An incredible source of nutrients, Moringa has been shown to hold several promising properties for improving health and fighting disease. The small leafy plant has been used for thousands of years in traditional medicine and recent scientific research has begun to shed a light on some more of the amazing healing properties of the miracle tree, Moringa oleifera.
Maintain healthy blood glucose levels
In many different countries where modern medicine is either unavailable or too expensive, Moringa Oleifera is widely used to help lower blood glucose levels in individuals with diabetes and hyperglycemia issues. Type 2 diabetes occurs when cells in the body are less responsive to insulin which leads to a buildup of glucose in the bloodstream that prompts health implications over time. Moringa has been shown to improve glucose tolerance and lower blood glucose levels in both animal and human studies (1, 2). Maintaining blood glucose levels within normal ranges and avoiding long term elevated blood glucose levels is an important way to improve the detrimental health effects associated with diabetes. Several studies supporting the anti-diabetic properties of moringa suggest that Moringa Oleifera could become a mainstream way to naturally regulate and lower blood glucose levels in individuals with diabetes.
Lower harmful cholesterol, reducing the risk for cardiovascular disease
Dyslipidemia, or abnormal amounts of lipids, including both cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood is a condition that affects millions of people around the world and is especially problematic here in the United States. High LDL cholesterol and triglycerides in the blood can lead to a buildup of plaque in the arteries, increasing the risk for cardiovascular disease. In both human and animal studies, moringa has been shown to lower levels of harmful blood lipids while simultaneously raising HDL cholesterol levels(3,4,5). HDL, known as “good cholesterol,” seeks out the bad, plaque-causing LDL cholesterol in the bloodstream, which it then picks up and brings to the liver for removal or reprocessing. The increasing prevalence of heart disease and its accompanying health issues such as high blood pressure and high cholesterol makes this research even more relevant. Moringa’s potential to serve as a natural remedy for lowering blood lipid levels is already exciting in itself, but it will be even more interesting to see how research and natural treatment with moringa plays out in the next few years.
Anti Oxidant and Anti Inflammatory Properties
The extremely high antioxidant properties of moringa make it a great staple for reducing oxidative stress in cells, which plays a significant role in lowering the risk of many different diseases including cancer. Two major diseases previously discussed in this post, cardiovascular disease and diabetes are thought to be derived, in part, from oxidative stress. Anti-inflammatory chemicals found in the root of Moringa Oleifera have been found to have as big of an affect on reducing inflammation in the body as prescription anti-inflammatory drugs (6).
It’s no wonder that the tree often referred to as ‘the miracle tree’ or even ‘the tree of immortality’ is now beginning to be recognized and discovered for its valuable contents on a scientific level. Going forward, it will be exciting to see an influx in research and discoveries associated with moringa and hopefully, we will begin to see a more widespread use of moringa in improving health and livelihoods around the world.
3: Faizi S., Siddiqui B. S., Saleem R., Aftab K., Shaheen F., Gilani A. H. (1998). Hypotensive constituents from the pods of Moringa oleifera. Planta Med. 64, 225–22810.1055/s-2006-957414
4: Nambiar V. S., Guin P., Parnami S., Daniel M. (2010). Impact of antioxidants from drumstick leaves on the lipid profile of hyperlipidemics. J. Herb. Med. Toxicol. 4, 165–172
5: Kumari D. J. (2010). Hypoglycemic effect of Moringa oleifera and Azadirachta indica in type-2 diabetes. Bioscan 5, 211–214