Moringa is also known as the horseradish tree. I like this name, because there is a spiciness to the moringa that resembles wasabi a bit, along with fresh green and minty flavors. I can feel my nasal passageways open a bit, like when I eat wasabi with sushi. Plus, there’s that minty freshness.
Most of the clinical information about moringa comes from India and Pakistan. The publications range from the 1950s up to the present. Moringa is native to “the sub-Himalayan tracts of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Afghanistan.” There have been a number of clinical articles written about the vast healing and nutritional properties, in particular as a natural antibiotic. Here, I will just quickly summarize some medicinal attributes that were noted consistently throughout these articles.
According to the International Journal of Biomedical and Advance Research, based in India
In addition to its compelling water purifying powers and high nutritional value, M. oleifera is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seed, bark, fruit, flowers and immature pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess antitumor, antipyretic, antiepileptic, antiinflammatory, antiulcer, antispasmodic, diuretic, antihypertensive, cholesterol lowering, antioxidant, antidiabetic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial and antifungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in the indigenous system of medicine, particularly in South Asia.
One reason that moringa has been touted as a sort of panacea for malnourished populations, is that it’s effective against local disease and infections.
Specifically, pterygospermin, was identified by scientists in different studies over decades, originating in India in the 1950s. They discovered that this compound was very effective against a “wide range of bacteria and fungi”. And that antibiotic activity
is clearly the area in which the preponderance of evidence—both classical scientific and extensive anecdotal evidence—is overwhelming. The scientific evidence has now been available for over 50 years, although much of it is completely unknown to western scientists.
Another clinical article published in India in November, 2011 reported that “M(oringa) oleifera possess significant antidiabetic and antioxidant activity.”
Personally, I have noticed the antibiotic effects of moringa. When I feel weak from fatigue or because I’m sick, eating some moringa, makes me feel better almost immediately. I feel like I have more energy, like some of my strength has returned.