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Is Moringa a Superfood Or Just Another Hyped-Up Fad? – What To Know

Is Moringa a Superfood

We have all seen it before… A new “superfood” hits the market and is talked about all over the Internet. It becomes a raging fad but then proceeds to slowly die off after the said “super” health benefits turn out to really not be as amazing as they were claimed to be. But is moringa just another one of these health fads? Or is moringa a superfood that is the real deal?

It has been talked about in many different online newspapers/journals and is beginning to be seen more and more on shelves at stores. Moringa tea in particular seems to really be squeezing its way in, but the moringa powders, moringa drinks, and other moringa products are also making their way in.

But what is all the hype about really? What is so great about moringa? Well… I’ll dive into this in a second, but first let’s go over a little about what it actually is and some history on it.

What The Heck Is Moringa?

Moringa as a member of the plant kingdom… Obviously, and is sometimes referred to as a “drumstick tree”. They can grow up to 12 m in height and have small round leaves with long seedpods pinking off the branches.

The moringa tree is native to the Himalayas in India, where it first began used for health reasons thousands of years ago. It has since spread to Eastern Asia and Africa where it is also commonly used in traditional medicines or even just for cooking.

Some early documents even describe moringa oil being used in ancient Egypt, mainly for skin protection, or at least that is what is thought.

So it has been around for thousands of years and has been known to have many different health benefits for thousands of years… So then why is it all of a sudden now gaining so much popularity?

This is a great question and honestly it is one that I cannot answer. My best guess is that the reason is catching on so much recently is simply due to the increasing trend of healthy eating, which people really didn’t care about too much about in the Western world in times past.

Benefits

There are many different benefits to be had from adding moringa to your diet. The leaves in the seedpods are usually what is harvested because the are the most nutritious, however the leaves seem to be the safest to eat, which is why pretty much every single moringa product on the market is made from moringa leaves.

Some of the many benefits that are worth mentioning include…

Nutrient Dense

Vitamins, minerals, protein, moringa has a lot to it.

If you have read about moringa before then you probably have already heard some of the claims and may even be a bit skeptical. 5x more vitamin C than an oranges!?.. 3x more potassium than bananas!??.. More beta-carotene than carrots… seriously?, and more iron and protein than spinach.. Which is what made Popeye so big and strong?

Well the truth is that all of these statistics are indeed correct. Moringa does pack one heck of a nutritional punch and is very dense with nutrients. However, what you must keep in mind is that moringa is not a food that you can eat a lot of.

When you eat an orange, on average you are eating about 140g, which will give you about 70 mg worth of vitamin C. Moringa does provide more vitamin C per weight, giving you about 57 mg for every 100 g of moringa leaves, but who the heck is ever going to be eating 100 g or more of moringa leaves at a time? The answer is no one.

Most moringa supplements are dosed at about 1 to 3 g of dense powder per serving.

* Moringa also contains vitamin A, vitamin E, some of the B vitamins, and more.

Antioxidants

Antioxidants are very important. They help stop those nasty little free radicals that run around inside the body damaging our precious cells.

Moringa happens to be a good supply of antioxidants, much of its antioxidant activity coming from the beta-carotene, vitamin C, and vitamin E that it contains.

One of the most physically noticeable differences that antioxidants can make is improvement in skin health, which is why moringa is potentially a good natural choice for reducing wrinkles and just skin health altogether.

Complete Protein

There are nine essential amino acids that us humans must get from our diets because our bodies are not able to synthesize them. Moringa is what you call a “complete protein” , as is the superfood spirulina, which means that it has all these nine essential amino acids. This is one thing in particular that separates it from other proclaimed “super foods” like kale.

Energy Boosting

This is more of a “possible” benefit because it is difficult to really say whether it will actually make a difference in your energy levels. That said, many people do claim to file noticeable difference in energy, which is one of the reasons why drinking moringa tea in the mornings is becoming more popular.

Many of the nutrients inside moringa, such as the B vitamins, or known to have effects on energy levels, so this is nothing to be surprised about, however, I would say that any difference is probably going to be minimal.

Others

And there is much more that I’m not going to get into in detail here. There have been studies conducted on moringa testing a variety of different benefits and it has been shown to do everything from lowering blood sugar levels, to reducing asthma, and even helping to prevent cancer.

Side Effects

Ok… Everything sounds good so far, but what about the side effects? Am I going to start taking moringa and end up with a massive rash in the worst area possible or worse?

Well, 99% of moringa products are going to be safe because they are made from the moringa leaves, which you can read on Web MD are generally recognized as being safe. But of course this assumes that you are listening to the suggested serving sizes. It is safe in moderation but if you go out eating 4+ times the amount recommended you might start to cause your body some harm.

In fact, on examine.com, it is stated that consuming 3-4x the recommended dose could start to be slightly toxic to your body.

However, like I said, you should be more than fine. There have been studies where humans have consumed up to 6 g per day for three months with no adverse effects and most of the room moringa supplements out there are dosed at only 1 to 3 g per serving.

It is also worth noting that you should avoid consuming the stem, roots, and maybe even the seedpods of the plant. There is still more research that needs to be done, but these could have small amounts of toxin.

Superfood Or Not?

The definition of a superfood is “a nutrient-rich food considered to be especially beneficial for health and well-being” and since moringa is a very nutrient dense food that has many known health benefits, I do think it indeed qualifies as a superfood, or at least in my book it does.

However, there is no standard for what should be considered a superfood and what shouldn’t be considered one. It is not like there is a list of criteria that a food must meet in order to be considered “super”. What qualifies as one and what doesn’t is largely based on opinion.

But it doesn’t really matter whether or not anyone considers it a superfood. The bottom line is that it does provide many different nutrients and is a great natural supplement to add to your list of health foods that you might give a try now or maybe in the future.

If you are considering buying moringa then you have to be somewhat careful what you purchase. With foods like this that are over-hyped to some extent, you will often find overinflated prices. If you are looking for good quality moringa at a reasonable price then I suggest taking a look at my recommendation below…

Also, feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns below and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Is Moringa a Scam? – What To Know About This So Called “Superfood”

Is Moringa a Scam

Moringa has been gaining a lot of popularity over the years which is as expected with the growing trend of natural healthy eating. But there are lots of nutritional fads out there that are focused around these new “super foods” and often times they become very popular and then slowly die off. We see this again and again, but does moringa fit in with the other fads? Is moringa a scam? Or is this the real deal?

In order to answer this question I first want to take you on a journey back in time, to the origins of moringa. But if you don’t feel like reading this entire article then I’ll get straight to the point… No moringa is not a scam. It has been around forever and has many scientifically proven benefits, some of which I’ll be going over.

The Origins of Moringa

If you were to jump in a time machine and travel back thousands of years ago to India, you would find moringa growing in areas around the foothills of the Himalayas. This is where it originated and even to this day moringa is very popular in India.

Over the years as popularity spread mostly into the neighboring areas, including Eastern Asia and Africa. It has been used as a folk medicine for tons of different illnesses and has even been described in writings from ancient Egypt, where its oils are thought to have been used for skin health.

The reason I am telling you the history of moringa is because if this is a scam, then it is one of the longest lasting scams of all time… But of course it is not.

Benefits of Moringa

Moringa is not called the miracle tree for no reason. Likewise, it is not called a “superfood” for no reason. It is jammed packed with nutrients and there are many benefits to consuming moringa on a regular basis or as a treatment for many different illnesses/conditions.

Some of the many reasons that moringa is consumed include the following…

Very Nutritious

Moringa has a lot of nutritional value per weight. When it comes to vitamins you get a good dose in your typical supplemental serving size, which is usually around 2 to 3 g if you are taking moringa powder.

Moringa contains vitamins A, C, D, E and several of the B vitamins including B1, 2, 6, & 12. And when I say it contains these vitamins I am not just talking about small trace amounts. We all know that oranges are good for vitamin C right? Well moringa happens to contain about five times the vitamin C per weight when compared to oranges and about double the vitamin E compared to sunflower seeds, which are known for having a good amount vitamin E.

Besides vitamins moringa is also a good source of minerals, some of which include zinc, potassium, iron and calcium.

Most of the nutritional value comes from its leaves and seedpods, and about 99% of the time when you see moringa supplements the moringa they are harvesting are the leaves.

Antioxidants

Everyone once more antioxidants in their diets. Antioxidants are what help fight body damaging free radicals, which are the main culprit of early aging. Moringa alone has 46 different antioxidants, including antioxidant activity from some of the vitamins discussed above.

Moringa also contains a phytohormone called Zeatin which has been proven to slow signs of early aging in the skin.

Good for Blood Sugar & Blood Pressure

Whether you are trying to lower your blood sugar or blood pressure, moringa can also help with both of these.

In one study where 30 woman talk 7 g of moringa per day for three months there was a blood sugar drop of 13.5% on avergage. Now 7 g is a fairly high daily dose, about twice that of most moringa supplements on the market, but it still shows that moringa can be effective at lowering blood sugar. In addition to the study there also have been a number of studies performed on diabetic animals that either approve or suggest that it is an effective natural treatment.

When it comes to reducing blood pressure there really isn’t much research evidence that shows it to be effective. However, moringa contains potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc, all of which have been tested and are proven to reduce blood sugar. So of course one could deduce that taking moringa and getting all of these in one would do the same.

Anti-Inflammatory 

Inflammation isn’t entirely a bad thing. In fact it is a completely natural response that the body makes when stressed, infected, etc., but too much inflammation for too long can be bad.

In short, inflammation can be good and bad, and moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties help stop the bad inflammation.

Much of moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties can be attributed to the isothiocyanates and flavonoids that it contains. Flavonoids have been studied a lot in reducing inflammation and are well known to be effective.

Definitely Not a Scam

So would you say that moringa is a scam knowing that it has been around for thousands of years and has been consumed for thousands of years for various health benefits… And also now knowing that it is backed by science in a number of different ways? Absolutely not.

Moringa itself really is a “superfood”. Now of course there is no strict criteria that a food has to meet before being considered a superfood, but I do think you could realistically consider moringa a superfood when compared to normal foods. I would drink it right up there with spirulina, chlorella, wheat grass, and others.

Best Place To Buy

The one thing that you need to be somewhat careful of if you are looking to purchase moringa is the actual moringa that you purchase. When it comes to foods like this there can be a pretty big difference in nutritional value between high quality and low quality products. This has to do with the environment in which the moringa was grown and how it was harvested. Of course low-quality moringa isn’t going to benefit you as much as high-quality moringa.

What you also have to be somewhat careful with is falling for overpriced products. There are some moringa products out there that are, in my opinion, very overpriced and over-hyped. You know… The types of products where you are paying more for the brand than the actual value of the product (Example: Zija Moringa). So you want to avoid these also.

If you are looking for a good quality moringa at a fair price then I’d suggest taking a look at my recommendation below, also, feel free to leave any comments, questions, or concerns below in the comment section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Zija Moringa Side Effects – What To Know

Zija Moringa Side EffectsI have been seeing a lot of talk about the Zija Moringa side effects and it can be difficult to determine what you should believe in what you shouldn’t believe. Should you believe the people that are saying this is the greatest stuff ever or should you believe the people claiming that it causes adverse side effects that will have you throwing it in the trash after a couple of days?

This is an important question that needs an answer, but unfortunately the answer is more difficult than it may seem.

But before I get into all of that, it is important to know that the moringa in Zija Moringa products is just plain old moringa, just like all the other moringa’s out there. In fact I would actually go further to say that the moringa Zija puts in their products is of higher quality than most. They do a great job of sourcing their moringa and ensuring the highest quality from every part of the process, growing, harvesting, drying, etc. They talk about this on the official Zija website.

However, as you probably already know, Zija products have much more than just moringa. Moringa is the “core” of their product line, but they have many different products that have many different purposes, and include many different ingredients.

I will get into all of this in a second, but let’s first talk about the side effects of moringa itself, which is what Zija is based around.

Moringa Side Effects

Moringa it is generally considered a very safe supplement. It has been taken for all kinds of health reasons dating back thousands of years so it is definitely not some new fad with a bunch of undiscovered side effects.

WebMD states that moringa is safe when consumed in appropriate dosages but warns people not to eat the roots, which contains a toxin you don’t want. However, this is irrelevant here because Zija does not use moringa rate in any of their products, they only use the leaves, seedpods and fruit as far as I know.

It’s All About Dosing

But of course any supplement can be dangerous if you do not dose it properly. It is all about moderation. Even the most harmless substances on earth, such as good old water, can be deadly if not consumed in moderation. So yes, moringa can be harmful if overly consumed, as I mentioned in an earlier post I wrote.

That said, standard moringa doses are completely fine and will not cause any damage to the body. However, if you start taking 3-4 times the recommended dose, that is another story. That then has the potential to be harmful.

According to examine.com, taking doses of 3x or even 4x the standard doses can cause genotoxic damage and organ damage at higher levels. However, there is no way you’re going to be taken even close to 3-4 times the recommended doses if you are taking Zija products as recommended.

WebMD states that studies have shown humans can take up to 6g/day for up to 3 weeks without adverse health effects. If you look in any of the different Zija products you will not find anything even close to this amount. So the moringa contained in their various products is nothing that you should worry about, although it is always best to consult a doctor before trying anything you haven’t tried before.

Other Ingredients That May Be Harmful

As I said, Zija’s products contain much more than just moringa. They have products that contain all sorts of different extracts from plants you probably never have heard of before. And of course… Many of their products have what you call “proprietary blends”.

Proprietary blends are blends of ingredients where they don’t tell you how much of each ingredient is actually in the product. But they do list all the ingredients that are in it, which is nice. They just don’t say how much of each.

Since there are quite a few people complaining about experiencing negative side effects after consuming these products I would advise looking over the ingredients before consuming anything.

Complaints From Customers

You can find quite a few complaints by searching around online. This blogspot happens to be a great source of reviews left by users. On it I found users claiming to have experienced everything from nausea, stomach ache, dizziness, rashes, fatigue, vommitting, diarrhea, and more.

Most of the people experiencing these negative side effects seem to have taken Zija products are focused on weight loss, which are known to be potentially dangerous. Many of these products contain stimulants and this is likely the source of many of the problems.

Final Thoughts

There are people that have had bad reactions to ZIja moringa products, and these side effects should not be dismissed, however, it is important to realize that with every single supplement out there some people will be like this.

If you look up side effects of drinking coffee you will find a long list of side effects, including some that are deadly. But do we consider coffee to be harmful or even a scam? Absolutely not. Generally speaking, coffee is very healthy.

Overall I don’t really see a problem with the Zija moringa products. They are good quality and one thing that I really like about them is that they are natural, without any harsh chemicals that were whipped up in a laboratory.

The Worst Untold Side Effect

The major side effect that I should be placing the most emphasis on is that of a drained bank account. What the heck am I talking about here? I am talking about the overinflated prices of the Zija products and how a smaller bank account might be the worst side effect of it all.

I don’t think anyone can really argue against me when I say that Zija moringa products are overpriced. This has to do with their MLM business model and all of the distributors running around trying to sell products in recruit other distributors in. This is common with MLM businesses because they try to lure in new distributors with the dreams of earning large commissions, so they jacked up the prices of their products.

That said, if you are going to buy moringa Zija is a great place to shop if you are looking for quality, but certainly not if you’re looking for a good price. If you are looking for both a good price and top-quality moringa then I would check out my recommendation below…

Make Moringa Powder Tea – Simple Recipe

make moringa powder teaIf you are looking to make moringa powder tea then I have a simple recipe for you that is super easy to do and that you will surely like.

We are seeing it everywhere now. Moringa tea is going mainstream and is lining up shelves at the stores. It is no wonder why. Moringa has been consumed for thousands of years and has many different health benefits ranging from hair growth to cancer prevention. There are numerous medicinal uses that moringa has which are being backed further and further by science.

Consuming moringa powder as a whole will probably give you the best bang for your buck, but making a tea with the powder. although more mild, is something you can also benefit from.

Benefits

If you ask any moringa tea enthusiast out there about the benefits they have experienced I’m sure they will tell you that one is an increase in energy. Or at least this is what they should tell you if they consume enough of it and are making their tea the right way and/or buying good quality tea.

There is not any caffeine in moringa. Its supply of vitamins are likely the cause of this. Moringa supplies a good dose of vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, vitamin C, as well as several of the B vitamins. It is also a good source of minerals.

And one thing that everyone can appreciate are the antioxidants that it naturally has. As you may know, antioxidants are what fight off free radicals which lead to cell damage and premature aging. So reducing these free radicals reduces the speed at which you age indirectly. Antioxidants keep you looking and feeling younger for longer.

In an independent study performed by Brunswick Laboratories moringa was shown to have a higher ORAC (Oxygen Radical Absorbance Capacity) than other teas that are praised for their antioxidant abilities, such as green tea and matcha tea.

And these are just some of the benefits. But anyway… Let’s get on to the point of this article, the making of the moringa tea.

Making Moringa Tea

I said it was going to be a simple recipe and I’m not going to let you down. This is as simple as it gets. But first things first, you’re going to need moringa powder. And don’t be too cheap here. The nutritional value of moringa can vary a good bit depending on the quality, so you don’t want to get something that is too cheap. Here is some moringa powder I recommend.

After you have your moringa powder you have several options. I would recommend either using a coffee maker or empty teabags.

If you have a coffee maker then it is very simple. Simply replace the ground coffee with moringa powder inside the coffee filter and the rest of the process is the same as if you are making coffee.

If you have empty teabags than simply fill them up with moringa powder and allow them to steep for several minutes in water after bringing it to a boil.

You could potentially use a tea infuser but this would not be recommended. Usually these have fairly large holes and the moringa powders out there on the market are too finely ground, which will lead to moringa powder being everywhere in your tea instead of just the flavor and nutrients.

Flavoring

The truth is that moringa does not taste good at all. If anyone tells you that they actually like the taste of moringa then they are either lying or a bit crazy. What you now need to do is add some additional flavor to the mix.

If you want to keep things super simple then I would suggest adding a few drops of lemon and honey as you feel fit.

If you want to take it the extra mile you could also add other teas in with the moringa tea either in the coffee maker or in the teabag before brewing/steeping. Chai, pomegranate, mandarin orange, are some pretty popular additions that I have seen with moringa that you could give a try.

Preperation For Whole Moringa Leaves

If you have a moringa tree looking to make moringa tea with leaves that you harvest yourself you can do this pretty easily as well.

What you are first going to want to do is pick mature leaves from the tree. You are then going to have to let these leaves dry and for this I would suggest letting them air dry in the shade. You could let them dry in the sun but the sun’s rays have been shown to destroy some of the nutrient profile.

After they are dry you can use a variety of different methods to grind/crush up the leaves into a powder. You could use a blender if you want or you could just crush them up by hand. Since we are just making tea here you really do not have to have them ground into a fine powder.

Reader Suggestions

I welcome all suggestions from readers. If you have experience making moringa tea and have some simple recipes you would like to share I would appreciate it if you left them down in the comments section below. Also, feel free to come back after you have tried the above mentioned recipe and leave a comment.

If you have any questions about anything you can also leave them down in the comments section and I’ll get back to you as soon as I can 🙂

Is Zija Moringa a Scam? – What You Should Know

Is Zija Moringa a ScamMoringa is a superfood, one that we here at Operation Wellness are big fans of. Moringa improves many different aspects of health and has found to be an effective treatment for many different illnesses.

But if all this is true then why are there rumors floating about that Zija moringa is a scam? After all, Zija International, which is the company behind Zija moringa, is just the place producing these products. So is the moringa just bad quality or what is the deal here?

In this short review of Zija International I will be going over why people are calling this place a scam and what you need to know before purchasing any products or possibly getting involved in the business as an independent distributor. There’s a good chance that the reason you are looking into this in the first place is because you were approached by another distributor trying to get you to join the opportunity.

Zija Moringa Review

Overview

As I said, Zija International is the company behind it all. They are a network marketing company that was created by Ken Brailsford who has been involved in direct sales for quite some time having cofounded Nature’s Sunshine and Natures Labs Inc., which was later renamed Enrich International.

Legend has it that Ken was retired from the direct sales industry when his interest in pharmaceuticals led him to become fascinated with the miracle plan moringa. To make a long story short, he saw the incredible benefits of the plant and decided to launch his own network marketing/direct sales company behind it… Zija International.

The Business Model

The business model behind it all is what is causing most of the attention and scam accusations. If you are unfamiliar with direct sales/network marketing companies then here’s a brief a review for you: direct sales businesses like Zija do not sell their products in stores, instead they have independent distributors running around selling the products for them. Anyone can join in on the opportunity to make money selling the company’s products.

In addition to this, the network marketing part of it all is when independent distributors build “teams” of other distributors beneath them via recruitment and earn commissions off of the effort of their downline.

It is this recruitment focused business model that often leads to being called a scam, and even a pyramid scheme. I can assure you that it is neither of the two, and does operate completely legitimately, but this definitely does not mean that you should go out and buy their products or join the business opportunity…. And I’ll explain why.

Moringa Products

Zija actually sells a range of products going from moringa, to essential oils, to fitness supplements and even personal care products, but since the focus of this review is on the moringa I will be going over these products.

The different products that Zija sells that contain moringa they call their “Core Moringa” line. I’m not going to cover every single one because there are many, but some of the more popular moringa products include the following…

Essentials

The Core Moringa Essentials are what they call the optimal aging formula. This product contains natural anti-inflammatories, helps slow aging, and promotes natural relaxation. It is mainly promoted as a way to stay young and healthy.

Obviously it contains moringa, which would contribute to much of the anti-inflammatory properties that the product possesses, but in addition it contains ginseng, Baikal Skullcap Root, and Immortality Herb Root.

With 60 servings of powder that you can drink, mix into smoothies, etc. this will cost you $105.

Plant Protein

Their Core Moringa Plant Protein products are completely plant-based and or a mix of moringa protein, pea protein, and rice protein.

This product is pretty darn expensive, at $125 for 28 servings, but it is very good quality. Moringa is a great source of protein because it is considered “complete”, meaning that it contains all the essential amino acids.

Premium Tea

The Premium Tea it is promoted as being a natural laxative, detoxifier, and is relaxing. Moringa teas are becoming more popular in common stores but this is going to be much more pricey than most. At $49 you will get 30 packets of tea.

However, I can say that Zija does go above and beyond as they do much of the time. Besides just moringa this tea includes a nice lineup of ingredients including Senna Leaf, Buckthorn Frang Bark, Peppermint Leaf, Uva Ursi Leaf, Orange Peel, Rose Hips Fruit, Althea(Marshmallow)Root, and Chamomile Flower.

There is no doubt that the tea is good, but holy cow is it expensive just for some tea.

Daily Tea

The Daily Tea is just as expensive as the Premium Tea. It is very similar but this tea is mainly marketed as an appetite suppressant that you are supposed to consume in the morning.

Combo Tea

Not much to say here. It’s the same price as the other two teas. All it is is a combination of the two.

Prime

Core Moringa Prime as a supplement for naturally boosting your nitric oxide levels. So I imagine it has ingredients that contain a lot of nitrates.

Keeping high and healthy nitric oxide levels is a good way to keep healthy and active, with good energy. Nitric oxide helps deliver oxygen to organs in your body and we all know how important oxygen is.

This supplement is going to cost you $93 for 30 servings. If you compare this to many of the mainstream nitric oxide boosting supplements that you see at stores like GNC and vitamin world, it is definitely on the more expensive side. That said, it does seem to be a quality product.

SmartMix

The SmartMix it is designed to increase vitality and mood. Included in the mix are moringa along with chicory root extract and FoTi root extract. This product, like most, comes in little serving sized powder packets that you can mix with a drink, a smoothie, or take however you want.

32 packets are going to cost you $125.

SuperMix

This powder mix contains a blend of moringa seeds, leaves, and fruit. It is yet another powder that can easily be mixed in with smoothies, drinks, etc. There are other ingredients contained other than moringa but they are more for flavor or just fillers. This product is all about the health benefits of moringa and moringa only.

32 servings sell for $125, so yes… it is another very costly product.

XM+, XM3, XM AM, XM Burn, XM Protien, and XM PM

Zija sells a line-up of Moringa Core XM products including XM+, XM3, XM AM, XM Burn, and others. These products are all very similar but differ slightly. For example the AM product includes green tea extract and has natural caffeine in it which will give you a nice natural boost of energy while surpressing appetite while the PM does not contain any caffeine.

The main focus behind the developement of these was to create a natural product with moringa that boosts energy, mood and surpresses appetite.

All of the XM products are priced at $74 except for XM Protein and XM + which is priced at $125.

Water Purification Systems

This is kind-of a strange product to be included in the list, but yes…. Zija did jump on the bandwagon and they are selling very expensive water purification systems which many network marketing companies seem to be selling nowadays.

Zija calls this system the Morclēr water purification system. Now you may be wondering what this has to do with moringa and I’ll tell you… The filters that go with these purification systems have moringa in them of course. They feature a 6 stage filtration/purification system that couples reverse osmosis with moringa’s cleansing properties.

I fully understand the increasing need for water purification with all the pollution going around, but close to $700 for one of these systems…??? That seems like a heck of a lot.

The good thing about these high priced products is that you can earn some decent commissions when you get others to buy them, which brings me to the business opportunity that Zija and Zija distributors love to talk about so much…

The Business Opportunity

This is actually promoted as a “turnkey business model” with a lucrative compensation plan right on the official Zija website. This can be somewhat misleading because it seems to lead people to believe that it is easier to make money with than it really is. Sure… the business already is there for you and all you have to do is join, but its not quite as simple as it sounds as I’ll explain.

Anyone can join as an independent distributor and earn money in a variety of different ways. I’m not going to get into every single way that exists but I’ll go over the core components of the compensation plan.

Retail Sales

This is pretty simple…you buy Zija products at wholesale prices and sell them at retail prices, keeping the difference. As a distributor you will have access to these wholesale prices.

Fast Start Commissions

These are commissions you can earn when you enroll a new member, whether it be a distributor, retail cusotmer, etc… it doesn’t matter. You will earn either 15% or 20% depending on your personal sales volume.

Team Commissions

You could call this the pillar of the compensation plan. This is where recruitment takes over and is a big deal.

As you recruit in new distributors they will be placed beneath you in 2 legs, meaning that this is a binary compensation plan. After you recruit in 2 people and they, along with yourself, achieve what is called Active 75 then you are qualified to earn 10% team commissions.

“Active 75” means that you have a personal sales volume (PV) of 75. There is a point value attached with each product that is bought or sold so you will have to sell a certain volume of procuts in order to unlock this part of the compensation plan. The products that you personally buy will go towards your PV.

Below is a scenario where you are above Active 75 (Active 150) and you have recruited in 2 people beneath you that are above Active 75, which is the requirement. What happens is you will recieve 10% commissions of the volume from the lesser leg, which in this case is the right leg. So of the 500 CV (commissionable volume) you get $50…

Team Benz Luxury Car Program

This is a bonus incentive they have where they literally give Mercedes Benz’s out to people that are Gold ranked or better.

Ranks

Ranks within this business model are very important. The higher up the totem pole you are, the more of the compensation plan you have access to.

So how do you move up the ranks? Well… the two main areas you have to focus on are your own PV (personal volume) and your team’s sales.

Ther are 16 ranks total which you can see here:

Leadership Check Match Pool (LCMP)

One of the parts of the compesation plan that is really dependent on rank is the LCMP. Here you get paid based on the team commissions of your “generations”.

So what is a generation?

Your 1st generation consists of the distributors that you personally recruit in, your 2nd generation consists of the distributors that they recruit in, your 3rd geneation consists of the distributors that your 2nd generation recruits in, and so on. You are able to earn down to 9 generations deep at most.

You first unlock the LCMP when you reach the rank of Emerald in which you will be able to earn 4 gen deep.

The Problem With This Business Opportunity

First let me say this… no this is not a pyramid scheme. This business has been around for a while and Key, the founder, knows what he is doing. He knows how to operate this thing legally. I know there is a great deal of emphasis place on recruitment but there is also emphasis placed on product sales, enough so that it is legitimate.

That said… this doesn’t mean you should go out and join.

The problem with mlm (multi-level marketing) businesses like this is that they actually make it more difficult for most people to make money. The pyramid-like structure at play here funnels commissions up to those at the top and takes away from those at the bottom. This is what they don’t tell you. And since there are many more people at the bottom with a structure like this, many more people find it more difficult.

So Is Zija Moringa a Scam or Not?

No it is not a scam. The products seem to be of very good quality. They source their moringa from quality areas and do so responsibly. Quality begins at the source and this is a big deal.

They also go the extra mile in the drying process, which can destroy the quality of moringa if not done right. What they do is what is called “shade drying” which is just when the moringa is dried in the shade. The reason for this is because drying in the sun has been found to destroy some of the nutritional value.

So no the moringa itself is not a scam by any means. It is the same good moringa that has numerous medicinal uses, the same moringa that has been shown to improve liver function and so on.

HOWEVER… there is no doubt that it is overpriced. This is common with mlm businesses like this. They usually lean towards more costly products that are way overhyped and the reason for this is to create a more lucrative business opportunity to get people to join… or at least that is how I see it.

Quality Moringa At a Much Better Price

For good qualiity moringa at a faction of the cost I would suggest taking a look at what I recommend below. You are getting all the good quality without the inflated prices.

Moringa for Blood Sugar – Does This Super-food Actually Help?

Moringa for Blood SugarMoringa is a superfood that has been consumed for thousands of years for its many health benefits. It is used to treat everything from minor skin conditions to extreme health problems such as cancer, in which as shown to be at least somewhat effective as a treatment.

It is no surprise that people are taking moringa for blood sugar. This is just one of the many uses that I have read about, in which it seems it very well could be effective.

Throughout my research on this topic I was able to find a good bit of information coming from both scientific studies in which moringa’s blood sugar leveling capabilities have been measured and from posts written online by diabetics who swear that taking moringa has helped greatly.


The Proof That It Works

There is proof that taking moringa can reduce blood sugar levels, but there is still more research that needs to be done this particular area. Most of the studies performed to date have been done on other animals, such as rats. There have been a few studies done on humans but there is still a lack of.

Human Studies

One study that was performed on a group of woman showed a “significant” decrease in blood sugar levels. The purpose of the study was to see if there were any observable changes in oxidative stress when supplementing moringa along with another herb. They were not primarily focused on testing its effects on blood sugar, but did measure blood sugar levels.

After supplementing 7 g of moringa leaf powder for three months blood sugar levels dropped by up to 13.5%.

A drop of 13.5% over three months just from supplementing 7 g a day is pretty darn good if you ask me. However, another study which I think I should bring to your attention shows otherwise. In a separate study performed on patients with type II diabetes, there were no significant changes in blood sugar. However, in the study moringa was only administered for four weeks and even the researchers acknowledged that this is likely not enough time to allow for significant changes.

Other Studies 

Studies performed on rats shipment much better results, but this is likely because more studies done this way and in the studies more moringa has been administered per weight.

To give you an example: One study, which I actually mentioned in my post about moringa and diabetes, tested the effects of moringa on rats that were severely diabetic and mildly diabetic. After just three weeks the severely diabetic rats showed a decrease in blood sugar levels by almost 70% in the mildly diabetic rats showed a decrease of about 30%, both very significant. However like I said, these rats were given much higher doses considering their small size than the humans were. The blood sugar levels were also measured during a fasted state, which could also have an effect.

The general consensus of scientists is it that moringa does indeed have the ability to affect blood sugar and positive ways. Even the researchers from the study that I mentioned above, which failed to back up this claim, made it clear that their study was not set up in the best of manners and that this could very well be the cause of less than significant results.


What Is It About Moringa That May Lower Blood Sugar?

Much of moringa’s ability to lower blood sugar likely comes from its antioxidant content. Moringa is well known for being jammed packed with antioxidants which have been shown to provide a number of health benefits, including treating diabetes.

Antioxidants fight against oxidative stress. Highly reactive molecules called free radicals form from oxidation and they wreak havoc within the body. Free radicals go about damaging everything from the skin to the pancreas and are a big cause of early aging. According to TheDiabetesCouncil.com, in people with diabetes, blood sugar is heavily oxidized as well as proteins and lipids.

The body of course has natural antioxidants that are used to combat oxidative stress, but supplementation of a superfood like moringa that a good amount of antioxidants that you probably wouldn’t otherwise get is hopeful.

It has also been found that there is a protein isolate contained in moringa that can reduce blood sugar levels. A study was performed in which this specific protein isolate was administered to mice and this addition to their diet caused significant decreases in blood sugar.


Is It Worth Trying?

If you’re looking for a natural remedy for getting your blood sugar levels to a healthy point then I do see moringa as being worth a try at the very least. Thid superfood has been consumed for thousands of years and has many medicinal uses, long before modern science came along to prove that many of the claimed benefits really do exist. People were taking it because they saw and felt the results they were getting, although they could not really prove them on a factual basis at the time… which science has evolved to now be able to do.

Sure… It would be nice if there were more studies done on the effects of moringa on humans’ blood glucose levels, there is at least enough scientific evidence to show that it more than likely does have some effect.

And besides lowering blood sugar levels, moringa has many other health benefits that you will get from taking it. Moringa will help improve skin health, boost your immune system, as I mentioned at the beginning it can help fight against cancer, it has tons of vitamins and minerals, and so on.

top 10 moringa medicinal uses

Moringa Medicinal Uses – The Top 10

There are many effective moringa medicinal uses. Much of moringa’s uses were based in folk medicine but what we are seeing today is that modern science is beginning to back up more and more of its traditional uses. Moringa is commonly called a “miracle tree” or “superfood” and for good reason. This incredible plant is absolutely packed with nutrients that make it great for a range of different health related things.

Moringa isn’t just some new “green” health trend that will come and go. It’s health related uses can be tracked back for thousands of years to the time of the Ancient Egyptians when moringa oil was used to protect their skin against the harsh climate. And in ancient India moringa was said to be able to cure over 300 diseases. Some people even believe that in the Bible (Rev 2:7;22:2,14) moringa is what is being talked about when “The Miracle Tree of Life” is referred to.

Moringa is no cure-all herb but it is pretty amazing. It is proven to treat everything asthma to cancer. And when I say “proven” I mean scientifically proven. Moringa’s leaves, oil, seeds, bark, and flowers have all been found to be pretty incredible with the properties they hold, but since just about every moringa product on the market is made from either moringa leaves or moringa oil, I’ll just be focusing on the uses of them here.

#1) Skin Healing Powers

One common medicinal use of moringa is for that of skin health and healing. As mentioned, using moringa oil for skin health dates back for thousands of years to the Ancient Egyptians. In modern times moringa is still used quite commonly for the benefits it has for your skin. It is used as a treatment for everything from wrinkles to acne to wound healing. And its not just moringa oil applied directly to the skin that gives benefits, but ingesting moringa powder as well.

There are more than one study out there that backs up the effectiveness of this use for moringa.

One study from 2013 I found studied a cream’s effectiveness when infused with moringa leaf extract. The study was performed in the winter when skin health is at its lowest point and the results after a 12 week period were that moringa help “significantly”  reduce the amount of “undesirable skin”.

Another experiment I found, titled Enhancement of human skin facial revitalization by moringa leaf…, showed that moringa has revitalization effects on the skin and supports anti-aging.

And these are just studies for every day skin health… but what if you get a cut or scrape… will moringa help your skin heal? The answer is yes it will.

There was a wound healing study I dug up online that was performed on rats with open wounds. The results showed that when moringa was administered to the test subjects their wound closure rate increased and the amount of scar tissue decreased. What is also rather interesting is that the actual strength of the skin increased as well. Pretty amazing stuff here.

And like I said, not just topical moringa products that help out your skin. While they will help out most directly, you can also get benefits for your skin from taking oral moringa supplements.

Why Moringa Is Effective

Moringa’s skin healing/health properties can largely be attributed to its antioxidant properties. This superfood contains over 46 antioxidants (courtesy of NaturalSociety.com) including very high amounts vitamins which serve as antioxidants, such as vitamin A, vitamin E, vitamin D, and vitamin C, just to name a few.

These antioxidants are responsible for preventing the oxidation of molecules in the body. You see when oxidation of molecules occurs in the body free-radicals are formed. Free-radicals are very unstable and damage all sorts of things. They are linked to early aging and in this case, undesirable or unhealthy skin.

Moringa also contains high amounts of the phytohormone Zeatin. Zeatin is involved in the cellular division process that plants use to grow and high amounts of this compound cause faster growth in plants. And the important thing about this that relates to the skin is that it has been found to have youth preserving/anti-aging effects on human skin when experimented with in-vivo (link to study).

So if you are looking for a “green” way to get better skin then moringa is a great choice. It is proven, time tested, and provides a heck of a lot more than just skin health benefits.

#2) Regulating Blood Pressure

Another effective medicinal use for moringa is regulating blood pressure. If you suffer from high blood pressure and are looking for natural treatment then moringa is definitely something that is worth considering.

This isn’t just traditional use that has no proof of actually working. It has been backed by plenty of science as an effective natural treatment.

In a 2012 study moringa proved to reduce hypertension in test subjects, which were rats by the way… but nonetheless were still test subjects whose bodies are very similar to us humans. During the study the test subjects were injected with a compound that induced hypertension and when moringa extract was administered it reversed the effects.

And this isn’t the end of it. There are similar studies out there that show moringa to be effective for all sorts of blood pressure related problems.

Why It Works

The reason moringa is effective at reversing high blood pressure is due to many things. According to Examine.com it probably has some to do with the isothiocyanates and thiocarbamates that are present in moringa. It has been proven that molecules with a cyanide and sulfur group are able to lower blood pressure.

Moringa also has many other qualities that are proven to reduce BP such as high amounts of potassium, magnesium, and vitamin C just to name a few.

Potassium helps lower sodium levels in the blood. And we all know that sodium is the enemy if you are battling against high blood pressure. What potassium does is helps your body get rid of the excess sodium that is in the blood by excreting it in the urine. And moringa just happens to be an amazing source of potassium. Moringa will give you about 3X or more the potassium than bananas (pound for pound), which are well known for having a lot of this mineral.

Magnesium is another mineral that can help you out with high BP. It is shown to have a soothing or relaxing effect on blood vessels leads to decreased blood pressure. Moringa is also a decent source of this but nothing special. A normal 2g serving of moringa powder will provide you with about 10.5mg of magnesium, which works out to be 2.5 – 3.5% of an adult’s RDA. Nothing much but its still something.

And vitamin C is something else that will help with BP and moringa contains a lot. If you were to compare moringa’s vitamin C levels to oranges you would find that moringa powder has about 5X the amount per weight. This vitamin has been linked to lower BP but the reasons it is effective are something that not much information exists on. However, it is notable that Johns Hopkins Medicine scientists say that if people would consume more vitamin C there would be a lot less strokes happening.

While there is more to be known, the bottom line here is that moringa is proven to lower blood pressure and is a great choice for doing so because of the numerous other benefits it brings to the table.

#3) A Natural Antibacterial

Of the many uses moringa has, using it as an antibacterial agent is yet another. In rural areas of Africa moringa is used for this purpose due to lack of man-made medicine, because it is traditional, and for other reasons. While this may seem like another ineffective folk medicine that has no scientific basis, it actually does..

There are all sorts of studies that prove moringa to have antibacterial properties from its leaves, to its bark, to its seed pods. Whether you are taking moringa powder or using moringa oil for skin health, you will be able to harness some of these germ killing powers.

There is no shortage of studies here. One 2009 study tested moringa leaf juice extract against four different types of human pathogenic bacteria. The results showed that moringa demonstrated antibacterial activity by inhibiting all four types that were studied. In this study it was even suggested that moringa be studied more closely because the antibacterial agents it contains could be used to create new and better pharmaceuticals.

In another study I found moringa extract was tested against several other pathogenic bacteria including E. coli, which everyone seems to be aware of from the many E. coli outbreaks that have come from foods. Here the researchers found that moringa exhibited antibacterial effects on wound and enteric (intestinal) pathogens.

And there are more where these come from. The research backing up moringa’s ability to fight off and kill germs is a lot.

Why Moringa Kills Germs

There is still a lot unknown about why moringa is such a good antibacterial. There are so many different compounds that it contains and often times these work together in combination to bring many of the benefits moringa has for us.

However, moringa does contain Niaziminin and Niazinin, which are 2 phytochemicals that this activity can be at least partly attributed to. These 2 phytochemicals have also been shown to have tumor and cancer preventing effects which I will get into next.

It is also worth noting that moringa displays antifungal, antiviral and antiparasitic activity which is closely related to its antibacterial activity.

So if you want a natural way to protect yourself from the next E. coli outbreak that Chipotle lets happen or from parasites that could potentially ruin your next tropical vacation then moringa is one of the good choices out there for you. While man made medications can be more powerful, moringa is an excellent healthy way to go.

#4) Protection From Cancer

Of all the medicinal uses that moringa has this has got to be one of the most impressive. That’s not to say that any of the others are not impressive… but being able to use moringa as a natural treatment and/or preventative for cancer is something that might even be difficult to believe. But it is true.

I have found numerous studies on this subject. I think one of the best out there is this one where the power of moringa was tested against breast and colorectal cancers, which are the number 1 & 2 deadliest cancers for women by the way. The results from this study showed that cell colony formation was reduced by a whopping 70-90% along with an increase in apoptotic cells, which basically means that the test subject’s bodies were able to kill off more potentially harmful cells (cancer cells) when taking moringa.

Why Moringa Beats Up On Cancer

There are a number of ways that moringa is able to treat cancer.

It has been shown to interfere with the signaling pathway that goes in in the body to promote cancer cell proliferation, which results in less cancer cells being formed. The obstruction of this pathway that hinders cancer cell increase is thought to mainly be due to the presence of eugenol, which targets E2F1/survivin in cancer cells, D-allose, and others.

Eugenol has been studied a lot and there is plenty of research to back up its anti-cancer activity. Another study from BMC Cancer showed that eugenol lead to increased apoptosis of breast cancer cells through E2/F1 and survivin as well. And basically what this all means is that eugenol helped to increase the body’s ability to kill off harmful cells, and in this case breast cancer cells.

The moringa leaves have been shown to have some of the most anti-cancer properties when compared to other parts of the plant such as its bark and seed pods. This is good because nearly all of the moringa supplements that are available on the market are made from moringa leaves, such as moringa powder.

 #5) Effective Against Diabetes

According to WebMD there is still no cure for diabetes…. However, there are ways to treat diabetes to help lessen negative effects that it has. Moringa happens to be one of these treatments and there is plenty of science to back up its effectiveness in this regard.

The disease of diabetes comes in many different forms. However, they stem from problems with the hormone called insulin. Insulin is released to help the body store & use both fat and sugar. Diabetics have low insulin levels for one reason or another and in severe cases have no insulin production at all.

One way to measure diabetes is by measuring blood glucose. Because insulin is responsible for regulating glucose levels in the blood, levels of this can be measured to basically see the severity of diabetes someone has.

In one study (link here) that I found to be pretty fascinating, moringa extract was found to decrease blood glucose levels by up to 69.2%. This study looked at the effect of moringa on normal animals and animals with diabetes. Moringa was shown to decrease the blood glucose levels in all test subjects but the decrease was the most significant for those with severe cases of diabetes.

And there are plenty more studies done in this area. Another study from the Journal of Diabetes titled Evaluation of antidiabetic and antioxidant activity of Moringa… found that when moringa was administered to test subjects with diabetes the progression of this disease was reduced and that it showed “significant” anti-diabetic activity.

Why Is Moringa Effective for Diabetes Treatment?

As with just about everything, the reason moringa is effective at treating this particular problem is probably due to a variety of different compounds that it contains. But one in particular that I found does have hypoglycemic effects is a protein isolate that is found in moringa leaves.

There was a study that was performed in 2017 that measured the effects that this protein isolate had blood glucose levels. The results were significant to say the least. The isolate reduced levels of blood glucose by up to 66.4% just 5 hours after administration (study here).

Vitamin A is something else that moringa contains a heck of a lot of, which is also a known treatment for the disease. And when I say “a lot” I mean it. Moringa powder can have as much as 10X the amount of vitamin A than carrots, which are well known for this vitamin.

There are other reasons why its an effective treatment for diabetes, much of which I’m not even going to get into. The bottom line is that it does work.

Its always nice to see traditional medicines that have been used for hundreds and even thousands of years that turn out to actually do what they have been said to do long before modern science.

#6) Cholesterol Regulation

Everyone wants cholesterol, but just not the bad kind. HDL is the good kind whereas LDL is the bad kind that will increase chances of strokes, heart attacks, etc. LDL cholesterol builds up in your arteries and makes it more difficult for blood to flow properly. Of course you are never going to be able to eliminate HDL but you can get it under control and maintain healthy levels of it.

Cholesterol and diabetes, which I just talked about above, are actually related. Diabetes tends to lower the good HDL cholesterol and raise the bad LDL cholesterol as well as triglyceride levels.

Moringa is one of the better natural treatments for cholesterol regulation out there and it has actually been used as a traditional cardiotonic medicine (to help the heart contract stronger) in Thailand for a long time.

The best treatment there is would probably be to just eat healthier so you aren’t taking in all the bad cholesterol from foods, but if you aren’t willing to make sacrifices when it comes to eating, then supplementing moringa is a good choice.

A study from the Journal of Ethnopharmacol showed that when moringa extract was administered to hypercholesterol-fed rabbits over a period of 12 weeks, the cholesterol levels were significantly reduced to a level of 50. In this time plaque formation in the arteries was also reduced due to the moringa extract.

And another study (link to study) showed that moringa actually increases HDL cholesterol (good cholesterol). This will in turn lower LDL cholesterol levels and decrease chances of related diseases.

The results of these studies show that using moringa as a treatment for high cholesterol is comparable to the drug simvastatin, which is specifically used to do such.

Curious As To How Moringa Regulates Cholesterol?

At least some of moringa’s ability to regulate cholesterol levels can be attributed to PUFAs. And I know you are probably wondering what the heck PUFA’s are. Well, it stands for “polyunsaturated fatty acids” and these include linoleic acid, linolenic acid and oleic acid. And moringa’s oil happens to have as much as 76% PUFA.

Another reason why moringa might be so effective is its fiber content. Moringa is extremely high in fiber. This fiber can bind cholesterol in the digestive system and take it right out of the body.

#7) Anti-Viral Treatment

Going along with moringa being an anti-bacterial, which I discussed in #3, moringa also has some pretty incredible antiviral activity that makes it a good choice among natural medications in this area.

Viruses can be very difficult to stop. They sneak their ways into our cells and use the protection of the cells to thrive. Man-made medications can do amazing things but there are almost always unwanted side effects at least to some degree. That is why moringa, being a natural choice, seems to be growing in popularity among researchers and victims of viruses.

There are a couple studies that I want to point out when comes to documented proof of moringa’s anti-viral activity. The first being one that tested several different plant extracts against foot and mouth virus diseases. In this study there were 3 plants that were looked at, two of which proved to be effective, moringa and Azadirachta indica. Moringa’s antiviral activity is quoted as being “potent” (link to study here).

Another similar study tested 20 different plants that are commonly used for medicinal means in Thailand, moringa being one of them. This study tested these plants’ antiviral activity against the Herpes Virus (HSV-1) in mice. Moringa was one of just a few plants to show strength against the virus. It delayed skin lesions caused by Herpes and prolonged the life of the infected test subjects.

The Antiviral Side of Moringa

Moringa seems to protect the body against a variety of viruses that are out there, including the notorious HIV. But what is it about moringa that gives it these antiviral properties?….well… there are a number of things at work here.

The phytochemicals that moringa contains seem to play a large role here. Niaziminin, in particular, is one such phytochemical that has been shown in studies to protect against viruses such as Epstein bar virus (RNA virus).

Flavonoids are also more than likely responsible for some of this amazing activity. They are extremely high in antioxidants which are known to help kill off viruses in the body. And then of course moringa is also filled with many other antioxidants (46 total) that will help in the same way.

#8) Remedy for Inflammation…Arthritis, Asthma, etc.

There are a lot of different conditions that can be classified in the inflammatory category. Two in particular that are extremely common and that moringa has been proven to treat include arthritis and asthma.

Arthritis and other forms of joint pain are all to common. Arthritis is most common for those that are elderly, but you might be surprised the number of people in their 20’s that are walking around with this condition. Arthritis is extremely common worldwide and just to give you a percentage to think about here.. roughly 23% of all adults in the US suffer from it (courtesy of CDC.gov).

Luckily, most cases of arthritis aren’t all that serious. They can be treated so that you can still go about your day. There are over 100 different types of arthritis out there but they all are basically the same thing…. joint inflammation which causes joint pain and stiffness.

Moringa just so happens to have anti-inflammatory properties that are proven to treat inflammatory conditions such as arthritis and asthma. I have read over several blog posts by individuals who swear by moringa a cure, not to mention how moringa has been used as traditional anti-inflammatory for long time.  Even on WebMD they list arthritis and asthma treatment as one of moringa’s effective uses.

But is there any real proof of this? Well of course there is. If you know me then you know I like to back up my points with science.

One study on arthritis that caught my eye you can take a look at here if you would like. But I’ll summarize it for you if you don’t care to. The study was performed on animals, rats in particular. And basically what they did was used the amount of time the rats spent licking or biting their inflamed paws as a measure of how bad the inflammation was. When the rats were given moringa extract to treat their condition the amount of expressed discomfort decreased significantly.

And when it comes to moringa & asthma there is also an abundance of proof. I mentioned a study in another post (here) I wrote about this that showed supplementing just 3g of moringa per day can really have positive effects for those with asthma. The study was performed on people and in it the asthma patients’ breathing strength and volume increase due to moringa’s ability to treat this inflammatory condition.

All the studies out there are all pretty unanimously conclusive on moringa’s ability as an anti-inflammatory agent.

 The Anti-Inflammatory Agents at Work

So now you should be wondering how moringa is able to treat inflammatory problems such as arthritis and asthma.

Well a 2015 study shows that moringa supplementation suppresses inflammatory markets such as NO production and prostaglandin E2. At the same time it also decreases production of cytokines, which are signaling molecules that come from cells which promote inflammation.

Moringa’s anti-inflammatory properties are due to isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and other polyphenols that it contains, among other things. Flavonoids are well known for their ability to treat inflammation and have been shown to work for all kinds of such conditions ranging from arthritis to asthma and everything in between.

So the takeway here is that moringa works for conditions stemming from inflammation pretty darn good. The study that I mentioned above that was performed on asthma patients had them only take 3g of moringa per day. This is pretty much the normal serving size for most of the moringa powder supplements that are available.

#9) Metabolism Health Through Thyroid Hormone Regulation

Number 9 that I’m including on this list is how moringa can help with thyroid hormone regulation which can have a number of positive effects on your body, one of the most notable being a healthy metabolism.

There was a great quote I came across from EveryDayHealth.com that says “If your metabolism is a revved engine, thyroid hormone is the gas”. The hormone that your thyroids produce play an important part in your metabolism. If you have hypothyroidism this means that your body does not produce enough of this hormone and a decreased metabolism is one of the results. And vice versa, if you have hyperthyroidism this means that your thyroid is overactive and producing too much hormone, which leads to increased metabolism, weight loss, anxiety, tremors, etc.

So the thyroid produces the thyroid hormone, which then regulates the metabolism, and moringa can help to regulate the amount of this hormone being produced so that you keep your metabolism nice and healthy.

According to this study that was performed in 2000, moringa extract administered at low concentrations is effective at treating hyperthyroidism. So this would be good for those that have overactive thyroids. And something else worth noting is that moringa was found to be effective at hormone regulation in females test subjects but not males.

Going along with its benefits to the thyroid, moringa is also used in other countries as a treatment for goiter, which comes from irregular thyroid hormone production.

How Moringa Helps Out The Thyroid

Not that you need to know this, but moringa is shown to effect the conversion of T4 (thyroxine) to T3 (triiodothyronine). Now how it does this is another question.

One thing that is sure to have an effect on the thyroid hormone is the level of antioxidants that moringa possesses. As I’ve said numerous times, moringa has 46 different antioxidants, which is a heck of a lot. The reason this is important is because both hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism have been linked to oxidative stress which antioxidants can reduce.

So according to studies done on antioxidants and the thyroid hormone, moringa should be beneficial to hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism. I know I only mentioned one study that proved its effectiveness against hyperthyroidism but there is more research that needs to be done in this area.

Anyway… if you experience nervousness, excessive sweating, have an irregular heartbeat, anxiety, etc, then you may be suffering from hyperthyroidism. There are a lot of people out there that have this and don’t even know it.

Moringa is not only proven in science to treat this condition but I have also read reviews of people that have started supplementing moringa for this very reason and saw results from it.

#10) E.D. Treatment

Erectile dysfunction is something that comes with age. According to a study by the Cleveland Clinic, about 40% of men over the age of 40 suffer from this and 70% of those that are over 70 years old. Its effects can destroy self confidence and in some cases relationships. This is an embarrassing problem that no man wants yet well over half of the population will experience at some point.

Lack of blood flow is the cause of ED and this lack of blood flow can be caused by a number of different things such as high blood pressure, high cholesterol, atherosclerosis, and others. Oxidative stress is also something that is linked to decreased male sex function.

As you already know if you actually read this post thus far, moringa is proven to help regulate blood pressure, lower bad cholesterol, and it contains a bunch of antioxidants to combat oxidative stress. So you know that it is a potential treatment for ED.

Surprisingly, I was actually able to find a study that was on exactly this…. Titled: Moringa oleifera extract enhances sexual performance. The hypothesis of the study was that moringa would increase sexual performance because of its antioxidants. And it proved to do exactly this. It decreased oxidative stress and with that decrease came an increase in sexual performance.

The Reason Moringa Is an Aphrodisiac 

There really isn’t all that much information in this particular area but moringa has been used for aphrodisiac purposes in traditional medicine for hundreds of years. We know that some of its effectiveness comes from its ability to lower blood pressure, cholesterol, and stop oxidative damage, but who knows what other reasons there might be for its effectiveness.

Seeds from moringa trees are sold in Eastern countries as traditional virility drugs. But you don’t have to get the seeds. Taking moringa powder supplements (made from moringa leaves) should give very similar effects.

Summary.. Moringa = One Heck of a Natural Medicine

Moringa is one heck of a natural medicine. As I mentioned in the very beginning, traditional Indian medicine claims that moringa can treat/cure over 300 different diseases. I’m not really sure how accurate this number really is but who knows…. maybe it is actually true. After all, many of moringa’s traditional uses in folk medicine are turning out to be backed by scientific research.

There is good reason to add moringa to your diet. The 10 medicinal uses that I went over above are just a fraction of the many uses it is effective for.

Natural medicines are back in style in the modern age and moringa is at the top of the list. If you are going to buy moringa one piece of advice I have for you is to not just go out and buy any moringa that is out there. Buy from a trusted source. There is a difference between quality moringa that is grown in a healthy environment and moringa that is not. You might have to spend a few extra bucks but its better to be safe than sorry.

Moringa for Liver

Moringa for Liver Health – Yay or Nay?

If you are considering taking moringa for liver health then you are going to want to read this. Most articles that you see online only tell you the good things that you want to hear. But here at Operation Wellness I’m going over the bad things as well.

Moringa has been found to be both good and bad for your liver, mainly good but nonetheless it can have a negative impact and lead to liver damage in some cases.

Since the good is what everyone wants to hear lets start with that….

Moringa Protects Your Liver

Moringa isn’t just some herbal folk medicine. It has been used for thousands of years for treatment of all kinds of conditions, illnesses, and diseases from acne to cancer, many of which it is being scientifically proven to be a good treatment for.

Liver damage happens to be one of these conditions that it is proven to treat.

In one study I came across scientists tested moringa leaf extract supplementation on rats with liver damage from being fed and extremely high fat diet (yes this can cause liver damage). The rats had developed fatty liver disease by the time of the testing.

Results from these fatty liver diseased rats showed that moringa supplementation reduced indicators for liver damage.

Why Moringa Protects The Liver

In the study above, moringa’s liver protecting effect was partly attributed to its antioxidant activity. This is also backed up by other sources on this subject.

Moringa is packed with antioxidants and, according to NaturalSociety.com, has over 46. The antioxidant activity that moringa contains has been well documented in all sorts of studies and is partly the reason it is effective for helping with everything from acne to immune system health.

Antioxidants are responsible for fighting off free-radicals, which are unstable and highly-reactive atoms that go throughout the body wreaking havoc and leading to destruction. They are often associated with early aging due to the damaging effects that they have.

Stress caused by high levels of free-radicals leads to liver damage and disease. The liver works to metabolize free-radical producing compounds but it still needs the help of antioxidants. Without a healthy balance of antioxidants the liver will likely become damaged which could lead to a number of other health problems.

Chronic Moringa Consumption Could Lead to Liver Damage

There really isn’t much information out there on how moringa could be bad for your liver so I think its important to bring to your attention this study that I found on the matter.

Moringa is proven to help but it can also hurt.

In a moringa toxicology evaluation study from 2013 rats were given insanely high doses of moringa leaf extract for 8 week. They were given 50, 100, 200, and up to 400mg of moringa extract per kilogram of body weight. The results?… The rats showed significant increases in serum ALT, AST, BUN and creatinine. Now you don’t need to know what these are. The take away here is that this could lead to both liver and kidney damage.

However, its also important to note that these dosages were extremely high. At even just 50mg per kg of bodyweight that would be like a 200lb person taking 4,536mg of moringa extract (4.536g), which is higher than any recommended dose you will find out there. Also the extract would be more concentrated than the moringa powders available.

Usually moringa products are dosed at 1-3g per serving.

If Moringa Bad or Good for Your Liver?

There is more information out there saying that it is good than bad. And the study mentioned above isn’t all that realistic when it comes to normal human consumption of moringa.

Personally I think it does more good than bad. Its also worth knowing that moringa has been consumed for heath benefits for literally thousands of years, so its not like its some new herb that hasn’t been put to the test much.

Overall the leaves are considered very safe to consume, even on very reputable health sites like WebMD.

There are even more ways that I didn’t bother discussing as to why moringa is good for your liver. These include its ability to help restore liver enzymes (which are needed for the liver to function) and reduce inflammation among others.

Moringa Benefits for Women

Moringa Benefits for Women – Should You Be Taking Moringa?

Moringa isn’t called a miracle plant and superfood for no reason. Its list of benefits runs long and its no wonder this plant has been used for health reasons for thousands of years. Both men and women can benefit greatly from moringa due to its dense content full of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds.

Many women swear by moringa for many reasons, which is going to be the focus of this article… moringa benefits for women.

Moringa’s popularity is growing in the western world and for good reason. I’m guessing you caught wind about its potential benefits and are curious to see how it can help you out. So lets get started…

Here is a quick guide if you want to jump ahead to a certain sections of this article:

Healthier Skin, Hair & Nails… No Problem

Healthy hair, skin, and nails are all things that every woman wants. No one wants dry brittle hair, skin or nails. This is a sign up bad health and will lead to premature aging.

Luckily, moringa can help reverse the aging process and reduce those wrinkles or even prolong your youthful appearance, depending on your age.

When it comes to your skin, hair and nails, moringa has just about it all. It packs a lot of vitamin E & A, zinc, calcium, amino acids, biotin and more.

Vitamin E & Biotin Proven to Increase Hair Growth

Both vitamin E and biotin have been shown in studies to increase hair growth on patients experiencing some form of baldness.

There is plenty of information out there that shows vitamin E to be very effective for hair growth yet not all that much when it comes to biotin, although biotin is in many of the hair growth products on the market. However, I was able to find a study cited on HealthLine where women suffering from balding took biotin for 90 days and say significant reduction in hair loss and increases in hair growth.

Antioxidants Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh

Antioxidants fight off damaging free-radicals that damage all parts of your body but most noticeably your hair and skin. Moringa happens to be good source of these antioxidants and can help slow down the aging process that comes from these free-radicals.

Much of its antioxidant activity comes from its high beta carotene and vitamin E content.

More Elastic & Firm Skin

Topical moringa products like moringa oils and creams will increase the elasticity of your skin. They increase elastin production which, as you can guess, has to do with the elasticity.

In the same way it increases elastin it also increases collagen production, which will give your skin that firm and well-nourished look. Moringa’s high vitamin A content is responsible for much of this. Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts which are involved in the production of both.

Zinc is Great for Hair, Skin, & Nails

Zinc is very important for the health of all 3. That is why you often hear dermatologists recommending it for hair growth and other related reasons. In fact, zinc deficiency can and often will lead to hair loss.

One of the important roles that zinc play is in cell division. Your body needs zinc to produce new healthy cells and a lack of it will lead to your body deteriorating… literally. Hair loss is just one symptom, accompanied by yellow, cracked nails and poor skin.

The good thing is that moringa contains quite a bit of zinc so that you don’t have to worry so much about the symptoms mentioned above.

Increased Keratin Production

Keratin is a protein that everyone wants more of. It is essential when it comes to strong and healthy hair. It is safe to say that the women acrobats you see hanging from their hair in circuses have loads of keratin, or at least I would think so.

The reason moringa will help increase your body’s keratin levels is because it contains the 4 amino acids that are involved in keratin production. And actually it contains more than that. Moringa has all 9 essential amino acids which your body needs to get from foods because it cannot make it on its own.

An Acne Treatment That Works

No one wants acne and moringa can help. If you suffer from acne and are at your wit’s end with acne products, then moringa might be worth considering.

There are many reasons why it works as a good treatment for such a condition, one of which being that it has antibacterial properties that will help cleanse your skin and prevent acne. At least some of this activity can be attributed to its vitamin content.

There was an Antibacterial Activity Study I came across where moringa’s antibacterial properties were tested against 4 different types of bacteria. The result was that it inhibited all 4 types… pretty significant.

Stop Colds In Their Track

Another benefit to taking moringa is its immune boosting effects. The symptoms of having a week immune system are wide spread and include everything from pink eye, to sinus infections, colds, yeast infections, and more.

The immune system is made up of organs, tissues, proteins, and special cells that put an end to bacteria and other foreign substances. Some examples of these include your spleen which filters out bad blood cells, your tonsils which create antibodies, white blood cells which protect against infection, etc.

Pregnant or Going to Be? Take This Seriously

There might be no more important time to take care of your immune system then when you are pregnant. When your body begins to care for an nourish a baby the immune system is working overtime to protect two people. This means that you are going to need more nutrition to keep it up and running as normal.

Pregnant women often feel sluggish and somewhat ill feeling and a weak immune system can be the cause of this at times. Taking the health of this defense system seriously at times like this is no joke.

*Note: According to WebMD, it is likely unsafe to consume the moringa roots, bark, or flowers when pregnant or breastfeeding. This is important to know but luckily the moringa supplements on the market are made from moringa leaves, which are safe to consume. But you should always double check.

Moringa Is Proven to Boost Your Immune System

A 2015 study tested the immune boosting effects that moringa extract has. The study was performed on animals, but nonetheless proves to greatly effect the immune system. Results showed that moringa extract “significantly” stimulated the immune system.

There are a lot of reasons why moringa boosts the immune system. As I mentioned earlier in the hair, skin, and nails section, moringa contains many antioxidants. Antioxidants are help protect against free radicals that can damage your body in many ways. They actually weaken the immune system because they damage signaling cells which are an important part of the communication structure that the immune system uses.

Some of the more notable antioxidants that moringa contains include vitamins C, E, and D. You are probably familiar with these vitamins and their protection against sickness. Vitamin C is involved in the protection of cells that keep out pathogens, Vitamin E is an active “peroxyl radical scavenger” which inhibits free-radical production, and Vitamin D is involved with keeping DNA safe + aids in recovery….. and those are just a few of the things that I can say about these vitamins.

All this vitamin talk brings me to the my next point.. which is the surplus of vitamins that moringa supplies you with.

And The Vitamins Too

Getting the right amount of vitamins is essential for living a health and productive life. I’ve already talked about some of the vitamins that moringa brings to you and how they are important but there is much more too it than just that.

Vitamins play roles in 100’s of functions that occur in the body, including everything dealing with strengthening, protecting, and keeping your body functioning properly.

If you are a “preventionist” then you likely already take vitamin supplements because you know of their importance and although you don’t have any deficiencies, you aren’t willing to to run the risk of being deficient by just eating food alone.

In the modern world supplementing vitamins daily is a must for many people. Unless you are consciously trying to eat a well rounded diet the chances are you probably aren’t, which means you probably aren’t getting enough vitamins.

Moringa, as you guessed it, is packed with vitamins. It is one of natures best multi-vitamins and can be supplemented as such. In fact, if you are currently taking a mutli-vitamin you might think about switching to moringa after reading this.

Vitamin E

As mentioned above, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your body from damaging free-radicals and has also been proven to increase hair growth, among other things.

This vitamin has even been to help out with PMS in studies such as this one. It is shown to help reduce symptoms brought on by PMS, such as anxiety, depression, cramps, bloating, etc.

Moringa provides a hefty natural load of vitamin E. If you buy moringa power, which is much more concentrated than moringa leaves, you are looking at getting around 1.28mg of vitamin E for every 2 gram serving. This is about 6% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). For just 2g that is pretty impressive.

If you compare this to other food sources you can really see how incredibly much it has. Nuts & seeds are some of the best Vitamin E providers there are, sunflower seeds in particular. But moringa contains almost double the vitamin E of sunflower seeds.

Vitamin C

Of course everyone knows vitamin C as an immune boosting vitamin with all the cold/flu products out there that contain it, but its more than just that. Besides protecting your body from the flu and other illesses, it also helps in the repair & growth processes that go on in the body. Vitamin C is used in tissue growth and repair all over the body. So having enough of it is essential for a strong, healthy body.

One thing that everyone should know about this vitamin is that it is water soluble, which means that your body cannot store excess amounts of it, which means that you need to get your vitamin C every day.

Moringa is a great source of vitamin C. Moringa powders contain around 5mg per 2 gram serving. And for sake of comparison, that is about 5X as much as oranges per weight, which are well known for their vitamin C content.

Vitamin C is something that you can take a lot of without any side effects. According to MayoClinic you want to get around 60 – 90mg per day but the upper limit is at 2,000, which gives you a large range to work within.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is usually though of when you think of eye health. Carrots are very high in this vitamin and that is why people often associate them with good vision. In low light, or night-time situations vitamin A is particularly effective. But besides vision vitamin A is also important for healthy skin, bones, soft tissue, reproduction, and has even been shown to help prevent heart disease.

Vitamin A happens to be one of the most plentiful vitamins that moringa contains. When it comes to this vitamin moringa makes carrots look really bad because it contains about 10X the vitamin A content of carrots per weight.

In a normal 2 gram swerving size of moringa powder you will get about 330mcg of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene). This is about 46% of the RDA for women…. in just a 2 grams serving!

Vitamin D

Vitamin D is something that you may think of when it comes to bone health. If you are deficient in this vitamin then weak/brittle bones, bowed legs, and bad posture are some of the possible outcomes. The reason for this is because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which we all know is a necessary part of the healthy bones equation. So this vitamin indirectly makes your bones stronger pretty much.

Besides bone health vitamin D is important for a range of things. It plays a role in the regulation of the immune system, as discussed above, as well as the neuromuscular  system. Deficiencies in it have been linked to everything from various forms of cancer, to heart disease and weight gain.

One great source of vitamin D is sunlight. Going out in the sun is more important than you may think. People with lighter skin tones will benefit more from this whereas those with darker skin will not absorb as much sunlight, meaning less vitamin D.

Another source of this vitamin is, as you guessed it…. moringa!

However, I was not able to find how much vitamin D it actually has, which is strange. There are plenty of sources out there stating that moringa has vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol, yet none that I could find give the amount.

B Vitamins

B vitamins are often marketed for their energy boosting effects. The reason for this is because they are important for our body’s metabolism to run efficiently.  They are active in the process of converting food to energy.

There are eight B vitamins total and moringa is shown by some sources to contain at least 4 of them, which include vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Some of their individual benefits include…

  • Vitamin B1 – Active in the conversion of blood sugar into energy. Also shown to be effective for breaking down simple carbohydrates.
  • Vitamin B2 – Antioxidant that protects against free-radicals. Also possibly linked to less risk of heart disease.
  • Vitamin B6 – Helps regulatation of homocysteine. Also involved in the production of serotonin the “feel good hormone”.
  • Vitamin B12 – Works to help body produce red blood cells and helps iron out so it can produce hemogloblin, which is the essential protein that carries oxygen.

Most of what I could find didn’t really give numbers as far as how much B vitamins there is in moringa, but I did find that it contains a good dose of B6. According to the USDA, 100g of dried moringa leaves contain 1.2mg of vitamin B6. And this means that the quality moringa powders that are available should contain more than this.

The Minerals You Need

Vitamins are extremely important and are required for all the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, but minerals are just as important. For without minerals these vitamins wouldn’t be able to do their jobs. And its not just vitamins that rely on the minerals. Fats, proteins, carbs, amino acids… they all need minerals to be able to perform their designated duty and keep your body nice and healthy.

Nobel prize winner Dr Linus Pauling made a statement that “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”. That alone pretty much sums it all up. Minerals are important and you need them… period.

The problem is that mineral deficiency is all too common. Fortunately, moringa can help.

Moringa is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and iodine, 4 of which people are commonly deficient in according to HealthLine.

Potassium

You know how everyone tells you to eat more bananas if you are low in potassium? Well… maybe you don’t, but this is what doctors, nutritionists, etc will commonly tell you. However, what they should really be saying is to eat more moringa.

Moringa powder contains as much as 16X the amount of potassium as bananas when compared by weight. In a 2g serving you can get around 37.5mg.

Potassium is said to be one of the most important electrolytes in the body. It is involved in everything from muscular contraction to blood pressure regulation, which it helps relate by keeping the amount of sodium in the blood at safe levels.

Potassium is also important for women that are pregnant. As an electrolyte, it is involved in sending nerve impulses throughout the body and helping with muscular contraction. When you are pregnant your blood volume will expand as much as 50%. This brings a higher demand for electrolytes like potassium

Calcium

At 32.5mg of calcium per 2 gram serving of moringa powder, it makes you forget all about how milk even has calcium in it. Moringa has about 17X the amount of calcium of milk. If you are a mother then you know how important calcium is for children, which is one of the reasons moringa is great for kids.

Taking calcium for strong bones is probably the most common thing you hear. But it does more than just keep the skeletal system healthy. Although about 99% of our body’s calcium is in the teeth and bones, it is also an electrolyte, like potassium, and is involved in communicating with the muscles for contraction.

Like pretty much every nutrient, during pregnancy a women needs more calcium than normal. If not enough is taken then your body will take it from the bones and this could lead to higher risk of injuries.

MayoClinic lists the RDA for calcium as being 1,000mg for women 19-50 and 1,200 for women 50+. The reason it increases as you age is because your bones weaken naturally and could use more for to help counteract this.

Most sources I’ve found list the amount needed during pregnancy as being a couple hundred milligrams more than normal.

Iron

Iron is yet another mineral that moringa happens to contain a heck of a lot of. And when I say a heck of a lot I mean it… even more so than the others previously mentioned. When compared to spinach which Popeye loves and is known for having iron, it has about 25X the amount.

In your average 2 gram serving size of moringa powder you are looking to get about 6.75mg of iron.

Iron gains most of its popularity from its help in hemoglobin production. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs and supplies it to anywhere that needs it, your muscles, eyes, whatever. When you have a low red blood cell count they actually call this iron deficiency anemia.

Symptoms of iron deficiency include everything from tiredness & dizziness to heart palpitations and more… all of which are very undesirable.

Women in particular need a lot of iron, more so than men. The reason for this is in part due to menstruation, where blood is lost. Some women bleed more than others so the amount of iron you will need to replenish your body will depend.

The Office of Dietary Supplements states that females from 14-18 should try to get 15mg per day, between 19-50 years old 18mg per day, and 50+ only need 8mg per day.  With moringa supplying 6.75mg in a 2 gram serving you can easily meet your daily requirements by supplementing it.

Zinc

Zinc is a trace element that our bodies need very little of… however it is still very important to get. When it comes to proper development zinc is essential for everyone, especially children and pregnant women. The reason for this is because zinc is involved in cell division and growth. And as you can imagine one of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is stunted growth.

In the same way zinc is involved in cell division and growth, it is known to help wounds heal faster.

And on a different note, zinc is also important for hair health as I previously stated above.

Moringa is one of the good natural sources of zinc but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out how much zinc moringa powder supplements contain because they are not required to list this nutrient on their labels. However, the USDA lists 100g of moringa leaves as having 0.60mg of zinc, so its safe to assume that powders that are available on the market have more than this amount.

Iodine

Iodine is important if you want to have properly functioning thyroids. The reason it is important is because thyroids produce hormones which are involved in all sorts of things ranging from metabolism regulation to brain development.

Iodine deficiency is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies people have. Symptoms can be mild like dry skin & constipation, but can also be more severe such as goiter. According to the World Health Organization, 72% of the earth’s population suffers from a deficiency here.

Moringa is said to be a “gentle source” or iodine by The Merck Index 14th Edition 4. How much it contains exactly I am unsure of, but if I were to guess I would say it contains a slight amount that is in no way excessive.

One thing to note about iodine content in moringa is that it depends on where the moringa is grown. Iodine is absorbed by the plant from the soil this is very circumstantial and yet another good reason why you shouldn’t buy just any old moringa supplement on the market. You should only buy what is good quality.

Boosts Your Mood

A boost in mood is something that I think everyone can say they would want from time to time. With hormone levels changing all the time, lack of sleep, poor diet, medication, etc, some days just aren’t the best.

Birth control is one thing that is notorious for affecting your mood in a negative way. Although there is not enough scientific evidence to back up this link between the two, there are plenty of personal stories you can find online from women claiming that it led to them feeling depressed, anxious, feeling crazy, and so on.

Serotonin, the feel good hormone, is something that we all want more of. It is a chemical neurotransmitter that sends signals between nerve cells. It does quite a bit but is most know for its ability to effect emotions and mood.

There really isn’t all that much information on moringa’s link to serotonin production, but there have been several studies that show it can cause increases. One such study (link here) from the Indian Journal of Medical Research found that moringa can lead to as much as a 60% increase in serotonin levels in the cerebral cortex part of the brain.

Dopamine, which is also a neurotransmitter and similar to serotonin, was also shown to have increased levels after moringa was administered in the same study.

The reason that moringa has the ability to increase levels of serotonin & dopamine, thus bettering your mood could be due to its amino acid profile. Moringa contains all 9 essential amino acids, tryptophan being one of them, which is known to play an important part in the production of these 2 neurotransmitters in the brain.

More Breast Milk

Breast feeding a child is more important than one may think. Not only does it provide the nutrition and immune support that is needed at moment, but it also provides list of benefits that carry with the child throughout the rest of their life. Breast feeding has been linked to overall better health in many ways.

Moringa has long been used in countries that it is native to as a traditional way to increase lactation. This may sound crazy but new emerging studies show that it is actually true and has a significant effect on the volume of milk produced.

In one study that I came across on miracletrees.org, moringa was given to mothers with pre-term infants at a dose of 350mg of encapsulated leaf powder per day (right around average). The increases in milk production were said to be “statistically significant”.

It is also suggested that moringa may be particularly effective for women that struggle with lactation.

Something else to be aware of here is that there were no adverse side effects observed from the mothers taking moringa at this time. But as a warning, which I mentioned already at some point, you should stay away from moringa roots and/or bark because they could be potentially harmful.

On another note, besides increasing the volume of breast milk, moringa will also make it more nutritious. If you, as a mother, have better nutrition then the breast milk produced will reflect this.

Less Breast Cancer

It is said that moringa is able to treat, cure, or prevent over 300 different diseases and illnesses. Whether this number is accurate or not, I do not know. However, I do know that moringa is a proven effective treatment, preventative, or cure for a heck of a lot of problems, one of which being breast cancer.

In the United States, breast cancer is the number 1 leading cause of cancer related deaths for women. It is so widespread that 1 in 8 women, or 12% will develop it in their lifetime (source: breastcancer.org). This rate is extremely high but believe it or not, its actually decreasing, which many believe is a result of less use of Hormone Replacement Therapy, which has been linked to this form of cancer.

Moringa oleifera as an Anti-Cancer Agent…, which was a study conducted in 2015, tested the effectiveness of moringa against breast cancer and colorectal cancer, which happens to be the second most deadly form of cancer for women.

The findings of this study were pretty significant. Moringa was able to decrease colony formation by up to 90%. It was also able to increase the amount of apoptotic cells, which are cells that were killed off by the body because they posed a threat, which in this situation were cancer cells.

The reason moringa is effective at fighting against cancer is something that needs to be studies more but it probably is due to the bioactive compounds it contains as well as the nutrients that help strengthen the body’s immune system.

Moringa also contains Isothiocyanates which have been proven, in this 2006 study, to kill off ovarian cancer cells. So its not just breast cancer that moringa can fight against. It can be effective against various forms.

Moringa Benefits Women

Moringa hasn’t just been used for thousands of years to benefits women’s health for the heck of it. It has been used for thousands of years because of one simple fact… it works. It used to be considered mostly a folk medicine but with all the new scientific evidence out there moringa is a proven medicine to many problems and an overall great food, jammed packed with nutrients.

Adding moringa to your diet is a great choice. All the many moringa health benefits for women discussed above are just one chapter in a book of many.

If you are interested in adding moringa to your diet then you pretty much have two choices to go with if you want to reap as many benefits as possible: moringa powder or moringa capsules. Of course you can always buy raw moringa leaves and grind them up yourself to make powder but who has the time for that nowadays.

On a final note, I would suggest buying quality moringa. When a plant like this is grown in a poor quality environment it reflects that. You want good quality moringa that comes from a quality source.

Moringa Powder Side Effects

Moringa Powder Side Effects – What You Should Be Aware of Beforehand

Before consuming herbs like moringa it is important to do a little research and discover the side effects that are possible. Sure moringa is natural which people often associate with healthy and less side effects, but just because it is natural doesn’t necessarily mean that is the case. Poison Ivy is also natural and look what that does to the body (extreme and non related example).

So what are the side effects of moringa powder and moringa leaves? Moringa powder is made from grinding up moringa leaves so these two questions are one in the same. The side effects of moringa leaves are the same as the powder.

Are there any side effects that you need to be aware of before adding this miracle plant to your diet? Should you be concerned?

The Potential Side Effects

After doing quite a bit of research on side effects that may come from moringa I was able to gather very little information. The reason is because there are very little side effects. Unlike other natural superfoods like spirulina & chlorella, moringa is very safe to consume and doesn’t have to be taken in strict doses.

*You still need to restrict your intake to the recommended dosage as talked about below

If you look on sites like WebMD they scare you a bit by giving warnings and precautions but they don’t make any claims. They only tell you what could be possible which they are required to do with everything. So pretty much looking at what they say tells you nothing about the side effects.

From all of the research I have done and the many articles I have written there haven’t been any side effects that I have found really. The only notable one, which doesn’t effect many people, is that it might cause your stomach to be upset and this could potentially lead to diarrhea. Other than this nothing else.

However, I still am supposed to say that you should consult with your doctor before use. Pretty much no one does this but its something that should be said. Moringa does contain Vitamin D, Zinc, Sulfur, and some others that a very small percent of the population may have reactions to.

Warning: Don’t eat the roots

If you buy moringa supplements you are going to be buying leaves, not roots. So there was very little information on this but I was able to dig up that moringa roots contain alkaloid spirochin, which is a toxin that has potential neuro-paralytic effects, meaning it could lead to paralysis.

On WebMD all it said was that the roots “may” be harmful or something like that but this information about it containing this toxin I found on MedIndia.net.

Don’t Take With These Medications

While moringa is pretty much harmless if you are all natural, there are medications that, if taken with moringa, can lead to some problems.

Blood thinner drugs such as aspirin, warfarin, and heparin, as well as antiplatelet drugs like clopidogrel, and nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs like ibuprofen should be avoided when taking moringa.

If you are on some form of medication then you should definitely talk with a doctor about this.

Thousands of Years of Use

Sure there are a fair number of potential harmful side effects but its nothing that should be too much of a scare. Its worth mentioning that moringa leaves, oil, seeds have been consumed safely for thousands of years. Its not like this is some new magical herb that has been subject of little study and use.

Moringa has been around forever and has been ingested as a medicinal herb for a long time. It was and still is used as a folk medicine in many Asian and African countries. Today it is growing in popularity with the unstoppable “green” movement and has been proven to treat a variety of health problems, conditions, and diseases through scientific studies, for example: Acne, cancer, high blood pressure, diabetes, etc.

Recommended Dose

Even though moringa is very safe to consume, it is only safe to consume when you dose it appropriately. As with anything, if you eat too much it can be harmful.

Standard doses of moringa, according to Examine.com, are completely safe from organ damage. But if you ingest 3-4 times above the safe dosage amount then you could risk genotoxic and if you ingest even more than that you could risk having organ damage, which you probably don’t want.

Most tests of moringa’s side effects/benefits have been performed on rats and it appears that a dose of 150-200mg/kg of bodyweight is optimal. That would be like a human consuming the following…

  • 1.6 – 2.2 grams for a 150lb person
  • 2.1 – 2.9 grams for a 200lb person
  • 2.7 – 3.6 grams for a 250lb person

Now of course aren’t completely equivalent due to the biological difference of humans and other animals, but it gives you somewhat of an idea of what is safe to consume. Also, on WebMD they state that humans have been shown to safely consume up to 6g per day for up to 3 weeks, which is a heck of a lot.

Most powder moringa supplements out there on the market are dosed from 1-3 grams which is right on the money. They are safe for consumption from a toxicology standpoint.

Where You Buy Moringa Matters

You probably already know this but the source of moringa is also important. You want to buy good quality moringa for a variety of reasons.

For example, the moringa tree sucks up iodine that is in the soil. Iodine is something that you don’t want too much or too little of. So some sources may not be a great choice if there is too much iodine in the soil. And this is just an example for you. For more info on this you can read Iodine in Moringa.

Should You Give Moringa a Try?

Some people look to moringa as a treatment for some illness, condition, disease, etc, which others look to take it to supplement their overall health.

Overall it is a great choice for many reasons. One of which being, as you now know, that side effects are minimal to nothing when taken at recommended dosages. This is a great alternative to many man-made medications that moringa is able to substitute in for.

This potent superfood isn’t called a superfood for no reason. It is jammed packed with antioxidants, vitamins, anti-inflammatory agents, and more. There are a thousand reasons to give it a try and as long as it is safe for you, it is one of my top recommended superfoods out there.

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