Moringa Oleifera. The Miracle Tree, or otherwise known as the Tree of Life. A drought resistant, highly nutritional, water purifying, medicinally used plant native to India, the Caribbean and other tropical climates. I’m here to tell you about the scientifically backed health benefits of Moringa, & the medicinal uses of the various parts of the Moringa plant…
… a tree rich in bioactive plant compounds, antioxidants, minerals, vitamins, amino acids, proteins and beta carotene. As a matter of fact, Moringa health benefits are so widespread that you could take this one supplement to combat a number of conditions, or simply just to boost your vitamin and protein intake.
As a matter of fact, I would recommend Moringa supplements to any one who is diabetic, has high blood pressure, high cholesterol levels, aims to lose weight, has pain or wants to boost their energy levels.
Due to two of the highly valuable properties of Moringa (water purifying ability and its rich nutritional content), it is thought to be beneficial in countries where poverty is a very real issue & there is poor sanitation. Countries where malnutrition and nutritional deficiency it
Besides, these properties, Moringa is also known for its cardioprotective, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antidiabetic & hepatoprotective capabilities. Read on to discover the amazing & numerous health benefits of Moringa Oleifera…
“It [Moringa] contains
- 25 times more iron than spinach,
- four times the amount of calcium as milk,
- seven times more vitamin C than oranges,
- three times the amount of potassium as bananas,
- four times as much Vitamin A as carrots and
- twice the amount of protein as yogurt.”
(Top Ten Natural Remedies to Treat Sciatica Pain, NeedAPharmacist.com}
- 1 1. CARDIOPROTECTIVE Effects of Moringa
- 2 2. Moringa, an Appetite Suppressant for WEIGHT LOSS
- 3 3. Moringa can REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR Levels
- 4 4. ANTICANCER Properties of Moringa
- 5 5. Potent ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Effects of Moringa
- 6 6. Moringa is Useful in PURIFYING WATER
- 7 7. HEPATOPROTECTIVE Health Benefits of Moringa
- 8 To Wrap it Up…
1. CARDIOPROTECTIVE Effects of Moringa
High blood pressure, cholesterol and blood sugar levels are all contributors of cardiovascular disease, so if you can keep these levels down, you cut your chances of heart disease.
One of the main health benefits of Moringa is its potent cholesterol and blood glucose lowering effects, and the compelling results suggest that this therapy could be useful in managing early elevated cholesterol and blood glucose levels.
A word of warning, if you are diabetic and on antidiabetic medications from your Doctor, you are probably aware that excessively low blood glucose levels are detrimental and can cause unconciousness and seizures in worst case scenarios. For this reason, if you are on any other medications, it is best to discuss with your physician or pharmacist before initiating Moringa therapy.
2. Moringa, an Appetite Suppressant for WEIGHT LOSS
3. Moringa can REDUCE BLOOD SUGAR Levels
Elevated blood sugar levels can cause your physician to introduce antidiabetic medications into your therapy if diet has not been effective at controlling it, and as with any conventional medicines, those antidiabetics will come with side effects. Metformin for example is often first line therapy to reduce glucose levels, and one of the most common side effects is stomach upset. In fact, I know many patients who have either delayed starting their therapy, stopped after a few doses or have returned to their Doctor to change the medicine as this side effect seems to be prominent, widespread and quite problematic. This is where Moringa can help – it reduces your blood glucose levels with little or no reported side effects.
Studies show Moringa to be effective at decreasing serum glucose levels and nitric oxide levels as well as causing an increase in insulin levels. In addition to this, studies suggest a reduction in disease progression when taking Moringa supplements, and it may actually cause a reversal in cell damage. Yes you read right, not only do preliminary studies suggest it can lower glucose levels, but it may actually help at a deeper level by reversing the progression of the disease!
4. ANTICANCER Properties of Moringa
Cancer is a feared, rapidly spreading condition that seems to be elusive in its susceptibility to be treated. It can tear peoples emotions apart and is sometimes the trigger people need to get their affairs in better order, to take care of their health and to take it easier on themselves.
Amazingly, various studies have shown the anticancer health benefits of Moringa to be very promising. Cancer is a result of a cells inability to commit cell death when there is a potential threat to other healthy cells around it. If a cell senses trauma, error or any sort of malfunction or invasion, it flags itself for cell death to prevent the potentially detrimental coding from being passed onto the new generation of cells. When this doesn’t happen and the cancerous cell continues to replicate its erroneous code into new cells, it can cause a mass of rapidly reproducing, incorrectly coded cells to grow and spread.
Moringa extracts caused the cancer cells to commit cell death, inhibited cell growth, and prevented the spread of cancer cells. Furthermore, and perhaps the best quality of all, it showed cytotoxic preference for cancer cells rather than healthy cells. This means that if used as a therapy, it targets cancerous cells, but leaves healthy cells intact and functioning. It has shown promising results in lung, colorectal, and breast cancer cells to date.
5. Potent ANTI-INFLAMMATORY Effects of Moringa
Inflammation can occur as a result of trauma or injury to the tissue, and in turn can cause pain. Reducing the swelling (in inflamed areas) causes a decrease in pain, and this is the way NSAID’s such as Ibuprofen work.
Moringa was found to be useful to a similar extent as indomethacin (an NSAID) in reducing inflammation and pain, with no reported side effects.
For this reason, Moringa has traditionally long been used to treat many painful conditions including sciatica, lower back pain, fibromalgia and general headaches.
Moringa is also a great source of antioxidants which are increasingly thought to play an integral role in pain management. All in all, this is one of the better known properties of Moringa, & if it can reduce your pain without giving you the side effects associated with normal pain killers, then for many its worth a try.
6. Moringa is Useful in PURIFYING WATER
As mentioned above, Moringa has been found to be a powerful water purifying agent & extremely useful, often a necessity, in countries where clean water is difficult to obtain. The Moringa plant contains lectin, which binds to suspended solids and bacteria in the water, reducing its turbidity and purifying it naturally.
Recent studies suggest water soluble lectin from Moringa seeds was extremely effective in reducing the growth of Staphylococcus aureus, E. Coli & other lake water bacteria, as well as improving the overall clarity of the water.
7. HEPATOPROTECTIVE Health Benefits of Moringa
To Wrap it Up…
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