Moringa has been used in a variety of industrial, folkloric, dietary, and medicinal practices. For cooking, moringa has been used as a frying oil and food seasoning and has been eaten as part of curries and salads. Due to its many healthy components, moringa has also been used as a nutritional supplement. Such components include amino acids, antioxidants, fat, minerals, protein, and vitamins. Moringa is thought to contain more vitamin C than oranges, more potassium than bananas, more iron than spinach, and more protein and calcium than milk.
The use of moringa in traditional medicine reportedly dates back to ancient times. In spite of the many historical uses of moringa, high-quality research on its proposed health benefits is currently lacking. Limited research in humans suggests that moringa may be used to treat asthma, malnutrition, and lack of vitamin A, and to purify water. In other research, moringa leaf was shown to increase breast milk production in the early period after childbirth. Further research is needed in these areas.

Related Terms

1,3-Dibenzyl urea, 3-caffeoylquinic acid, 3-O-(6'-O-oleoyl-beta-D-glucopyranosyl)-beta-sitosterol, 4-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzylglucosinolate, 4(alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy)-benzyl isothiocyanate, 4(alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy)phenylacetonitrile, 4-[(2'-O-acetyl-alpha-l-rhamnosyloxy) benzyl]isothiocyanate, 4-[(4'-O-acetyl-alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy)benzyl]isothiocyanate, 4-(beta-D-glucopyranosyl-1-->4-alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyloxy)-benzyl thiocarboxamide, 4-hydroxyphenyl-acetamide, 4-hydroxyphenylacetontrile, 5,5-dimethyloxazolidine-2-thione, 5-caffeoylquinic acid, al-Ban, alpha-phellandrene, alpha-tocopherol, al-yassar, aromatic glucosinolates, ascorbic acid oxidase, aurantiamide acetate, ben-oil tree, benzaldehyde 4-O-beta-glucoside, benzoic acid 4-O-alpha-rhamnosyl-(1-->2)-beta-glucoside, benzoic acid 4-O-beta-glucoside, benzolive tree, benzyl glucosinolate, benzyl isothiocyanate, benzylamine, beta-carotene, beta-sitosterol, beta-sitosterol-3-O-beta-D-glucopyranoside, Br, Brassicales (order), caffeic acid, caffeoylquinic acid, calcium, chlorogenic acid, cis-11-eicosenoic acid, Cl, cleansing tree, Co, Cr, Cu, cytokinins, des-sulphoglucosinolate, drumstick tree, ellagic acid, ferulic acid, fumaric acid, gallic acid, gamma-tocopherol, gergedi (Nigeria), glucoconringiin, glucosinolates, Go-Lacta®, halleko, hausa tree, heteropolysaccharide, horseradish tree, iron, isobutyl isothiocyanate, kaempferide 3-O-(2'',3''-diacetylglucoside), kaempferide 3-O-(2''-O-galloylrhamnoside), kaempferide 3-O-(2''-O-galloylrutinoside)-7-O-alpha-rhamnoside, kaempferol, kaempferol 3-O-(6''-malonyl-glucoside), kaempferol 3-O-alpha-rhamnoside, kaempferol 3-O-[alpha-rhamnosyl-(1-->2)]-[alpha-rhamnosyl-(1-->4)]-beta-glucoside-7-O-alpha-rhamnoside, kaempferol 3-O-[beta-glucosyl-(1-->2)]-[alpha-rhamnosyl-(1-->6)]-beta-glucoside-7-O-alpha-rhamnoside, kaempferol 3-O-glucoside, kaempferol glycosides, kaempferol rhamnoglucoside, kelor, la mu, lectin, LI85008F, lutein, Madhuca latifolia, malunggay, marango, methyl N-4-(alpha-L-rhamnopyranosyloxy) benzyl carbamate, methyl p-hydroxybenzoate, mkimbo, mlonge (Tanzania), mlongo, Mn, moonga, Moringa aptera, Moringa concanensis, Moringa oleifera, Moringa peregrina, Moringa pterygosperma, Moringa stenopetala, Moringaceae (family), moringine, mother's best friend, mronge, mrongo, mucilages, mulangay, munga, mzungu, mzunze (Kenya), natalac, nebeday, neoxanthin, never die tree, Ni, niazimicin, niaziminin A, niaziminin B, niazirin, niazirinin, O-[2'-hydroxy-3'-(2"-heptenyloxy)]-propyl undecanoate, O-ethyl-4-(alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy)benzyl carbamate, oleic acid, O-(rhamnopyranosyloxy)benzyl glucosinolate, p-cymene, phosphorus, p-hydroxybenzaldehyde, phytic acid, potassium, procyanidin, Prolacta®, pterygospermin, quercetin, quercetin glucosides, quercetin-3-O-(6''-malonyl-glucoside), quercetin 3-O-beta-glucoside, quercetin-3-O-glucoside, quercetin 3-O-rhamnoglucoside (rutin), radish tree, rutin, saijhan (Hindi), sajna, selenium, Shigru (Sanskrit), S-methyl-N-{4-[(alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy)benzyl]}thiocarbamate, spirochin, Sr, surjana, syringic acid, Ti, vaccenic acid, vanillin, violaxanthin, vitamin A, vitamin C, West Indian ben., zeatin, zeatin nucleotide, zeatin riboside, zeaxanthin, zinc, zogale (Nigeria).
Note: This review covers several different species of Moringa, including Moringa aptera, Moringa oleifera, Moringa stenopetala, Moringa peregrina, Moringa pterygosperma, and Moringa concanensis.

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These uses have been tested in humans or animals. Safety and effectiveness have not always been proven. Some of these conditions are potentially serious, and should be evaluated by a qualified healthcare provider.
Breast milk stimulant (Grade: B)
Moringa leaf has been used traditionally to promote breast milk production. Products such as Natalac, Go-Lacta®, and Prolacta® have been studied for this use. In human research, moringa leaf was shown to increase breast milk production in the early period after childbirth. More studies are needed to confirm these results.
Asthma (Grade: C)
Limited research suggests that seed kernels from
Malnutrition (Grade: C)
According to early research,
Vitamin A deficiency (Grade: C)
Limited research suggests that
Water purification (Grade: C)
has shown opposing effects for water purification. Although moringa has been shown to lower bacteria levels initially, this effect appears to disappear over time. As well, moringa lacked any benefits compared to chlorine, an agent commonly used to purify water. Although promising, further research is needed in this area.