Moringa: Protect Your Heart Health With This “Miracle Tree”

| January 11, 2016

Moringa oleifera — a fast-growing tree native to South Asia — has been used as part of Ayurvedic medicine for centuries and it is associated with the treatment and prevention of nearly 300 diseases.

Sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” moringa has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium… you name it, moringa’s got it.

Since the moringa tree grows exceptionally fast, it is a great source for boosting nutrition in impoverished areas like Malawi, Senegal, and India. In these areas, moringa may be the most nutritious food locally available.

One of moringa’s key benefits is its ability to reduce inflammation. This anti-inflammatory action is due to the fact that it is rich in powerful anti-inflammatory compounds like isothiocyanates, flavonoids, and phenolic acids.

Its potent anti-inflammatory action is the reason why moringa is traditionally used to treat stomach ulcers. The sweet tasting moringa oil, derived from pressing the leaves, pods and seeds (sometimes called Ben oil) has also been shown to protect the liver from chronic inflammation.

In 2012, the discovery that inflammation in artery walls is the real cause of heart disease led to many mainstream experts, like world-renowned heart surgeon Dr. Dwight Lundell, speaking out against the current measures used to prevent heart disease: such as prescribing side effect-ridden statin drugs to everyone that is over the age of 40 — even those with no heart disease risk factors.

The fact is, without inflammation present in the body, there is no way that cholesterol would accumulate in artery walls, causing heart disease and strokes. Without inflammation, cholesterol can move freely throughout the body as nature intended. It is inflammation that causes cholesterol to become trapped.

We’ve been saying for years: Cholesterol is not the villain it is made out to be and instead of lowering this essential compound in our bodies to ridiculously low levels, what we should be doing is fighting inflammation (without drugs) and maintaining a healthy balance between HDL and LDL cholesterol levels — both of these serve essential functions in our bodies.

In both instances, using moringa oil or incorporating the consumption of moringa leaves into your diet can benefit your heart health tremendously.

Apart from its potent anti-inflammatory properties, moringa has also been found to help maintain healthy cholesterol levels. In fact, in Thai traditional medicine moringa is used as a cardio-tonic.

Recent studies have demonstrated its benefits for those suffering with hereditary hypocholesterolaemia — extremely high cholesterol levels that can pose other health risks like the calcification of arteries.

In these studies, consuming moringa outperformed one of the most prescribed statin drugs, simvastatin, by bringing high cholesterol levels back to healthy levels and reducing atherosclerotic plaque formation (responsible for the calcification of arteries) by 50 and 86 per cent, respectively.

If you live in the UK or the US, getting your hands on a moringa tree can be tricky, and growing one in your back garden may not be a feasible option either. However, if you have access to a moringa tree, you can use the fresh leaves, similar in flavour to radish, in your meals. Toss them like a salad, blend them into smoothies, or steam them like spinach.

Another option is to use moringa powder (found at specialist alternative health food stores), either in supplement form or added to smoothies, soups, and other foods for extra nutrition. Moringa powder has a distinctive “green” flavour, so you may want to start out slowly when adding it to your meals.

Finally, organic, cold-pressed moringa oil (or Ben Oil), can also be used in salad dressings and topically to treat antifungal problems and arthritis… it is also an excellent skin moisturiser.

Moringa oil is expensive — about 15 times more than olive oil — but considering the heart health benefits you’ll get from taking moringa it seems like a small price to pay.

Here's to keeping your heart strong and healthy

Francois Lubbe
Editor
for The Cholesterol Truth



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Heart surgeon speaks out on what really causes heart disease, by Dr. Dwight Lundell, published online 01.03.12, sott.net

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