Thursday 19 March 2015

Moringa oleifera: Application, effects and side effects

Information of Natural Healing by René GravesRené Gräber

 Application, effects and side effects

The name Moringa is a plant family, which has only one genus and 13 species - a plant for unusually small family. The focus of interest is Moringa oleifera or especially "horseradish tree".

Pungent out at this plant are the high nutrient proportions. Moringa oleifera contains three times as much vitamin A as carrots, seven times more vitamin C than oranges, three and a half times more calcium than cow's milk, three times more potassium than bananas and twice as much protein as compared to cow's milk.

The plant / tree is native to the Himalayan region in northwestern India. Nowadays the plant in Africa, Southeast Asia and the Caribbean islands is cultivated. In India, Moringa is an integral part of traditional medicine. It serves as a blood pressure medicine is used to treat inflammation, and the roots are used as anti-rheumatic medication used. The roots are taken as a natural antibiotic.

It is natural to expect that Moringa as a natural product no particular reputation with the medicine enjoys what does not change the fact that the plant has demonstrated their skills for centuries in traditional naturopathy can provide. It is therefore important once to take a look at the slightly more "evidence-based" science and see whether something enlightening to Moringa has to offer.

Moringa - "scientific studies"

The first thing that is noticed in the search for scientific articles about Moringa, that there are several products that come from this or last (2013) year. In total there are in PubMed 452 articles, of which the most recent date. There is even a publication that summarizes the main characteristics of the plant: Health Benefits of Moringa oleifera.

This article expresses that Moringa now comes in alternative medicine used worldwide. This is due to the now gained knowledge that Moringa has numerous health benefits that extend into the diet. Moringa contains essential amino acids, carotenoids in leaves and substances with nutraceutical properties, which can be an ideal food supplement this plant. Moringa has a wide range of antioxidants, natural antibiotic substances and vitamins and minerals. Almost all components of Moringa can be used as a source of various nutrients.

Attenuation of lead-induced oxidative stress in rat brain, liver, kidney and blood of male wistar rats by moringa oleifera seed powder.

In this work, the anti-oxidative potential of Moringa was investigated in rats. Four groups of rats were formed, of which the Group 1 was given a placebo, group 2 was loaded with a lead-solution group received 3 lead solution plus Moringa and Group 4 lead solution plus DMSA, an agent for heavy metal detoxification received.
Were examined a number of organs of the animals after the end of the observation period: brain, divided into its anatomical components, liver, kidney and blood. In group 3, the "lead group," a high level of oxidative stress, lipid peroxidation in cell membranes and increased lead content in the corresponding tissues was compared to the placebo group. The group with Moringa, however, showed values ​​that were similar to those in the placebo group and the better turned out than the DMSA group.

Antibacterial activity of extracts of Moringa oleifera Lam bark. against some selected bacteria.

In this procedure the anti-microbial or anti-bacterial potential of Moringa was examined. The authors worked here with various extracts from the bark of Moringa. Were examined four types of bacteria, Staphylococcus aureus, Citrobacter freundii, Bacillus megaterium and Pseudomonas fluorescens. As a control for the anti-bacterial effect Erythromycin was used.

The results demonstrated that all extracts in various concentrations inhibited the growth of all test organisms in various proportions. The ethyl acetate extract showed the most potent activity against all strains of bacteria, followed by chloroform extract, then methanol extract and extract the weakest of the water extract. The activity of the extracts increased with decreasing concentrations from as well. Staphylococcus aureus was the most sensitive of all bacterial species in terms of different Moringa extracts.

The authors concluded from their observations that Moringa oleifera has the potential for a natural antibiotic and can even be effective against resistant strains.

Moringa oleifera leaf extract ameliorates alloxan-induced diabetes in rats by regeneration of β cells and reduction of pyruvate carboxylase expression.

Many herbs and medicinal fungi are characterized by the fact that they seem to have a positive impact on diabetes. The Indian Naturopathy is also a Moringa in diabetes. Therefore, the authors of this study decided to test water extracts of Moringa leaves in diabetic rats.

It was found that it was in the rats so treated to a normalization of blood glucose levels, accompanied by a normalization of cholesterol, triglycerides, malondialdehyde (a marker of oxidative stress) and a normalized activity of the mRNA for pyruvate carboxylase, an enzyme in the initiates liver gluconeogenesis. The authors determined an increase in the rats body weight and normalizing the reduced mRNA activity of the fatty acid synthase in the liver of the animals. In addition, the administration of Moringa extract resulted in a restoration of pancreatic and liver tissue that had been damaged by the administration of alloxan.

Protective effects of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves against arsenic-induced toxicity in mice.

Arsenic was a "popular" and potent poison poisoner and Hitchcock thriller. Today, groundwater areas in the United States, China, Argentina, Mongolia, Thailand, India, Bangladesh and so loaded with elevated arsenic values. Parts of rice production in Asia takes place on fields where the water has elevated levels and thus loaded the rice produced. It is believed that this burden leads to health problems when recording is permanent. One possible consequence is cancer.

In this work should be learned, how Moringa is able to neutralize the toxic effects of arsenic. These four groups of mice were formed. The first group remained untreated and served as a control group. Group 2 was treated with Moringa leaves (50 mg / kg body weight per day). Group 3 received arsenic, 10 mg / kg body weight, and group 4 received Moringa leaves and arsenic. We analyzed the function of the heart, liver and kidneys to evaluate the protective effect of Moringa.

It was found that the use of Moringa induced by arsenic increase of triglycerides, glucose, urea and the activities of alkaline phosphatase, aspartate aminotransferase and alanine aminotransferase reversed made in serum. It showed further that were prevented by the administration of Moringa disorders of cholesterol and Lipoproteinhaushalts.

The authors concluded from their observations that the leaves of Moringa oleifera benefits of bringing in the elimination and prevention of toxic effects of arsenic poisoning.

Moringa oleifera leaf extract Aqueous down Regulates nuclear factor-kappaB and Increases cytotoxic effect of chemotherapy in pancreatic cancer cells.

There is the question of cancer and treatment of cancer, a number of medicinal plants and mushrooms, which have demonstrated potent effect. Moringa seems to want to make an exception here.

In this paper extracts of Moringa leaves have been used alone or in combination with cisplatin in malignant pancreatic cells. It was found that the Moringa extract inhibited the growth of several malignant cell cultures. The combined administration showed a synergistic effect with the chemotherapeutic agent.

The authors conclude that the leaf extract of Moringa anti-proliferative effects has to pancreatic cancer cells and synergistically enhances the effect of a cytostatic, such as cisplatin.


Moringa is poised to do much good in various diseases. Unfortunately in the scientific examination of this herb, like most others, no studies of how potent a permanent consumption of the plant can accordingly prevent diseases.

But, a rule of thumb, it can be assumed that a medicinal plant that alleviate or cure diseases may also be able to prevent this by prophylaxis. Of Moringa oleifera therefore recommended as an additional ingredient on the menu for increased consumption.

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