Moringa oleifera is an edible plant native of the western and sub-Himalayan tracts, India, Pakistan, Asia Minor, Africa and Arabia. Moringa has been named the "Miracle Tree", "Tree of Life", "Mother's Best Friend", and "God's Gift to Man"; "Savior of the Poor" as every part of plant can be and has been consumed as daily food by people of Indian subcontinent and Africa. These cultures have recognized a wide variety of nutritional and medicinal qualities of Moringa attributed to its roots, bark, leaves, flowers, fruits, and seeds.
A number of medicinal properties have been ascribed to Moringa leaves by African and Indian populations who have used it for years. Moringa leaves have been used for the treatment of fat metabolism and cardiovascular diseases, inflammation, infectious diseases, gastrointestinal, and hematological and hepatorenal disorders. Indeed scientific studies have shown that Moringa leaves are rich source of B-carotene, protein, vitamin C, calcium and potassium and act as a good source of natural antioxidants; such as ascorbic acid, flavonoids, phenolics and carotenoids, which may ameliorate several ailments.
There are several clinical and biological studies conducted to find how Moringa works. In a controlled study with untreated type-2 diabetes (T2DM) patients, diet supplemented with M. Oleifera elicited significantly (~21%) lower rise in post-prandial blood glucose or blood glucose rise after a 75-g oral glucose load. Interestingly, plasma insulin did not differ significantly from the control meals, suggesting that the hypoglycemic effect of M. Oleifera leaf supplementation was not due to increased insulin secretion. In another study with T2DM patients (aged 30-60 yrs) the hypoglycemic effect of M. Oleifera leaf was examined over the period of 40-days. These patients were not on any other anti-hyperglycemic medications. Daily dose of 8g M. Oleifera leaf powder reduced the fasting blood glucose and post-prandial blood glucose significantly by about -28% and -26%, respectively. In yet another study, effects of M. Oleifera leaf powder on blood glucose was tested in a group of 60 T2DM patients, age 40-58 years, BMI 20-25kg/m2. These patients were already on sulfonylurea medication and a standardized calorie-restricted diet. Patients were prescribed two M. Oleifera leaf tablets/day, one after breakfast, and the other after dinner for 90days. In the patients with standard sulfonylureas only blood glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c) postprandial glucose decreased with time, but the change was not significant. Comparatively addition of M. Oleifera decreased the HbA1c by 0.4% point post-prandial blood glucose by 29% after 90 days. Such studies suggest that addition of M. Oleifera to the standard regimen of anti-diabetics provide additional benefit in managing blood glucose. However, it is imperative that you take advice of your doctor and continue with the drug regimen and life-style changes suggested to you for your diabetes. M. Oleifera or any other food supplements are not meant to replace your medications.
It is interesting to know how Moringa leaf powder is working as anti-dyslipidemic and for blood glucose control. The anti-dyslipidemic effects of M. oleifera were tested in a study that included 35 hyperlipidemic subjects (total cholesterol TC; TC>180 mg/dL or triglyceride TG; TG>140 mg/dL). A daily total of 4.6g of dehydrated M. Oleifera leaves, as four 550mg tablets twice daily, for 50 days decreased the plasma TC by 1.6%, increased HDL by 6.3%, lowered LDL, VLDL, and TG to various degrees. Similar results were obtained in another study that tested anti-hyperlipidemic effects in type-2 diabetese mellitus T2DM patients. A 40 days regimen with 8g of M. Oleifera leaf powder daily decreased the plasma levels of TC (-14%), LDL (-29%), VLDL (-15%), and TG (-14%; P <0.05 to <0.01). HDL increased by 9%, but the HDL/non-HDL ratio increased by 37% (P <0.01). These studies show that consumption of Moringa indeed helps in fat metabolism and lowers bad cholesterol.
Moringa supplement is safe to consume as food, supplement or Ayurvedic ingredient. In fact Moringa has been used safely by millions of people of all ages and genders in Asia and Africa as a good source of vitamin and minerals. However, lack of studies caution that Moringa should not be consumed by pregnant women without consultations by a healthcare provider.
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It probably can take a month or two to notice its effect on blood glucose level and cholesterol level. Please refer to the studies mentioned above bearing in mind that these studies have not been evaluated by the FDA. We do recommend that the regular medications must not be stopped and replaced by Moringa and instead Moringa should be used as a supplement.
Majambu Mbikay; Therapeutic potential of Moringa oleifera leaves in chronic hyperglycemia and dyslipidemia: a review. Frontiers in Pharmacology, March 2012.
Shalini Kushwaha, Paramjit Chawla and Daljit Singh Khurana; Effect of Supplementation of Drumstick (Moringa Oleifera) and Amaranth (Amaranthus Tricolor) Leaves Powder on Lipid Profile in Postmenopausal Women. International Journal of Scientific and Research Publications, Volume 2, Issue 11, November 2012.
D. Jalala Kumari; Hypoglycemic effects of Moringa oleifera and Azadirachta Indica in type-2 Diabetes Mellitus. The Biosean, 5 (2): 211-214, 2010.