Moringa plant is a superfood that is highly nutritious. Some have even dared to call it a miracle tree. To add to its nutrition, moringa is also loaded with powerful anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and tissue protective properties. Some other names for this little know gift from nature are like Moringa oleifera, horseradish tree, ben tree, or even drumstick tree. Moringa plant is generally small. It’s native to India, Pakistan and Nepal where it has been used for generations to treat and prevent diseases such as diabetes, heart disease, anaemia, arthritis, liver disease, and respiratory skin and digestive disorders.
Moringa leaf powder supplement has become very popular. Its pods, roots, bark, flowers, seeds and fruits are also edible. Traditionally it has been used as a remedy for many ailments some of which are scientifically backed. I’ll mention a few here.
- Studied on its ability to reduce cholesterol levels in human is significant especially with the emerging research discounting the effectiveness and safety of statin drugs. Statin drugs are any of a group of drugs that act to reduce levels of fats.
- It’s nutritionally a great source for antioxidants and some vitamins including vitamins B, C and A, iron, magnesium, and zinc.
- Moringa may reduce certain types of inflammation because of the levels of antioxidants present in the leaves.
- Moringa offers help to breastfeeding mothers. When used by breastfeeding mothers, moringa has been known to increase milk supply. Moringa-based supplements are highly recommend as a prenatal vitamin and during breastfeeding.
- Due to the amino acid profile of this plant there is a large amount of anecdotal evidence that moringa is a natural energy booster. Consuming more vitamins, minerals and amino acids may lead to an increase in energy. With that said, I would still recommend you try and see it for yourself.
- Though it hasn’t been studied in humans, moringa has possible arsenic protection. (Arsenic symbolised As, is the chemical element of atomic number 33). There is some evidence that certain compounds in the leaves of moringa plant may be protective against arsenic poisoning.
Moringa is possibly safe when taken by mouth and used appropriately. The leaves, fruit and seeds might be safe when eaten as food.
- It’s important to avoid using the root and its extracts. These parts of the plant may contain a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and even death.
- During pregnancy, it is likely unsafe to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa. There are chemicals found in those parts that can make the uterus contract and this might cause a miscarriage.