Moringa Oleifera is a plant native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan, widely cultivated for traditional herbal medicine. It is also used for water purification.
Often called the drumstick tree, the miracle tree, the ben oil tree, or the horseradish tree, Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits. It also has anti-fungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties.
Because the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, they are often used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition. Once harvested and dried, they contain 30% protein, all essential amino acids, and have abundant levels of vitamins and minerals.
The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.
The trees also have a natural defense mechanism against environmental stress and pests. These are unique chemical compounds, known as phytochemicals, which include antioxidants and defense compounds. When consumed they protect people against various conditions and diseases.
Moringa is used for:
- “tired blood” (anemia);
- arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism);
- stomach pain;
- stomach and intestinal ulcers;
- intestinal spasms;
- heart problems;
- high blood pressure;
- kidney stones;
- fluid retention;
- thyroid disorders;
- bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections;
- reduce swelling;
- increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac);
- prevent pregnancy;
- boost the immune system;
- increase breast milk production;
- nutritional supplement or tonic;
- application directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent);
- treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.
Moringa has started to enter the list of superfood in recent years. Although not widely known to many in Australia, it has been used in many parts of the world including USA, UK and Europe. Moringa is also becoming increasingly well-known to health food stores and pharmacies in Australia.
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The dried powder can be added to porridge, salad, smoothies, tea, soups, and as a herb to any meal after it has been cooked.
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Special Precautions & Warnings during pregnancy and breast-feeding: It’s LIKELY UNSAFE to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa if you are pregnant. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage. There is not enough information available about the safety of using other parts of moringa during pregnancy. Stay on the safe side and avoid use. Moringa is sometimes used to increase breast milk production. Some research suggests it might do this, however, there isn’t enough information to know if it is safe for the nursing infant. Therefore, it is best to avoid moringa if you are breast-feeding.
Other risks to be aware of:
- Levothyroxine: Used to combat thyroid problems. Compounds in the moringa leaf may aid the thyroid function, but people should not take it in combination with other thyroid medication.
- Any medications that might be broken down by the liver: Moringa extract may decrease how quickly this happens, which could lead to various side effects or complications.
- Diabetes medications: Diabetes medications are used to lower blood sugar, which moringa also does effectively. It is vital to ensure blood sugar levels do not get too low.
- High blood pressure medication: Moringa has shown to be effective at lowering blood pressure. Taking moringa alongside other drugs that lower blood pressure may result in it becoming too low.
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