This week a customer ask me this question after reading an research article summary. I am sure that she is not the only one who has read it. It is basically a summation of many different research papers published on Moringa. When reading research you need to look at a number of points as you evaluate it. Unless you are willing to read all the research articles published yourself, you must look at this research summary for its validity and flaws.
You will find it on the link below. This is why I get so irked at research articles on alternative medicine subjects including Moringa.
#1: What is the way Moringa is normally used? Very important to the research paper published and its validity.
Moringa is a food. In places like India, it is grown on a tree in the yard or branches with leaves are bought at the local market place. The leaves are stripped off the tree and used in various dishes. The leaves may be ground into a gruel and fed to children or families. This is the way it is used just like we would carrots or some other veggie. It is not considered a supplement but a food. It becomes a supplement when you put it in capsules and extracts.
In various projects in Africa, Moringa is used as a food to help starving people. It is one of the only food sources that can be grown easily. It is given to pregnant mothers to help with their nutrition and given to babies and young children to help them gain weight. In these countries, the death of their babies before the age on one is common and tragic. They get several tablespoons per day as food. It is also made into a gruel. These projects have been going on for a number of years. The babies gain weight, begin to play, and act like a healthy child should. These children began with compromised health due to starvation.
The following are not the only projects but a sampling.
The International Eye Foundation is promoting Moringa for the prevention of childhood blindness in poor countries. Indeed, Moringa, through their richness in vitamins, saves precious eyesight in the most vulnerable victims, children with vitamin A deficiency.
Maybe among all the good news, the most moving stories came from the Senegalese project “Mother and Child Health“. In an effort to combat child death and disease due to malnourishment, the use of locally grown Moringa was proposed to infants, their nursing mothers and pregnant women. Although Moringa grows in Africa, Moringa leaves were rarely used as food before.
The Medical staff advised parents to put a little bit of leaf powder in the child`s food for every day. Children were weighed before and after 2-3 months of such a supplement.
( many survived ONLY on Moringa leaves or seed powder!) When the women brought back their children a few months later, they were hardly recognizable! Malnourished mothers who did not produce enough milk for their babies, also recovered beyond all expectations on a Moringa diet."
In several AIDS projects, Moringa is given to weak patients to build up their weight and nutrition. They arrive at the clinics thin, weak, and unable to do much to help themselves. They get better with the Moringa as food.
These projects are overseen by doctors and nurses who see the patients and their health improve. I would think these doctors would notice ill results. They are given a lot of Moringa because it is a food. If you give babies, compromised babies and children a food, and they get better and healthier, that is a pretty good research in real situations with real people not lab rats and test tubes.