18 Amazing Moringa Benefits

Have you seen moringa powder stacked in the grocery or wellness section in supermarkets? You have, as it is becoming so popular that store managers place it in prominent places in their stores. Well, the reason why it is sold like hot cakes these days is due to the benefits it offers to our health including relief from stomach disorders, allergies, and edema, and the antioxidant power of moringa aids in liver protection, diabetes cure, eye protection, cardiovascular health, bone health, urolithiasis, wound healing, hair care, and skin care. It is also rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties that help to fight against infections.

Moreover, the phytonutrients present in moringa are effective for preventing various medical conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, bronchial asthma, sickle cell disease, nephrotoxicity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anemia, and obesity, as well as helping to build a strong immune system. Moringa seems to be really incredible for health, doesn’t it?

What is Moringa – The “Miracle Tree”?

Moringa oleifera, also known as drumstick tree, is a highly valued and versatile plant which belongs to the Moringaceae family. It is a fast-growing, deciduous tree that is native to India and is widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all over Asia, Africa, and South America. It is widely known by many other names, including Horseradish tree and Ben oil tree.

Although modern science has recently discovered its value, moringa has been imparting a multitude of benefits across various cultures since ancient times. It was valued by the Romans, Egyptians, and Greeks for its medicinal impact on a range of ailments. Today, its usage has been encouraged by various humanitarian organizations to combat malnutrition and its effects in poverty-stricken regions, mainly due to its economic viability and rapid growth.

Its tree has thick, whitish bark with droopy, fragile branches and long, green, oval-shaped leaflets. In Ayurvedic therapy, it is valued for its impressive range of therapeutic uses, commonly attributed to its antifungal, antiviral, antidepressant, and anti-inflammatory properties. In some areas, it is simply known as ‘shigru’.

Nutrition Facts

Moringa leaves and pods are a nutritional powerhouse that provides a great range and amount of essential proteins, vitamins, and minerals. It is a rich source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It also contains a significant amount of vitamins such as vitamin A, vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B-6, folate and ascorbic acid (vitamin C). Its mineral wealth includes calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorous and zinc. It contains very low amount of fats and offers no harmful cholesterol.

Health Benefits of Moringa

Moringa contains an immense wealth of healthy components and phytonutrients. Due to its extraordinary and unmatched range of medicinal benefits, it was named the “miracle tree” during the food crisis in Africa. In the Philippines, it is referred as a mother’s best friend because of its galactagogic properties. The plant offers a rich blend of powerful antioxidants such as kaempferol, caffeoylquinic acid, zeatin, quercetin, rutin, chlorogenic acid, and beta-sitosterol. These powerful antioxidants found in moringa possess free radical scavenging capacity and have shown its therapeutic value in curing the damage caused by oxidative stress.

The benefits of moringa include the following:


Treats Edema

Moringa extracts are beneficial in the treatment of edema. Research studies have confirmed that treatment with drumstick root extract, which possesses anti-inflammatory qualities, has been significantly effective in inhibiting the development of edema. Moreover, the studies suggest that the efficacy of this herb stands equal with the potent anti-inflammatory medicine indomethacin in the treatment of such painful conditions.

Protects Liver

Moringa extracts exert a hepatoprotective effect on the liver. Research studies have validated the effectiveness of its leaves against the liver damage caused by anti-tubercular drugs as well as its stimulating effects in speeding up the recovery process. It helps to restore the levels of glutathione content in the body and prevents radiation-induced hepatic lipid peroxidation. This protective effect is attributed to the presence of phytochemicals such as catechin, epicatechin, ferulic acid, and vitamin C found in drumstick.

Treats Stomach Disorders

The isothiocyanates present in moringa are effective in the treatment of abdominal disorders such as constipation, gastritis and ulcerative colitis. Studies have shown that its extracts can be considered as an effective herbal alternative to a range of commercially available antacids and antihistamines.

Research studies have shown that treatment with moringa leads to reduced ulceration and its efficacy in curing ulcerative colitis is comparable with the commercially available drug prednisolone. It contains antibiotic and antibacterial properties, and it exerts inhibitory effects on the growth of various pathogens. This includes helicobacter pylori bacteria and coliform bacteria, which can trigger diarrhea. It also helps in combating obesity thanks to its high nutritional and low-fat properties. The impressive content of vitamin B in its leaves aids in digestion and converts the food into energy rather than storing it as fat.

Skin Care and Hair Care

Moringa seed oil is beneficial for the skin and hair, and is effective against the infection caused by herpes simplex virus. The healing effects of this herb prevent the development of skin lesions and inhibit the formation of plaque caused by the infecting virus. The hydrating and detoxifying effects of moringa extracts help in neutralizing the effects of harmful pollutants, prevent wrinkles and slowdowns aging. The high protein content of drumstick aids in protecting the dermal cells from damage caused by heavy metals such as mercury and cadmium. For the same reason, it is used in the production of cosmetics and skin care products.

The favorable effects of moringa seed oil for hair care have been appreciated since ancient times. It is highly beneficial in protecting the hair from environmental damage, including ultraviolet radiation. It serves as a valuable conditioner for the scalp, strengthens the roots, and stimulates hair growth.

Acts as Antibacterial Agent

It possesses antibacterial, antifungal and antimicrobial properties, and is effective against the growth of disease-causing microbes. Scientific research has proven that moringa extracts exert a wide spectrum of protective activity against food-borne microorganisms such as Salmonella, Rhizopus species, E. Coli, Enterobacter aerogenes, Pseudomonas aeruginosa and Staphylococcus aureus. This defensive activity makes its extracts perfect for sanitation and preservation purposes. Leaves of this plant possess anti-fungal qualities. The inhibitory effects of moringa help in preventing the growth of diseases causing contaminant fungi such as Aspergillus spp. and Penicillium spp.

Cures Cancer

Moringa is an anticancer agent and is highly valued in tumor therapy. Scientific research has demonstrated that its extracts possess chemopreventive properties attributed to the presence of the phenolic components quercetin and kaempferol. Another study has demonstrated the role of the bioactive compound niazimicin in restraining the development of cancer cells. Drumstick extracts impart chemo-modulatory effects towards curing various types of cancers such as ovarian cancerhepatic carcinogenesis and skin papillomagenesis by inhibiting the proliferation of malignant cancer cells and inducing apoptosis, also known as programmed cell death.

Treats Neurodegenerative Diseases

The effectiveness of moringa has been very valuable in the treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. Research studies have shown that treatment with its extracts has the potential to alter brain monoamines like norepinephrine, serotonin, and dopamine, and it extends its protection against monoaminergic deficiencies related to Alzheimer’s disease.

Improves Bone Health

Moringa extracts are beneficial for maintaining healthy bones, which is attributed to the presence of essential minerals like calcium and phosphorous. Its extracts possess anti-inflammatory properties and are effective in the treatment of painful conditions such as arthritis, while also helping to heal various bone ailments such as mandibular or jaw bone fracture.

Boosts Immunity

The ethanolic extracts of moringa leaf help in stimulating the immune system of the body. It also helps in enhancing the cellular immune response and exerts positive effects on various other immune system values such as total leucocyte count, antibodies, and hypersensitivity reaction.

Has Immunosuppressive Properties

The seeds of moringa possess immunosuppressive properties. Deliberate immunosuppression is required to inhibit the activation of body’s immune system in order to prevent the rejection of certain treatments, particularly organ transplants and autoimmune diseases like rheumatoid arthritis. Research studies have demonstrated that the immunosuppressive action of drumstick seeds helps in ameliorating the production of antibodies to allow the new organs and transplanted material to settle safely in the body.

Protects Cardiovascular System

Moringa extracts are helpful in the prevention of myocardial or cardiac damage, due to the presence of powerful antioxidants. They exert antidiabetic effects in the treatment of diabetes mellitus. Research studies conducted on this subject have provided supporting evidence that proves the antiperoxidative and cardioprotective effects of moringa therapy. Treatment with it helps in inhibiting the increase in lipid peroxidation in the myocardial tissue and aids in maintaining a healthy heart.

Treats Diabetes

Research studies have demonstrated that treatment with moringa works positively towards the reduction of blood glucose, urine sugar and urine proteins in diabetic test subjects. According to the studies, it has also shown marked improvement in hemoglobin levels and total protein content of the diabetic subjects.

Treats Asthma

The benefits of moringa plant extracts include relief from bronchial asthma and inflammation caused in the airways. The extracts of moringa seeds possess anti-allergenic qualities. Scientific research has validated the inhibitory action of moringa on the hypersensitive reactions involved in various allergic diseases, including allergic rhinitis and anaphylaxis. According to research, treatment with moringa helps to reduce the severity of asthmatic attacks and various symptoms such as wheezing, cough, dyspnea, and contraction of the chest. It extends its protective effects against bronchial constrictions and encourages better lung function and respiration.

Prevents Stone Formation

Moringa extracts are effective against the formation of stones in the kidney, bladder, and uterus. According to research studies, the administration of moringa root exerted anti-urolithiatic activity and resulted in a noteworthy reduction in the urinary oxalate levels. The curative effect of moringa has also shown a reduction in the formation of stone deposits and aids in regulating endogenous oxalate synthesis.

Protects against Kidney Problems

Moringa extracts exert a protective effect against nephrotoxicity, which refers to the kidney problems caused as a consequence of exposure to certain drugs or toxins. Studies have revealed that the nephroprotective effect of moringa helps in attenuating renal injuries due to its high antioxidant content. It serves as an effective bio-absorbent and helps in the removal of heavy metals and harmful toxins.

Has Anti-fertility Effects

Moringa possesses anti-fertility qualities. Aqueous extracts of moringa exert estrogenic activity and are beneficial in the prevention of sexual implantation in the body.

Heals Wounds

Aqueous leaves extract of moringa possess significant wound healing properties. Research studies have provided supporting evidence regarding the healing effects of moringa in the treatment of wounds with respect to skin-breaking strength, wound closure rate and reduction in the scar area.

Reduces Hypertension

Moringa is effective in maintaining optimal levels of blood pressure and cholesterol levels in the body. Bioactive components such as isothiocyanate and niaziminin present in it prevent the thickening of arteries and reduce the development of pulmonary hypertension. Studies have confirmed the hypocholesterolemic effects of moringa that help in reducing a high-fat rise in the liver, kidney, and serum cholesterol levels.

MoringainfoImproves Eye Health

Antioxidant-rich moringa is beneficial for providing protection against retinal damage. Scientific studies have provided supporting evidence regarding the retino-protective effects of moringa in test subjects. Treatment with it helps in preventing the dilatation of retinal vessels and keeps the retinal vasculature intact. It also inhibits the thickening of capillary membranes and prevents retinal dysfunction.

Treats Anemia & Sickle Cell Disease

Moringa extracts are beneficial in the treatment of anemia and sickle cell diseases. Studies have provided supporting evidence regarding the fact that treatment with moringa aids in facilitating the absorption of iron, increasing the red blood cell count and helping to maintain normal blood parameters. Recent studies have also validated the anti-sickling potential of moringa plant extracts, which is attributed to the presence of zinc and flavonols such as kaempferol, quercetin, and acacetin as well as phenolic acids such as melilotic acid and vanillic acid.

Other Uses 

Culinary Use: Moringa is a “miracle tree” and most of its parts, including the leaves, bark, fruits, and roots are used as food items. Leaves of its tree can be added to salads and are also used in the preparation of sauces and soups. Cold pressed drumstick oil is used for cooking and is appreciated for its long shelf life. The immature seed pods of the moringa tree, popularly known as drumsticks in India, are used in various dishes.

Moringa leaves are a great alternative to meat, because of the high protein content, especially for vegetarians. It contains the amino acids arginine and histidine which are essential for infants and it is also a boon to combat malnutrition in the underprivileged regions of the world.

Water Purification: Moringa extracts possess anti-cyanobacterial qualities and have been praised for their use in primitive water filtration systems. Its seeds work as a coagulant and exert flocculating effects on the clay and microorganisms present in water, thereby aiding in the removal of harmful pollutants and algae. It is a natural way of purifying and treating water, in contrast to other industrial coagulants such as alumina.

Seed Oil: Moringa seed oil has a low tendency to become rancid and is effectively used as a lubricant for fine apparatus such as watches.

Feed for Farm Animals: Leaves of moringa trees possess excellent nutritional characteristics and are beneficial for cattle feed, both economically and nutritionally. It promotes better milk production and helps to improve the quality of meat.

Plant Growth Stimulator: Extracts from moringa leaves contain growth-enhancing properties and promote a better yield of the crop. Use of moringa helps in improving the resistance of plants towards pests and diseases.

Its extracts have been extensively used in the manufacturing of creams, ointments, oils, and moisturizers. Moringa seed cake after the extraction of the oil is commonly used as a fertilizer.

Word of Caution

It is a highly nutritious plant and is generally safe for consumption. However, its usage for therapeutic relief should only be considered after consultation with a medical professional.

Also, the roots and bark of moringa have an abortive effect and are not recommended for ingestion during pregnancy.

Moringa also helps in improving sensory perception and memory. It possesses anti-epileptic properties and helps in combating depression, anxiety, and fatigue. Anti-inflammatory properties and the high vitamin content of moringa are valuable for treating scurvy and catarrhal conditions. It is useful for the regulation of thyroid hormones and is effective in curing skin infections and sores.

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How can it be both an immune stimulant, and an immune suppressant? Is it different parts of the tree used for each function?

Yes, the extracts of moringa boost immunity and the seeds have immunosuppressive properties. Keep visiting Organic Facts.

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Olanrewaju FUNKE HANNAH

Which part of d tree can be used to treat ulcer,fibroid& pain thank you

Michelle Thomas

I have colon cancer and currently go through chemotherapy once a week ... can I still take moranga powder daily while going through chemo ?

Only if you can provide information to your doctors because it is best to do some research on your own and then take what you find to backup your request to use a teaspoon a day of the powder. It is a food, so I can't imagine why they would have a problem with you getting some extra nutrition, but chances are, your doctors won't know about moringa, and you will have to educate them.

Kristofa Okenta

What do we eat in moringa? Is it the fruit pods that we eat? How do you prepare it? And is it when wet or when dry?

Myron Dale Holst

all parts of the tree are edible .use the leaves in salads or make teas. The immature pods you can eat . The mature pods ,you can use the seeds to stop bleeding or to filter water . The bark & roots can be used as " morning after " if you had an oops ! it's truly a miracle tree

it's a powder made from leaves and bark and you just stir it in any food. I bought prepared tea bags--lemon, strawberry, and ginger. Tasty.

Earlyn Williams

Can Moringa help with kidney stones..I drink it at night before bed and it really makes you sleep really well

Myron Dale Holst

it helps prevent the formation of kidney stones

Michael Heyoka Ratt

Oh, it certainly can....
I was hit with a kidney stone discomfort when arriving in Aruba, I contacted a friend who contacted an herbal healer on the island.
She provided a large 2L Coke bottle full of a mysterious, yellow/green liquid which I was to drink completely.... no, not all at once, but gradually, which I did. Within 3 days I was seeing a major difference, on arrival back home, the whole kidney issue had passed.
However, just in case, I do continue to use the moringa powder for a tea on a pretty regular basis.
I figure if a kidney stone can form once or twice, as it has, it can happen again, so I don't take any chances.
Regular maintenance has kept it at bay for a year now, so I'll continue the prevention.

Earlyn Williams

Thank you so much appreciate the feedback

Can anyone take this product who is at present healthy?

Back home in the Philippines, it is one of the most common trees grown in your yard among other trees due to its potent nutritional benefits. The leaves are commonly made with chicken broth and served as soup. We frequently ate this growing up and was indeed used by many lactating mothers as well and it still is at this time. When we get a chance to visit, I take advantage of these superfoods they have which is often costly when imported - will be visiting again in less than a week and I only have in my agenda to nourish my system with moringa oleifera among other other superfoods back home! - This is referred to as "malunggay" in Tagalog for the curious and travelers out there 😉

Michael Heyoka Ratt

Yes... call it preventive maintenance.

Sandy Halliday

I have Moringa powder in my green smoothie every morning but the article does not suggest how much to take. What is the amount of raw powdered leaf that I should take to get all the benefits?

When starting a new food, start small--1/2 teaspoonful might be too much for some people. Increase slowly. How much to eat? I don't know. I use teabags and I've been drinking 3-4 daily (boiled tea). It's a natural food and it has vitamins. You should be able to eat a lot of it with no harm,

Lindsey Cameron

i heard about this from a dear friend to help aid with my medicine induced (Zyprexa)diabetes. So i looked it up on a tuesday night, and ordered seeds and powder the next morning. I kept researching it and haven't stopped learning about this amazing tree! I got my package a week ago friday and ate a seed around 3 and drank a cup of tea. I gradually began increasing my doasage to 2 seeds a day and 3 cups of 1tsp tea. I have been in and out of the ER and hospital 5 times and numerous doctors apppointments with my primary care physician, a GI dr., an endocrinologist and my OB/GYN. Ssssooo many lab tests, all types of tests too. To date, within one month, i've been diagnosed with Hashimoto's disease (an auto-immmune disease that attacks the thyroid), High liver count, diabetes, Ebstein-Barr virus (mono), Cytomegalovirus (cmv), 20 ulcers in my stomach and on my duodenum (cause unknown), diarrhea, vomiting, naseua, and a headache that only went away with dilauded (sp?) and high blood pressure, and bladder pressure. MORINGA IS AMAZING!! I can eat again! My diarrhea is gone, my sugar levels are continuing to drop, my thyroid is within standard range now, my chest doesn't hurt anymore, i'm not hungry all the time and i'm wanting to eat healthier foods, i'm losing about a 1lb. a day, it doesn't hurt to urinate anymore. I'm going to have my liver rechecked next week. And I've only taken this for 6 DAYS!! I'm am so thankful and grateful for this God-sent blessing. It truly was an answer to my prayers!!!! I ordered my products from Moringa Farms located in Sherman Oaks, California from Rodney. He was so helpful. And he's got great prices! He even sent me seeds to plant! So now, we're growing 50 of our own trees! It's so hard to believe that 1 plant has so many healthy benefits! Western pharmacology was my "go-to" but in the long run it has nearly killed me.

You can get it on eBay, Amazon, or your nearby Spanish food store.

How is your health now Lindsey? You sound like me LOL

How much of the powder day should be taken?

Aliaa Hussein

thank you for important information but excuse me I want the reference of this article

Meenakshi Nagdeve

Hello the links of sources are added in the content itself and you can see them

Thanks for the long detailed about moringa tree. It's awesome article with the specific details that educate the readers. I am in the research about this plant and also, write articles to promote it's value.

Christine M. Barnett

Do you have an email that I could ask you a few questions regarding the benefit of Moringa on certain medical conditions?

Just ask here and someone will answer. It's extremely nutritious and helps with anything that is related to malnutrition.

Where can I get a Moringa tree? I want to grow one.

maxwell brigenza

go to indian store buy some... sticks and sun dry them ... seeds can be used to plan.. and grow your own..

Where can I get a Moringa tree? I want to grow one.