Moringa leaves are an excellent source of many vitamins and minerals and are highly nutritious and should be beneficial for people who are lacking in essential nutrients. One cup of fresh, chopped leaves (21 grams) contains:
- Protein: 2 grams
- Vitamin B6: 19% of the RDA
- Vitamin C: 12% of the RDA
- Iron: 11% of the RDA
- Riboflavin (B2): 11% of the RDA
- Vitamin A (from beta-carotene): 9% of the RDA
- Magnesium: 8% of the RDA
Moringa leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 15 times more potassium than bananas. It also has calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids, which help your body, heal and build muscle.
It’s also packed with antioxidants, substances that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.
Researchers show it could be used as a treatment for cancer, asthma, cardiovascular disease, diabetes and other diseases. A 2017 study published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention found the extract from moringa leaves acts as an as anti-cancer agent that reduces cancer cell growth and promotes cell death in several cancers.