Could Moringa Help Prevent High Blood Pressure, Heart Disease and Cancer?

| January 14, 2017

In my last blog post, I told you about some recent human and animal studies showing that the herb Moringa oleifera could help to reduce body weight, lower blood sugar levels, and possibly regenerate the insulin-producing cells in the pancreas. But Moringa also appears to have heart health benefits, by lowering high blood pressure and shifting the balance of HDL and LDL-cholesterol to a healthier ratio.

Recent research shows that proteins present in Moringa leaves act in exactly the same way as ACE-inhibitor drugs to bring down blood pressure.1 These drugs work by blocking the action of angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE), which has the effect of relaxing blood vessels and helping to reduce the amount of water re-absorbed by the kidneys. Moringa could give you the same blood pressure benefits without the side effects of frequent headaches and a persistent dry cough that are common with ACE-inhibitors.

Moringa could also be an effective alternative to dangerous statin drugs. In a study with rabbits, Moringa leaf not only cut high cholesterol levels in half but also prevented oxidation (free radical) damage.2 Current thinking is that LDL-cholesterol only becomes a risk for heart disease when it is oxidised. In the same study, Moringa leaf also reduced the amount of plaque present in the rabbits’ arteries by a massive 86 per cent – a result that equalled the effect of a high dose of the statin drug simvastatin.

Other new research with rats shows Moringa could also support heart health by reducing night-time heart rate and improving the pumping efficiency of the heart muscle.3 In addition to these health benefits, several laboratory tests have found Moringa leaf to be active against a wide range of cancers, including those affecting the ovaries, breast, prostate, colon and liver.

Moringa leaf is readily available in the UK as a nutritional supplement, in capsule or powder form. But be sure to talk to your doctor before starting to use it; and, if you have diabetes, start with a low dose and monitor your blood sugar levels carefully to see how it affects you.

In my next blog post, I’ll be looking at a new report that claims the sugar tax to be levied on the soft drinks industry in the UK will have significant health benefits.

Wishing you the best of health,

Martin Hum
PhD DHD Nutritionist
for Real Diabetes Truth

Bear in mind we are not addressing anyone’s personal situation and you should rely on this for informational purposes only. Please consult with your own physician before acting on any recommendations contained herein.

References

1. Mansurah A, Chioma NT, Ismaila MS et al. Partial-purification and characterization of angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitory proteins from the leaves and seeds of Moringa oleifera. Int J Biochem Res Rev. 2015; 5(1):39-48.

2. Chumark P, Khunawat P, Sanvarinda Y et al. The in vitro and ex vivo antioxidant properties, hypolipidaemic and antiatherosclerotic activities of water extract of Moringa oleifera Lam. leaves. J Ethnopharmacol. 2008; 116(3):439-446.

3. Randriamboavonjy J, Loirand G, Vaillant N et al. Cardiac protective effects of Moringa oleifera seeds in spontaneous hypertensive rats. Am J Hypertens. 2016; 29(7):873-881.

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