The list of ailments that the Moringa tree has been used for over the years is endless and every part of the tree can be used to make medicine.
For centuries, people in India have praised the health benefits of Moringa and the Ayurvedic system of medicine associates it with the cure or prevention of about 300 diseases. But it's only in recent times that scientific research has been conducted to try to confirm these claims made about the 'Miracle Tree'.
Traditionally, moringa leaves were used to make tea as a treatment for diarrhea, fevers and infections as they contain many antibacterial, anti-inflammatory and antifungal properties.
With its unique combination of 92 nutrients - including vitamins, minerals and amino acids - it is one of the most nutritious plants ever discovered with scientific evidence now accumulating to support many of the claims made about its healing properties.
From Ayurvedic to Scientific
Extensive scientific research has been conducted with several of its chemical compounds having been isolated and tested.
Studies have shown that virtually all parts of the tree - and in particular moringa leaf powder - are effective in treating inflammation, infectious disorders, and various problems of the cardiovascular and digestive organs, whilst improving liver function and enhancing milk flow in nursing mothers.
It's nutritional profile is unsurpassed and as reported in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention:
“The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been reported to demonstrate antioxidant activity due to its high amount of polyphenols.
Moringa oleifera extracts of both mature and tender leaves exhibit strong antioxidant activity against free radicals, prevent oxidative damage to major biomolecules, and give significant protection against oxidative damage.”
Moringa is now being widely studied for its potential use as a treatment for diseases such as cancer, diabetes, gout and arthritis.
Illustration courtesy of andreahealth.com.
Current Research Involving Moringa