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Is Moringa OK?

You have heard a lot about Moringa and have probably seen it in different forms but what is it really?

Moringa is one of the latest ‘superfoods’ to hit popularity. It is healthful and has many benefits, but it also has some side effects that you should be aware of.

Moringa is a genus of shrubs and trees with multi-purpose uses. It occurs naturally in 13 species but Moringa olifera is the most widely cultivated and the one we refer to here. All parts of the moringa tree – bark, pods, leaves, nuts, seeds, tubers, roots, and flowers – are edible.

Also called the drumstick tree, miracle tree, ben oil tree or the horseradish tree, Moringa has been used for centuries due to its medicinal properties and health benefits.

What makes moringa so healthful?  

  • It is rich in antioxidants

Antioxidants are compounds that act against free radicals in your body. High levels of free radicals may cause oxidative stress which is associated with chronic diseases like heart disease and type 2 diabetes.

  • May help preventing and treat cancer

Moringa contains properties that might help prevent cancer from developing. This includes niazimicin which is a compound that suppresses the development of tumors in cells.

  • Lowers blood sugar levels

Moringa can also help to reduce the amount of glucose in the blood. Studies showed that it also improved haemoglobin levels and overall protein content in those tested.

  • Helps with healthy skin and good hair growth

With the high concentration of Vitamins A and C in moringa, it helps nourish the skin and keeps it healthy. All the protein along with the vitamins also helps hair grow nicely and shiny.

  • It can lower cholesterol & blood pressure

It can help lower cholesterol levels potentially reducing the risk of heart disease. It also contains isothiocyanate and niaziminin, these compounds help stop the arteries from thickening which can cause blood pressure to rise.

  • Improving eye health

Moringa contains eyesight-improving properties thanks to its high antioxidant levels. It may stop the dilation of retinal vessels, prevent the thickening of capillary membranes, and inhibit retinal dysfunction.

  • Protecting the cardiovascular system

The powerful antioxidants found in Moringa extract might help prevent cardiac damage and have also been shown to help maintain a healthy heart.

How can it be dangerous?

  • Don’t take Moringa when pregnant as chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and this might cause a miscarriage
  • It is important to avoid eating the root and its extracts. These parts may contain a toxic substance that can cause paralysis and death
  • Moringa should not be taken along side certain medications to avoid contraindications.

27 Comments

  1. Raji Adebola says:

    Waoooo, Never knew. Thanks for the Info.

  2. Paulo says:

    Please I want 2 know xactly how 2 consume moringa

  3. Bethel Ukah says:

    Thanks, this tends to confirm all that I have been hearing of this plant.

  4. Ivy says:

    Now am scared. I take moringa though i dont know about the root and back.
    I shoukd be in the watchout not to eat the root

  5. Ivymariea says:

    Now i know better

  6. Eustace Egbula says:

    Thanks for the information. My question is how best can it be used to reduce high sugar level and high blood pressure in the body system

    • Hygeiahmo Admin says:

      Hello Eustace, we can’t prescribe but people have reported good outcomes by adding to meals, using it as a meal supplement or drunk as tea

  7. Dele says:

    Thanks for this information

  8. Dele says:

    Nice peice

  9. Henry Oboh says:

    Please how can we get access or buy original moringa

  10. Ibhe Sunday Peter says:

    Many thanks for this great information

  11. KOLAWOLE AYORINDE VINCENT says:

    I planted it in my compound very very OK for general dieses

  12. Emmanuel Ezkeiel Adugan says:

    Thanks for the information.

  13. Fatukasi Ezekiel says:

    Thanks,I planted it in my compound and I use to eat the seed raw,is it OK to eat the seed raw?then how can we prepare the root for consumption. Thanks so much.my name is Fatukasi Ezekiel

  14. Awaye Rotimi Adeniyi says:

    It’s quite insightful.

    Never though the “Almighty” Moringa would have side effects.

    Thanks.

  15. Baba Echehoyi says:

    Th

    Thanks for this piece. May I ask further how best to consume Moringa leave, seed or stem?

    thanks
    Baba

  16. Ephraim akpan says:

    Thank for the fact,can we use to cook?

  17. Christopher Nwachukwu says:

    This is quite educative. Keep it up!

  18. Hamisu Umar says:

    Interesting to know this, thanks for this brief

  19. Goodluck says:

    Thanks for this info.
    Does this moringa act as sperm booster?

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