Moringa Oleifera

"the miracle tree"

moringa is a highly valued and versatile plant endemic to India

 A fast growing, deciduous tree, Moringa Oleifera is part of the Moringaceae family. Although native to India, Moringa is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all over Asia, Africa and South America.

Being able to withstand varying weather conditions, both severe drought and mild frost weather, Moringa Oleifera has been the subject of praise all through out the world due to it’s prolific nutritional density. Various curative properties are claimed to be attributed to Moringa leaf, seed and root extracts such as, anticancer, hepatoprotective, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral and antisickling effects, and much of which are backed by hardcore scientific evidence.

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Moringa has been the subject of traditional medical use for thousands of years. It’s history can be traced as far back as the practice of Ayurveda itself, where it’s healing properties and abilities have been cited for treating at least 300 diseases ranging from minor skin blemishes to more severe discomforts such as asthma, high blood pressure and heart disease.  

With a rich combination of highly nutritious compounds, containing over 90 nutrients, 36 anti-inflammatory compounds and 46 antioxidants, that of which include vitamin K, A, C, B6, Manganese, Magnesium, Riboflavin, Calcium, Thiamine, Potassium, Iron and Niacin. This Ayurvedic plant also contains all 8 essential amino acids, making it one of the few plants around that provide you with a complete source of protein. Rich in flavonoids including Beta- Sitosterol, Zeatin, Quercetin and Caffeoylquinic acid. 

"Scientist studies the moringa plant’s medicinal, nutritional benefits" Dr. Carrie Waterman

A huge number of reports on the nutritional qualities of Moringa now exist in both the scientific and the popular literature. Any one familiar with Moringa will tell about such recognition made many years ago by the “Tree Of Life Organization” that ounce for ounce, Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas, and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs. Then we also have things like the oral histories recorded by Lowell Fuglie in Senegal and throughout West Africa, who reports countless instances of life saving nutritional rescues that were attributed to Moringa. 

A growing mountain of evidence suggests that Moringa helps fight inflammation, a known contributor to chronic conditions such as cancer, diabetes and obesity. Dr. Carrie Waterman is a natural products chemist at the University of California, Davis, and a Moringa enthusiast and researcher, whom in 2015 published a study that demonstrated how feeding mice moringa extract could delay the onset of diabetes. Mice that ate a high-fat diet supplemented with 5% moringa concentrate had improved glucose tolerance and insulin signaling and didn’t develop fatty liver disease. The moringa-fed mice also gained 18% less weight than the control group. In fact, the supplement nearly eliminated excess weight gain caused by a high-fat diet. The NIH supported this research through its National Center for Complementary and Integrative Health (NCCIH) and its Office of Dietary Supplements (ODS).

Dr. Carrie Waterman at one point achieved a five-year Fogarty International Research Scientist Development Award (IRSDA) to explore and further research moringa’s potential. The IRSDA program provides opportunities to conduct mentored global health research in low and middle income countries, and with their support, Dr. Waterman was able to study basic moringa related research questions, including how this could help people on the ground who are facing nutritional and health issues? . 

Inflammation

Dr. Carrie Waterman showed how useful moringa could be in addressing inflammation. In medical circles, “inflammation” has a broader meaning that goes beyond just your average swelling or puffiness from, say, an infected wound or a bug bite. It refers to a series of interrelated responses that collectively are often called the “inflammatory response” and is generally in defense of the body. The inflammatory response is the first reaction of the body to tissue damage or infection, and although it is clear that inflammation in general is a defensive response, when it is prolonged, as the result of persistent offense caused by environmental factors or predetermined chronic conditions, then it can actually cause harm. In their research, Dr. Carrie and her collaborators made an aqueous extract from Moringa leaves which then was made into a concentrate form, simply as an expedient way to study the compounds in moringa. It turns out that moringa is packed with inflammation fighting polyphenols. Polyphenols are chemicals found in plants and plant-based foods, which includes everything from fruits and vegetables to coffee and wine. Polyphenols are fantastic antioxidants. There are thousands of polyphenols found in nature, but when talking about Moringa there are certain categories of polyphenols that stand out. Flavonoids are a type of polyphenol and moringa is packed with these flavonoids. In fact there are three major flavonoids in moringa; kaempferol, myricetin, and quercetin.  All of these flavonoids are strong antioxidants that have displayed everything from anti-inflammatory properties to anti-diabetic.

Many if not most worrisome conditions of the modern world of today, such as allergies, including food allergies, which seem to be proliferating in recent decades, seem to involve inflammation in some way. Cardiovascular conditions such as Atherosclerosis  also seem to involve inflammation, as does neurological disorders such as Alzheimer’s. 

Moringa is possibly one of the safest medicinal plants nature has to offer

Over one thousand studies exist on the Moringa tree, further proving both it’s safety and efficacy. Studies have shown Moringa to be safe for both adults and toddlers. A study titled ” Effects of Moringa Oleifera Leaf Powder Supplementation on Reducing Anemia in Children Below Two Years in Kisarawe District, Tanzania” investigated the effects of Moringa leaf powder supplementation on 95 anemic children who were followed for 6 months. The intervention communities received Moringa leaf powder and nutrition education, while control communities only received nutrition education. Changes on mean hemoglobin (Hb) concentration and anemia prevalence were compared between the two groups using T test and proportional tests. Anemia is a blood disorder in where a decrease in the total amount of red blood cells or hemoglobin in the blood are low, which can cause a lowered ability of the blood to carry oxygen throughout the body. There are many forms of anemia, such as iron-deficiency anemia, pernicious anemia, aplastic anemia, and hemolytic anemia. The different types of anemia are linked to various diseases and conditions. Anemia occurs if your body makes too few red blood cells (RBCs), destroys too many RBCs, or loses too many RBCs. RBCs contain hemoglobin, a protein that carries oxygen throughout your body. When you don’t
have enough RBCs or the amount of hemoglobin in
your blood is low, your body doesn’t get all the oxygen it needs and as a result, you may feel tired or have other types of related symptoms.  At baseline, the mean Hb concentrations of control and intervention groups were 7.9 g/dl  and 8.3 g/dl respectively.  After 6 months, anemia prevalence significantly decreased in the intervention group by 53.6% compared to 13.6% in the control community. The effect was also observed in the reduction of the prevalence of moderate and severe anemia in the intervention communities by 68.2% and 77.9%, respectively, and by 23.3% and 56.9%, respectively, in the control communities. The researchers concluded that an increased amount of time using Moringa supplementation resulted in a significant reduction in anemia cases, and therefore can be used as a complementary solution in addressing anemia among children, especially when the use of infant formulas and fortified food products in certain communities is very poor.  

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