Moringa oleifera leaves are an ideal supplement for athletes to take to ensure they are at peak performance. Just a few of the many benefits Moringa offers are increased physical energy, faster recovery, increased flexibility, and improved sensory perception. The leaves of the tree are among the most protein dense leaves of any plant species. Isoleucine and Leucine are two of the essential amino acids found in these leaves that help build protein and enzymes that enhance the body’s energy and alertness. Moringa supplements, due to their anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties, accelerate the healing process of injuries such as bruises, cuts, and burns.
The human body can differentiate between natural nutritional supplements and synthetic ones. Synthetic supplements can cause many side effects due to the body’s inability to absorb its entire contents. Moringa powder and tea is a 100% natural way for the body to absorb these essential vitamins and nutrients, ultimately improving strength. Moringa, with its high Vitamin A and Vitamin C content, combined with its high iron content (3 times more Iron than that of Spinach), helps to improve the hemoglobin content of the blood. This in turn helps the blood to deliver more oxygen to the muscles during aerobic endurance exercises. Burning unwanted fat is a result of the increased oxygen carried by the blood that helps to increase the metabolic rate.
Using moringa oleifera as both a pre-workout and post-workout supplement can give help the body reach its peak performance. Taking it before a workout helps tune up the body with naturally occurring nutrients that make your energy last longer, including B vitamins, unlike most sugary pre-workout supplements. Increased flexibility has been something most athletes taking it have noticed, which leads to less injuries and sprains.
Manny Pacquiao, a Filipino professional boxer and politician, is no stranger to the many advantages of Moringa leaves, which are also known as “Malunggay” leaves in the Philippines. Manny grew up in the Sarangani province of the Philippines where he lived in poverty and scarcely got more than one meal per day. Pacquiao’s secret to bulking up is eating Malunggay leaves from the Philippines at almost every meal. According to the biography “Pacman” by Gary Poole [1}, Manny even has people 'smuggle' the fresh leaves through customs to eat before his fights. Manny has been accused of using steroids or performance enhancing drugs due his unlikely success, but his trainer laughs and says it’s all due to Manny’s special diet. Perhaps one of the most prominent proponents of Malunggay in the Philippines, he has even incorporated moringa into his own brand of energy drink ‘Sting’.