Moringa Tea- Health Benefits, How To Make, & Side Effects

There are many benefits to drinking moringa tea on a daily basis which include its unique abilities to prevent chronic disease, reduce inflammation throughout the body, speed healing, improve digestion, enhance cognition, prevent cancer, boost immunity, manage diabetic symptoms, and even help to protect the heart.

Moringa has received a lot of attention in recent years, and a great deal of research money has been poured into this small tree native to India and Pakistan, bearing the scientific name Moringa oleifera. Almost every part of this root can be used for certain medicinal or culinary applications, and due to its high concentration of nutrients, and the ability of the leave to retain a high level of these components when dried, moringa tea is becoming extremely popular in other parts of the world. Generally, the root and extracts from the plant can be toxic and should be avoided, but the leaves, flowers, stems, seeds, bark, and fruit are all available and recommended for health.

Health Benefits of Drinking Moringa Tea

Drinking moringa tea can help people who suffer from a number of conditions, including cancer, arthritis, gout, stomach upset, diarrhea, nausea, Alzheimer’s disease, diabetes, heart conditions and the common cold. These benefits are largely due to the high levels of vitamin C, protein, potassium, calcium, vitamin A and a number of flavonoid and polyphenolic antioxidant compounds.

Boosts Immune System

High levels of ascorbic acid and other antioxidants make this tea an excellent way to boost the immune system and protect against common cold and flu symptoms. Vitamin C stimulates the production of white blood cells and acts as an antioxidant to slow down oxidative stress and the weakened immune system that results. In terms of chronic disease, studies have also shown that moringa tea can have an effect on cancer risk and other chronic illness.

Aids in Digestion

The anti-inflammatory nature of this tea makes it ideal for soothing stomach upset, calming diarrhea and constipation symptoms, and generally improving your gastrointestinal health. The antibacterial effects alone can help rebalance your intestinal flora so your gut works more efficiently, while eliminating excess gas, cramping and bloating.

Reduces Cardiovascular Issues

A significant content of potassium makes this tea excellent for lowering blood pressure, as potassium is a vasodilator that can ease tension in arteries and blood vessels. This can help to lower your risk of developing atherosclerosis, as well as suffering from heart attack or stroke. Moringa tea also has a naturally soothing quality that helps to relax the body and mind.

Improves Healing Rate

Vitamin C is not just good for the immune system, but also for the creation of new cells in the body. High levels of ascorbic acid mean more collagen creation and faster healing, particularly for someone who is recovering from an injury or extended illness.

Boosts Cognition

The antioxidants found in moringa tea, as well as the other neuroprotective vitamins and nutrients, help to make this tea a true brain booster. Research has shown that moringa tea has the ability to regulate neurotransmitter levels, which can affect memory and cognitive strength. The flavonoids and polyphenols can also help to reduce oxidative action in the brain, which leads to plaque buildup and the deposition of beta-amyloid.

Controls Diabetes

There are certain blood sugar and cholesterol-lowering effects of moringa powder (and tea), which make it important for people at risk of diabetes or already suffering from this condition. By lowering cholesterol and blood pressure, your chances of developing diabetes is lowered, while the blood sugar regulation helps diabetics live a more normal and healthy life.

Reduces Inflammation

Known primarily as an anti-inflammatory tea, moringa is excellent for reducing inflammation of the tissues and cells throughout the body, relieving pain, chronic aches, and joint disorders, as well as gout, stomach upset, headaches and fever. This is one of the main reasons why moringa is considered a “cure all” in many countries.

How to make Moringa Tea?

Moringa tea is relatively easy to make, particularly if you are growing moringa plants in your home garden. These are hardy plants and can be cultivated without much trouble. When fully grown, these small trees stand about 4-5 feet tall and can be cut back to approximately 1-2 feet in height multiple times in the growing season. Those “cut back” branches will be filled with leaves that are perfect for making moringa tea. It is important to wash the leaves thoroughly before hanging them to dry.

To acquire the dry leaves for the tea, bundle the moringa stalks with a rubber hand and hang them upside down in a dry, cool place. After 10-14 days, the stalks of leaves should be completely dried out. Place the leafy side of the stalks in a bag, crushing the stalks so the dry leaves fall off.

Remove any larger stems from the mix of leaves. These leaves should be stored in an airtight container, in a cool and dry place. When you are ready to use them, you can further crush, crumble or blend the moringa leaves for tea, or even make moringa powder, which can be used as healthy remedies.

Recipe

Ingredients: 

  • 1 teaspoon of dried moringa leaves (crushed/blended)
  • 1 cup hot water
  • Honey

Step 1 – Scoop the moringa leaves into a cup.

Step 2 – Add hot water and allow the leaves to steep for 3-5 minutes (or until the color changes).

Step 3 – Mix in honey to taste.

Note: This tea can be served both hot and cold, making it a year-round beverage!

Side Effects of Moringa Tea

The side effects of drinking moringa tea include:

  • Heartburn
  • Nausea
  • Diarrhea
  • Risk of miscarriage: This tea can cause contractions and tightening of the uterus, and may raise your risk of miscarriage during pregnancy.

These side effects are quite rare, and there are no toxic components to this plant or the tea. There are no commonly seen side effects of moringa tea, provided you drink it in moderate amounts.

With those few exceptions, the versatile benefits of moringa tea are definitely worth exploring if you are looking for a new herbal remedy in your life!

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