. The comparison shows that moringa leaf powder is an excellent source of protein for athletes, which can certainly compete with animal proteins. In particular, moringa protein is a promising alternative for traditional vegetable proteins, used often by vegetarians and vegans.
Unlike other nutrients, proteins ensure that food intake results in a feeling of satiety. Therefore, the addition of moringa powder ensures that this feeling is long-lasting. Moringa leaf powder is thus also an excellent dietary supplement that provides not only the body with proteins, but also supports diets particularly well.
|Essentisal amino acids|
|Whey protein||45% of all amino acids|
|Moringa protein||47% of all amino acids|
|Branched Chain Amino Acids (BCAA) / widely ramified amino acids|
|Whey protein||23% of all amino acids|
|Moringa protein||21% of all amino acids|
Vitamins and minerals in Moringa
The main nutrients in moringa oleifera are proteins, carbohydrates and fats. However, the body also needs substances that support the metabolic processes, or allow it in the first place. These substances are vitamins and minerals. Conventional nutrition habits often do not cover the need for compounds, so that in many cases the diet is topped up with pills. The reasons for a deficiency may vary broadly. On the one hand, it can be the fast-food lifestyle that leeds to deficiencies, on the other hand even intensive physical activities can result in an increased demand for vitamins and minerals by the body.
Moringa leaf powder also provides an excellent natural source of nutrients in these cases. In Moringa almost all the vitamins are available in high quantities. The regular intake of moringa leaf powder can replace synthetic vitamin supplements in a natural way. Also, the micronutrient selenium is contained in large quantities in moringa leave powder. In combination with vitamin E, it can develop its full antioxidant effect.
Particularly medium and high performing athletes, lose minerals through intense perspiration. These minerals are also referred to as electrolytes. In particular, the deficiency of the electrolyte magnesium is responsible for muscle spasms. Additionally, potassium, calcium, and sodium are important for the neuronal information line. There is also a variety of trace elements, which are lost mainly through sweat.
Moringa leaf powder, in regular ingestion, balances these electrolyte deficiencies in a natural manner.
|Nutritional values per 100g Moringa oleifera leaf powder|
|Calorific value (Kcal/KJ)||285 / 1193|
|Vitamins in Moringa oleifera leaf powder (mg)|
|Essential amino acids in Moringa oleifera leaf powder (mg)|
|Methionine + cysteine||350|
|Phenylalanine + tyrosine||1388|
Biomedically active components of moringa oleifera
The biomedical, active constituents of moringa leaves explain the frequent medical use of moringa. In northern India, in Pakistan and Sri Lanka, moringa is frequently prescribed when children are sick. Indeed, there has been an accumulation of reports also from the more proximate regions, which describe a positive effect on the general health. Children who take Moringa powder in with their morning cocoa drink, are hardly sick, skin problems can be alleviated, and the general well-being increases.
Moringa increases the pH level in body fluids and therefore counteracts acidification. In developing countries the prescription of Moringa leaf powder has led to a significant reduction of anaemia in expectant mothers. Indeed, also the iron content is very high, so that the bodily production of haemoglobin is encouraged. Anaemia also frequently occurs in women in the global North, making Moringa powder also an attractive option for women with iron deficiencies in this part of the world.
Antioxidants in Moringa oleifera
Moringa leaf powder contains a number of highly effective antioxidants. Strictly speaking, there is no plant that can compete with moringa in this number. Recently, the preventive effect against cancer of epigallocatechin gallate, EGCG, found in green tea has been proven. It almost comes as no surprise that moringa leaves contain this antioxidant! Similar to Zeatin, it is a potent antioxidant, which is present in Moringa by far the highest concentration. It plays an important role as a messenger substance, in supplying the body with vital substances.
There are many scientific papers that describe a positive effect on blood lipids, including cholesterol. The research has increased in recent years. We can still look forward to many new insights.