Moringa is a super-food that has been getting a lot of attention in South Africa lately for it’s overall health and weight-loss benefits. The Moringa oleifera tree which is grown in South-East Asia is being sold mostly in powder form, and is being advertised as being able to help;
- With weigh-loss
- Lower blood pressure
- Prevent type II diabetes
- Relieves arthritis pain
- Helps with Acne
- Improves skin tone
And the list goes on….
This article is going to cover an in-depth view of just how effective this tree is, and what conditions it can help you “cure.”
Parts of the Moringa Tree and what they are used for…
Leaves – Commonly grounded up to make Moringa powder and sold for the benefits listed in the beginning of this article.
Seeds – Offers similar benefits to the leaves when eaten, however not as user friendly. Oil is also extracted from the seed to be used for it’s anti-aging skin benefits.
Flowers – Considered a delicacy in some parts of the world, the flower also offers the same anti-oxidant, anti-inflammatory properties etc, as the leaves.
Roots and trunk – Should not be eaten. Contains some alkaloids and phytochemical compounds that is considered toxic to humans and should only be used as a topical medicine. Digestion in large quantities can cause paralyses and in some cases death.
Moringa Nutritional Content
This tree is rich in minerals, vitamins, proteins and other beneficial ingredients.
100 grams of ground up moringa leaves contain approximately:
- Protein: 25 g
- Fiber: 33 g
- Sugar: 2-3 g
- Fat: 7 g
- Sodium: 1,344 mg
- Calcium: 175% of daily value
- Magnesium: 128% of daily value
- Iron: 135% of daily value
- Copper: 109% of daily value
- Vitamin A: 174% of daily value
- Zinc: 25% of daily value
Any Moringa Side Effects?
Before we dive in too deep, lets answer the most commonly asked question. Does this tree have any side-effects?
The seeds, leaves and fruit is possibly safe. However, there is not enough supporting evidence to be sure about this. The root is unsafe. It can be toxic to the human body and may even cause paralysis and in some cases death.
If you are pregnant please stay away from Moringa all-together. The tree has chemicals that makes the uterus contract which may result in a that a miscarriage. Again, not enough studies have been conducted to show that Moringa is safe while being pregnant.
What are the Health Benefits of Moringa?
There are a ton of articles that cover a magnitude of ailments that Moringa can help with. When reading this, please note that there is VERY LITTLE supporting evidence that can prove these benefits. So take it with a pinch of salt. Here are the benefits:
- Helps with Constipation.
- Increases Weight-loss.
- Reduces Kidney stones.
- Reduces Inflammation.
- Can be used to treat Infections.
- Helps Gastritis.
- Known to aid Asthma.
- Commonly used as Birth control.
- Reduces High blood pressure.
- Helps Diabetic sufferers.
- Increasing sex drive.
- Treats Headaches.
- Thyroid disorders.
- Heart problems.
Commonly Asked Questions on Moringa Benefits:
We get a lot of questions about this tree so I decided to answer them here. Here are our MOST POPULAR questions…
Does Moringa Help you lose weight?
There a have been no studies done on animals or human to prove that Moringa helps with weight-loss. That being said, studies has shown that the Moringa oleifera tree can help:
- Reduce your Blood Pressure.
- Reduce Inflammation.
- Help against Heart disease.
- Regulate blood sugar.
- Lower cholesterol levels.
Is Moringa good for Eyesight?
This natural tree does contain 3 times more beta carotene than carrots. Beta carotene is essential for eyesight health therefore the Moringa is good for eyesight.
Is it good for your skin?
Oil extract from the Moringa seeds is often used on the skin to “reduce wrinkles, stop sagging and increase the production of collagen.” How does it work? Apparently it’s all thanks to the plant hormone called cytokinins, and the natural vitamin C found in the oil.
Here are some other Skin benefits:
- Athlete’s foot.
- Gingivitis .
- Skin infections.
Best way to take Moringa Oleifera?
The best way to take moringa is by eating the powder in a smoothie or mixed with water. Measure 1 teaspoon or 5-6g once or twice per day. Just one to two teaspoons is enough to experience the full benefits.
Please note, do not take more than one teaspoon per serving or it might cause diarrhea.
What does it taste like?
- Moringa seeds – Tastes like green beans but sweeter.
- Moringa powder made from the leaves – Tastes similar to Matcha green tea.
A lot of new weight-loss companies have latched onto this new trend in South Africa for a quick buck. Even though it’s a great product with many potential benefits, however there’s simply not enough evidence that shows the tree can help you lose weight.
I’m still convinced that the best natural product for weight-loss is Matcha Tea! There are a lot more science based studies that have been done that proves Matcha Tea is an effective all-natural weight-loss product.