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:
Research done on Moringa and breast milk production below:
"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."
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.