More and more often Moringa and the plant hormone Zeatin are linked to anti-aging or the slowing down of aging processes in the human body. What is the truth behind these claims? Zeatine belongs to the group of the Cytokinines and is found in plants. Zeatine is a so-called Phytohormone. A look at the greek origin of the word (zytos = cell, kinesis = movement) gives us a clue that Zeatin influences the growth and development of plants through its effect on cell-dividing processes. In comparison to other plants, Moringa contains a large amount of Zeatin. In ideal conditions Moringa oleifera plants can grow several feet in a short timeframe. This ability for quick and substantial growth of the plant are linked to the effects of Zeatin.
What does Zeatin have to do with the aging of human skin?
The University of Aarhus in Denmark has carried out several experiments in this regard. Under Laboratory conditions (in vitro), a “youth-preserving effect” of Zeatin on human connective tissue cells (link to study). At the University of Nanjing in China, a correlation between Zeatin and the effects of UVB-radiation on the skin (in vitro) was discovered (Link to study).
What exactly did the studies about Zeatin find out?
The “Anti-aging” effect of Zeatin that was discovered in the Danish study was mostly based on the following observations: Amongst other things, Zeatin prevened the growth of cells, residue in the cells (intra-cellular debris) was reduced and cells showed an improved ability to respond to oxidative stress. What is important is that all these positive effects of Zeatin occur without having any negative effects on cell-division processes. In conclusion the study states that Zeatin has no negative effects of any kind. This positive characteristic of Zeatin has seen it become increasingly popular, in particular in the cosmetics industry.
What Zeatin can’t do.
A popular belief around Moringa and Zeatin is that Zeatin, due to its “hormone-similar properties” can have positive effects on hormonal levels for women going through menopause or puberty. Scientific research so far has not been able to confirm this. Zeatin is a phyto-hormone and therefore completely different than a human hormone. It can therefore only act as a hormone in plants, but not humans. Another claim often made about Zeatin, which science has not been able to confirm is that Zeatin supports the availability of nutrients in the human body. Nonetheless, for our skin Zeatin can have major benefits.
Want to try out a homemade Moringa facemask?
This facemask is easily made. In terms of the ingredients, no limits are set to your creativity. For starters, we just have a simple facemask recipe, but you can tweak it according to your needs and knowledge:
1 tbsp. Moringa powder
1 tbsp. yogurt
1 tbsp. honey
1. Mix the leaf powder and the yogurt until everything is well blended.
2. Now mix the (liquid) honey into the yogurt.
3. Apply the mixture to your cleansed face and leave it on for ten to fifteen minutes.
4. Afterwards wash of face mask with water.
Moringa can also be used in vegan facemasks!
For example with Avocado, some Moringa oil and Moringa powder. Simply blend a ripe, soft avocado and mix thoroughly with 1 tbsp. of Moringa leaf powder and 1 tsp. of Moringa oil. If you are looking for a less oily facemask, you can also replace the avocado with cucumber and leave our the Moringa oil.
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