Moringa oleifera is a plant wherein its leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots have been used as a traditional medicine for centuries. With its vast array of vitamins and minerals, this superfood can offer a host of health benefits.
Moringa And Inflammation
Yes, inflammation is the body’s natural response to infection or injury. However, sustained inflammation is linked to a number of chronic health problems, including heart disease and cancer (1,2).
Moringa contains powerful phytochemicals that promote overall health. When it comes to anti-inflammatory potentials, flavonoids and isothiocyanates are the most potent among these phytochemicals. Experts even found that the anti-inflammatory effects of moringas have the ability to prevent or treat inflammatory conditions like diabetes, cancer, and arthritis (3).
Scientists believe that isothiocyanates are the main anti-inflammatory compounds in moringa leaves, pods, and seeds (4).
A study revealed that flavonoids in moringa can help fight inflammation (5). It was also found that the miracle plant may also play an important role in the treatment of inflammatory bowel diseases (including ulcerative colitis and Crohn’s Disease). The extract from the seeds of the plant was also reported to possess anti-inflammatory properties.
Traditionally, moringa has been used as a remedy for the following conditions (6):
- Diabetes – Moringa leaves are proven to regulate blood sugar levels, and also regulate the heart rate of a person. Moringa leaves consist of chlorogenic acids which are known to lower down high blood sugar levels (7).
- Chronic inflammation
- Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Joint pain – This is the result of inflammation in the joint tissues. A study showed a reduction in pain when an arthritis sufferer has injected the extracts of moringa leaves (8).
- Heart health
Moringa Can Be Consumed In Several Ways
Moringa tea: you can take moringa tea once a day
Moringa powder: you can use the powder of moringa in capsules from 1-3 grams. You can use it with an empty stomach and at night.
Moringa seeds: After peeling you can chew its seeds. Two times a day.
Moringa leaves: can be incorporated when preparing different dishes.