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


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Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Moringa Trees Love the Heat Wave

Well I am writing this blog as I roast in our house.  Fans are not enough this summer. This Nevada area is 10 degrees hotter than usual like the rest of the country.  I have fans on the chickens and on our rabbits along with frozen water bottles for the rabbits. Early in spring I let the rabbits did two tunnels under their rabbit house. They have an enclosed outside yard, as well as a big shed for their house. It has to be several degrees cooler in their tunnels.  The current heat wave is very hard on animals and humans.  Anyway you can relieve the heat for them is needed. The chickens hang out by the fan all day. We also have created shade overhead for half the enclosed chicken yard.  The ducks have their kiddie pool to play in. We are buying a cooler for the office this week, since it is in the high 90's in the house. When it get this hot, my mind doesn't work well.

My  Moringa trees think I am keeping this house so hot just for them. They are loving the heat in the house.   They are beginning to have accelerated growth with the house like a hot house.  Since they are in the living room and we hang out in the office most of the time, they will still have lots of heat after we buy the cooler.  I create humidity with spraying them and with water containers in their planters.  Moringa needs humidity of which we have little here in Nevada.  I am now have enough trees, small as they are yet, for fresh leaves for our home brewed cold tea. By Sept they should be a decent size.  Where ever your climate is, keep experiment with growing them...and eventually you will succeed.  My trees will be permanently in the house, but I picked this house, in part so I could have the trees inside. 

We are now reaping the benefit of our container gardening with tomatoes, peppers, and squash for the family table.  I planted Borage to draw the bees and we do have some. The neighbors Sage which is in  full bloom, sure does not hurt either.  You must have bees or other pollinators to have veggies.  The wind also helps to spread the pollen around.

Another insect who helps pollinate flowers and veggies is the Tarantula  Hawk Wasp.  These guys are super big with orange wings. They can be two inches long, that is how big they are.  They got their name because they attack the tarantula, paralyze it, then lay their eggs on the tarantula.

 The eggs hatch and the baby wasps eat the tarantula.

These wasps are more gentle than normal wasps. They normally don't attack you. However if they do, it is one of the worst stings to go through. It is extremely painful.  It is considered #1 for painful stings. Its sting is not lethal but one to avoid. Right now I have a lot of them on one wild desert plant that is blooming. I give them respect and water a good distance away from their flight pattern.   Some people kill them. I prefer to let them do their job on the plants. We don't have enough bees, so their pollinating chores really help out.  The best time to water is early in the morning, just after the sun is up. They are still cold and less active until the sun warms them up. It is safest to water when they are not flying around you.  

Well am signing off for today......Kate, the Herbladyisin