A Legacy of Healing
Moringa Oleifera, known as Moringa, is the most nutrient rich plant known to science. No other plant provides a more densely packed profile of nutrients.
Moringa has been referred to as the “Miracle Tree” and the “Tree of Life”. Its uses as a health and medicinal plant have been recognized for centuries. Ancient Romans, Greeks, and Egyptians are said to have used this seemingly-magical plant for healing, skin protection and water purification, and in India, Moringa is considered ayurvedic medicine.
In recent decades, Moringa has been extensively studied in clinical studies, with evidence emerging to demonstrate the long-touted advantages of this nutritional powerhouse. The leaves, roots, seeds, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods of Moringa offer cardiac and circulatory stimulation. Moringa has been found to have antitumor, antipyretic (fever reducing), antiepileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective (protective of the liver), antibacterial and antifungal properties.
Growing in over 80 countries, Moringa presents opportunities to combat malnutrition and disease in some of the world’s most impoverished countries. In India, tradition maintains that the Moringa tree can cure 300 diseases, and local herbalists make extensive use of Moringa products to deal with a number of ailments, including diabetes, ulcers, hypertension, pedal edema and kidney pains (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization). Moringa is even used to purify polluted water, working as both a coagulant and an anti-microbial.
Moringa has been essentially the most widely studied herbs in the U.S.A., Europe, Philippines, India, and Africa. Several prominent universities, prestigious scientific institutions and governmental bodies globally have generated evidence to compliment Moringa’s nutritional and medicinal value. The science speaks for itself, though, so stay with me.
Numerous studies from renowned medical and scientific journals can be found on the US National Center for Biotechnology/National Library of Medicine/National Institutes of Health website (http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/?term=moringa).
Some of the Universities and Research Institutions That Have Studied Moringa
University of Wisconsin
Johns Hopkins University
United Nations University
Heidelberg University, Germany
University of Zimbabwe, Africa
East Carolina University
Ferrara University, Italy
Wageningen University, Netherlands
University of Calcutta, India
Some of the Scientific Journals That Have Published Moringa Research
Human & Experimental Toxicology
International Journal of Food Sciences & Nutrition
Environmental Science & Technology
Indian Journal of Experimental Biology
Ecology of Food and Nutrition
European Journal of Pharmacology British Journal of Nutrition
Journal of Applied Phycology
Journal of Medicinal Food
Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Let’s consider what the science says:
The pods and seeds of the Moringa tree have properties that protect cells in the human body from oxidation damage by free radicals. According to the Journal of Herbal Medicine authored by Kumar, Kumar, Singh and Vasisht (2007), the seeds/pods thus exert a protective effect against cancer and other forms of cell damage.
Moringa Oleifera on Human Cancer Cells
Clinical Studies #1 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21385597
Clinical Studies #2 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21992488
Clinical Studies #3 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21774591
Clinical Studies #4 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12875626
The liver protective properties of the Moringa plant have been proved through therapeutic use of the oil (also referred to as Ben Oil) in Hepatic (Hepatitus) disorders. Other parts of the plant have been found to prevent early liver injury due to high fat diets. Other clinical studies:
The renoprotective qualities in Moringa protect the kidneys by lessening the development of free radicals. Moringa has also been used in the natural excretion of kidney stones l(University of Ouagadougou and K.L.E.S’s College of Pharmacy).
Moringa Oleifera root extracts coupled with fruit rind (citrus sinensis) extract have been proven effective in treating Ulcerative Colitis, much like the pharmaceutical drug Prednisolone. The flower bud of Moringa has been reported to have anti-ulcer properties, protective against aspirin-induced gastric ulcers in rats (Akhtar & Ahmad, 1995). A clinical study from the University of Calcutta shows that Moringa Oleifera protects against ulcer formation:
Clinical Studies #1 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20637582
Clinical Studies #2 – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2650090618/abstract
Clinical Studies #3 – http://researchmoringa.com/uploads/13Ulcers.pdf
Clinical Studies #4 – http://www.scientific-journals.co.uk/web_documents/1020205_moringa_oleifera.pdf
Sickle Cell Anemia
Moringa Oleifera has been used as a supplement in iron-deficient sickle cell anemia patients, who take advantage of this natural source of iron, minus the harsh adverse reactions of iron pills. Moringa increases hemoglobin and builds the blood without causing gastrointestinal disorders.
Clinical Studies #1 – http://jjbs.hu.edu.jo/files/v5n4/Paper%20Number%205m.pdf
Clinical Studies #2 – http://www.ijarnp.org/index.php/ijarnp/article/view/9
The 92 nutrients in Moringa can lower blood glucose by stopping blocking the conversion of sugars into new fat cells. Methionine present in Moringa is recognized to absorb fat and cholesterol, thus aiding in the decrease in abdominal fat, naturally. The B vitamins in Moringa leaves support digestion and conversion of calories into energy; Moringa is thought to boost metabolism. Moringa may support weight reduction by providing a low-calorie, whole food source vitamins, proteins and fiber.
Moringa’s antibiotic properties have been found to inhibit the development of microorganisms naturally. The seeds of the Moringa plant have a natural antibiotic that can be used to help remedy or prevent infection.
Clinical Studies #1 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21771453
Clinical Studies #2 – http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rimtsp/v52n3/a03v52n3.pdf
Clinical Studies #3 – http://www.scielo.br/pdf/rimtsp/v52n3/a03v52n3.pdf
High Blood Pressure
Potassium, Magnesium, Calcium and Zinc are all important for the regulation of blood pressure. Rich in the full spectrum of these nutrients, Moringa lowers the danger of hypertension by promoting proper blood vessel function.
Clinical Studies #1 – http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22559734
Clinical Studies #2 – http://pubs.rsc.org/en/Content/ArticleLanding/1994/P1/P19940003035
Clinical Studies #3 – http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/article/pii/S0378874199001063
Clinical Studies #4 – http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ptr.2650080207/abstract
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