Although I am not a huge lover of dietary supplements, preferring a whole foods, seasonal, predominantly plant based diet over pills, I do acknowledge that there are times when supplements can be beneficial in the support of the body while healing from an chronic or even acute illness.  Even though GNC probably has a hit out on me for stating this opinion, it is one I stand behind knowing we can get every vital nutrient, be it vitamin, mineral, enzyme or healthy bacteria, from the foods we eat.

Even though I am not a lover of many supplements you will catch me, on any given morning, adding a few strange concoctions to my smoothies and juices beyond the normal fruits, green veggies, almond milk and seeds.  I am a huge believer in the power of some superfoods such as maca root, spirulina, chlorella, and bee pollen (which I get in a blend called Virgin Bee Panacea) and my recent addition of Moringa Leaf Powder.   I have had many positive experiences with moringa leaf over the years in Ayurvedic compounds, seeing the vitality of the cultures that incorporate it into their diet, and drinking the tea during my various travels through India, Southeast Asia, Africa and even the West Indies but it wasn’t until the last six weeks of using Moringa Leaf Powder that I realized the powerful punch this superfood packs.

As you all know I am 10 weeks along in my pregnancy with triplets. Very early on I experienced a great deal of nausea and headaches that sometimes accompany pregnancy.  A South African doctor friend of mine recommended Moringa leaf powder to me as this is an old “home remedy” in her village.  Though they take the leaf from the tree and make tea from it, she told me to find a source that was not heat treated and take it in powdered form, either in water or juice, first thing in the morning.  Luckily, after much research I found  Dolce Bella Organics and decided to try it as it is made from the highest quality moringa leaf, is guaranteed raw and unprocessed, vegan and gluten-free.   It is also packaged in a dark glass container (rather than BPA laden plastic)  to preserve its Vitamin A content.

The very first time I took it, after the first 10 minutes of deciding whether it was coming back up or not, the headache that I woke up with was gone and so was the nausea!  Within a week of starting it, I wasn’t waking up with any nausea or headaches at all.  I have  started giving it to clients who were struggling with chronic inflammation as my research showed that moringa leaf contained high levels of anti-inflammatory properties and high antioxidant content.  Every single client, including the ones with autoimmune disorders such as Rheumatoid Arthritis, Lupus, and Polymyositis have come back and reported increases in energy levels and decreases in both pain and inflammation within a few weeks of use.  These clients have already seen dramatic results changing their diet and lifestyle so to have them come back and report even more dramatic positive changes was just icing on the cake.

Before you go charging down to GNC to buy the pills let me just interject and say that the leaf, if not used fresh, is best processed without heat and more easily and quickly absorbed in powder form as capsules have to break down in the body.

traditional Medicine uses of moringa

History of the Moringa Leaf::

For centuries the Moringa leaf  (also known as the “Miracle Tree”) has been used as medicine in many cultures around the world.  As early as 150 AD writings about its medicinal uses have appeared.  The Romans, Greeks and Egyptians extracted edible oil from the seeds and used it for perfume and skin lotion. In the 19th century, plantations of Moringa in the West Indies exported the oil to Europe for perfumes and lubricants for machinery. People on the Indian sub-continent have long used Moringa pods for food. The edible leaves are eaten throughout West Africa and parts of Asia.

Moringa trees are widely grown tropical and subtropical areas, in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Malaysia and the Philippines. Moringa is considered to be one of the most useful trees, since almost every part of the Moringa tree has some beneficial property: the leaves, leaf powder, pods, seeds, flowers, roots and bark of the drought-resistant Moringa are edible or have some other healing property.

Moringa seeds have been used in India, and throughout Central and South America for water purification.  Clay, bacteria, heavy metals, and other toxic materials are negatively charged while the seeds of the Moringa tree are positively charged allowing the pathogens to be “attracted”  like metal to a magnet and be filtered away.

Nutrition benefits of moringa

 

Health Benefits of Moringa Leaf::

The nutritional profile of Moringa Leaf is nothing short of miraculous.  It is nutrient dense providing high levels of Vitamins A, C, and E; is a prime source of calcium and potassium, and is rich in iron.  It is also a great source Vitamin B (choline), Vitamin B1 (thiamine), Vitamin B2 (riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), and Vitamin B6.  It has a strong amino acid profile and is a source of quercetin, selenium, zinc, leutine, tryptophan (making it a fantastic mood stabilizer) zinc, and many more micronutrients.

Ayurvedic medicine uses the leaf of the Moringa tree to treat over 300 conditions and it is no wonder as it is one of the most powerful anti-inflammatory sources on the planet making it the perfect treatment for those with inflammatory disorders such as Autoimmune disorders, osteoarthritis, colitis, Chron’s disease and migraine and other headache sufferers.

As an anti-inflammatory source it is also highly alkalizing and, when combined with a healthy, predominantly plant based diet, can ease, if not eliminate, a lot of the inflammatory conditions normally associated with the aging process.  So let’s take a look at some of the many benefits of Moringa leaf.

 

  • *Moringa is known for its chelating effects making it perfect for heavy metal detox and estrogen dominance issues.
  • *Balances and maintains a healthy hormonal profile
  • *Balances blood sugar levels making it perfect for the treatment of insulin resistance and Type II Diabetes
  • *Nourishes eyes, skin, and brain.
  • *Improves the cell structure of the body.
  • *Is highly anti-inflammatory and has been used for pain management due to reduction of inflammation in the body.
  • *Boosts immune system.
  • *Boosts metabolism.
  • *Enhances kidney and liver profile
  • *Balances moods (perfect superfood for those suffering from adrenal insufficiency.)
  • *Reduces wrinkles and fine lines.
  • *Boosts radiance of skin.
  • *Promotes normal healthy cholesterol levels.
  • *Helps build strong bones and aids in osteoporosis treatment.
  • *Eases asthma and other bronchial issues.
  • *Has an antioxidant effect on the entire body.
  • *Full of beneficial enzymes and is prebiotic helping restore positive balance to gut flora.
  • *Increases vitamin and mineral absorption by digestive tract.
  • *Has been known to increase and improve quality of milk in breastfeeding mothers.
  • *Boosts sperm count in men.
  • *Has anti-parasite properties and has been used to kill parasites in humans for centuries. 

The list goes on, of course, as adding such a nutrient dense superfood to the diet has far reaching positive implications on health as trace minerals and vitamins are more readily absorbed and assimilated into the body.  I would urge all of my readers, without hesitation, to add Moringa leaf powder to their morning routines and watch your energy levels soar, your skin radiate, with health and kiss chronic inflammation goodbye.

Where to buy::

 

Wishing you peace and balance,
Jacqueline
51 replies
  1. Susan
    Susan says:

    This stuff sounds incredible. Had never heard of it before today.
    And I didn’t know you were pregnant with triplets?!?!?! Wow. Congratulations! How exciting.

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  2. AmommynousBlog
    AmommynousBlog says:

    First of all, congratulations to you!! I cannot even imagine the run of emotional and physical feelings you are going through. You are a true warrior mama! Secondly, this sounds like amazing stuff! I will definitely keep it in mind when I become pregnant again in the future. Thank you so much for sharing!

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  3. Pamela
    Pamela says:

    Wow, I must have missed the memo, I didnt know you were pregnant with triplets, Congrats! How exciting! I wish I new about this info my last pregnancy, i was green for the first 3 months, it was terrible!

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  4. Perspective Parenting
    Perspective Parenting says:

    This sounds amazing and I’m on it. I have had had ongoing inflammation since being infected with fifth’s disease years ago, which triggered arthralgia and coldness in my hand and foot on one side of my body since. Strange!!
    I am wondering if this would help. How much does one take and is this a safe supplement for kids?

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Moringa is indeed healthy for kids…. think about it. Their bodies need to be alkaline and not hindered by chronic fatigue to avoid the ailments that are striking our population younger and younger. The dosage should be about 1/2 teaspoon and you will have to mix it with apple or grape juice OR a smoothie…. but they will love it.

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  5. Andi
    Andi says:

    Congrats on your pregnancy! That is so wonderful! I just got my moringa leaf powder yesterday. I mixed it with some juice & it was a bit hard to take. Today I made a tea, which was really good, but I know heat can take away some of the nutritional benefits. Any other suggestions for taking it? I recently came off hormonal birth control & think I’m dealing with estrogen dominance. I’m hoping this will help balance everything. Thanks so much for your informative articles on that subject & the post on lemon-ginger tea. It’s delicious!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Andi, yeah, it can be hard to take. I mix it with the berry powder (we will be talking about that soon) and just down it but I believe in the effects SO much that I have grown used to the funny faces I pull getting it down. I would urge you NOT to do the tea. I would recommend apple juice (the fresher the better) OR blending it into a smoothie with berries because the smoothie will mask some of the taste. Like I said, I have my lemon and ginger tea and save about 2 sips, mix up the moringa with the berry powder and just chug it. (I am only using about 1/2 cup of water to mix it, by the way. Much faster to shoot it.) I have managed to do this and NOT have nausea so if I can do it….. you can too Andi. Just imagine this is college and it’s a shot of something… 🙂 If you are coming off of birth control pills you definitely have some estrogen dominance. Make sure you are following the diet with LOTS of plants and try to keep the meat to a minimum if you eat it. And if you do eat it, please please please make it grass fed and free range.

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  6. Anna Sternfeldt
    Anna Sternfeldt says:

    Excellent information! I learned some new stuff on this amazing tree, thanks for that. I can alos tell that I have also a page on Moringa with some other info also if someone is interested. We all need to work together to spread info on this remarkable way of giving us a better health and improve resources for less privileged people around the world.

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  7. Elissa
    Elissa says:

    There is a lady here (in Barbados) who cultivates and sells all of the by-products of the morninga tree, I had my doubts but tomorrow I am going to go buy some leaf powder and give it a try.
    I love your page, the information, the reading is so easy, the advice wonderful! (I could go on and on!)

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  8. Karin
    Karin says:

    DD- I was scouring the web looking for info on Moringa and Hormones. You have some great info here….so first off thanks!!
    I am a 53 year old woman who had no period for about 15 months. A little spotting but really no other symptoms. It had been 5 months since any spotting. Two weeks into taking Morning (this one from Zija and it tastes pretty good) I get a period. Full hormonal emotional and swollen breasts the whole shebang. Two weeks later I get another one and stopped the Morniga. I have been off Morning for about 12 days and just got ANOTHER ONE.
    3 PERIODS in 6.5 weeks. I see my Dr. tomorrow and can keep you posted if you like. I did speak to the Dr who formulates the stuff for Zija and he felt it was a coincidence and that the problems I am having come from wearing a Vivelle patch (estroidal) and the progesterone I take nightly for flashes.
    I am interested to see if the Morninga can help me get off the bio-identicals and would be very interested in speaking to any woman who had experience with this.
    Morning definitely effects your hormones and is a powerful plant- I just want to make sure its not amplifying the estrogen which would be a bad thing.
    Any input thats helpful is appreciated.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I do believe if you are taking estradiol the periods are due to that. Probably NOT the progesterone but if, for some reason, the dosage isn’t correct, it can cause a problem. In my experience, though Moringa is a powerful food, I don’t believe it is a substitute for bio-identicals though I would question the need for estradiol at all. I don’t find Moringa to be phytoestrogenic, however, it is possible it could be amplifying what you are already on. I would hesitate to comment further without having a complete backstory on you though.

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  9. Mae
    Mae says:

    Hi, I’ve been researching moringa, and it’s great to have know about a good source, as all other sources I checked seemed questionable or had reviews about gritty, sandy moringa. I was wondering, if it has chelating effects, shouldn’t people with silver/mercury fillings avoid it? Because they need to avoid ALA and cilantro etc, other chelators so that more mercury isn’t pulled out of the fillings. Thanks!

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Actually I do recommend chelators for people with mercury fillings but I do recommend that mercury fillings be removed as soon as possible. I don’t believe avoiding cilantro or moringa really has much effect when it comes to pulling mercury which leaches into the blood stream no matter what. By the way, I never had an issue with sandy moringa with this particular brand.

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  10. Michelle Saunderson
    Michelle Saunderson says:

    I am growing Moringa and wanted to know what the daily intake of fresh or dried leaves should be. Having the fresh, I do not see the sense of making it into a powder when I can use it in cooking and salads.

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  11. Joe Leavers
    Joe Leavers says:

    I agree diva. It’s definitely the more the better. It’s just food and you can’t overdose. The moringa packets we use I some times taking the daily amount 2 or 3 times a day if I feel I need the extra nutrition.

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  12. Selma
    Selma says:

    Do you have any experience using Moringa with estrogen dominance- endometriosis IV, uterine polyps, ovarian/bresast cysts, bulky uterus etc–? Neurolgoical auotimmune type and fibromyalgia symptoms/chronic lyme disease (no MS diagnsois)? I just started adding mroinga to morning smoothie–to see how it goes I’m 52 and not in menopause yet-praying for it to come soon- done too many diets to list over the 15 years of chronic illness-always organic/always whole food. Haven’t found the right healing diet yet-

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Hi Selma,
      I don’t actually use Moringa with my clientele for hormonal balances and fibromyalgia. There is a much better nutritional path to be on for these symptoms and dysfunctions. WHOLE food explains a vast array of dietary dogma but no, if you haven’t found the right one, perhaps they are the ones that are very mainstream! Time to try something else. 🙂

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  13. Selma
    Selma says:

    Diet wise-early on in the disease (15 years ago) I followed blood type for O– (somewhat paleo type diet)- later added a supplement- moducare/sterinol that too away most pain. Functioned many years-/worked full time etc. Went off teh moducare-7 years ago autoimmune type symptoms with no diagnosis-optic neuritis, numbness, weakness, balance , jerking/twitching etc etc. Did chronic lyme alt path- herbal protocol heavy duty one provoked AI liek attack. I was eating grass fed meats /all organic for 15 years now–always organic-local as possible. 7 years ago gluten free–then gluten/dairy fee-then wahls diet for 6 months (shoulders froze-it’s paleo like -I had 1 seving of gf grain a day). Then high raw vegan-low fat(lots of fruit, veggies, some nuts)–now I’ve added back some clean meats–I eat green smoothies for bkfst, big salads with legumes/and or nuts/avaocado/lots of veggies, veggies some meats for dinner-occasional gf grain-occasional organic pastured eggs- endo is worse than every- the gyn issues developed the last 4 years or so-as neurologcial problems worsened from various treatments, and surgery- I had a top nutritionist say I need to add back meats/legumes/proten to help liver clear estrogen-she actually recommended removing both ovaries ( I had one with cyst removed)–I’m not sure anymore-considering going back on long term candida diet/supplements (Ann Boroch Candida and healing MS books)-I’ve done many candida diets over the years-but not the 2 years minimum Ann recommends/for life for serious illness. It’s frustrating since I’ve literally studied food and herbs now for 15 years eating the best quality whole organic foods and lifestlyle. I also followed weston price diet after blood type diet (minus all the dairy) for many years/everything homemeade/from scratch-

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  14. Kelly
    Kelly says:

    I have been diagnosed with PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) for years and have been given birth control pills as the remedy along with dietary/life style changes as well. Recently, I have been introduced to Moringa, and I am curious if it was safe to take with birth control. Or is taking birth control with Moringa counter active? Any advice or info would be great! I am having a hard time finding any research or experience with this question.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Kelly, birth control is the last thing you need to be taking to treat PCOS. Moringa is a great supplement but you need to be working on the ROOT of PCOS which is what we do here at The Detox Diva. I don’t know what dietary changes you are making and would probably have some of my own if I knew.

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  15. Rossie
    Rossie says:

    Hi….
    I have a question. i like taking moringa in my smoothies however I am seeing that it is a form of birth control in some instances it says it is a form of permanent birth control…….I want to have children, should I stop taking it. And if so what can I take as a supplement.
    Thank you.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      I took it while working to conceive my triplets and all through pregnancy. I have not found that moringa LEAF powder is a form of birth control. Other parts of the tree (and all of it is used) maybe, but not the leaf specifically.

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  16. Chukwuemeka Nwagbara
    Chukwuemeka Nwagbara says:

    I joined your community just few minutes ago. I’ve been suffering from left knee problem. An X-Ray revealed a tear on the cartilage. I remember that I spent up to two (2) weeks in hospital after sustaining a serious injury while playing a basic school match…many years ago (I’m now a full grown adult). Sometime in 2008, I noticed that I felt piercing pain each time I travelled a long distance. The pain would subside after standing for at least two minutes. As a result, I avoided travelling long distances. Last year, I decided to commence long distance jogging (on Saturdays). Few months later, this current problem manifested. Since then (around June), the knee has remained swollen. I find it difficult to walk properly. It’s has been pains! Pains!! Pains!!! And all pains!!!! A colleague suggested that I start consuming moringa. I would like to know if it could work. Your experience would come in handy here. looking forward to your response.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Moringa can help with some of the inflammation but there are many many other things you need to do. Moringa is not a cure all. Bone broth, collagen, working on the fascia surrounding the area, all of these can help you live a pain free life.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      PCOS is actually NOT a root, in my view. There is always a REASON for it and it is not always the same reason for every woman. Moringa is one thing that can help. It’s not a cure but it can definitely contribute to treatment.

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  17. Christine
    Christine says:

    I am 46 years old, I am taking Moringa capsules for almost 4-5 month. 1 capsule a day (1gr). I feel very much good, and have lot of energy. however, I didn’t have my period for almost two months and I am not pregnant. Can Moringa cause menstruation to stop? or maybe I am starting my menopause?

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  18. Avi
    Avi says:

    Hi! Have been using moringa for 3 months now and have greatly gained in energy and focus. Bought mine from a friend who was starting up her little business and who herself had overcome chronic fatigue and weakness and transformed herself and her family with natural oils and foods.

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  19. Jackie
    Jackie says:

    I just heard of moringa and have recieved my moringa powder today. I’m 50 years old, diabetic and a faithful smoothie drinker. I added the powder to my smoothie. It wasnt to bad. It was as I suspected. But can you give me any info on what to expect with diabetes symptoms on the moringa powder. I am hoping to eliminate the need for any medication for this dreadful disease

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Jackie, there is no magic bullet here, including Moringa. It’s a good herb FOR Diabetes but there is a root even for Diabetes and finding it and treating it is the best way to get yourself off the meds.

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  20. marta
    marta says:

    I am so confused. I just purchased some organic Moringa Leaf Powder from a local farmers markets and decided to do some research only to find it can be used as a form birth control and can cause infertility … and I am trying to have a baby in the next year. This really concerns me. I am thinking I shouldn’t drink it anymore.

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      There are various parts of the mooring tree used and some of those parts can be used as birth control but mooring leaf didn’t deter me from getting pregnant with triplets!!

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  21. angela
    angela says:

    I actually lost my pregnancy September 2015 and since then,haven’t seen my menses..I had to go for a scan which it was found which they told me that the right ovary is swollen (pcos) .am not ovulating. ..can moring powder help out..or is there anything I can do because my doctor told me to go for metformin n progesteron..pls help me

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    • thedetoxdiva
      thedetoxdiva says:

      Moringa powder is NOT a cure all. If you have PCOS you must ask your doctor what KIND of PCOS because Metformin and progesterone are not always the best medications. They can help if it is a certain kind but you must treat the root!

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  22. yelena
    yelena says:

    Hello, I see this post is a few years old and hope you and your little ones are well. I was intersted to see you recommending Moringa for pregnancy as research suggests it can abort pregnancy in the early stages (one of its traditional uses) and act as a contraceptive. Id love to hear more about your experience. Many thanks!

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