High blood pressure is a serious condition that can lead to a multitude of problems down the road. If you suffer from high BP there are a variety of ways you can reduce it. What I want to discuss in particular is a natural healing for blood pressure…. called Moringa.
Moringa is the name of a tree that is native to Asia. Its leaves and seeds have been ground and used for centuries as a treatment to many health problems. In modern times much of these benefits have been scientifically proven. Many consider it to be a “superfood” because of its extremely nutrient dense contents.
Taking moringa for blood pressure is just one of the many benefits that this incredible plant has to offer. And in this article I will be discussing the many nutrients that moringa has that have an impact on your BP.
Moringa benefits blood pressure in many ways. This is due to its amazing contents with over 92 nutrients total and 46 antioxidants. But not everything it contains can have an effect on your BP. However, potassium, vitamin C, vitamin E, magnesium, calcium, and zinc do have an effect. And moringa contains all of this.
In the following content I’ll go over what each of these minerals/vitamins can do for your BP, how much moringa has of each, and the recommended daily allowance.
Moringa is a great natural source of potassium. And the reason this is important here is because potassium helps lower sodium levels, which everyone knows are a big culprit of high blood pressure.
Potassium and sodium work together, in a way, to keep your blood pressure where it needs to be. If you have high blood pressure then increasing your potassium intake is a great way to get your body to rid itself of excess sodium through your urine as well as relax your blood vessels.
How Much Potassium Is In Moringa?
I have seen a lot of different numbers thrown around online as to how much potassium is actually in moringa. It can be very confusing because many of these sources do not list whether they are talking about dried moringa leaves, moringa oil, moringa seeds, moringa powder, etc. They just call it moringa and this really doesn’t tell you what you need to know.
There can be a big difference in the amount of potassium depending on what you are looking at. From what I have found on examine.com, which is a very trustworthy scientific source, is that moringa contains about 300mg for every 100g of dried leaves. This equates to 0.3% potassium content.
However, most of the moringa powders that are on the market, which is probably what you are interested in, contain much more than this. I have seen powders that list their potassium content anywhere from 1,300 – 1,850mg per every 100g. This means anywhere from 1.3 – 1.85% of its weight is potassium.
If you compare this to other known sources of potassium it is very good. The dried leaves are pound for pound right around what a banana will give you. But the moringa powder is much more potent with 3+ times the amount.
How Much Potassium Do You Need?
A logical question to ask yourself from this is “how much potassium do you need?”
Well there actually isn’t a RDI for potassium and the amounts places will tell you vary a lot. According to the World Health Organization you should take 4700mg per day if you are an adult. But I have seen other sources that claim getting around 3,300 mg per day is sufficient.
There is still more research that needs to be done in this area, but as for now many professionals in the industry agree that Vitamin C in excess appears to be linked to lower blood pressure levels. In observational studies it has been observed time and time again that people with access of this vitamin have lower BP than people with normal or low levels. However when it comes to clinical studies there have not been consistent results.
According to an analysis of years of research related to this topic the difference that vitamin C makes is enough for scientists at Johns Hopkins Medicine to conclude that there would be a lot fewer strokes if people would ingest excess amounts. You can read this article here if you wish.
And of course the reason why I am mentioning this here is because moringa is a natural provider of vitamin C.
How much vitamin C in moringa?
The USDA lists moringa’s vitamin C content at 51.7mg for every 100g of dried leaves. When it comes to the powders that you can buy you are looking at more like 250mg for every 100g. It it an excellent source of vitamin C to say the least.
*Note: Some sources (Ex: MayoClinic) do say that vitamin C might actually work the other way around. This is still open to debate.
What is the recommended daily dosage?
The RDI for vitamin C is a very wide range, which means that you do not need to closely monitor your intake. MayoClinic states that for an adult a healthy range is between 65 – 90mg per day, however the upper limit is 2,000mg.
So if you are taking spirulina powder, which is usually dosed at around 1-3g per serving, you will be getting a decent dosage per day. But in order to potentially see benefits on your blood pressure you will absolutely have to be getting vitamin C elsewhere. Moringa is a good natural source but it isn’t going to give you the excess amount that you will need.
Vitamin E is most well known for its antioxidant characteristics but is yet another vitamin that has been shown to have an effect on blood pressure. Like vitamin C, there is also more work that needs to be done in this area, but there is enough to say that it has a positive effect. One study shows that 200 IU of vitamin E supplemented over 27 weeks lead to a decrease in BP in mild Hypertensive patients.
The reason vitamin E helps to lower BP may be due to the impact that it has on nitric oxide production, which in turn promotes vasodilation.
The amount of vitamin E needed on a daily basis is not something that you have to worry about too much. Deficiency in this vitamin are rare and this is because your body is able to store it and hold onto it, unlike other vitamins that flow right out of your system. However, it is recommended that you get 22.4 IU per day if you want to maintain a steady intake.
There are a lot of good sources out there. To obtain this vitamin naturally you want to look at fatty foods and oils. Nuts are one of best sources as well as… you guessed it…. Moringa.
How much vitamin E is in moringa?
The amount of vitamin E you can get from moringa is plenty. For every 100g of powder you are looking at getting 64mg, which is well above what you should get daily. But of course you aren’t going to be taking 100g in a day. However, even if you just take a normal serving of 2g of moringa powder you are looking at getting 1.28mg which would be around 6% of what you need daily… pretty good for just 2g right?
Compare this to nuts and it makes them look bad. Pound for pound moringa powder contains almost double what sunflower seeds contain, which are among the highest vitamin E providers in the nuts category with 36mg per every 100g.
*Note: If you are currently on medication as a treatment of high BP you may want to talk to a doctor before upping your vitamin E intake. The reason for this is because vitamin E may inhibit the absorption of Beta Blocker medications.
Some call magnesium a relaxation ion, because it has been shown to have relaxing effects on both the nervous system and the cardiovascular system. This can help help combat stress, irritability, and high BP>
It has been shown to have both a direct and indirect effect on high blood pressure levels (Rosanoff A., 2005). Keeping Mg levels up has a relaxation effect on smooth muscle cells in the vascular system. This allows them to expand and decrease the pressure inside.
Magnesium also has an impact on potassium levels, which, as I went over above, is important for healthy blood pressure levels. Deficiency in Mg can actually lead to potassium deficiency which then leads to high sodium levels which = high blood pressure.
What is the recommended dose of magnesium?
For adult men the RDI of magnesium is 400mg if you are under 30 years old and if you are over 30 you want to bump that up to 420mg. For women it is about 100mg less per day. Your RDI is 310mg if you are under 30 and 320mg if you are over that age.
How much will moringa provide you with?
A normal serving of 2g moringa powder will fetch you about 10.75mg of magnesium, which is about 2.5 – 3.5% of the RDI, depending on your gender. This amount equates to about 537mg per every 100g of powder, which is well over the RDI. 100 grams of dried moringa leaves will give you about 42mg.
If you are taking a normal amount of moringa powder it is a good way to supplement your magnesium intake but you will need other sources. Spinach is a very good source and some other decent sources include black beans, bananas, almonds, and you might even be excited to hear that dark chocolate makes the list.
Like potassium, calcium is another key mineral in the war on high blood pressure. And it is another mineral that moringa has an abundance of, even more-so than potassium.
Calcium plays a crucial role in blood pressure among many other things such as bone health. It helps vessels both contract and relax, which is what you need them to do.
Lack of calcium is very common so this could be an area that you could improve in. According to article from Harvard Health, most people get less than 75% of the calcium they need to on a daily basis from their poor diets. The RDI for calcium that adults need to consume is 1,000mg if you are under 70 years old. If you are over 70 then it is recommended to consume 1,200mg per day. This is according to MedlinePlus.gov.
So how much will moringa help with your calcium intake?
According to the USDA 100g of dried moringa leaves will provide you with 185mg of calcium. And after looking at different quality moringa powders that you can buy it seems that most will provide you with about 1,600 – 2,000mg per 100g. This equates to 32.5 – 40mg per every 2g serving.
So if you do the math on this all here is how it works out. Lets say you are consuming the recommended 2g of moringa powder per day. The 32.5 – 40mg that it provides you with will give you 3.25 – 4% of your RDI if you are under 70. Again, this is based on the RDI that I found from MedlinePlus. There are other sources that say you do not need this much calcium per day.
Other great natural calcium sources include…
Some other great sources of calcium include dairy products like yogurt, milk, and cheese. Salmon and black eyed pees are also right up there with them. But if you compare these foods pound for pound with moringa guess which is more calcium dense….. The answer is moringa by far… if you are taking it in powder form that is.
Just to give you some numbers for comparison, 1% milk has 125mg for every 100g as well as yogurt, cottage cheese has 83mg for every 100g, and salmon has just under 30mg. Of course eating large amounts of these foods is much more realistic than eating a bunch of moringa for your calcium intake but moringa is without question a great supplemental source… a great supplemental source that will positively impact your blood pressure.
Zinc is what you call a trace element. It is only found in very small amounts in nature and that is fine for use because our bodies only need small amounts. However, although we only need little, it is still important to get your daily dose.
Having too low zinc levels or too high levels can effect many balances within the body, one of which is blood pressure. A study that was published in the Biological Trace Elements Research journal in 2007 shows that zinc deficiency can lead to increased arterial BP.
So it is important to try to get your body’s zinc levels to what they need to be. According to the Office of Dietary Supplements, the recommended intake is 15mg per day for adults.
How much will moringa help with your zinc levels?
I wasn’t able to find out how much zinc is actually in the moringa powder that you can buy. This is because the companies that are selling it are not required to put the amount on the nutrition label. However, I was able to find from the USDA that 100g of dried leaves give you 0.60mg of zinc. This appears to vary a good bit though because another trusth-worthy source, Examine.com, lists 100g of dried moringa leaves as having 2.04mg of zinc.
Either way moringa is a decent source considering the powder supplement form have much higher amounts.
Other good natural sources of zinc include oysters, beans, crab meat, beef, etc. Oysters are jammed packed with zinc and will give you about 8-9 mg of zinc in just one 1 ounce medium sized oyster.
*Note: Too high of zinc levels can also lead to increased BP so trying to find a healthy balance is essential.
In my opinion yes it is. Why not? Its natural, its healthy, and if it doesn’t work out like you want it to you will benefit from it in other ways.
To back up my opinion here of it being worth trying is a study where moringa extract was given to rats to see what therapeutic benefits it would have. One of the many positive effects that were observed was a decrease in blood pressure.
So besides everything that I just mentioned above with all the individual nutrients and minerals, this study was conducted on moringa itself being used which more directly proves that moringa is one natural and healthy way to get your blood pressure on the right track.
Moringa has been a traditional treatment for diabetics across Africa and Asia for years. And this isn’t just another folk treatment with unproven benefits. Modern science is showing more and more that taking moringa for diabetes can be done as a natural treatment or even as a potential cure.
One such study from the Journal of Diabetes was conducted by giving diabetic rats moringa pod extract for 21 days. The results showed that there was a significant decrease glucose levels and the overall progression of diabetes. It also showed increases in antioxidant levels in the pancreatic tissue.
And this study is not the only one. Another published in 2009 in the Journal of Ethnopharmacology shows the same thing. This study was performed on hyperglycemic rats, aka diabetic rats. They tested rats that were mildly, moderately, and several diabetic. The more diabetic the rats, the more the decrease in blood glucose levels. These levels fell from 26.7 – 32.8%, which is pretty significant.
Moringa is jammed packed with nutrients, vitamins, and minerals that could be the cause of its anti-diabetic effects. The fact that it is a proven treatment for diabetes is known but there is still much research that needs to be done on why it works.
Some of its contents which have proven to have benefits for those with diabetes include a protein isolate from its leaves and vitamin A.
There haven’t been many studies that have looked into the moringa’s proteins and their possible effect on diabetes, but there are some.
One study from PubMed that I came across experimented with the possibility that moringa’s proteins are the reason for its positive effects on diabetes. In this study scientists isolated a leaf protein isolate and gave this to diabetic mice. The results were that this protein isolate significantly reduced blood glucose levels.
Now of course these mice were given extreme amounts of this isolated protein but it proves the point. The point that the protein in moringa is one of possibly many things that make it a good natural treatment for diabetes.
Not only does moringa help directly reverse the progression of diabetes, but it also can help reduce side effects that come from this disease.
One very unfortunate side effect of the disease is diabetic retinopathy. This occurs when diabetes affects the retina in the eye. This is the light-sensitive tissue that is a necessary component in the process of vision. This condition can lead to blindness.
Diabetic retinopathy is extremely common in diabetics over the age of 40 and is the number 1 cause of blindness in working age adults.
One way to combat this condition is by getting adequate doses of vitamin A, which moringa has an abundance of. Without this vitamin we would all be blind. Metabolized vitamin a is responsible for making ospins (type of proteins) light sensitive so that light can be converted into electrical signals which then go to the brain and form images.
According to MayoClinic the RDA for vitamin A is 900 micrograms for men and 700 micrograms for women.
The logical question to ask next is how much vitamin A is in moringa?
The USDA’s moringa analysis lists that there is 378mcg of vitamin A in 100g of dried moringa leaves. If you are looking at purchasing moringa supplements then this is a lot higher. After looking at many of the top rated moringa powders out there on the market the amount of vitamin A they contain is around 165mcg per 1g of powder.
This means that by supplementing just 1g of moringa powder you can get 18% of the RDA if you are a man and 23% if you are a woman.
I don’t see why not. Its a healthy and natural treatment that has been used for centuries and is being proven to work more and more by scientific findings. Of course you should consult with your doctor beforehand to make sure it is ok, but if you are in the clear then I would give it a try.
There are many benefits to be had from moringa, being able to take it as a treatment for diabetes is just one of them.
Did you know that there are quite a few very high priced skin care products that have moringa oil or extract in them? This must mean that moringa is beneficial to skin health right? The answer is yes, and taking moringa for wrinkles and other skin imperfections is becoming more popular as its effectiveness catches on.
I did a bit of research to get to the bottom of this topic and in this article I’ll be going over some of the proven benefits that this amazing plant has that will help you reduce and maybe even eliminate those unwanted wrinkles.
When it comes to moringa skin products there are oils and creams. Adding moringa to your diet is also beneficial in many ways but the focus of this article is going to be on the topical treatments.
Moringa oil comes from the seeds of the moringa tree. This is different from the moringa creams that you may find that are commonly made with moringa leaf extract.
Moringa is packed with antioxidants that help fight off aging caused by what are called free radicals.
These free radicals are highly reactive atoms or groups of atoms within the body that reek havoc. They damage cells and have been linked to aging since the 1950’s.
These free radicals are often formed when certain molecules and oxygen interact. So as you can imagine the “anti”oxidants help stop this from happening.
Antioxidants are like the superheroes. They help to inhibit and limit the production of these free radicals which means less unnecessarily cell damage. And what this means is healthier, younger, tighter skin with less wrinkles.
The high amount of antioxidant activity found in moringa has been noted in many studies. One such study from Plant Foods for Human Nutrition found that moringa extract demonstrated “significant” protection from the free radical damage that comes from oxidation.
One obvious reason that moringa oil is beneficial in the fight against wrinkles is that it is a great moisturizer. As with any good moisturizer, it hydrates your skin and this allows for more elasticity as well as more ability for nutrients to be delivered to the cells in need.
Dry skin can actually get micro-tears and the elasticity that moisturizing will bring can help to eliminate that. The increased nutrient flow from the hydrated skin can also help to repair what small tears there might have been from previously dried out skin.
Moringa creams can be good moisturizers as well but these are a mixture of many ingredients so their overall effectiveness depends on everything they include.
Skin infections caused by all sorts of bacteria are one problem that put extra stress on skin and cause it to prematurely age. Moringa has been shown in studies to have both antiseptic and antibacterial properties that can protect against such infections.
Moringa also has anti-inflammatory properties which are great for healthy skin. Much of this comes from moringa’s vitamin E content which is used as a treatment even for more severe skin conditions such as eczema.
I’m sure we’ve all heard about collagen and how it helps out with healthy skin. Luckily for people using moringa oils and creams they are receiving a collagen boost.
Collagen along with elastin are very important when it comes to firm, young looking skin. They help keep it tight and elastic at the same time.
Topical moringa products have been shown to increase the synthesis of collagen & elastin by helping out the fibroblasts that are responsible for such.
If you buy a skin care concoction that has moringa oil among many other ingredients in it you will probably not even notice the characteristics of this oil. If you buy it by itself then you will notice that it is a clear rather thin oil that has a “nutty” smell to it, as you might expect.
Because of its opacity and it being thin this makes it a great oil to apply to the skin. Another great characteristic about it is that after being harvested it does not go bad for several years. It has a long shelf life that you don’t have to worry about.
If you are looking for a natural route to take to reduce your fine lines and wrinkles then moringa is definitely one of the better ways to go. There are many things about this potent plant that make its oil’s and extracts great for your skin.
There is even a study I came across that looked at moringa’s skin rejuvenation potential with human test subjects. As you can imagine after reading this it was found to be an effective natural source.
This particular study looked at the potential of moringa leaf extract that was made into a cream but moringa oil is also a great choice.