Phytonutrients are naturally occurring organic chemical compounds from plants which are beneficial to human health and help prevent various diseases. Simply put, these are nutrients from plants. Phytonutrients are important because they cannot be made by the body or obtained from animal products.
Moringa is often referred to as the "King of Superfoods" because it is rich in these natural organic compounds.
Some of moringa's top phytonutrients include:
Flavonoids - this nutrient is famous for its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory health benefits. This means flavonoids are effective in reducing free radical damage to cells and other components of body tissue.
Anthraquinones - Anthraquinones promote gastrointestinal health in humans by relieving constipation and easing bowl movements.
Terpenoids - This organic compound plays a role in traditional herbal remedies for its antibacterial functions. Terpenoids display a wide range of biological activities against cancer, inflammation and other infectious diseases.
Saponins - Saponins have anti-inflammatory and immune-stimulating activity. They help reduce cholesterol levels, fight infections, reduce the risk of cancer and reduce bone loss.
Alkaloids - Alkaloid-containing plants have been used by humans since ancient times for therapeutic and recreational purposes. May alkaloids have useful physiological effects and are used in medicine. Common alkaloids include quinine, caffeine, nicotine and serotonin.