John Hopkins School of Medicine has reported on the positive medical evidence for the Moringa’s nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties. The report stated in part “the nutritional properties of Moringa are now so well known that there seems to be little doubt of the substantial health benefit to be realized by consumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations where starvation is imminent.”
When taken as a supplement, Moringa is a powerhouse of nutrients (90), antioxidants (46), and
vitamins. It has been used in Asia for centuries and is now available locally in health food stores and through private distributors. Like most supplements, Moringa is not approved by the FDA, and anyone adding it to their diet should check with their own private doctor.
While the American diet is generally plentiful, poor nutrition is common. Many of our foods
are processed until little nutritional value remains. Moringa is gluten and GMO free as well as organically and vegan certified and is available in powder and capsules as well as tea.
Each serving is packed with calcium, iron, potassium, fiber, and protein so anyone adding it
to their diet should evaluate any other supplements they are taking so as not to consume excessive amounts of vitamins and minerals.
Inflammation plays a key role in the development and manifestation of the symptoms of most
of the arthritis types such as rheumatoid arthritis, osteoarthritis, etc. The inflammatory conditions are brought about by various risk factors for the disease such as physical inactivity, old age, obesity, and others.
The leaf extract of moringa has been found to markedly suppress the pro-inflammatory molecules
such as TNF-α, interleukins (IL-10, IL-1β), cyclooxygenase-2, prostaglandin-2, etc. and the
inflammatory pathway, NF-kappa B.
The risk of heart disease is prevalent in many types of arthritis, especially in the ones where inflammation has a crucial role in the disease development.
The inflammation promotes the process of atherosclerosis (deposition of plaque in the arteries) and harms the endothelium (inner lining of the blood vessels), which eventually impedes the cardiovascular function.
It further increases the risk of heart diseases such as hypertension, strokes, heart attack, etc.
It’s absolutely possible to eat too much of any vitamin or minerals. That’s the reason we have
Tolerable Upper Intake Levels; to tell us how much calcium, vitamin A, and potassium is too
much. But luckily for us, “too much moringa” is a large amount; far more than we typically eat.
Moringa encourages the removal of toxins through its support of liver and kidney function.
When used environmentally, even the moringa seeds do an amazing job of removing contaminants
Research shows that taking moringa powder every day, even 50 mg/kg of body weight, successfully reduces oxidative stress in the body—that’s the equivalent of approximately 1.5 teaspoons for someone weighing 150 pounds on the other end of the spectrum.
Animal studies using Moringa oleifera extract revealed delayed tumor growth and increased
life span at a dosage of 500 mg/kg of body weight. Taking 1 tablespoon of moringa powder is the equivalent of eating 1 cup of leafy greens, but if a person is new to increasing their greens, the body needs time to adjust, and every individual has unique body chemistry. It’s best to start slow by taking 1 teaspoon if adding to a personal smoothie or single-serving meal, or use 1 tablespoon for a family dish.
Moringa has strong effects that improve blood sugar control and reduce lipids in diabetic patients, so it can be used for prevention as well as management of blood sugar disorders. In a study using Moringa oleifera, Murraya koeingii and Curcuma longa (Ratio 6:3:1), obese patients on the herbal formula showed a 17% reduction in serum glucose, 16.43% reduction in triglycerides and 12.6% improvement in LDL/HDL ratios. Whatever amount you decide is right for you, the best results are achieved by using moringa regularly.