Moringa oleifera is a multi-purpose herbal plant used as human food and an alternative for medicinal purposes worldwide. It has been identified by researchers as a plant with numerous health benefits including nutritional and medicinal advantages.
Moringa oleifera is an edible plant. A wide variety of nutritional and medicinal virtues have been attributed to its roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
Moringa oleifera contains essential amino acids, carotenoids in leaves, and components with nutraceutical properties, supporting the idea of using this plant as a nutritional supplement or constituent in food preparation. Almost all parts from Moringa can be used as a source for nutrition with other useful values.
The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol. In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, M. oleifera is very important for its medicinal value.
Various parts of the moringa plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine, particularly in South Asia.
Moringa Anti-Cancer / Breast Cancer
In this study we investigated the anti-cancer effect of Moringa oleifera leaves, bark and seed extracts. When tested against MDA-MB-231 and HCT-8 cancer cell lines, the extracts of leaves and bark showed remarkable anti-cancer properties while surprisingly, seed extracts exhibited hardly any such properties.
Moringa Fights Diabetes
This study concludes that Moringa oleifera exerts protective effects against STZ-induced diabetes. The study group exhibited significant antidiabetic and antioxidant activity and active constituents may be isolated from the extract for evaluation in future clinical studies.
In this study, the role of Moringa oleifera leaf extract in the regulation of thyroid hormone status in adult male and female rats.
A study was done to test the ability of Moringa as an anti-inflammatory. It was concluded that MSHE and MCF were both effective to treat experimental colitis and this might be attributed to their similar major components, biophenols and flavonoids.
This research study was carried out to investigate the efficacy and safety of seed kernels of Moringa oleiferain the treatment of bronchial asthma. Twenty patients of either sex with mild-to-moderate asthma were given finely powdered dried seed kernels in dose of 3 g for 3 weeks.
The results of the study suggest that there was appreciable decrease in severity of symptoms of asthma and also simultaneous improvement in respiratory functions.
Moringa oleifera is an ancient tree that is historically known to possess numerous medicinal qualities. The results of published studies to date involving M. oleifera are very promising. Additional human studies using standardized extracts are highly desirable.