The term moringa oleifera might mean nothing to you, but it might sound familiar if we say to you that Moringa oleifera is the “Tree of Life”.
This tree is rightfully named since its potential to use everything from seed, root and lead to many health benefits. This resilient, super hardy tree is mostly grown in Africa and Asia.
The tree is abundant in amino acids, antioxidants, and vitamins which might aid with many health issues. Health issues such as water purification, high cholesterol, digestive health, high blood sugar, and skin conditions.
The leaves of this tree are actually the most nutrient-dense food. As a matter of fact, just 1 serving of these levels in powdered form has around 90 different nutrients and 50 types of antioxidants.
How to Use It
It is important to know that from this tree you can use the oil from the seeds, the seeds, leaves, and powder. The oil extracted from the seeds is usually used for skin conditions like rashes, acne, eczema, and psoriasis.
The leaves might be steeped in tea, or you can use them in cooking. You can use the powder as a tea, in a daily supplement, or sprinkle it into recipes.
How Can Moringa Help with Diabetes?
Acta Histochemica published a 2014 study. This study reports that the seeds of this tree can help lower blood glucose levels in rats.
Another study came to the discovery that the extract of the moringa pod helps increase the production of insulin, protein levels, and lower blood sugar levels. Also, the moringa is abundant in antioxidants that might prevent damage from free radicals.
More Studies on the Effects of Moringa on Blood Sugar Levels
Giridhar et al. 2011 made a human trial on a combination of a calorie-controlled diet with the moringa leaf tablet. This actually lowered blood sugar levels in people with diabetes in 3 months.
Jaiswal et al. 2013 showed in a study that moringa lowers body lipids that is fats and increases the 3 main enzymes which combat free radicals. Another study by Jaiswal et al. 2009 came to the discovery that moringa is more efficient at reduced blood sugar than pharmaceuticals.
One more study by Jaiswal et al. 2009 came to the discovery that moringa is efficient to reduce blood sugar levels in high blood sugar rats and normal rats.
Ndong et al. 2006 came to the discovered that due to the fact that Moringa is rich in fiber it slows down the update of sugar by the blood. That improves sugar tolerance, simply by slowing the rate of the food that passes through the digestive system.
In addition, this allows more time for improved sugar level balance and absorption. A 2012 study, investigated the antioxidant and antidiabetic effects of the MOMtE, i.e., methanol extracts of Moringa oleifera pods in STZ, i.e., streptozotocin-induced diabetic rats.
For 21 days these rats were treated with 150 mg/kg or 300 mg/kg of MOMtE. In the treated rats, both doses caused a notable reduction in nitric oxide and serum glucose, with concomitant increases in protein and serum insulin levels.
To sum up, Moringa oleifera has protective effects when it comes to STZ-induced diabetes. Also, MOMtE shows notable antioxidant and antidiabetic activity.
Word of Caution
Before you make any changes to your usual diabetes treatment make sure to consult your doctor. Your doctor should always know of any changes in your medication or health regimen.
And remember, you are stronger than diabetes.
Source Doctors Health Press