PHYTO-HEALTH - Phytopharmacological properties of Moringa oleifera



Dear friends of @Project.HOPE, this will not be an extensive article on phytopharmacological properties as those I usually upload in my thematic series entitled Phytopharmacology, but I will outline a summary of the medicinal potential of Moringa oleifera, or simply Moringa as it is known in most South American countries.

Moringa is one of the plant specimens of greatest ancestral use in Europe, Asia and South America, due to its potential: antioxidant, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial, antiparasitic, antihypertensive, hypoglycemic, hypolipidemic, and antifungal.

Fig. 2 Moringa oleifera exhibits antihypertensive action. Image of public domain, Author: Stevepb, 2015

The phytopharmacological properties of Moringa described in the previous paragraph, are the main reasons that have motivated its widespread use as an alternative medicine, because it is known that Moringa contains nutrients and antioxidants that are vital to maintain in balance the metabolic reactions of our body.

It is important to mention that, according to experimental and clinical research carried out in India, the substances present in the young foliar or meristematic sheets of Moringa oleifera, are characterized by achieving positive effects in reducing and combating osteoarthritis, arthritis, diabetes, as well as various symptoms, including liver, kidney and digestive inflammations.

Fig. 3 Moringa has been shown to improve blood circulation. Image of public domain, Author: Qimono, 2016

The phyto-medicinal benefits that moringa exhibits are so appreciated that it has been qualified as the tree of life, additionally the seeds provide nutrients, vitamins and minerals that can be incorporated into our diet, this because it has acceptable levels of amino acids and proteins of vegetable origin.

In closing I would like to point out that there are experimental results where it is inferred that regular consumption of moringa improves blood circulation, balances the pH levels in our body, which translates into ideal conditions to avoid viral and bacterial infections.


BIBLIOGRAPHICAL REFERENCES CONSULTED:


[1] Khan Z., and Ahmad K A Scientific Review on Phyto-pharmacological Properties of Moringa olifera Lam. Article: Online access

[2] Singh A Ethnomedicinal, Pharmacological and Antimicrobial Aspects of Moringa olifera Lam.: A review. The Journal of Phytopharmacology. 2018; 7: 1: 45-50. Article: Online access


OBSERVATION


āœ” The cover image was designed by the author: @lupafilotaxia, incorporating the public domain image background: Iskandar, 2016


Original manuscript, uploaded from the Project HOPE community website


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