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Moringa oleifera is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. English common names include: moringa, drumstick tree (from the appearance of the long, slender, triangular seed-pods), horseradish tree (from the taste of the roots, which resembles horseradish), ben oil tree, or benzoil tree (from the oil which is derived from the seeds). It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas where its young seed pods and leaves are used as vegetables. It can also be used for water purification and hand washing, and is sometimes used in herbal medicine. (source: https://en.wikipedia.org)
Moringa and Its Nutrients Value:
One serving of Moringa has more vitamin C than seven oranges, four times the calcium present in milk, and twice the protein as well as three times the amount of potassium found in a single banana. It can reduce free radicals in the body that cause cancer and speed aging, and lower blood pressure due to its high levels of Niacin in the form of A1 and A5 as well as Vitamins B3 and B10. Just 100g of fresh Moringa leaves contain 8.3 g protein, 434 mg calcium, 404 mg potassium, 738 μg vitamin A, and 164 mg vitamin C. Moringa also contains:
Vital Nutrients: Vitamin A, B1, B2, B3, B6, B7, C, D, E AND K.
Amino Acids: Isoleucine, Leucine, Lysine, Methionine, Phenylalanine, Threonine, Tryptophan, Valine. (source: http://naturalsociety.com)
Moringa and Cancer:
Moringa and Diabetes:
Study 1: For the study, the Egyptian researchers fed aqueous extracts of Moringa oleifera leaves to albino rats that were suffering from streptozotocin-induced diabetes. During the trial period, they monitored the fasting plasma glucose levels of the rats, as well as their levels of glutathione (an antioxidant found in Moringa that contains antidiabetic properties) and malondialdehyde (a toxic byproduct of lipid oxidation that is often found in high levels in people suffering from diabetes).
At the end of the trial, the rats that were fed Moringa extracts fared far better than the control group. Specifically, the extracts reduced their fasting plasma glucose levels from 380 percent to 145 percent (i.e. their blood sugar levels were reduced by more than 2.5 times). The extract also reduced the rats’ levels of harmful malondialdehyde from 385 percent to 186 percent and increased their levels of the important antioxidant, glutathione, from 22 percent to 73 percent — a significant improvement in all three areas.
“Experimental findings clearly indicate the potential benefits of using the aqueous extract of M. oleifera leaves as a potent antidiabetic treatment,” the researchers concluded. (source: www.naturalnews.com)
Study 2: 200mg/kg of the water extract of the leaves (determined to be more effective than 100mg/kg or 300mg/kg), when fed to diabetic rats over the course of 21 days, there appear to be time-dependent decreases in fasting blood glucose reaching up to a 69.2% drop and a reduction in an oral glucose tolerance test after 21 days by 51.2%. This was comparable or slightly greater than the reference drug glipizide (2.5mg/kg).
10mg/kg of the leaf extract of moringa oleifera acutely administrated to alloxan induced diabetic rats appears to be of comparable or greater potency than glibenclamide and in dexamethasone-induced insulin resistance, the alcoholic (125-250mg/kg) extract of the leaves appears to prevent insulin resistance from occurring in peripheral tissues although it had no effect on fasting glucose increased by dexamethasone.
Although not many mechanistic studies are conducted, one using the pods of moringa oleifera has noted less structural damage to the pancreas and its β-cells (alongside the standard antioxidant changes) suggesting a protective effect and preservation of insulin.
In animal research, moringa oleifera appears to have anti-diabetic properties due to a currently unknown mechanism (although usually said to be due to its antioxidant properties; unconfirmed). The potency, based on the preliminary and limited evidence, is comparable to reference drugs. In type II diabetics given a 75g oral glucose tolerance test, oral ingestion of moringa oleifera was able to reduce blood glucose by approximately 21% and this was not associated with an increase in serum insulin; the other two tested vegetables, Momordica charantia and Murrya koiengii, were ineffective.
A review on moringa oleifera notes a study not available online (Kumari 2010) where supplementation of the leaf powder at eight grams daily noted reductions in fasting glucose (28%) and postprandial glucose (26%) relative to baseline over the course of 40 days, and a follow-up study in sixty type II diabetics supplemented with the leaf extract (dosage unspecified) over 90 days resulted in a decrease in HbA1c (0.4% points) and a time-dependent decrease in post-prandial blood glucose by 9% (30 days), 17% (60 days), 29% (end of study).
There appears to be a reduction in post-meal glucose spikes seen with oral ingestion of moringa oleifera which is not due to a stimulation of insulin secretion. (source: https://examine.com)
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