Moringa oleifera is a plant native to northern India that can also grow in other tropical and sub-tropical places, like Asia and Africa. Folk medicine has used the leaves, flowers, seeds, and roots of this plant for centuries.
It’s traditionally been used as a remedy for such conditions as:
- Long-lasting inflammation
- Bacterial, viral, and fungal infections
- Joint pain
- Heart health
It’s also packed with antioxidants, substances that can protect cells from damage and may boost your immune system. There’s some evidence that some of these antioxidants can also lower blood pressure and reduce fat in the blood and body.
Uses of Moringa
So far, much of the research on moringa has used animals as test subjects. We don’t know if the results would be the same with humans. Researchers are working to find out exactly how extracts from this tree affect people,but early studies show it may help with:
Rheumatoid arthritis: Moringa leaf extract may lower fluid swelling, redness, and pain.
Diabetes: Several early studies show that insulin-like proteins found in moringa may help lower blood sugar. Plant chemicals found in the leaves might help the body process sugar better, and it may affect how the body releases insulin.