What is Moringa Good For?
Research studies are finding Moringa will help over 300 diseases, including, glucose management, cardiovascular, may ease the effects of asthma, assist in filtering the kidneys of toxins, reduce the time of wound healing, possibly protect the liver, hypertension and many other ailments. (1)
Moringa is a powerfully nutritious food. It’s been used in other countries for centuries in cooking and as a medicinal remedy long before scientific validation. It has just now become known in the U.S. in the last few decades.
Health Benefits of Moringa
The health benefits of Moringa are too many to be listed here. Searching the web will reveal far more than can be stated in this blog.
In 1997 – 1998 Alternative Action for African Development along with Church World Service did a study on the ability of Moringa leaf powder to prevent or cure malnutrition in pregnant or breast-feeding women and their children. The study was done in Senegal where malnutrition is a major problem. The trained doctors, nurses and midwives would train the mothers on how to prepare Moringa leaf powder in foods.
The results were amazing. They found:
Children maintained their weight or increased their weight, but their overall health improved.
Pregnant women who were suffering from anemia recovered, and the babies had increased birth weights.
Lactating women had increased milk production.
Several research studies are ongoing and look positive in the use of Moringa and diabetes (2). Even though they say more is needed, people are finding help along with their diet by using Moringa oleifera.
Is Moringa Safe
Every part of the tree can be used either medicinally or nutritiously. However, caution is needed when using some parts of the tree other than the leaves.
The root bark is a powerful antibiotic and it could be detrimental to one’s health if an overdose was ingested. The root bark is toxic at certain quantities and may be harmful for human consumption. Possible side effects include mouth and throat sores, lowered blood pressure and diarrhea.
Continual consumption of the moringa seed can cause gradual corrosion to the intestinal walls. It can also be harmful to the body’s cleansing organs, such as the kidneys and liver, and cause them to collapse.
Pregnant women should not eat the seeds as not enough research has been done to verify it is safe to ingest during pregnancy.
So, caution must be used if you are thinking about ingesting other parts of the tree than the leaves and flowers. Consult your doctor on how to best use moringa.
More Reasons to Try Moringa oleifera
Many studies have verified the effectiveness of this plant in several conditions (3):
Moringa has assisted people for centuries with certain ailments. But we cannot forget the effectiveness of the plant in skin care! The ancient Egyptians used the Moringa oil from the seed as a body oil and skin care remedy.
Moringa has been documented for around 4000 years, so I am sure it was used for things not even noted on the tablets of stone or parchment.
Some of the uses in ancient days include anemia, constipation, joint pain, arthritis and cooking oil.
The body is amazing when given the proper nutrition. Moringa is a plant. Most plants are food. I never had to ask anyone if spinach was good for me. My mother had good advice when she said I needed to eat my vegetables, and before Moringa was known, spinach was on our table. Well, Moringa is a vegetable, it’s good for me and it’s on my table!