Moringa Oleifera for Asthma
Aside from being a potent ant-inflammatory, Moringa seed kernels posses amazing anti-asthma properties.
There have been 2 scientific studies which showed Moringa seed extract to be as effective at treating asthma as the prescription pharmaceutical drug Ketotifen, and without any of the negative side-effects.
The study, titled, “Investigation into the mechanism of action of Moringa Oleifera for its anti-asthmatic activity” concluded that Moringa has 4 important anti-asthma benefits:
- Broncodilator: Moringa dilates the bronchi and bronchioles, increasing airflow to the lungs by decreasing resistance in the respiratory airway.
- Mast Cell Stabilization: Moringa helps control allergic disorders by blocking the release of histamine.
- Anti-Inflammatory: Moringa possesses potent anti-inflammatory activity, comparable to that of pharmaceutical drug “Diclofenac Sodium” also known as “Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs”, but again without any of the potentially severe negative side effects.
- Anti-Microbial: Symptoms of breathlessness are sometimes signs of bronchial infection. Moringa Oleifera possesses potent anti-microbial activity when tested against various respiratory pathogens.
Although Moringa seed extract was used for this study, it was noted that an ethanolic or cold water extract of Moringa leaves should posses many of the same benefits.
The study also points out that a hot water extract of moringa did not produce any of the positive effects. This means whatever phytonutrients or plant chemicals responsible for the anti-asthma benefits of Moringa are destroyed by high heat. Thus, Moringa Tea would also likely not be effective for managing asthma unless you cold-brew moringa tea.
Have you been using Moringa to manage your asthma? If so, please leave a comment below!
Moringa Oleifera for Allergies
Allergies affect approximately 50 million people in the United States and that number is sky-rocketing.
Americans spend roughly $4.5 Billion dollars a year on anti-histamine medications to treat allergy symptoms.
Side-effects of these Anti-histamine drugs include dry mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, nausea, vomiting, restlessness or moodiness and blurred vision.
New research suggests there are completely natural solutions that can ease your symptoms. By incorporating natural antihistamines in to your diet, you can manage your allergies and avoid the negative side effects of medications.
Moringa is loaded with antihistamine polyphenols, flavonoids, and antioxidants and it even contains Omega-3; a potent anti-inflammatory.
The top 3 recommended natural Antihistamine’s are all found in abundance in Moringa.
Quercetin & Keampferol
These are two incredibly powerful antioxidants that work synergistically. Quercetin has been studied extensively for it’s antihistamine use.
“Quercetin is sort of the herbal equivalent to cromolyn sodium [in the over-the-counter spray NasalCrom],” Dr. Rakel tells WebMD “The evidence is promising.”
“I think quercetin is pretty effective and well tolerated,” says Dr. Leopold. “It seems to work well for prevention.”
In the US, Quercetin is usually only highly available in Grapefruit, Onions and Okra, but Moringa Oleifera contains 5 times more Quercetin than any of these (1362.6 mg/kg).
By consuming Moringa (in powder or fresh form) you are getting both Quercetin and Kaempferol flavonoids. These two flavonoids have been shown to work together to fight everything from Cancer cells to inflammation.
A 1992 study found that 2g of Vitamin C decreased histamine levels by 40 percent! Vitamin C actually destroys the molecular structure of histamine so it is recommended that you take a minimum of 500mg every day to fight off allergies/histamine.
Moringa contains 7 times more Vitamin C than Oranges.
Omega 3, which acts as a anti-inflammatory can help protect you from allergic reactions.
According to Mother Earth News,9 a German study published in the journal Allergy found people who have diets rich in of omega-3 fatty acids suffer from fewer allergy symptoms. A second study10 in Sweden found that children who regularly ate fish prior to age one had much lower allergies by age four.
Moringa is one of the few plant sources of Omega 3s in the world. Supplementing Moringa Powder is a great way to get Omega 3 for people who don’t like to eat fish.
As you can see, the science is strong for Moringa’s use to manage and treat asthma and allergies.
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