Moringa: Tiny Leaves, Enormous Benefits for Chronic Pain Support
Moringa. You’ve heard of it, but what is Moringa, exactly?
WHAT’S MORINGA GOT TO DO WITH ARTHRITIS?
Christina Pirello writes a wonderful story about her experience with Moringa on her website, but we’ve summarized it for you below. She makes some excellent points!
Arthritis and its associated aches and pains plague the lives of millions of people in this country…and the world. New statistics tell us that one in five American adults have been diagnosed with this painful modern plague. And with more than 100 types of arthritis, there are a lot of ways to suffer, the most common being osteoarthritis, rheumatoid arthritis, lupus, fibromyalgia and gout.
While arthritis takes a huge toll as we age, it’s not just an ailment of the elderly. Statistics reveal that around 65% of people with some form of arthritis are under the age of 65. This serious and painful degenerative disease seems to affect more and more of us, from the athlete to the aging, but there’s hope for us all.
This month, as we work to create awareness of arthritis, it’s a great time to discuss options for relieving pain naturally.
Natural Ways to Relieve the Pain of Arthritis
The best advice is always the simplest, isn’t it? Every expert I researched revealed that the most effective relief from arthritic pain is…exercise. Turns out that it’s vital for pain relief, but also to prevent the disease from worsening.
But wait a minute. If your joints hurt, how are you supposed to work out? Well, slowly and easily at first, until your body can take more stress. Start with short walks and build. You’ll lose a little weight which is also a great joint relief.
Have I got news for you! I suffer with arthritis in my knees from decades of sports and exercise. Both of my knees are what my doctors call “bone on bone,” meaning there’s no cartilage left in the knee joints to cushion the daily pressure of walking and working out. While my knees ached constantly, I persisted with daily exercise and not sitting for too long a period of time, so my joints wouldn’t stiffen.
Then I discovered Moringa.
As I researched Moringa I saw that it made perfect sense that it could help people afflicted with arthritis pain…and lots of other ailments as well! It’s a powerhouse of nutrition!
In 2008, a study showed significant evidence that traditional uses of Morninga were particularly effective in treating arthritic pain and inflammation. While there’s no cure for arthritis that we know of…and joint disintegration can’t really be restored without a joint replacement, Moringa is showing a great deal of promise in providing relief. The study was done with the application of Moringa oil on painful joints but I am here to tell you that taking Moringa internally has proven to be quite the remedy for my knee pain.
The secret ingredient in Moringa that holds the key to me being able to do squats at the gym again? Omega-3 PUFA’s in concentrated form along with some of the most intense concentrations of anti-inflammatory compounds found in a plant or seed.
The study states: “When looking at arthritis from a diversity of perspectives, Moringa oleifera has been used to treat the pain and inflammatory conditions caused by arthritis, a disorder affecting more than fifty million Americans, and other degenerative diseases. Omega 3, 6, and 9 fatty acids are found in Moringa oleifera and the ratio is disproportionately omega 3 fatty acids.”
BUT THE KEY TO USING MORINGA THIS WAY IS CONSISTENCY! USE IT DAILY FOR AT LEAST A MONTH TO EXPERIENCE THE FULL BENEFITS AND MAKE SURE TO WORK MORINGA INTO YOUR DAILY DIET REGIMEN (SMOOTHIES, ANYONE?) TO KEEP UP THE RELIEF INTO RIPE OLD AGE!
THE HEALING POWERS OF MORINGA
Although this gentle tree was discovered thousands of years ago for its miraculous healing benefits, only over the last few years has Moringa become known as one of the most impressive herbal supplements to hit the holistic market. In fact, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called Moringa oleifera the “plant of the year,” acknowledging that “perhaps like no other single species, this plant has the potential to help reverse multiple major environmental problems and provide for many unmet human needs.” (1)
Clearly, moringa benefits are highly touted and deservedly so.
Indigenous people have revered this sacred tree for its ability to provide all the major essential nutrients.
There are thousands of studies demonstrating on the benefits moringa has, especially, for those suffering with mineral or nutritional deficiency. Research shows that just about every part of the moringa plant can be utilized in some way, whether it’s to make a potent antioxidant tea or produce an oily substance that lubricates and nourishes the skin. Throughout the world, moringa is used for treating such widespread conditions as: (2)
This easy-to-grow tropical tree species, native to the Himalayan mountains and parts of India and Africa, comes packed with over “90 protective compounds, including isothiocyanates, flavonoids and phenolic acids.” (3) As such, Moringa gained a reputation for fighting inflammation.
1. Is a powerful anti-inflammatory with a mega load of antioxidants.
One of the reasons that the many health benefits of herbal plants like Moringa oleifera are so impressive is because they contain similar abilities to conventional drugs, only of course it doesn't pose the same level of risk or side effects. According to a report published in the Asian Pacific Journal of Cancer Prevention, moringa contains a mix of essential amino acids (the building blocks of proteins), carotenoid phytonutrients (the same kinds found in plants like carrots and tomatoes), antioxidants such as quercetin, and natural antibacterial compounds that work in the same way as many anti-inflammatory drugs. (4)
“Moringa leaves are high in several anti-aging compounds that lower the effects of oxidative stress and inflammation, including polyphenols, vitamin C, beta-carotene, quercetin, and chlorogenic acid. These are associated with a reduced risk for chronic diseases, such as stomach, lung or colon cancer; diabetes; hypertension; and age-related eye disorders.” (4)
2. Hormone Balance + Slows the Effects of Aging.
“A 2014 study published in the Journal of Food Science and Technology tested the effects of moringa along with amaranth leaves (Amaranthus tricolor) on levels of inflammation and oxidative stress in menopausal adult women. Knowing that levels of valuable antioxidant enzymes get affected during the postmenopausal period due to deficiency of “youthful” hormones, including estrogen, researchers wanted to investigate if these superfoods could help slow the effects of aging using natural herbal antioxidants that balance hormones naturally.”(4)
Better fasting blood glucose control and positive increases in haemoglobin were also found, which led the researchers to conclude that these plants have therapeutic potential for helping to prevent complications due to aging and natural hormonal changes. (5) Moringa benefits the libido as well and might work like a natural birth control compound, according to some studies.
Although it’s been used as a natural aphrodisiac to increase sex drive and performance for thousands of years, it seems to help reduce rates of conception. That being said, it can boost the immune system during pregnancy and also increase breast milk production/lactation, according to some studies.
3. Improves Digestive Health
“Due to its anti-inflammatory properties, moringa has been used in ancient systems of medicine such as Ayurveda to prevent or treat stomach ulcers, liver disease, kidney damage, fungal or yeast infections (such as candida), digestive complaints, and infections.” (6)
A common use of moringa oil is helping to boost liver function and detoxifying the body of harmful substances, such as heavy metal toxins. If you’re living in a city, you must drink potent greens like Moringa to protect your immune system from the toxic environmental impact. Another great thing from this miracle tree is that it kelps fight kidney stones, as well as urinary tract infections, fluid retention/edema and diahrrea.