Moringa Tree of Life

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The moringa tree of life , or plant is native to India and other countries. The fact that it contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals makes it useful in the fight against malnutrition.

In some parts of the world, moringa is an important food source. Drying it retains a lot of its nutritional value, and it can be grown cheaply and easily. Moringa appears to be an antioxidant that protects cells from damage. It is also believed to help reduce inflammation and pain.

Asthma, diabetes, breast-feeding, and many other conditions are treated with moringa, but there is no solid scientific evidence to support these claims.

What diseases are cured by moringa?                     

Herbal Moringa leaves with flower and seeds over white background

Vegetable and Herb, Close Up of Dried Moringa Seed Rich in Protein, Vitamin A, Vitamin B, Vitamin C and Minerals.


The Indian native Moringa oleifera grows in tropical and subtropical climates throughout the world. Drumstick trees and horseradish trees are common names. Since moringa can withstand severe drought and mild frost conditions, it is widely cultivated all over the world. Every part of the tree has high nutritional values, which makes it suitable both for nutritional and commercial purposes. Phytochemicals and minerals are abundant in the leaves.

 Leaf extracts are used to treat malnutrition and increase lactation in lactating mothers. The compound may act as an antioxidant, anticancer, anti-inflammatory, antidiabetic, and antimicrobial agent.  A natural coagulant, Moringa oleifera seed, is extensively used in the treatment of water.

 In this study, researchers investigated the use of moringa for the treatment of diabetes and cancer and the fortification of moringa in commercial products. The review explains the use of moringa across disciplines to treat a variety of ailments and explores nutritional, commercial and pharmacological properties of this “Miracle Tree”.

Originally from the Indian subcontinent, Moringa oleifera grows quickly and is drought-resistant. Moringa is also known as drumstick tree, horseradish tree, and ben oil tree or benzo live tree. Wikipedia

As well as Asia and Africa, it can grow in other tropical and sub-tropical places. The leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant have been used in folk medicine for centuries.

It’s traditionally been used as a remedy for such conditions as:                                   

Moringa oleifera oil with seeds and leaves. Isolated on white background.

Are There Health Benefits?     

 Vitamins and minerals are abundant in moringa. Vitamin C in the leaves is seven times higher than in oranges, and potassium is 15 times higher than in bananas. Calcium, protein, iron, and amino acids are also found in it. These nutrients support muscle growth and healing.

Aside from its antioxidant properties, it may also boost your immune system. Some of these antioxidants may also lower blood pressure and reduce fat levels in the body and blood.

Uses of Moringa                                                             

Moringa powder, Moringa oleifera on white background

Much of the research on moringa has used animals as test subjects. We do not know if humans would get the same results. Extracts from this tree are still being studied, but early studies show they may help with:

Moringa leaf extract may reduce swelling, redness, and pain associated with rheumatoid arthritis. Researchers have shown that insulin-like proteins found in moringa may lower blood sugar levels. Phytochemicals found in the leaves may help the body process sugar more effectively, as well as affect insulin release. 

In laboratory tests, leaf extracts slowed pancreatic cancer cell growth and made chemotherapy more effective. Several other studies show that moringa leaves, bark, and roots all have anti-cancer properties that might lead to new drugs.

Some experts believe antioxidants and other plant chemicals may help heal stress and inflammation in the brain.

Scientists are also trying to see if it might help with:             

Nutritional supplement: Moringa powder in a white bowl and Moringa capsules spilling out a bottle shot from above on rustic wooden table.


Moringa powder, Moringa oleifera on white background

Is It Safe?

There is some evidence that it is generally safe to eat leaves or young seed pods, and leaf extracts made from powder and water may also be safe. For pregnant women especially, eating bark or pulp can be dangerous. The bark may contain chemicals that cause the uterus to contract and cause miscarriage. Although you can buy it as a powder, pill, oil, or tea, supplements and powders containing moringa aren’t regulated by the FDA. For health benefits, there isn’t a standard dose. Additionally, companies do not have to prove that their products are safe or that they work as advertised. Don’t use it if you are pregnant or breastfeeding. You should consult your doctor before taking moringa or any supplements, especially if you are taking any medications.


Moringa Oleifera tea with powder on table written moringa wording

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