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Moringa Health Benefits Include Helping Cholesterol Levels, Says Nutritionist

by Colin Carmichael

Nutritionist Philip Amiengheme says that Moringa health benefits include helping to balance cholesterol levels.

Moringa oleifera flowers

Moringa oleifera may help balance your blood cholesterol levels.

Amiengheme is the president of Advocacy for the Prevention of Non-Communicable Diseases Initiative and raves about the nutritional value of the Moringa tree.

Moringa Health Benefits

Amiengheme says that the nutritional make-up of Moringa contains…

  • 400% more Vitamin A than carrots
  • 700% more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 4 times the calcium in Moringa leaves vs. milk

Add in the balancing of cholesterol levels, and it's no wonder the Moringa tree has been referred to as the Miracle Tree.

The most popular variety of Moringa is Moringa oleifera, which is what most people are referring to when they mention Moringa.

It's known to grow in tropical as well as subtropical regions of India and Africa and can vary in from small plants to huge trees.

I have to confess that until today … I had never heard of Moringa.

And an hour later I was looking at a study with rats that showed a 14.5% improvement in cholesterol levels using the crude leaf extract of Moringa oleifera.

Other studies claim it not only has anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic properties, but therapeutic potential for the prevention of cardiovascular diseases.

It's easy to see see why Amiengheme and others are so excited about this natural plant.

A little caution here because we've been swept away by the hype of newly discovered miracle superfoods before. Having said that, I'm not dismissing this either.

Stay tuned, because I have a feeling we'll be hearing a lot more about Moringa in the near future.

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References:
> http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Moringa
> http://allafrica.com/stories/201208260184.html
> Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2000 Jan;69(1):21-5.
> Phytother Res. 2007 Jan;21(1):17-25.
> Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2008 Mar 28;116(3):439-46. Epub 2007 Dec 23.


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