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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.

moringa oil for acne

Moringa Oil for Acne – Does It Actually Work?

Rubbing oil into your skin to fight against acne???? This goes against everything we have ever been told. Acne is often a result of overly oily skin. So why would you want to add more oil to the mix? Won’t it just make things worse?

Well.. contrary to popular believe oil isn’t necessarily bad for fighting acne. There are many oils you should stay away from but there are also good oils out there that will help you out, moringa oil being one.

Wrinkle reduction isn’t the only good use it has when it comes to your skin. Taking moringa oil for acne is a proven effective treatment that is all natural. If you are struggling to get your acne under control then you might want to take a break from the acid washes and facial cleansers and give some moringa oil a try.

There is more than one reason why moringa oil is effective as an acne treatment but before I get into all of that Iwant to give a brief background on moringa and what it is.

Moringa, A Brief History

Moringa has been regarded as a “miracle tree” for thousands of years. In fact, it was described as a medicinal herb as far back as 2,000 BC and is said to be a treatment for over 300 diseases, which I’m not sure how true this statement is.

Moringa oil itself also has an ancient history and was the Aveeno of its time. Egyptions used moringa oil to help protect their skin from the harsh desert climate. From the Egyptions this oil spread to Greece and then to Rome.

In modern times as the “green” movement pushes forward, natural health herbs like moringa are gaining in popularity. And its not all hype. More and more scientific studies continually emerge that show moringa to be effective for everything from cancer treatment to what I’ll be going over here… acne treatment.

Why It Works

Moringa has cleansing, moisturizing, and soothing properties that make it great for your skin and help reduce and even eliminate acne. I’m sure there are more reasons why moringa is such a great treatment but I’ll just go over a few of the more notable ones…

Vitamins

Much of its effectiveness can be attributed to its vitamin A and vitamin E content, which it contains a heck of a lot of. I’m not sure the amount of these vitamins in moringa oil, but I can tell you that in a 2g serving of moringa powder you can look to get about 330mcg of vitamin A, which is 18-23% of an adult’s RDA, and 1.28mg of vitamin E, which is 6% of an adult’s RDA.

These vitamins have strong antibacterial properties that help to eliminate bacteria, which can cause acne. They also encourage soft/smooth skin.

Antioxidant Properties

Moringa oil also has some powerful antioxidant properties which do a lot of things to help out with your skin, one being that they fight off skin-harming free-radicals, which are responsible for damaging and aging the body. These are thought to be another cause of acne. They are destructive and reek havoc in the body. Moringa helps stop them in their place.

Anti-inflammatory

Moringa also exhibits anti-inflammatory behavior that helps with everything from asthma to acne. After all, acne is considered to be an inflammatory disease (You can read about this here).

Acne often becomes red and swells, which is a sign of inflammation. Moringa can fight against this.

Some Proof That It Works

There is one interesting study that I came across that is titled Effect of Moringa oleifera on undesireble skin sebum secretions… which studied the effect that moringa extract infused with cream had on people when taken for 12 weeks. The study was performed during the winter when acne and other related skin conditions are often at their peek. The extract was put into a skin cream which was rubbed into the skin as lotion.

The results?

Moringa proved to reduce undesirable skin conditions such as acne to a “significant” degree.

In this study the extract was from moringa leaves, but the moringa oil also demonstrates much of the same benefit, and can actually be better for people with extremely dry skin.

How to Apply Moringa Products

For moringa creams and oils applying them is pretty simple. You can do so just as you normally would other skincare products. For the best results you are going to want to apply it only after you wash your skin. This way dirt and bacteria will be washed away.

I also found a good article from StyleCraze that goes over a moringa paste face mask that is said to be effective. For this you need a raw dried moringa leaves. It is very simple and all you do is grind a bit up and mix it with water until you get a smooth paste. Apply it to your face, leave it on for about 20 minutes and you are done. Wash it off with water and nothing else.

This paste mask is a good idea for those looking to treat acne with moringa but do not want to leave products on their face.

Should You Try Moringa for Acne Treatment?

If you are like many people out there that have tried and tried many products with no success then giving moringa a try is something you should definitely think about. Besides the acne treatment part of it moringa oil has numerous other benefits for your skin health.

Moringa oil has plenty of scientific backing as to the skin benefits it brings you and there are also plenty of personal testimonials to its effectiveness. But if you are still hesitant to using oil on your acne then I would just go with a moringa paste.

And by the way, if you don’t want to go through the hassle of grinding up moringa leaves on your own you can always buy a moringa powder supplement. These can easily be made into a paste by mixing water in.

Moringa Oil for Hair Growth

Moringa Oil for Hair Growth – One of the Many Ways Moringa Benefits Hair

It can be difficult to find a good natural hair remedy that work good but they do exist. Moringa is one particular remedy that has numerous benefits for your hair. One benefit in particular is hair growth. A healthy head of hair means more growth so pretty much if you have one you have the other. Taking moringa oil for hair growth has been found to be very effective although it is not the only way to go about using moringa. Consuming moringa can also be effective.

Anyone out there can benefit from what moringa brings to the table. From what I have found online moringa oil seems to be a more popular choice with African hair types due to brittleness, but nonetheless it will help everyone out that uses it.

What It Can Do For You

There are some pretty amazing stories out there when it comes to moringa. This superfood is incredible and is said to treat over 300 diseases, so giving you some good healthy hair should be easy for it.

From doing research online and reading many personal stories from people that have used moringa oil I have heard it all. I have heard moringa benefits hair by helping it grow faster, reversing hair loss, hair thinning and alopecia.

You might be wondering… well how does it do all of this. What is in moringa that makes it such a great hair health choice? Well I’ll tell you…

Why Moringa Works

Moringa is considered a superfood so as you can imagine it is jammed packed with nutrients that are great for your health in a number of ways, good/strong hair just being one. It is also great for skin health and reducing wrinkles, which is closely related.

Of the many nutrients it has there are some that stand out more when it comes to your hair. These include Vitamin A, E, biotin, zinc, and silica.

Vitamin A

Vitamin A is extremely important for overall health and is often thought of when it comes to eye health. But it also play a big role in hair health and hair growth. If you are deficient in this vitamin then hair loss is one of the common symptoms.

Many hair growth supplements on the market actually contain vitamin A, but of course it is usually better to get it from a natural source like moringa.

Moringa contains packs a lot of this vitamin for its weight. According to the USDA, there is 378mcg of vitamin A in 100g of dried moringa leaves. And from what I have found when it comes to powder moringa supplements there is  around 165mcg per 1g of powder. I am unsure how much there would be in oil, but I’d assume a fairly good amount.

Vitamin E

Vitamin E is an antioxidant that can do wonders for your scalp. It has anti-inflammatory properties and helps repair hair follicles among other things. It has also been shown to increase blood circulation which means more nutrients going to your scalp, which means a healthier scalp, which always means healthier hair.

I actually found a study here that was performed on patients that were experiencing balding where Tocotrienols (part of the Vitamin E family) were proven to increase the number of hairs patients had.

Moringa happens to have an abundance of vitamin E. With just 2 grams of moringa powder you can expect to get somewhere around 1.28mg of vitamin E, which is about 7% of the RDA for an adult.

Biotin

Everyone knows that biotin is great for hair growth. Many hair growth supplements that I have seen on the market are for the most part biotin and nothing else. There still needs to be more research done on why biotin actually works, but there are studies proving that it does indeed work.

According to HealthLine, there was study performed in 2015 on women patients experiencing hair loss. A biotin supplement administered daily for 90 days increased hair and decreased shedding significantly.

I wasn’t able to find out how much biotin moringa has, but I do know that it does contain at least some.. And any amount is good.

Zinc

You may have heard dermotologists recommend zinc for hair health before. It is another common recommendation and for good reason. It plays a big role in the health of your hair, skin, and nails.

Hair loss is one of the many negative side effects of not getting enough zinc in your diet. If you do not get enough zinc then the protein structures of the hair follicles are said to break down, which ultimately results in hair loss. Zinc also is important when it comes to DNA/RNA production as well as hormonal balance, both of which are linked to hair health.

The amount of zinc that moringa has will vary. According to the USDA 100g of dried leaves will contain 0.60mg of zinc but according to Examine.com 2.04mg was found when testing a 100g dried leaves sample.

Silica

Silica is a gel-like substance produced by moringa as a way to protect itself from bugs as well as for other reasons. Just as it can protect a plant like moringa, it can also protect your hair.

Silica is a micronutrient that is important for development in just about every part of the human body. As we age, the silica we have decreases. This is one of the reasons why young people have silky hair and soft skin, but this turns to dry and rough the older we get.

Some good natural sources of silica include leafy green vegetables. And as you can imagine most people do not get enough of these. Moringa is a great way to boost your silica intake to help get that healthy hair everyone wants.

Amino Acids

Amino acids are crucial when it comes to overall health. Without them you wouldn’t be alive. They are involved in every life process in your body and it is very important that you get enough of them.

Luckily, moringa is a great supply of these too. There are 9 “essential amino acids”, which are ones that your body cannot synthesize, and moringa contains all 9 of them.

Four of the amino acids are necessary for keratin protein production. This is extremely important because keratin protects hair and skin from stress/ damage.

How to Take Moringa for Hair Health

There are two paths you can take. You can add a moringa powder supplement in your diet or you can apply moringa oil directly to your hair. They affects they will have will differ but many of the benefits will be the same.

If you have very dry hair then applying moringa oil to your hair and scalp is the route you are probably going to want to take. there are many ways you can go about this. Some people choose to apply oil before they shampoo their hair while others apply it after as a leave in conditioner. The good thing about moringa oil if you are going to leave it in is that it is a lightweight oil that easily absorbs. It isn’t going to leave you feeling a mess and weighing your hair down.

If you choose to supplement moringa powder then this is simple. For most supplements out there the daily recommended dose is anywhere from 1-3 grams. You can take this via capsules or mix powder into a smoothie, etc.

Should You Give Moringa a Try?

If you think your hair could be healthier and you are looking for a way to increase hair growth then why wouldn’t you give moringa a try. This isn’t called a superfood for nothing. It nothing short of super.

Moringa is a natural concoction of all these nutrients that are great for hair health. On top of this there aren’t really any downsides to taking it.

And the numbers don’t lie. There are plenty of people that claim to have improved hair health after taking moringa in either of the ways I just mentioned above.

moringa benefits for cancer

Moringa Benefits for Cancer – A Natural Treatment?

Moringa is considered a superfood because of its abundant nutrient profile. Because of this it has been consumed for centuries for its many benefits. Much of its usage was/is as a folk medicine that has no scientific backing, yet it has been proven scientifically to actually be a legitimate treatment for problems, illnesses, diseases in many cases.

Moringa is claimed to help treat, prevent, or even cure over 300 diseases. I don’t know how accurate this number actually is but I do know that it is proven to help with quite a bit. Of the many benefits moringa has for health problems, the moringa benefits for cancer are some of the most remarkable.

Everyone is familiar with what cancer is. It is the worst of the worst and can potentially effect all of us. In fact, according to cancer.gov, 38.5% of all men and women in the US will be affected with some form of cancer at some point in their lives.

And while there may be no perfect medicine out there for curing or preventing cancer, there are steps that one can take to strengthen their chances of winning the battle. Taking moringa is one potential step that people can take to do exactly this.

Proof Of Moringa’s Effectiveness Against Cancer

There is no better proof for moringa’s effectiveness against cancer than a scientific study that looks into exactly this.

One study I found titled Moringa oleifera as an Anti-Cancer Agent… had some pretty incredible findings when it comes to the anti-cancer power moringa has.

In this study the effect moringa extract has on breast and colorectal cancer lines was looked at. These are both major forms of cancer that take the lives of many each and every year. For women breast cancer is the most deadly with colorectal cancer rated as the second most. And for men colorectal is the second deadliest as well.

The results showed that moringa leaves and bark extracts had “remarkable” positive effects while the seeds extract did not. Most moringa supplements are made from moringa leaves, so this is good news.

Of course you are probably wondering how much of an effect moringa had on the cancer lines… well it is significant to say the least. Colony formation and cell motility decreased by 70-90%, which is a massive amount and is almost hard to believe. Along with this decrease there was an increase in the amount of apoptotic cells observed, which means the body was able to kill off more harmful cells than normal.

It is also notable that the ability that moringa has to inhibit proliferation of cancer cells is comparable to that of Cisplatin, which is actually a common drug used during Chemotherapy.

Why Moringa Is Effective

In the study mentioned above the researchers analyzed the moringa extracts to see why it was so effective. They found eugenol, isopropyl isothiocynate, D-allose, and hexadeconoic acid ethyl ester. And for all the science lovers out there you might want to know that these compounds have long chain hydrocarbons, sugar moiety and an aromatic ring in their structures.

So basically what all of this means is that moringa’s anti-cancer effects are probably due to bioactive compounds that it contains.

Does Moringa Cure Cancer?

While moringa helps to slow down and even kill off cancer cells, it probably isn’t all that likely that it would cure a patient from cancer.

There really needs to be more research done on this topic for me to give a good answer on this. It is possible that it could, but that would likely only be in cases where the cancer isn’t too far along yet.

Should You Take Moringa for Cancer?

You should always consult with your doctor before taking anything nowadays, although I personally thing moringa is a harmless natural plant.

I would absolutely suggest trying moringa but how effective it will actually be will depend on many variables, one of which being how advanced the cancer actually is. It is an amazing superfood with many benefits but it is no miracle plant.

Taking moringa as a cancer preventative and/or retardant I think is a smart choice. It is proven to reduce the proliferation of cancer cells while at the same time increase the number of bad cells being killed off.

Just remember to take moringa leaves or bark supplements, not supplements made from the seeds, as they were proven ineffective in the study I went over. Luckily, as I said earlier, pretty much all of the supplements out there are from moringa leaves.

moringa for goiter

Can You Take Moringa for Goiter Treatment? – The Answer Is Yes

Moringa is a superfood that is absolutely jammed packed with nutrients, making it a natural remedy and even cure for many illnesses, conditions, and even diseases. Being able to take moringa for goiter treatment is one of the many benefits that this miracle plant has.

In this short post I’ll be going over what goiter is, how moringa helps treat it and I’ll even show you some interesting studies that prove how effective it is for such a treatment.

A Little Background on Goiter

Goiter is a condition that causes the thyroid to grow abnormally large. Because the thyroid is located inside your neck, this appears from the outside as swollen lumps on the neck.

This condition is commonly by irregular hormone production by the thyroid. According to the American Thyroid Association, it can be caused by both too much hormone production as well as not enough hormone production.

And the logical question to ask here would be “what causes irregular hormone production in the thyroid?” There are more than one cause of this but the most common cause that there is is iodine deficiency.

Iodine deficiency used to be a big problem in the US, but since the government took action, in ways such as putting iodine in salt (iodized salt), this is not such a common problem in the states anymore. However, in other parts of the world, usually with high rates of poverty, goiter is still very much a problem due to lack of iodine.

Moringa as a Treatment

Moringa has been, and is still being used, to treat goiter in third-world nations. One project that started in 2006 by the World Outreach Foundation provides people in the Philippines with moringa to help treat this condition.

Treatment with moringa can be very effective. A study I came across that was performed on rates showed that moringa extract was able to reduce T4 in the blood as well and be an effective treatment for hyperthyroidism, which is when the thyroid produces too much hormone. So although this study wasn’t performed to test moringa’s effects directly against goiter, one can deduce that it is indeed effective having shown to be effective against hyperthyroidism.

There are also many stories online from people who have had goiter, which are not scientifically backed, that claim moringa worked as an effective treatment for them. There is a good story by Linda of lindamoringa.com about how she had goiter for over 10 years and ended up treating it with moringa.

Why Moringa Is So Effective

There really isn’t all that much information out there on why moringa is an effective treatment for goiter.

However, I do know there moringa is known to be a good source of iodine. It is considered a mild source of iodine and in the The Merck Index 14th Edition 4 moringa leaves are listed as providing a “gentle amount”, however it doesn’t specify how much. This is likely because the amount of iodine that moringa contains depends greatly on the area in which is was grown. If there is iodine in the soil that it is grown in then some of this iodine will end up in the plant.

Since iodine deficiency is the #1 cause of goiter and moringa contains iodine in gentle amounts, it is obvious that the iodine content is one of the reasons it is an effective treatment. Whether or not there are other nutrients that moringa contains that play a role in its effectiveness are unknown to me.

Should You Take Moringa for Goiter?

Of course you should always consult with a doctor beforehand. But yes, I would say go for it. It is a proven treatment and one of the most nutrient dense superfoods on the planet. It will provide many benefits beyond goiter treatment.

moringa and constipation

Moringa and Constipation – Will It Benefit Your Situation?

The connection between moringa and constipation hasn’t been very well documented in science, but there does seem to be a connection. This super-food or miracle pant has been used for centuries to treat and even cure all sorts of problems, illnesses, and disease ranging from diabetes, high blood pressure, asthma, inflammation, and yes… even constipation.

From what I have read it seems that the leaves have laxative properties. Many people drink moringa tea as a way to benefit from these properties. The good thing about all of this is that it is said to be a “mild” laxative. So its nothing you have to be very worried about. If you were to compare it to Senna as a treatment of constipation it would not be nearly as strong. It is strong enough to make a difference but weak enough to not bother most people who supplement it.

Why Moringa Works For Constipation

Well, I don’t mean to sound like a broken record but as I said, there really hasn’t been research on this. I have been unsuccessful at finding any study that looks into this even remotely.

However, I do know that both magnesium and fiber are great for aiding in proper digestion and I also know that moringa has quite a high amount of both. The magnesium that moringa provides isn’t good just for your blood pressure. They help things flow smoothly and without blockage. There is actually a study I came across here that shows how low magnesium and fiber intake in the diet leads to a higher prevalence of constipation.

Moringa just so happens to be packed full with both of these and has been shown to have 36 times the magnesium of eggs and 4 times the fiber that oats has, when in powder form. With every 2 gram serving you are looking to get about 10.75mg of magnesium and 1g of fiber.

Having Trouble Digesting Moringa?

Although moringa’s laxative properties are said to be mild, people with sensitive stomachs may still experience some discomfort when digestion rolls around.

Personally I wouldn’t worry about this too much, unless your stomach is very sensitive. Moringa digests pretty easily and most people don’t have problems.

If you do experience problems then the first thing you should look at is your dose. How much are you taking on a regular basis? Most moringa powder products out there call for 1-2g per serving, which should be easy to digest. So if you are consuming more than that you may want to dial it back a bit. And if you still have problems then you may want to consider taking it every other day and see how that works.

Should You Take Moringa for a Natural Constipation Treatment?

That really comes down to how bad your constipation is. As I’ve said, moringa is a mild laxative, so if the situation is very serious then you may want to look into something a little more powerful such as Senna based products. But if you have mild constipation then moringa just might be the perfect answer.

Even if you are not constipated and looking for treatment, moringa still would be beneficial to help keep things running well, among the hundreds of other benefits it has.

Moringa Benefits for Children

Moringa Benefits for Children – Should You Add Moringa to Your Child’s Diet?

Have you every thought about switching your kid’s Flintstones gummy vitamins for something natural and little more healthy? Well if you haven’t then you should think about that right now as you read this article. Because moringa is a potent natural superfood that children can supplement daily as a way to meet their nutritional needs.

Moringa is a tree that has been harvested for centuries due to its incredible nutritional value. Its leaves and immature seed pods are what is commonly consumed. In today’s market you can find all sorts of moringa supplements, the most common being freshly ground moringa powder and moringa capsules.

There are a lot of moringa benefits for children. Some of the more notable ones include as follows..

Immune System Boosting

Everyone wants healthy children, and with moringa the chances of this happening are more likely. Moringa is well known for its immune system boosting properties. It can improve your child’s immune system to help them fend off whatever sicknesses may be coming their way.

There have been numerous studies that show this to be true. One of which titled Immunomodulatory activity of methanolic leaf extract of Moringa… showed that moringa had “significant” effects on boosting immune system strength indicators.

So if you want your child to be healthy, which you do, then moringa is something that should be considered at the very least.

Anti-Inflammatory Properties

No one wants inflammation. This is usually a more common topic for older people to discuss but it is also important for children as well.

Moringa has some pretty amazing natural anti-inflammatory properties. It is a great natural choice to treat all sorts of problems linked to inflammation such as arthritis and asthma, which is very common in children.

One study that I found to be very telling in this particular category directly measured the effect that moringa had on asthma patients. In this study 20 asthma patients were given 3g of moringa powder for 3 weeks straight. The results that this had on their asthma symptoms were described as “significant”.

Taking moringa for asthma is just one of the many benefits that come from its anti-inflammatory properties, one that could be beneficial to many children out there.

A Great Amino Acid Supply

Getting your child to have enough amino acids in their diet is very important. Amino acids are responsible for all sorts of things. They are directly involved in cellular development, are very important for a good metabolism and essential for overall health. Some of them are important for neurological function and of course every parent wants their child to get good grades in school.

The importance of amino acids is something I could go on and on about but this is not the place to do that. What is important is that you know your child needs them. And moringa is a great source for this.

There are 9 amino acids in particular that are important, which include histidine, isoleucine, leucine, lysine, methionine, phenylalanine, threonine, tryptophan and valine. These 9 are called “essential” amino acids because your body cannot synthesize them on its own so they come from what you eat. Moringa happens to be one of the very few plant sources out there that contains all 9 of these.

More Calcium Than Milk

Every child needs to drink their milk to get strong and healthy bones right? Well not exactly. Milk is a great source of calcium, which is a necessary ingredient for having strong bones, but moringa is much better.

Moringa powder contains 32.5mg per 2g serving. That might not mean much just hearing it all by itself but what if I told you that this was 17 times the amount found in milk? Pound for pound it is, which is crazy.

A Great Source of Vitamins

Being a superfood and all, of course moringa is going to contain vitamins. It is a great source of such and can provide your child with vitamin A, vitamin b1-b3, vitamin E, and vitamin C.

These vitamins are essential for health. They are necessary for a strong immune system, good organs, healthy skin & hair, vision, and plenty more.

Other Important Nutrition Info

I’m not going to discuss everything in this post because I feel I could go on for days. But its also notable that moringa powder contains 4 times the fiber of oats, which will help aid it your childs digestion.

It has up to 16 times the potassium of bananas, which are commonly thought of as a great source of potassium.

And the last thing that I’ll leave you with knowing is that it has a whopping 25 times the iron amount of spinach, which everyone knows is considered to be a good natural source of such.

Moringa, Should Your Child Supplement It?

If you are looking for a healthy alternative to man-made nutritionals then yes, moringa is a great choice. Moringa is being used to aid against childhood malnutrition in countries across Africa and other parts of the world. It is a great choice for children and research backs up this statement. There are countless studies on why moringa is a great supplement choice.

Its a great choice, the only downside is actually getting  your child to eat it. Your best bet is to go with moringa powder and mix it into a green smoothie or other food. The good thing is that it doesn’t taste bad like many of the other superfood powders like spirulina or chlorella.

Moringa for Dogs

Moringa for Dogs? That’s Right, Take a Look at The Benefits

Have you ever heard of buying moringa for dogs? Well now you have. Moringa is a potent superfood and is great for us humans so it would equally be as beneficial to man’s best friend as well… right? Well the benefits that moringa has for humans aren’t exactly the same as they are for dogs, but…. it is still an amazing superfood that could be the natural medicine your dog needs to stay healthy and active.

Giving moringa to pets actually is nothing new at all. I found that it has been commonly fed to horses and I even read that horses competing in the Kentucky derby supplement moringa. Some of them are fed the dried out leaves while some are fed refined moringa powder.

The Powerful Nutrient Profile Moringa Provides To Your Dog

Being a superfood and all, moringa really packs a mean punch even in small servings. Most moringa powders that you find on the market suggest around a 1-2g serving size. This of course is for humans but mixing this amount in with dog food will also work great.

In a small 2g (one teaspoon) scoop of moringa powder your dog will be able to benefit from the following…

  • 4x the fiber in oats (1g of fiber in a 2g serving)
  • 25x the iron in spinach (6.75mg per serving)
  • 15x the potassium in bananas (37.5mg per serving)
  • 17x the calcium in milk (32.5mg per serving)
  • And lots of vitamins including Vitamin E, Vitamin A, B Vitamins and more

Of course all of these number above are approximations and will vary depending on the quality of moringa that you buy, but the take-away here is that moringa is packed with nutrients. It is extremely nutrient dense compared to more normal foods that we eat to get certain nutrients.

One of the biggest benefits that moringa has for your dog is the ability to fight inflammation.

Moringa Decreases Inflammation & Can Help Keep Your Dog Active

Stiff and achy joints, arthritis… these are common problems that dogs face, usually from natural aging. Moringa can actually decrease and even eliminate some of these problems which will help your dog move about without all the pain, keeping them active and healthy.

These problems are often caused by inflammation… and moringa can fight against this inflammation. The power that moringa has to reduce this has been well documented in many studies. One of which called Anti-inflammatory effect of Moringa studied its effects on rats in low doses. The results showed that even when fed to the rats in low doses there were still some pretty great anti-inflammatory effects.

Moringa Boosts The Immune System

Your dog’s immune system is placed with the task of fighting off infections, sicknesses, etc. The strength of their immune system is directly related to their well being. With a poor immune system your dog will likely be less active and overall more miserable than he/she could potentially be.

Moringa is a great natural immune booster food and it’s no wonder with its packed nutrient profile.

There are plenty of studies out there that prove moringa to be beneficial for the immune system. Just to give you and example: One study titled Immunomodulatory activity of methanolic leaf extract of Moringa… was conducted on rats (again). This study measured the stimulatory effects that moringa extract had on these test subjects and the results were “significant”.

Should You Buy Moringa for Your Dog?

If nature is taking its course on your dog, or maybe your dog is feeling ill, then moringa might be a good choice. It certainly won’t be a bad choice. The benefits that come from this superfood are well known and documented in scientific literature.

There are a lot of ways you can go about feeding your dog moringa but the easiest and most effective way would be to just mix some powder in with their dog food. The powder is easily digestible.

I would give your dog 1g of moringa powder per day minimum if you want to see any benefits, but of course this depends on the size of your dog. You can increase this a good bit if you want to, it won’t hurt them.

iodine in moringa

Iodine in Moringa – What You Need to Know

Iodine is a nutrient that is vital to our health. We need just enough of it but not too much, as having excess can result in problems as well. Getting iodine from a health natural source is usually more preferable than supplementing it in pill form for most people.

And this brings me to iodine in moringa. Moringa is considered a superfood because it is absolutely jammed packed with nutrients, iodine being one. But before I get into that I want to touch upon why we need iodine, which is very important to know, although you probably are already aware of this.

Why We Need Iodine

Iodine is found in every organ in tissue in the human body. It is absolutely essential and having to little iodine can result in a number of diseases and problems. Iodine deficiency has even been linked to cancer in some studies.

Getting enough iodine has always been a struggle for people. It has to come from our diets because our body is unable to synthesize it. Because of this difficulty the government actually came up with the idea of putting iodine in table salt back in 1924. That is why you will see salt labeled as “Iodized Salt” at the grocery store.

According to the National Institutes of Health, women and men over the age of 19 should be looking to get 150 micrograms of iodine per day. But of course many fall short of this.

Iodine deficiency can lead to dry skin, headaches, constipation, fatigue, thyroid problems, and many more. Goiter, which is what you call the condition of an enlarged thyroid gland due to this deficiency is very common.

What is interesting is that  iodine overdose, or having too much iodine intake causes many of the same symptoms as not having enough. Goiter for example can be caused by both.

Iodine Content of Moringa

There really isn’t much information on the iodine content in moringa that I could find. There are many sources of nutritional analysis of moringa, such as the USDA, but they never list the iodine content. I am not sure why this is but apparently iodine isn’t important enough to make the nutritional facts list although it is extremely important.

Anyway, I wasn’t able to find the exact amount of iodine that it has but I was able to find scientific studies and reputable sources that conclude moringa is a good source of iodine and can be used to treat many conditions that are associated with iodine deficiency.

In The Merck Index 14th Edition 4 moringa leaves are listed as a good sourced of iodine that provide it in “gentle amounts”. This suggests that it contains iodine in low amounts that are not overwhelming to the body.

Should You Take Moringa as a Source of Iodine?

If you are extremely low on iodine then this probably isn’t the best source because it doesn’t seem to contain an abundance of it. However, if you are looking for an extremely healthy natural source that contains a “gentle amount” of iodine then moringa would be a good choice.

Not only will moringa supply your body with a healthy amount of iodine but you will also benefit in numerous other ways due to the insane nutritional value that this superfood has.

Moringa for Asthma

Is Taking Moringa for Asthma Effective? – A Natural Treatment

Have you ever heard of taking moringa for asthma and wondered if it really works? Well the short answer is yes, it does. Moringa isn’t called a superfood for no reason. Its numerous benefits can even lead to significant improvements for asthma patients. And this is not just some baseless hype. It has actually been scientifically proven and I will go over this in a minute.

But first it is important to know a little bit about how asthma actually works. If you suffer from asthma and have for some time, there is a good chance you already know this, but I’ll go over it anyway.

Asthma is a condition when the air passage to the lungs is hypersensitive and becomes inflamed easily, usually due to pollen, cold air, smoke, etc. When the bronchi of the lungs becomes inflamed it restricts airflow and makes it difficult to breath. This is often accompanied by an overproduction of mucus which just makes it even more difficult to breath.

Moringa Is a Proven Treatment

There have been studies performed that directly test the ability of moringa to treat asthma.

One such study titled Antiasthmatic activity of Moringa… tested it out on a group of 20 patients that suffered from mild to moderate forms of asthma. In this study each patient was given 3g of moringa powder (made from the seed kernels) for 3 weeks of time. Their respiratory effectiveness as well as symptoms were examined before and after. The results were quite good. The symptoms as well as the severeness of the patients’ asthma attacks had reduced “significantly”. Their lung capabilities had also showed improvements such as an increased breathing strength and volume.

Why Moringa Works, a Natural Antihistimine

Histimine is a compound that released in the body’s cells when there is an injury, allergic reaction, or inflammation going on. Its purpose is to help out but sometimes it can have the opposite effect. It is a common cause of asthma because it makes the bronchi contract among other things that make it difficult to breath.

Moringa is what you call a natural antihistimine. This means that it actually helps reduce the amount of histimine that is released in the body and because of this it can improve asthma.

This particular study here shows moringa inhibiting histimine production to a great degree. It is said to be so good that it can be compared to the man-made drug ketotifen.

A Powerful Antimicrobial

Being an antimicrobial, moringa has the ability to protect against respiratory pathogens. There have been a number of different studies out there that show moringa has incredible antimicrobial properties. And these properties can potentially protect against bronchial infections which could lead to asthma down the road.

One study that was conducted on extract from moringa leaves found that it displayed “significant” antimicrobial activity while another study tested moringa out on 4 types of bacteria which it inhibited every single one.

Vitamin C Is Sure to Help

When it comes to moringa being absolutely jammed packed with vitamins, minerals, etc… there is a lot that could potentially play a role in its ability to be an effective asthma treatment.

Its vitamin C content is sure to play role. Moringa powders that are available contain as much as 250mg of vitamin C for every 100g. This is is almost 5X the amount per weight that is found in oranges, which contain 53.2mg per every 100g.

Vitamin C has been proven to reduce asthmatic symptoms in some studies. One study I found titled Blocking Effect of Vitamin C in exercise induced asthma showed that vitamin C seems to protect the airway and keep it from constricting which would hinder breathing.

Should You Take Moringa for Asthma?

Moringa is a powerful natural treatment for asthma. It is so powerful that it can even be compared to some man-made drugs that are out there. If you are considering trying it for treatment then I am all for it. It is one of the better options out that that is extremely healthy and will benefit you in more ways than just asthmatic treatment.