The Real Health Benefits of the Moringa Plant!
Moringa oleifera is a plant that has recently gained a large following because of its extensive health benefits of the Moringa Plant. It has been touted to be able to lower blood pressure, fight cancer, lower blood sugar levels, and be a superfood loaded with vitamins, flavonoids, and minerals. This plant originates in the Himalayas and grows best in tropical climates.
It can be consumed via raw leaf, powder, or oil form.
We should just stop taking all our medications and just eat this herb, right?
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Anyone who says that one product can fix any problem is a liar, snake oil ,salesman, or just ignorant. Personally, as a physician, I would love to be able to recommend magic medications and herbs that make people healthy.
It would make my job a hell of a lot easier (with a lot less paperwork), and my patients would be happier. But, alas medical problems are usually very complicated that have multiple factors.
I can give you a pill to lower your blood pressure.
However, the pill is not going to work very well if you are eating sausage biscuits while watching Lifetime or Sportscenter all day. It works A LOT better when someone truly watches their diet, exercise, and stop smoking.
One pill does not do everything!!! It is up to the individual as well.
The same can be said for this really cool plant the Moringa. Will it help you be overall healthier? That is a yes!
Can it reduce your blood pressure and reduce your inflammation? By itself, not really. Part of a healthy lifestyle though, I believe it can.
Can it cure your cancer? Again, this is not Dr. Oz writing on this website.
The Nutrition Facts
For the raw, leaf 100g serving
Carbs: 8.3 g
Fiber: 2 g
Fat: 1.4 g
Protein: 9.4 g
- Iron: 4 mg (22% DV)
- Magnesium 147 mg (41% DV)
- Phosphorous: 112 mg (16% DV)
- Calcium: 185 mg (19% DV)
- Vit A 378 µg (74% DV)
- B1 (Thiamine) .3 mg (22% DV)
- B2 (Riboflavin) .660 mg (55% DV)
- Vit C 51.7 mg (62% DV)
- B9 (Folate) 40 µg (10% DV)
- B6 (Pyroxidine) 1.2 mg (92% DV)
What Can it Really Do for my Health?
1. Can it Lower Inflammation?
Chronic states of inflammation are the hallmarks of diseases like diabetes and coronary artery disease. The purpose of taking anti-inflammatory medications is to prevent the body from further damaging itself.
A study had shown some correlation to reducing inflammation in chronic states of disease when the participants were given ground up Moringa for two consecutive days.
There are many inflammatory markers like C-reactive protein that tell how severe the inflammation in the body is. These markers went down in this study, but it was a very small one.
However, a longer and larger study must be done to make this claim more valid. It is thought that the flavonoid compounds have this effect to lower inflammation.
2. Can it Lower Blood Sugar?
In healthy individuals, it has been shown to decrease intestinal glucose uptake and slowing gastric emptying time. However, this is due to the fiber content of the leaf rather than any unique ingredient in the plant itself.
On top of that, this study was done only in healthy individuals. So it not valid for diabetics.
Saying that this leaf can be used to help regulate blood sugars in those with Type 1 or 2 diabetes needs a larger trial tailored to these individuals.
3. Is it Nutritious?
In all honesty, this leaf is a superfood that not many people know off. Yes, it is a bitter tasting plant, but there are not too many foods that can challenge its nutritional value per serving.
It is low in fat, cholesterol, and calories yet high in protein, iron, and a bunch of other vitamins our body needs.
If someone wants to use the powder or leaf form to supplement one’s nutrition, I would have no problem with that.
4. Can it Help with Anemia?
Anemia is defined as having a low blood count. It can manifest as fatigue, headaches, and an increased heart rate.
There are many different types of anemias, but the most common one is anemia due to iron deficiency. Iron is an important mineral that oxygen binds to in our blood. Without enough of it, it is harder for our blood to make sure oxygen gets to all of the vital organs like the brain, lungs, and kidneys.
Moringa has a higher iron content of 4mg per serving than most veggies. I also like that is iron in a natural form.
In a study by John Hopkins, most of the vitamins and minerals found in multivitamins are not easily absorbed into the body. Those same nutrients have a greater bioavailability when eaten in their natural forms in food.
5. Can it Fight Cancer?
This is a BIG NO. Cancer is caused when our body loses the ability to kill or regulate cells that are reproducing incorrectly. Normally our body has checkpoints that prevent improper cells from reproducing, in cancer (due to too much UV from the sun or some genetic condition) that self-correcting system goes array.
While there are some compounds like phytoestrogens that may prevent cancer, there is NO EVIDENCE that this plant can cure cancer once it has begun.
As I said, anyone tells you this is either a misinformed, ignorant, or trying to sell that snake oil by the gallon.
The Moringa plant has been growing in popularity. People are looking for more homeopathic treatments to promote wellness. I warn you, do not listen to everything someone says about a particular product, no matter how glorious their claims are.
The snake oil salesman will always tell you whatever you want to hear (looking at you certain TV doctors).
Moringa plant appears to be a legitimate superfood in its ability to supplement daily nutrition and to replenish iron for anemia.
It also appears that its ability to lower blood pressure and blood sugars has been overhyped by a few studies that are either not large enough or do not have the proper design. Until these studies are followed up, I cannot claim either of these two effects.
I tried it myself, done the research, and I support its use for nutrition! Just make sure you wash this stuff down with some orange juice 😊.
Author Bio: Christian Bramwell, MD uses his own weight loss story as teaching for people struggling with their own weight through blogging, teaching, and writing. His mission in life is to promote health and education, that is why he has chosen to be a family physician and found his own nonprofit Project RAK based on education and empowerment.