Apart from these we discussed, below medicinal attributes will also be supportive to eradicate the doubt “moringa is a super food?”
1. Moringa has anti diabetic effects
Moringa has been showing its anti diabetic effects against diabetic Type 01 and Type 02. Type 01 diabetic stage is where the patients suffer from non production of insulin which is the responsible for regulating the blood glucose level. In its absence the blood glucose levels can not be controlled.
In the case of Type 02 diabetics, the patients undergo a condition such that insulin resistance. There the insulin hormone is produced but does not act effectively and properly so that it causes for the increase of blood sugar beyond the limits.
Interestingly, moringa has shown its power against diabetic. Several research studies done against Type 01 streptozotocin induced diabetic, lab rats have shown to lower the fasting blood sugar levels. The results were same for the insulin resistant Type 2 diabetics as well.
Another research study has shown moringa seed powder has the ability to increase the antioxidant enzymes present in blood serum. These antioxidants have shown the ability to lower the reactive oxygen species(ROS) originated in the beta cells of pancreatic islets.
The flavanoids like quercetin and phenolic compounds found in Moringa are attributed to act as antioxidants that make the scavenging effect on reactive oxygen species in beta cells there by protecting these beta cells and keep diabetic under control. So, is it worth to call moringa a super food?
2. Moringa shows anticancer properties
Cancer cells have the ability to divide in to cells very faster than ordinary cells and generally this multiplication of cells in to number of cells is termed as proliferation
Moringa leaf extractions have shown the anti – proliferative properties against cancer cells. Researches show that these highly proliferative cells undergo induction of reactive oxygen species in them and cause for the apoptosis which is a mechanism of cell death in a programmed way
Another research study shows that these reactive oxygen species initiated in cancer cells by Moringa are believed to occur only in cancer cells making it an ideal anticancer agent.
3. Moringa shows an antibacterial effects on several microorganisms
I found an interesting research article that shows antimicrobial properties of Moringa against Pseudomonas putida and Bacillus subtilis . This shows that moringa also has the antibacterial effects against pathogenic microbes where the research was about its use in rural areas chronically plagued with polluted water
Further, it has also shown in another study its ability to act against bacteria like Bacillus subtilis, Staphylococcus aureus and Vibrio cholera
There this antimicrobial property is shown by the seeds due to the presence of compounds like moringine, benzyl isothiocyanate and pterygospermin
4. Moringa has anti ulcer properties
This particular research is about the the miracle of Moringa to cure the ulcers owing to its anti ulcer properties. Gastric ulcers are much common and many suffer from this painful condition. This particular research done using lab rats has shown that acidity in gastric ulcers has been decreased in a considerable way by ingestion of moringa extracts
5. Moringa helps to treat patients with dementia
Dementia is a collective responses of conditions like decline in memory, slowly losing the problem solving ability and forgetting routinely followed activities .
Age related dementia is a condition with more prevalence and seem to have less therapeutic efficacy.
The extracts of the Moringa leaves show that it has the ability to act as a promoter of spatial memory.
There ,this research shows the antioxidant properties of Moringa act as a neuro protective agent thus helpful for the spatial memory enhancement.
6. It shows anti inflammatory properties
Inflammation is a naturally occurring body’s reaction against external influences such as wound infections with germs. The wound area then become red , little bit heated up(Body cells fight with germs in the area and heat generates)
In vitro and in vivo studies have shown that moringa has the ability to cure inflammations. Thus moringa has been showing its healing capabilities since decades for chronic and acute diseases.
The attributes of the plant compounds found such as favanols and the phenolic compounds cause for this anti inflammatory properties
7. Moringa can help to fight against malnutrition
In some countries people suffer from malnutrition. This has specifically affected on child growth and for their nutrition. Normally lactogogues are given to lactating mothers to augment the milk production.
When the moringa is given for them, the phytosterols like stigmasterol, sitosterol and kampesterol act as precursor for hormone production. These are capable of increasing estrogen production which also causes for the stimulation of the mammary glands to produce milk.
Some countries like senegal , these are given for the lactating mothers owing to this miracle benefits.
When taking all these facts in to consideration, i suppose “moringa is a super food? “will not be a question furthermore