Figuring out the best way to incorporate Moringa oleifera in meal planning should be easy, right?

Whether moringa is used for health maintenance and prevention or a daily nutritious boost of energy, many folks are uncertain when it come to how much moringa is enough to support their particular needs. The various health-enhancing uses for moringa are well-known – successfully treating diabetes, high blood pressure, digestive disorders, inflammatory conditions, anemia, skin disorders, parasitic diseases and joint pain as well as improving cardiovascular and immune function.

Yet, simply knowing the benefits is not enough. Accurate guidelines for moringa use are needed to maximize individual results and support the body’s efforts to nourish and heal.

Here’s the Skinny on Moringa Use

Given Moringa oleifera leaves’ high nutritional value and healing properties, this superfood should be used with the understanding that it has a detoxifying and healing effect within the body. Moringa encourages the removal of toxins through its support of liver and kidney function. When used environmentally, even the moringa seeds do an amazing job of removing contaminants from water. [2]

Like most plant foods, the dried powder is more potent than eating fresh moringa leaves, so remember less is more when adding Kuli Kuli’s Pure Moringa powder to recipes. Research has shown that taking moringa powder at just 50 mg/kg of body weight daily successfully reduces oxidative stress in the body – that’s the equivalent of approximately 1.5 teaspoons for someone weighing 150 pounds. [5] On the other end of the spectrum, animal studies using Moringa oleifera extract revealed delayed tumor growth and increased life span at a dosage of 500 mg/kg of body weight. [9]

So what does this mean? Taking 1 tablespoon of moringa powder is the equivalent of eating 1 cup of leafy greens, but if a person is new to increasing their “greens” quotient, this may feel like too much too fast. As a result, the body’s efforts to detoxify could happen too quickly causing potential aggravations such as temporary loose stools. [8] The body needs time to adjust and every individual has unique body chemistry. It’s best to start slow by taking 1 teaspoon if adding to a personal smoothie or single-serving meal, or use 1 tablespoon for a family dish.

Moringa is so much more than a vegetable – it’s packed with healing power!

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Supporting Health Concerns

Many ask, can moringa be used every day? Yes, moringa is safe to use on a daily basis but this can vary from person to person. It’s always best to listen to your own body signals, as some people may find they only need 1 teaspoon every other day while others may want to consume it more frequently. When managing chronic conditions such as overweight, type 2 diabetes, inflammation or intestinal conditions, a daily amount may be most beneficial.

Moringa has strong effects that improve blood sugar control and reduce lipids in diabetic patients, so it can be used for prevention as well as management of blood sugar disorders. [6][10] In a study using Moringa oleifera, Murraya koeingii and Curcuma longa (Ratio 6:3:1), obese patients on the herbal formula showed a 17% reduction in serum glucose, 16.43% reduction in triglycerides and 12.6% improvement in LDL/HDL ratios. [7]

Whatever amount you decide is right for you, the best results are achieved by using moringa regularly.

Looking deeper into a few specific conditions helps to paint an exciting picture of moringa’s exceptional versatility. Malnourishment continues to be a major concern worldwide, and moringa offers a powerful means of alleviating this chronic problem. In a community-based feeding program in Uganda, underweight children were successfully able to gain weight during a 5-week study that provided a daily food supplement made of ground soybeans, peanuts and Moringa oleifera. [3]

In a study on Thai diabetes patients, those on conventional medications for the condition took moringa powder in capsule form for up to 12 months. Supplementing with moringa proved to lower blood sugar levels as well as HbA1c and Fasting Plasma Glucose (FPG) levels. [6]

Inflammatory Bowel Diseases (IBD) such as Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis are becoming more and more common. Ulcerative colitis (UC), a condition causing recurring inflammation of the gastrointestinal tract, is usually treated with prescription anti-inflammatory medications to reduce symptoms. A major drawback is the fact that long-term drug use poses serious problems because of intense side effects. Moringa comes to the rescue with its anti-inflammatory benefits and has demonstrated the ability to reduce inflammation, diminish erosion of the intestinal lining, and repair damaged tissue in acute UC conditions. [4]

A Word to the Wise

Some well-intended, but misinformed, online sources suggest the roots of the Moringa oleifera tree are safe to ingest. The roots contain a toxic alkaloid called spirochin which can cause paralysis and death, and should never be consumed! [4]

Moringa leaves, pods, seeds and flowers are completely safe. The bark is usually reserved for therapeutic use in reducing the progression of malignant growths. [1]

If pregnant, do not use moringa root, bark or flowers, as their plant chemicals may cause the uterus to contract. [11]

Key Takeaway

When taking moringa powder for maintenance in healthy individuals, 1 teaspoon regularly works well – this is equivalent to 2 grams. Unless a laxative effect is desired, moringa is best taken with food. If taking medication, please consult your physician to ensure you remain free of any potential medicinal/herbal interactions.

Need inspiration? We have tons of wonderful moringa recipes for you to liven up your daily eating routine and jumpstart your healthy healing journey.

References

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  3. Jilcott, S. B., Ickes, S. B., Ammerman, A. S., & Myhre, J. A. (2010). Iterative design, implementation and evaluation of a supplemental feeding program for underweight children ages 6-59 months in western uganda.Maternal and Child Health Journal, 14(2), 299-306. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10995-009-0456-3
  4. Kim, Y., Wu, A. G., Jaja-Chimedza, A., Graf, B. L., Waterman, C., Verzi, M. P., & Raskin, I. (2017). Isothiocyanate-enriched moringa seed extract alleviates ulcerative colitis symptoms in mice.PLoS One, 12(9) doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0184709
  5. Leone, A., Spada, A., Battezzati, A., Schiraldi, A., Aristil, J., & Bertoli, S. (2015). Cultivation, genetic, ethnopharmacology, phytochemistry and pharmacology of moringa oleifera leaves: An overview.International Journal of Molecular Sciences, 16(6), 12791-12835. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.3390/ijms160612791
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  9. Tiloke, C., Phulukdaree, A., & Chuturgoon, A. A. (2013). The antiproliferative effect of moringa oleifera crude aqueous leaf extract on cancerous human alveolar epithelial cells.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 13, 226. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-13-226
  10. Toma, A., Makonnen, E., Mekonnen, Y., Debella, A., & Addisakwattana, S. (2014). Intestinal alpha]-glucosidase and some pancreatic enzymes inhibitory effect of hydroalcholic extract of moringa stenopetala leaves.BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine, 14, 180. doi:http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/1472-6882-14-180
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