Friday, July 13, 2012

Does Moringa Interfere With Hormonal Balance and Conception

This blog concerns a question asked by one of my readers. There is nothing in Moringa Oleifera research at present that suggests that Moringa leaves themselves would affect ovulation or getting pregnant.  It is a food consumed by many cultures in their everyday meals. It is a super packed food that increases your nutrition.

Moringa Oliefera leaves are not an herb such as St Johns Wort or Black Cohosh that stimulates estrogen production.  Moringa leaves are  a food.  Moringa leaves do have an effect on sugar levels. It balances out the body which means that it helps the body to process sugar properly.  So if you are taking drugs for diabetes or high blood pressure, it could reduce your need for those medication.  If you have a body system that is working sluggishly or working over or under, Moringa leaves may help that body system to work more effectively.  This would reduce your need for a medication. There is nothing anywhere in the research to suggest that the leaves themselves will cause a problem in hormonal balance or in conception. You should avoid extracts which are concentrated.

There is a question if Moringa leaves should be taken during the first three months of pregnancy because of alkaloids present. I could not find any research that confirms the question above.

The root and bark of either species should not be eaten during pregnancy because of potent alkaloids present in the roots and bark of the Moringa trees.

Moringa Flowers should not be used while pregnant. They are used by natives as a tonic, diuretic, and abortifacient.  The Flowers should not be used when trying to get pregnant or when pregnant. 

Make sure the product you have been using has been tested, bottled and packaged in a US/GMP approved lab. That testing includes tests for mold, mildew, E-Coli, dirt, and other contamination.I do not support products from India period, China, or Indonesia.  I do not sell anything that has not been tested and packaged in the US.

Herbs such as St. John's wort are used for mild to moderate depression and are not eaten as a food every day. These herbs are taken for a particular health problem.  St. John's Wort is not eaten for its vitamins and nutritional content but for its effects on the brain and depression. It is also used for pain control which also is controlled by the brain.  Black Cohosh and similar herbs help the body to increase estrogen production in menopause.  They have an effect on hormone regulation.  

I have not seen any negative evidence that eating Moringa Oleifera leaves has an impact on fertility or conception ability.  That is all I can give you on this question.  There are several different species of Moringa trees. Most of the research has been done on the Moringa Oleifera species.   I could also find nothing on Moringa Oleifera leaves and a problem during the first three months of pregnancy.

If any of my readers know of research concerning this question, please email me with the link to the research.  I would always consult my doctor on this question......if a woman has high blood pressure or diabetes, eating Moringa leaves may decrease her need for that medicine. This is imp to know.  Moringa is an adpaptogen and assists the different body systems to work better and to heal.

You should always get the advice from your doctor if you are pregnant. Nursing and different foods can also be a problem with some women.  When in doubt, talk to your doctor.

All for now. Kate Freer, The Herbladyisin


I do not sell Moringa products as of Sept, 2016. I am working on a project that demands an unbiased viewpoint. 
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  1. no,Moringa Oliefera leaves are an herb,trust ne :)...

  2. Hi, I am sorry Moringa is not an herb according to botany and definition. Please read my blog today where I answer this question. I know we tend to think of it as a herb but it is not according to botany.

  3. Moringa, i never hear this herb..but i want to learn about this herb.