Moringa oleifera

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Moringa oleifera is an economically important tree and vegetable, and preliminary evidence suggests that it has a respectable antioxidant and antiinflammatory potency. It contains compounds structurally similar to Sulforaphane and appears to be protective when orally ingested.

Moringa oleifera is a tree that is sometimes called the Tree of Life or a Miracle Tree, but instead of this being in reference to its potential medicinal usage this is actually refering to how it is a very valuable food crop (it is drought resistant, grows extremely fast, and is highly nutritive) and even beyond food it serves many benefits in third world countries such as having an ability to be utilized for some crafts (due to being a tree) and cleaning water.

For usage as a supplement, Moringa oleifera is usually recommended mostly as being a highly nutritious antioxidant. Though it may be indeed nutritious, supplemental dosages are too low to aquire adequate nutrition from and this claim is not relevant; it is a relatively potent antioxidant, and while it seems to be less potent than other herbs when tested outside of a living system it does seem to be quite potent when tested in living models. The actual cause of the higher potency in living models is not known (even though it is possible that it can induce genetic transcription similar to Sulforaphane since the bioactives are similar in structure), but the antioxidant properties seem to underlie almost all benefits associated with this supplement.

Additionally, there are antiinflammatory effects that, while less studies, seem to be quite effective; one of the bioactives, RBITC, is effective in suppressing macrophage activation in the nanomolar range which is worth some future research into. Beyond that, there does appear to be a nice anti-diabetic effect that has gone some very preliminary human testing which suggests that this plant may benefit pancreatic function and minimize blood glucose secondary to that.

While both the antioxidant and antiinflammatory properties are somewhat interesting, until the exact mechanisms and relative potency to some other antioxidants or antiinflammatories are tested it is tough to recommend this supplement over other available choices.

Now, regardless of the plant being referred to as ‘nontoxic’ this does not seem to be the case. While supplemental dosages seem to be safe from all tested toxicity a relatively small increase (3-4 times the recommended does) is recognized to cause genotoxic damage and may promote cancer formation whereas doses higher than that cause overt organ damage (mostly liver and kidneys). Beyond that, very reasonable supplemental dosages appear to be able to induce abortions in pregnant rats and thus supplementation is contraindicated (not advised) in expectant mothers.

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