A friend of mine who battles with Diabetes asked if Moringa could help improve her quality of life. I hope that this blog will go a way in answering that question.
What is Diabetes?
Diabetes is a chronic ‘metabolic’ disorder that messes with ones glucose tolerance that can lead to a high risk of cardiovascular disease.
is the set of life-sustaining chemical transformations within the cells of organisms. The main purposes of metabolism are:
- The conversion of food/fuel to energy to run cellular processes.
- The conversion of food/fuel to building blocks for proteins, lipids, nucleic acids, and some carbohydrates.
- The elimination of nitrogenous wastes.
Age, genetics, environment, and lifestyle influence the development of diabetes.
- Moringa research has shown that the Moringa leaves significantly reduce blood glucose levels.
- Its holds the potential to be an excellent anti- diabetic treatment as an addition to the diabetic medicines.
What causes diabetes?
- Diabetes is one of the most common chronic conditions in the world and occurs when the body fails to process glucose correctly.
- Many people have diabetes, but remain un-diagnosed.
There are two types of diabetes.
Type one diabetes is an autoimmune disorder.
- The body attacks insulin-producing cells in the pancreas causing insufficient insulin production.
- This leads to uncontrolled blood glucose levels in the cardiovascular system thus causing an array of health complications.
- It’s usually diagnosed in children and young adults.
Type two diabetes is a condition where the body cannot properly utilise the insulin it produces, resulting in uncontrolled blood glucose levels.
- It’s caused by unhealthy lifestyle choices and usually starts in adulthood.
- Women can also develop diabetes while pregnant, they called this gestational diabetes.
- But it’s possible to live a healthy life by identifying the symptoms of diabetes early.
- Receive proper medical care and make the necessary, healthy lifestyle changes.
If not. . .
- The long-term complications of diabetes can include damage to the large blood vessels of the heart, brain, and legs and the small blood vessels of the eyes, kidneys, and nerves.
- It can also increase the risk of other conditions like cataracts, glaucoma, and nerve damage in the feet.
- If not treated properly there’s a greater risk to infections, impaired wound healing, stroke, hearing loss, gum disease, and kidney disease.
- These are just a few of the many symptoms and conditions that can occur.
Can diabetes be cured?
- Moringa will not cure diabetes, but if it’s incorporated into your daily regime it can bring many nutritional benefits.
- Moringa’s richness in antioxidants lends itself well to protecting the body from the effects of diabetes.
- High blood sugar can promote the generation of free radicals and deplete the body’s anti-oxidative defences. In fact, lipid peroxidation is one of the characteristic features of chronic diabetics.
- Thus, the regular intake of Moringa and other potent antioxidants is recommended to protect against oxidative damage.
Moringa has been claimed by many to decrease blood sugar levels making it a powerful tool against diabetes!
A group of 23people were given 8 grams of Moringa leaf powder each day for 40 days and had a decrease in fasting blood sugar of 28% vs. the control group.
Consuming 8 grams a day is equivalent to about 1.5 Tbsp. of Moringa powder each day.
Research of Moringa in the treatment of diabetes.
‘A study by Jaiswal et al. (2009) aimed to determine the effectiveness of Moringa on glycaemic control based on the claims of Moringa as an ethno-medicine to treat diabetes.’
‘In a human trial by Giridhari et al. (2011), the administration of a Moringa leaf tablet, coupled with a calorie-controlled diet.
The research behind Moringa’s efficacy as an anti-diabetic treatment is quite incredible, and even more so as the results are comparable to standard drugs used to treat diabetes.
The study by Jaiswal et al. (2009) proved this claim valid, as the extract of Moringa leaves was shown to reduce blood glucose levels in normal rats as well as the high blood glucose levels in sub, mild, and severely diabetic rats.’
In a trial by Giridhari et al. (2011) there were significantly reduced blood glucose levels in diabetic patients over three months’ time. And among diabetics who were also obese, Moringa powder was administered with food for 20 days.
At the end of the study, serum glucose levels significantly decreased by 8.9%, and cholesterol also lowered significantly.
(Kumar and Mandapaka 2013).’
After thousands of years of ethno-medicinal use, it is clear that Moringa deserves more research into its potential to address diabetes, among other chronic illnesses.
What does this actually mean?
Moringa Oleifera, also known as the “Tree of Life,” is bursting with antioxidants, vitamins, and amino acids that can help with many health condition.
to Dr. Axe, in 2008 the National Institute of Health called Moringa (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.”
Remember . . .
- All types of diabetes are treatable.
- Although Moringa can’t be used as a replacement for your current diabetes medicine.
- It’s a great ingredient to incorporate into your daily diet.
- The top uses of Moringa are — the leaves, powder, seeds, or oil extracted from the seeds.
- Moringa leaves can be steeped into a tea or used in cooking for stews and other dishes.
- The powder can be sprinkled into recipes, used as a tea, or encapsulated to make into a daily supplement.
- The oil is typically used for skin conditions, such as acne, to prevent scarring, for psoriasis / eczema, rashes, and other skin irritations.
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