Many traditional grandmothers have insisted on having a Holy Basil (Tulsi) tree in the front yard and a Moringa in the back yard…and for good reason.
Phytomedicines, such as Moringa oleifera, are believed to have many health benefits for their wide range of antibiotics, antioxidents and nutrients. Phytomedicines, which are traditional plant-based medicinal practices, are used for both therapeutic and preventative treatments over conventional drugs.
Moringa oleifera is an Asian tree referred to by several names including horseradish tree, drumstick tree and ben oil tree. Nearly every part of the tree is used for food or herbal medicines, in particular, the leaves and pods are the most sought after.
Moringa health benefits include more than just medicinal benefits, but also vitamins (C, A and Bs) and minerals (potassium, iron and zinc), among others.
What can moringa cure?
Moringa has been used to treat a variety of human conditions that include edema, cancer, stomach illnesses, mood disorders, diabetes, asthma, and bacterial diseases. It has also been used to improve the health of bones, hair and liver.
The plant is also believed useful to prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system, increase sex drive and reduce swelling.
Can Moringa help you or make you lose weight?
While the dried tree leaves have been used for thousands of years to treat a wide variety of ailments, there is no scientific proof that Moringa is an effective weight loss aide.
Test tube and animal studies using mice show that Moringa can enhance fat breakdown and reduce fat formation, but there have not been any exclusive human studies for weight loss.
What are the side effects of taking Moringa?
One of the side effects of taking Moringa is it’s high level of anti-nutrients, plant compounds that reduce your absorption of proteins and minerals in the digestive system.
However, for most healthy people, people not suffering malnutrition, this is not an issue since not all anti-nurtients are considered bad.
According to Harvard, anti-nutrients such as phytates have been found to lower cholesterol, slow digestion, and prevent sharp rises in blood sugar.