Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Is It Safe To Take Moringa While Pregnant and Nursing?

I have had several readers ask the question, "Is it safe to take Moringa while pregnant and nursing? The answer is not as simple as you would think. Why?

#1:  Many of my readers that contact me are buying and taking Moringa from other companies such as Organic India.

Organic Certified Moringa from India or other countries can still contain dirt, insect parts, and E-Coli. It could also contain heavy metals as well.   

Moringa products may contain heavy metals, lead, arsenic, insects, mouse parts, filth and other contamination. E-Coli and bacteria can also be present.  You should not take any product that has not been tested by a US lab for contamination. Even then, it is an issue. 

Some lab research with mice and rats has indicated that even leaves can be abortive. It this research really valid in real life with real pregnant women and children eating the leaves?

 It is interesting that in projects in areas of severe malnutrition and starvation, they give the pregnant women moringa leaves. Perhaps it is not given until after the first trimester? so that is a conflict to the lab research on rats. 

Read the articles below at the link about two project that gives Moringa leaves to pregnant 
women, nursing women, and children? You would think they would know if abortion of the baby was a problem taking the leaves.



Double Blind Research Studies have not been done with pregnant women, just rats and mice in labs. The  Moringa given was not as you would take it normally. In some cases extract was given, which is not the way native people eat Moringa.

Again this statement about quality problems applies to all certified organic products and all products packaged in foreign countries. This can be a problem with all products including herbs and spices packaged in foreign countries. Certified organic does not mean it is safe.  I cannot seem to get through to people on this issue. It is a sad misconception that organic is pure and safe.  You want to think that, so that you feel safe. It just is not true.  Your own garden produce when grown organically can still have bugs, dirt, E-coli and other contamination. 

Every shipment of certified organic Moringa or spices is not checked for contamination. The product material is tested by authorities once or twice a year only.  They may take samples of a whole truck load of organic berries but that is all.  In 400 pounds of berries, there could be one or two parts of that load that is lower quality or got contaminated somehow.  Even at farms that really work hard on adhering to organic principals and laws may have a problem here and there that gets past their best efforts.  How can you watch hundreds of workers and processes every minute of the operation? You can't. 

India's labs can't even pass inspection by the FDA on their drug manufacturing. Do you really expect their Moringa production to pass, with even less scrutiny.  I talked to one woman who found sand in her product from one of these other companies. She got sick from their product.  She called me to order my product and to ask me questions.

Please read my blog at this link proving how certified organic products can be seriously contaminated.

Click on this link to read  an article on how India labs failed FDA inspections

Below are two clips from the article. There were more than 2 labs in India that failed inspections.

"Washington: In its latest action against Indian drug makers, the US health regulator FDA has red- flagged "significant deviations" from good manufacturing practices at two Indian pharmaceutical companies."

" At least six Indian drug makers have been issued such warning letters so far this year by the FDA, which has also ordered recall of certain drugs manufactured in India."

Much of the product you are buying comes from India and other countries where the standards are low. Much of the spices from India have been found with heavy metals and other contamination.  The product could contain mold or E-coli which is not healthy for anyone but especially when pregnant.  Most of these products are packaged in the country they originate from.  So if you are taking Moringa packaged in India or other countries, you are taking risks.

Moringa leaf powder is used in many projects in places like Africa to improve the nutrition of pregnant women and infants. In those projects, it has been shown to improve the health of the mother, the nutrition of the mother and her baby, and to improve birth weights.  These are not double blind studies but in the field use of Moringa leaves in a powder or gruel form.  The fresh leaves are used as a food in areas like the Philippines.

This is a quote from one educational article on Moringa, "In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular - Trees for Life, Church World Service and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization - advocate Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. Analyses of the leaf composition have revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child" the following recommended daily allowances:"   http://www.nairaland.com/245205/moringa-oleifera-antidote-hiv-malnulrition

The flowers, bark, pods, and roots SHOULD not be used by pregnant and nursing moms because of alkaloids in those parts of the tree. The seed pods are probably fine but there is not research on that and pregnant women.  

I would also be careful that the seed pods are fit for human consumption. Eating too many seeds can cause stomach problems according to some research. 

Not all Moringa seeds are meant to be eaten.  They are sold to germinate new trees. I do not sell my seeds to be eaten but as starts for trees. Seeds can contain mold or other contamination on the outside seed casing. Some of the seeds sold by companies are old seed that is not even good for germinating. 

The seeds may have been sitting in a holding unit for months. The seeds may have dirt and other matter with them and on them.

 If you are using a brand that mixes the parts of the tree which includes bark, stems, and roots....do not use it if you are pregnant and nursing. 

Use Moringa products that contain the Moringa leaves only if pregnant and nursing.  Consult your doctor before taking Moringa or any supplement. Make sure your Moringa products have been tested for contamination in a US lab.    

I would say that since many pregnant women get complications during pregnancy, they should get permission from their doctor on taking any supplement.  If he is not familiar with Moringa, take information or show him websites that will give him information on Moringa.  He may have never heard of it. I talked to a woman who managed to get her doctor and all the doctors at her clinic to take it. They gave her a hard time at first, but later ended up buying the product and taking it for themselves. So doctors can be educated, even stubborn ones.

I strive to give you correct answers to questions that are truthful and fair.   I gave you research links above to explore these topics for yourself.  So this is it for today.  May God bless all of you this week.

Kate Freer, the Herbladyisin
Update: We now live in Yuma, Co 2020


This is the two brands I trust because they test their imported products for contamination, E-Coli, and heavy metals in a US lab.  I have now been using a number of their products for over two years including Moringa powder. DO NOT buy Moringa products unless the company states that they test for heavy metals and contamination. If you do you are risking your health. Organic certified can still contain E-coli, dirt, bugs, weeds, filth and insects.  This is the way it is folks.
 My #1 choice is Banyan Botanicals Organic Moringa Powder here 


  Moringa Seeds.  This is where I have bought them more recently and gotten good germination.

10 oz (APX 1000) Moringa Malunggay Drumstick Seeds - Paisley Farm and Crafts

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