Monday, September 26, 2016

The Controversy Over Taking Moringa while Pregnant and Nursing: Review Both Sides of the Issue Here





The controversy over taking Moringa while pregnant and nursing is confusing with all the different sites and the warnings issued.  In this blog, I want to present both sides of this contoversy for you to consider.

#1:  Web MD and other standard medicine sites will state that there has been research to question the use of Moringa during pregnancy and nursing.  They will tell you not to take it.

These warnings come from several studies on rats and mice using Moringa in forms such as extracts which resulted in the fetus to be aborted...not just eating the leaves off the tree as more Native people do.  

There have been less than a handful of published double-blind research studies on actual pregnant or nursing human mothers by science. I could only find one and the link is below.

Rats and humans are not the same.  Giving Moringa in extracts and in unusual doses is not the true test of how it works with humans taking the Moringa as a food source in normal quantities. 

Links to Real projects in Africa treating pregnant and nursing mothers with Moringa leaves.

It is interesting that several projects fighting starvation and malnutrition in African countries give Moringa leaves to their pregnant and nursing mothers with no problems.  I list two projects and research to the positive that you should read about. 

These are real pregnant and nursing mothers who were in severe health due to malnutrition. You would think that if giving Moringa leaves to mothers caused them to abort the babies, that they would stop giving them Moringa. The doctors examining these women would see the abortion effects if they indeed took place.  These doctors are out in the villiages, treating pregnant and nursing mothers with poor nutrition.  They see these women as the pregnancy goes on.  They chart the mothers progress...the pregnancy progress.  They should notice a problem of abortion after putting them on Moringa supplementation, if there were problems. 

Research project links below:

http://www.thecultureist.com/2014/09/19/senegal-moringa-tree-food-poor/


http://chenetwork.org/files_pdf/Moringa.pdf


Research done on Moringa and breast milk production below:
http://miracletrees.org/moringa-doc/moringa_breastfeeding_study.pdf 
 

"Pregnant women are encouraged to start adding Moringa leaf powder to their daily food early on in their pregnancy, and to continue taking it during lactation. Moringa is recommended as an additive to the food of babies six months or older who are being weaned."
http://www.unesco.org/most/bpik10-2.htm 


John Hopkins University, who has researched Moringa extensively does not list the leaf as being an 'Abortifacient'   See their research here .

They do list the bark, flowers, root, and gum as an 'abortifacient'.  Again visit the link above.  

The issue of contaminated Moringa products


There is the huge issue of Moringa products purchased being contaminated with heavy metals, dirt, insects, mice parts, E-coli, mold, and mildew.  There is a lot of problem with the above. Most of the products you are buying are not tested period. If they are tested, it is probably in the country of origin. The labs in these foreign countries have a lot of problems including the labs hiding the negative results from their testing.  

All these contaminants can hurt you and your baby.  


There is a huge difference between picking leaves off the tree in your yard and buying product that you have no idea about.  You know your hands were clean when you picked it yourself, but were the hands that picked it clean?  Was the place where they cleaned it or dried it clean or was it infested with mice and rat droppings. Were the chickens running through the area where it was being processed. 

Some of the products you are buying contain all parts of the Moringa tree including flowers and pods.

The bark, roots, flowers should not be eaten when you are pregnant!   So if you taking a mixed product, that could cause an abortion. 

How many of you know if the product you have purchased contains only leaves or a mixture of all the parts?  That is a huge problem if you are pregnant or nursing. 


What about the pods? 

The pods or Moringa fruit is listed in John Hopkins as an   'Abortifacient'

Along with that, here is the problem with the pods; when they pick the pods, they are picked in mass. Some of the pods may be green, some older, some hard and dried in the pod just like green beans on a vine. The pods are not all the same quality. Some may have mold or bug spots. Some may lack nutritional value at that point they are picked. Pods are harder to sort when in a hurry and harder to clean and dry.  Some people report eating too many pods or seeds can cause nausea or a stomach ache.  So that is an issue in pregnancy or nursing.  

 

The decision is yours and your doctors in the end.

When in doubt don't use it.  Talk to your doctor first. Get his advice before you take anything.  During pregnancy, almost any food can cause nausea with some women.   Your reaction to a food while pregnant is very different at times than eating that same food when not being pregnant.  

Unless you are very certain of the safety of that product...do not take it.  If you cannot be sure the product is not contaminated...don't use it.  If you have no idea if it is filled with heavy metals and lead, do not take it. Food products from foreign countries often have problems...all of them including Moringa.

Be aware that food products grown in this country can also be contaminated with heavy metals, lead, and arsenic from the chemicals and artificial fertilizers given to the plant during production. Rice is one of them.  

Even organic rice and baby food rice has been shown to contain high amounts of arsenic. 

Much of the fish today contains mercury, pesticides, prescription drugs, and chemicals. In Nevada, Tennessee and Colorado just to name three there are areas where it is posted not to eat the fish you catch. 

In some areas of the United States, such as some areas of Nevada, lead and arsenic is naturally found in the soil. In those areas, you cannot drink your well water.  Some well water is too high in iron.  Some well water contains high amounts of pesticides.  So food produced in this country can be a problem as well. 

You have a lot of information to consider. Visit the links of these projects in Africa as well. Then make a decision based on that research and your doctors advice.

 

Kate Freer, the herbladyisin

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