Also known as: Moringa Oleifera, Horseradish Tree, Maroom (Thai), Drumstick Tree, The Tree of Life, The Tree of Immortality, Ben Oil Tree
Benefits: Anti-Oxidant, Anti-Inflammatory, Anti-Aging, Digestive Health, Diabetes, Healthy Skin, Brain Health, Weight Loss
Recommended Usage: Take 1 to 6 capsules, or up to 3 grams of powder per day. Many regular users consume up to 6 grams per day.
What is Moringa ?
Moringa Oleifera, The Tree of Life, commonly called the ‘drumstick tree”, and ‘horseradish tree’ is native to India but has been planted around the world. Moringa is one of the most powerful health-enhancing plants yet known to man. Moringa has more nutrition in the leaf than any other plant yet known. India’s ancient tradition of ayurvedic medicine sites 300 diseases that are treated with the leaves of the Moringa tree. The Sanskrit word for Moringa is saubhajnana which means ‘knowledge of the heavens’. Moringa has been used for thousands of years and is very well known in other parts of the world. Health organizations have been promoting Moringa for malnutrition in many countries for many years. It is widely used for nursing and pregnant women to give them more nutrition, as well as their babies. Children are also given Moringa to improve their chances of surviving the early fragile years of life.
Other Features of Moringa
Only recently has Moringa become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic health market. In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called Moringa (moringa oleifera) the “plant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.”
Moringa Leaves contain 46 types of Anti-Oxidants.
Top Benefits of Moringa:
Brain Health, Fatigue, Depression
Why should you consider Moringa on a regular basis ?
Through daily intake of Moringa, many people have also found health benefits of Moringa in areas of illness and ailments. While the list continues to grow, here are a few of the Moringa benefits: more energy, better sleep, improved mood, stable blood sugar, stable blood pressure, better digestion, pain relief due to reduced inflammation, more milk production for nursing mothers, acne, weight loss. And many more.
Moringa is also reputed to nurture the following illnesses: Insomnia, Fibro myalgia, Chrone’s Disease, Arthritis, Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lime’s Disease, Dengue Fever, Malaria, HIV Aids, Cancer, Hashimoto’s Disease, Thyroid, Diabetes, Fatigue, Anemia, Liver Function, Immune support, Intestinal problems, stress, High Blood Pressure and many more. The list grows as people use it and report further health benefits and improvements.
Anti-Oxidants and Anti-Inflammatory Compounds
Moringa contains a mix of essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), carotenoid phytonutrients (the same kinds found in plants like carrots and tomatoes), antioxidants such as quercetin, and natural antibacterial compounds that work in the same way as many anti-inflammatory drugs.
Moringa leaves are high in several anti-aging compounds that lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation, including polyphenols, vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. These are associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as stomach, lung or colon cancer; diabetes; hypertension; and age-related eye disorders.
Moringa is a nutritional storehouse for Vitamins and Antioxidants. Pound for pound, it contains 4 times the vitamin A of carrots, 7 times the vitamin C found in oranges, and plenty of vitamin E. It has 46 Antioxidants, which makes it one of the most skin nourishing and healing plants on the planet.
Moringa also contains Minerals – calcium, copper, iron, potassium, magnesium, manganese, and zinc, which are important for the continued growth and maintenance of the human body.
Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, Moringa has been used in ancient systems of medicine such as Ayurveda to prevent or treat stomach ulcers, liver disease, kidney damage, fungal or yeast infections (such as candida), digestive complaints, and infections.
A common use of Moringa oil is helping to boost liver function and therefore detoxifying the body of harmful substances, such as heavy metal toxins. It might also be capable of helping to fight kidney stones, urinary tract infections, constipation, fluid retention/edema and diarrhea.
Balances Blood Sugar Levels, Helps Fight Diabetes
Moringa contains a type of acid called chlorogenic acid, which has been shown to help control blood sugar levels and allow cells to take up or release glucose (sugar) as needed. This gives Moringa natural anti-diabetic and hormone-balancing properties. Aside from chloregnic acid, compounds called isothiocyanates that are present in Moringa have also been tied to natural protection against diabetes.
Protects and Nourishes the Skin
Moringa contains natural anti-bacterial, anti-fungal and anti-viral compounds that protect the skin from various forms of infections. Some of the common ways Moringa is used on the skin include: reducing athlete’s foot, eliminating odors, reducing inflammation associated with acne breakouts, treating pockets of infection or abscesses, getting rid of dandruff, fighting gum disease (gingivitis), and helping heal bites, burns, viral warts and wounds.
Brain Health and Mood Stability
As a high protein food and a rich source of the amino acid tryptophan, Moringa benefits neurotransmitter functions, including those that produce the “feel good” hormone serotonin. Moringa is also rich in antioxidants and compounds that improve thyroid health, which makes it beneficial for maintaining high energy levels plus fighting fatigue, depression, low libido, mood swings and insomnia.
Both animal and human studies have shown that Moringa oleifera may have similar cholesterol-lowering effects.
Several of these studies are referred to below.
Moringa is used as a topical and internal treatment for minor infections. The antibiotic property is identified as Pterygospermin, a bacterial and fungicidal compound. The chemical description is glucosinolate 4 alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy benzyl isothiocyanate
Moringa extracts exert a hepatoprotective effect on the liver. Research studies have validated the effectiveness of Moringa leaves against the liver damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs as well as its stimulating effects in speeding up the recovery process. It helps to restore the levels of glutathione content in the body and prevents radiation-induced hepatic lipid peroxidation. This protective effect is attributed to the presence of phytochemicals such as catechin, epicatechin, ferulic acid, and vitamin C found in Moringa.
One such study is referred to below as “Hepatoprotective activity of Moringa oleifera…..”
Cures Ulcers and Combats Obesity
Research studies have shown that treatment with Moringa oleifera leads to reduced ulceration and its efficacy in curing ulcerative colitis is comparable with the commercially available drug prednisolone. It contains antibiotic and antibacterial properties, and it exerts inhibitory effects on the growth of various pathogens. This includes helicobacter pylori bacteria and coliform bacteria, which can trigger conditions like diarrhea. Also, Moringa helps in combating obesity thanks to its high nutritional and low-fat properties. The impressive content of vitamin B in its leaves aids in digestion and converts the food into energy rather than storing it as fat.
One such study is referred to below as “Moringa oleifera induced potentiation…..”
Instructions for use: Take 1 to 6 capsules, or up to 3 grams of powder per day. Many regular users consume up to 6 grams per day.
Allergies: Suitable for vegetarians and contains no yeast, dairy, egg, gluten, corn, soy or wheat. Contains no sugar, starch, salt, preservatives, or artificial color, flavor or fragrance.
Toxicity: Moringa oleifera leaf powder does not contain any nutrients or compounds which are harmful to the human body. However, as it is such a powerful nutritional source, it can lead to an unsettled stomach if taken in too large quantities. In Burkina Faso, mal nourished children generally consume up to 10 grams per day with no negative effects.
Warnings: Excessive consumption of Moringa seeds can lead to internal stresses, particularly in the liver and kidneys. Use of Moringa leaves and Moringa leaf powder is quite safe even in larger quantities.
Nutritional Value of Moringa Leaf Powder
Links to various abstracts/studies regarding Moringa:
Health benefits of Moringa oleifera – 2014 Food Safety Research Centre (FOSREC), Faculty of Food Science and Technology, Universiti Putra Malaysia
Multiple Medicinal Uses
Moringa oleifera: a food plant with multiple medicinal uses - 2007 Department of Chemistry, University of Agriculture, Faisalabad-38040, Pakistan
Effects on Cholestrol
The in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant properties, hypolipidaemic and antiatherosclerotic activities of water extract of Moringa oleifera Lam. Leaves – 2008 Department of Pharmacology, Siriraj Hospital, Mahidol University, Thailand
Moringa oleifera induced potentiation of serotonin release by 5-HT(3) receptors in experimental ulcer model – 2011 S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta
Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia
Therapeutic Potential of Moringa oleifera Leaves in Chronic Hyperglycemia and Dyslipidemia: A Review – 2012 Chronic Disease Program, Ottawa Hospital Research Institute Ottawa, ON, Canada
Effect on Cancer Cells
Antiproliferation and induction of apoptosis by Moringa oleifera leaf extract on human cancer cells – 2011 Faculty of Science, National University of Singapore, Singapore
Effects on Lipid Profile
Effect of fruits of Moringa oleifera on the lipid profile of normal and hypercholesterolaemic rabbits – 2003 Department of Pharmacy, Faculty of Technology and Engineering, The M.S. University of Baroda, Kalabhavan, Gujarat, India
Hypocholesterolemic effects in high fat diet
Hypocholesterolemic effects of crude extract of leaf of Moringa oleifera Lam in high-fat diet fed wistar rats – 2000 Department of Pharmacology and Therapeutics, College of Medicine, University of Nigeria
Effect on Liver Damage
Hepatoprotective activity of Moringa oleifera on antitubercular drug-induced liver damage in rats – 2002 Department of Biochemistry, Faculty of Science, Annamalai University, Annamalai Nagar, Tamil Nadu - 608 002, India
Effect on Ulcers
Moringa oleifera induced potentiation of serotonin release by 5-HT(3) receptors in experimental ulcer model – 2011 S. N. Pradhan Centre for Neurosciences, University of Calcutta, 244B A.J.C. Bose Road, Kolkata 700020, India
Effect on Postmenopausal Women
Effect of supplementation of drumstick (Moringa oleifera) and amaranth (Amaranthus tricolor) leaves powder on antioxidant profile and oxidative status among postmenopausal women – 2014 Journal of Food Science and Technology Technology Technology
Anti-Inflammatory Effect on Colitis
Anti-inflammatory effect of Moringa oleifera Lam. seeds on acetic acid-induced acute colitis in rats – 2014 Avicenna J Phytomed
The antidiabetic effect of low doses of Moringa oleifera Lam. seeds on streptozotocin induced diabetes and diabetic nephropathy in male rats – 2015 Biochemistry Department, Faculty of Science, King Abdulaziz University, Jeddah, Saudi Arabia.
Healing the Skin
Enhancement of human skin facial revitalization by moringa leaf extract cream – 2014