the science of moringa
Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrition - the leaves, seeds and pods are packed with 46 anti-oxidants, vitamins, 8 essential amino acids, numerous minerals and high concentrations of protein. Contained within it are a variety of essential phytochemicals. In fact, moringa provides 7 times more vitamin C than oranges and 10 times more vitamin A than carrots. In this article we are going to focus on the antioxidant properties of moringa oil.
Antioxidants are substances that prevent damage to cells from highly reactive, unstable molecules called “free radicals” that occur as a result of normal metabolic processes and environmental sources such as radiation, pesticides, cigarette smoke, and other pollutants. By acting as natural preservatives, antioxidants prevent skin damage from free radicals. Moringa’s nutrient-dense oil comes filled with antioxidants that help balance the activity of free radicals to maintain good skin health.
Phytochemicals are naturally occurring in plant foods such as fruits, vegetables, whole grains, beans, nuts and seeds. In lab studies, many phytochemicals act as antioxidants, neutralizing free radicals and removing their power to create damage. These phytochemicals support our body’s ability to balance antioxidants and free radicals. Moringa oil's phytochemical profile shows it is rich in the fatty acids linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oleic acid. This unique combination of fatty acids are integral to the formation and maintenance of cell membranes. Additionally, these fatty acids also have emollient and anti-inflammatory properties that help restore the skin's natural oils, ensuring the skin stays hydrated and is protected from environmental damage. And moringa seeds unusually high oleic acid content of 72% make the oil a deep skin cleanser with detoxifying effects.
Moringa oil has naturally concentrated levels of vitamins A, C and E - all powerful vitamin antioxidants:
Vitamin A is known as a retinoid, and our skin is a major retinoid-responsive tissue. Topical retinoids are well known for their beneficial effect on skin health, particularly related to the treatment of acne and some signs of aging that is induced by UVA and UVB exposure. And by increasing blood flow to the surface of the skin, vitamin A also builds collagen in the skin.
Vitamin C works to reduce fine lines and wrinkles. By stabilizing collagen, it improves skin smoothness, diminishes fine lines, repairs dryness and fades dark spots.Vitamin E has antiseptic and anti-inflammatory benefits which regulates the production of excess sebum, prevents dirt and bacteria from getting clogged into the pores and protects the skin whilst rejuvenating dull and dry skin. It’s effective cellular restoration which makes it ideal for healing scar tissue.