Uses of the Mighty Moringa
Moringa oleifera – also known as drumstick tree, is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in Northwestern India. In recent years, there have been numerous studies on this ancient super plant and it’s astounding medicinal properties in treating the most prevalent diseases of today.
What is Moringa used for?
One of the main use of moringa is to treat what is known as Metabolic syndrome. This is the name given for a group of risk factors that raises your risk for heart disease, diabetes and stroke from high blood pressure, high glucose levels and high cholesterol levels.
What are the causes or risk factors of metabolic syndrome?
- A large waistline – also is called abdominal obesity. Excess fat in the stomach area is a greater risk factor for heart disease compared to excess fat in other parts of the body, such as on the hips.
- High triglyceride level – Triglycerides are a type of fat found in the blood.
- Low HDL cholesterol level – HDL is referred to as the "good" cholesterol. This is because it helps remove the “bad” cholesterol from your arteries. A low HDL cholesterol level raises your risk for heart disease.
- High blood pressure – Blood pressure is the force of blood pushing against the walls of your arteries as your heart pumps blood. If this pressure rises and stays high over time, it can damage your heart and lead to fatty plaque build-up in the blood vessels later leading to heart attack or stroke.
- High blood glucose levels – even mildly high blood glucose levels may be an early sign of insulin resistance and later diabetes.
To prevent or treat Metabolic Syndrome or the above conditions individually, there are many natural alternatives but today we will be concentrating on one super plant which has seen to control all risk factors of metabolic syndrome… Moringa
Moringa leaves, pods and seeds have been shown to have anti-inflammatory properties as well. Sustained inflammation is believed to be involved in many chronic diseases, including heart disease and cancer. Moringa supplements have also been shown to lower cholesterol readings for patients. While this does not directly affect blood pressure, it can help to reduce the damage caused by hypertension on blood vessels by helping to keep arteries and veins clear of the plaque produced by high levels of cholesterol in the bloodstream. Moringa also has cholesterol-lowering properties, with one study showing its effects were comparable to those of the cholesterol-lowering drug simvastatin as noted in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology.
Who can use Moringa?
It can be used by any individual including those on chronic medication. It has seen to help improve these conditions over time and no interactions with medication have been reported to date.
How to use Moringa
It is available in capsule or powder form which can be taken on a daily basis. Moringa soap can be used by those with skin ailments such as eczema or psoriasis which provides relief from itching and dryness.