Do you battle with both insomnia and chronic fatigue?
Due to the busy, loud nature of modern society, our circadian rhythm is disrupted by things such as light pollution, psychological stress, and noise pollution. You may find that you can't get in a good night's sleep, and even on the rare occasion that you do, you're still exhausted during the day.
You may have tried many remedies to cope with this such as yoga, therapy, supplements like valerian root, melatonin, ginseng, and B12; or even prescription medication such as amphetamine, antihistamines, and sedatives.
While all of these may help to an extent, you still find you have a serious problem and that the root cause of your issues isn't being fixed. I get it.
One of the major factors that play into this is diet; a lack of proper vitamins and nutrients.
However, if you’re like me, you might be tired of taking multiple pills a day.
A plant extract known as moringa can solve this problem and give you all of the benefits you need to combat insomnia yet also keep you awake during the day.
Moringa, or moringa oleifera, is a very captivated plant in the Himalayas of India. It mainly resides in tropical to subtropical climates, having the ability to tolerate heavy rain, yet also being resistant to drought. Although native to India, it's also widely distributed throughout Pakistan, the Philippines, Hawaii, and many parts of Africa. In the Nile Valley, it's referred to as the "tree of purifying" due to its antioxidant benefits, while in the Phillipines, it's referred to as "mother's best friend" for its ability to increase the production of breast milk in mothers. It's also often prescribed for anemia (Estrella et al., 2000; Siddhuraju and Becker, 2003).
Aside from being detoxifying and nourishing to pregnant mothers; the leaves, seeds, and flowers of moringa contain a large concentration of vitamins, amino acids, and antioxidants in much higher concentrations than your average plant. Moringa is not your typical fad "superfood;" it has a wide array of scientific benefits that you can read about in "9 Science Based Benefits of Moringa."
How Moringa helps you sleep
The main influential factor for good sleep is good diet. If you eat well and are getting all your nutrients, you will also sleep well. Moringa is packed with concentrated nutrients that will allow for a healthy and restful night sleep.
Moringa is especially good for insomnia, or trouble sleeping, due to its unique combination of nutrients. Moringa leaves contain tryptophan and with the help of iron, riboflavin and vitamin B6 (all found naturally in Moringa), tryptophan can be converted serotonin and melatonin, which produce healthy sleep and a stable mood. Serotonin, or 5-hydroxytryptamine, is most known for its role in antidepressant and antianxiety medications. Serotonin is also commonly used in medications for treating insomnia because of its essential role in the production of melatonin.
Moringa is also rich in antioxidants and other compopounds that improve thyroid health which makes it beneficial for fighting insomnia.
Why not just take melatonin?
Melatonin is a hormone excreted from the pineal gland that lets your brain know when it's time to sleep. Probably the biggest reason why consuming moringa, rather than just taking melatonin; is beneficial, is because it benefits sleep in multiple ways besides just helping you fall asleep.
It targets the root cause of the problem by heightening your serotonin levels, which not only helps to synthesize melatonin naturally, but also reduces stress and improves mood.
Taking melatonin regularly over a long period of time has also been proven to cause your brain to become desensitized to and dependent on melatonin supplements, which subsequently causes it to produce less melatonin on its own. This problem doesn't occur with moringa, because it encourages your body to produce melatonin on its own rather than just giving it a temporary fix.
Amino acids in moringa for sleep
In addition to serotonin, moringa also contains all 8 essential amino acids. Tryptophan is a potent amino acid in moringa which is also linked to serotonin and melatonin. It's known for its benefit in treating anxiety-caused insomnia, which is one of the most common reasons for insomnia in modern society.
Moringa and sleep deprivation recovery
In addition, moringa may also help the damaging effects of sleep deprivation. You might find that even after you finally end up getting a good night's sleep after a long week of restlessness, it takes a toll on you. You may still feel sluggish, foggy-minded, and weak for days afterwards.
This is because of a phenomenon known as "oxidative stress", which is an imbalance between oxygen free radicals and antioxidants. Antioxidants help to fight free radicals, and when your body isn't producing enough, free radicals become too prevalent. Oxidative stress is extremely detrimental to health because it speeds up the aging process by creating cell damage.
Scientific studies have shown that sleep deprivation directly leads to oxidative stress, and moringa, which contains over 46 antioxidants including vitamin A, BHA, β-carotene, and many other essentials; will quickly help you recover from your lack-of-sleep hangover. Not only that, but it'll also keep you looking young.
Ditch coffee - moringa gives you natural energy.
In addition to antioxidant content in moringa assisting with recovery from sleep deprivation, it also provides your body with a natural boundless amount of energy to keep you awake during the day. You may wonder how moringa can treat both insomnia and chronic fatigue. If it makes you sleepy, how can it also keep you awake?
This is because moringa repairs your circadian rhythm, helping to produce melatonin only when it's time and providing you with energy only when you need it.
Moringa is not a stimulant like caffeine, so it doesn't take away your ability to sleep if you need to. It also doesn't lead to the negative side effects that come with caffeine and other stimulants like amphetamine such as racing heart beat, sweating, and a major crash period. It contains more vitamin C than oranges, more calcium than milk, greater iron than spinach, and more potassium than bananas (Fahley, 2005).
In addition to that, it has a potent combination of B vitamins. Vitamin B1 in particular is essential for the conversion of sugar into energy, and it is abundant in moringa. Vitamin B1 deficiency is a direct cause of chronic fatigue, yet people are often unaware of its importance. B vitamins are also known to create an accumulative effect in combating fatigue, so while you may not see maximum results immediately, taking moringa on a regular basis will continue to give you more and more energy as you take it. In addition, B vitamins will improve your memory and focus.
Branched-chain amino acids in moringa and their role in energy production
Branched-chain amino acids are a group of amino acids essential for muscular health. They are composed of leucine, isoleucine, and valine, which are all present in the moringa plant. In addition to treating muscular weakness, they help reduce fatigue and improve concentration by fueling the muscles with more energy. Most people take supplements to get their fill of branched-chain amino acids, or they get it from red meats, which are shown to have negative health effects when eaten regularly. Moringa is a much healthier plant-based source for branched-chain amino acids.
The rat swimming study
One of the most significant studies that prove the effectiveness of moringa in treating fatigue was a study conducted in 2015 that administered moringa extract to rats and compared their energy levels based on how long it took for the rats to become exhausted. The level of fatigue was measured by things like maximum swimming time, oxidative stress, and lactic acid build-up.
The study confirmed what was long speculated by regular users of moringa; it did in fact make a significant difference on all measured factors of fatigue. Not only does this mean less chronic fatigue for humans, but it shows us that moringa also helps lengthen the time and effectiveness of exercise.
In conclusion, the reason moringa is so effective at preventing and treating fatigue is because of its potent combination of many vitamins and amino acids that all aid in providing the body with energy.
In theory, you could find all of these materials in other foods or supplements, but you would have to combine several different supplements and foods to get the same concentration and benefits that moringa has alone.
The same benefit is exhibited when it comes to insomnia or lack of sleep, because it targets the root cause of the problem such as stress, mood, and lack of neurotransmitter efficiency.
The convenience of having one go-to treatment as opposed to taking multiple supplements, coupled with the scientific backing for moringa, shows that it's much more than just another herbal tea.
Try this Moringa Latte and feel the difference yourself.