Moringa’s health benefits

As mentioned above, moringa has a number health benefits and has been used in traditional Indian medicine for centuries. Western science has recently focused in on the many uses for moringa, as evidenced by the articles referenced below.

 

Moringa. Anti-inflammatory effects

In vitro and in vivo studies with moringa have recommended its efficacy in the treatment of inflammation, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia. The properties of its phytochemicals such as flavonols and phenolic acids were related to anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and antibacterial activity.

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Moringa. Effects on gastric ulcers and liver fibrosis.

Moringa has recently demonstrated a significant protective effect against CCI4-induced liver fibrosis in rodents, which has been confirmed biochemical analysis of a marker of collagen deposition in the liver known as hydroxyproline. It was found that treatment with moringa stimulated the hepatoprotective effects against hepatocellular injury by blocking the rise of two serums, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase, which are indicators of liver disease.

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Antimicrobial and antibacterial effect

Aqueous and ethanolic extracts of moringa leaf indicate a promising potential as a treatment for certain bacterial infections. Activity was observed against gram-positive species (E.coli, Salmonella, P. aeruginosa, Vparahaemolyticus and A. Caviae).

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Anti-hyperglycemic properties (diabetes)

Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a chronic metabolic disorder. Diabetic patients present a chronic state of hyperglycemia and impaired glucose tolerance. Moringa is well known for its pharmacological treatment capacity and is used for the traditional treatment of diabetes mellitus. The hypoglycemic activity of Moringa is manifested by its great capacity to lower the level of glucose in the blood. Methanol extracts from dried fruits of moringa powder produce N-Benzyl thiocarbamates, N-benzyl carbamates and benzyl nitriles that trigger the release of insulin from the beta cells of the pancreas in rodents.

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Anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects

Moringa presents evidence for the function of one of the bioactive compounds, niazimycin, as a two-stage mouse tumor inhibitor. The results of the in vitro examination indicated that several of the test compounds, were strong anti-tumor promoters.

Several articles found that moringa could be a possible chemopreventive agent. Dose-dependent administration of boiled moringa caused the incidence and multiplicity of tumors to decrease especially at the highest dose.

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Moringa. The Antioxidant Properties.

Moringa leaves have been shown to be a powerful antioxidant due to their high polyphenol composition, as well as exhibiting strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, preventing oxidative damage. Other antioxidant components abundantly present in moringa are phenolics, flavonoids and traces of alkaloids.

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