Moringa isn’t called a miracle plant and superfood for no reason. Its list of benefits runs long and its no wonder this plant has been used for health reasons for thousands of years. Both men and women can benefit greatly from moringa due to its dense content full of vitamins, minerals, and bioactive compounds.
Many women swear by moringa for many reasons, which is going to be the focus of this article… moringa benefits for women.
Moringa’s popularity is growing in the western world and for good reason. I’m guessing you caught wind about its potential benefits and are curious to see how it can help you out. So lets get started…
Here is a quick guide if you want to jump ahead to a certain sections of this article:
- Skin, Hair, & Nails
- Protects Against Colds
- Loaded With Vitamins
- Plenty of Minerals
- Mood Boosting Power
- Good for Nursing
- Fights Breast Cancer
Healthier Skin, Hair & Nails… No Problem
Healthy hair, skin, and nails are all things that every woman wants. No one wants dry brittle hair, skin or nails. This is a sign up bad health and will lead to premature aging.
Luckily, moringa can help reverse the aging process and reduce those wrinkles or even prolong your youthful appearance, depending on your age.
When it comes to your skin, hair and nails, moringa has just about it all. It packs a lot of vitamin E & A, zinc, calcium, amino acids, biotin and more.
Vitamin E & Biotin Proven to Increase Hair Growth
Both vitamin E and biotin have been shown in studies to increase hair growth on patients experiencing some form of baldness.
There is plenty of information out there that shows vitamin E to be very effective for hair growth yet not all that much when it comes to biotin, although biotin is in many of the hair growth products on the market. However, I was able to find a study cited on HealthLine where women suffering from balding took biotin for 90 days and say significant reduction in hair loss and increases in hair growth.
Antioxidants Keep Your Skin Looking Fresh
Antioxidants fight off damaging free-radicals that damage all parts of your body but most noticeably your hair and skin. Moringa happens to be good source of these antioxidants and can help slow down the aging process that comes from these free-radicals.
Much of its antioxidant activity comes from its high beta carotene and vitamin E content.
More Elastic & Firm Skin
Topical moringa products like moringa oils and creams will increase the elasticity of your skin. They increase elastin production which, as you can guess, has to do with the elasticity.
In the same way it increases elastin it also increases collagen production, which will give your skin that firm and well-nourished look. Moringa’s high vitamin A content is responsible for much of this. Vitamin A stimulates fibroblasts which are involved in the production of both.
Zinc is Great for Hair, Skin, & Nails
Zinc is very important for the health of all 3. That is why you often hear dermatologists recommending it for hair growth and other related reasons. In fact, zinc deficiency can and often will lead to hair loss.
One of the important roles that zinc play is in cell division. Your body needs zinc to produce new healthy cells and a lack of it will lead to your body deteriorating… literally. Hair loss is just one symptom, accompanied by yellow, cracked nails and poor skin.
The good thing is that moringa contains quite a bit of zinc so that you don’t have to worry so much about the symptoms mentioned above.
Increased Keratin Production
Keratin is a protein that everyone wants more of. It is essential when it comes to strong and healthy hair. It is safe to say that the women acrobats you see hanging from their hair in circuses have loads of keratin, or at least I would think so.
The reason moringa will help increase your body’s keratin levels is because it contains the 4 amino acids that are involved in keratin production. And actually it contains more than that. Moringa has all 9 essential amino acids which your body needs to get from foods because it cannot make it on its own.
An Acne Treatment That Works
No one wants acne and moringa can help. If you suffer from acne and are at your wit’s end with acne products, then moringa might be worth considering.
There are many reasons why it works as a good treatment for such a condition, one of which being that it has antibacterial properties that will help cleanse your skin and prevent acne. At least some of this activity can be attributed to its vitamin content.
There was an Antibacterial Activity Study I came across where moringa’s antibacterial properties were tested against 4 different types of bacteria. The result was that it inhibited all 4 types… pretty significant.
Stop Colds In Their Track
Another benefit to taking moringa is its immune boosting effects. The symptoms of having a week immune system are wide spread and include everything from pink eye, to sinus infections, colds, yeast infections, and more.
The immune system is made up of organs, tissues, proteins, and special cells that put an end to bacteria and other foreign substances. Some examples of these include your spleen which filters out bad blood cells, your tonsils which create antibodies, white blood cells which protect against infection, etc.
Pregnant or Going to Be? Take This Seriously
There might be no more important time to take care of your immune system then when you are pregnant. When your body begins to care for an nourish a baby the immune system is working overtime to protect two people. This means that you are going to need more nutrition to keep it up and running as normal.
Pregnant women often feel sluggish and somewhat ill feeling and a weak immune system can be the cause of this at times. Taking the health of this defense system seriously at times like this is no joke.
*Note: According to WebMD, it is likely unsafe to consume the moringa roots, bark, or flowers when pregnant or breastfeeding. This is important to know but luckily the moringa supplements on the market are made from moringa leaves, which are safe to consume. But you should always double check.
Moringa Is Proven to Boost Your Immune System
A 2015 study tested the immune boosting effects that moringa extract has. The study was performed on animals, but nonetheless proves to greatly effect the immune system. Results showed that moringa extract “significantly” stimulated the immune system.
There are a lot of reasons why moringa boosts the immune system. As I mentioned earlier in the hair, skin, and nails section, moringa contains many antioxidants. Antioxidants are help protect against free radicals that can damage your body in many ways. They actually weaken the immune system because they damage signaling cells which are an important part of the communication structure that the immune system uses.
Some of the more notable antioxidants that moringa contains include vitamins C, E, and D. You are probably familiar with these vitamins and their protection against sickness. Vitamin C is involved in the protection of cells that keep out pathogens, Vitamin E is an active “peroxyl radical scavenger” which inhibits free-radical production, and Vitamin D is involved with keeping DNA safe + aids in recovery….. and those are just a few of the things that I can say about these vitamins.
All this vitamin talk brings me to the my next point.. which is the surplus of vitamins that moringa supplies you with.
And The Vitamins Too
Getting the right amount of vitamins is essential for living a health and productive life. I’ve already talked about some of the vitamins that moringa brings to you and how they are important but there is much more too it than just that.
Vitamins play roles in 100’s of functions that occur in the body, including everything dealing with strengthening, protecting, and keeping your body functioning properly.
If you are a “preventionist” then you likely already take vitamin supplements because you know of their importance and although you don’t have any deficiencies, you aren’t willing to to run the risk of being deficient by just eating food alone.
In the modern world supplementing vitamins daily is a must for many people. Unless you are consciously trying to eat a well rounded diet the chances are you probably aren’t, which means you probably aren’t getting enough vitamins.
Moringa, as you guessed it, is packed with vitamins. It is one of natures best multi-vitamins and can be supplemented as such. In fact, if you are currently taking a mutli-vitamin you might think about switching to moringa after reading this.
As mentioned above, Vitamin E is an antioxidant that protects your body from damaging free-radicals and has also been proven to increase hair growth, among other things.
This vitamin has even been to help out with PMS in studies such as this one. It is shown to help reduce symptoms brought on by PMS, such as anxiety, depression, cramps, bloating, etc.
Moringa provides a hefty natural load of vitamin E. If you buy moringa power, which is much more concentrated than moringa leaves, you are looking at getting around 1.28mg of vitamin E for every 2 gram serving. This is about 6% of the recommended daily allowance (RDA). For just 2g that is pretty impressive.
If you compare this to other food sources you can really see how incredibly much it has. Nuts & seeds are some of the best Vitamin E providers there are, sunflower seeds in particular. But moringa contains almost double the vitamin E of sunflower seeds.
Of course everyone knows vitamin C as an immune boosting vitamin with all the cold/flu products out there that contain it, but its more than just that. Besides protecting your body from the flu and other illesses, it also helps in the repair & growth processes that go on in the body. Vitamin C is used in tissue growth and repair all over the body. So having enough of it is essential for a strong, healthy body.
One thing that everyone should know about this vitamin is that it is water soluble, which means that your body cannot store excess amounts of it, which means that you need to get your vitamin C every day.
Moringa is a great source of vitamin C. Moringa powders contain around 5mg per 2 gram serving. And for sake of comparison, that is about 5X as much as oranges per weight, which are well known for their vitamin C content.
Vitamin C is something that you can take a lot of without any side effects. According to MayoClinic you want to get around 60 – 90mg per day but the upper limit is at 2,000, which gives you a large range to work within.
Vitamin A is usually though of when you think of eye health. Carrots are very high in this vitamin and that is why people often associate them with good vision. In low light, or night-time situations vitamin A is particularly effective. But besides vision vitamin A is also important for healthy skin, bones, soft tissue, reproduction, and has even been shown to help prevent heart disease.
Vitamin A happens to be one of the most plentiful vitamins that moringa contains. When it comes to this vitamin moringa makes carrots look really bad because it contains about 10X the vitamin A content of carrots per weight.
In a normal 2 gram swerving size of moringa powder you will get about 330mcg of vitamin A (in the form of beta carotene). This is about 46% of the RDA for women…. in just a 2 grams serving!
Vitamin D is something that you may think of when it comes to bone health. If you are deficient in this vitamin then weak/brittle bones, bowed legs, and bad posture are some of the possible outcomes. The reason for this is because vitamin D helps the body absorb calcium, which we all know is a necessary part of the healthy bones equation. So this vitamin indirectly makes your bones stronger pretty much.
Besides bone health vitamin D is important for a range of things. It plays a role in the regulation of the immune system, as discussed above, as well as the neuromuscular system. Deficiencies in it have been linked to everything from various forms of cancer, to heart disease and weight gain.
One great source of vitamin D is sunlight. Going out in the sun is more important than you may think. People with lighter skin tones will benefit more from this whereas those with darker skin will not absorb as much sunlight, meaning less vitamin D.
Another source of this vitamin is, as you guessed it…. moringa!
However, I was not able to find how much vitamin D it actually has, which is strange. There are plenty of sources out there stating that moringa has vitamin D in the form of cholecalciferol, yet none that I could find give the amount.
B vitamins are often marketed for their energy boosting effects. The reason for this is because they are important for our body’s metabolism to run efficiently. They are active in the process of converting food to energy.
There are eight B vitamins total and moringa is shown by some sources to contain at least 4 of them, which include vitamins B1, B2, B6, and B12. Some of their individual benefits include…
- Vitamin B1 – Active in the conversion of blood sugar into energy. Also shown to be effective for breaking down simple carbohydrates.
- Vitamin B2 – Antioxidant that protects against free-radicals. Also possibly linked to less risk of heart disease.
- Vitamin B6 – Helps regulatation of homocysteine. Also involved in the production of serotonin the “feel good hormone”.
- Vitamin B12 – Works to help body produce red blood cells and helps iron out so it can produce hemogloblin, which is the essential protein that carries oxygen.
Most of what I could find didn’t really give numbers as far as how much B vitamins there is in moringa, but I did find that it contains a good dose of B6. According to the USDA, 100g of dried moringa leaves contain 1.2mg of vitamin B6. And this means that the quality moringa powders that are available should contain more than this.
The Minerals You Need
Vitamins are extremely important and are required for all the biochemical processes that occur in the human body, but minerals are just as important. For without minerals these vitamins wouldn’t be able to do their jobs. And its not just vitamins that rely on the minerals. Fats, proteins, carbs, amino acids… they all need minerals to be able to perform their designated duty and keep your body nice and healthy.
Nobel prize winner Dr Linus Pauling made a statement that “You can trace every sickness, every disease and every ailment to a mineral deficiency”. That alone pretty much sums it all up. Minerals are important and you need them… period.
The problem is that mineral deficiency is all too common. Fortunately, moringa can help.
Moringa is an excellent source of potassium, calcium, iron, zinc, magnesium and iodine, 4 of which people are commonly deficient in according to HealthLine.
You know how everyone tells you to eat more bananas if you are low in potassium? Well… maybe you don’t, but this is what doctors, nutritionists, etc will commonly tell you. However, what they should really be saying is to eat more moringa.
Moringa powder contains as much as 16X the amount of potassium as bananas when compared by weight. In a 2g serving you can get around 37.5mg.
Potassium is said to be one of the most important electrolytes in the body. It is involved in everything from muscular contraction to blood pressure regulation, which it helps relate by keeping the amount of sodium in the blood at safe levels.
Potassium is also important for women that are pregnant. As an electrolyte, it is involved in sending nerve impulses throughout the body and helping with muscular contraction. When you are pregnant your blood volume will expand as much as 50%. This brings a higher demand for electrolytes like potassium
At 32.5mg of calcium per 2 gram serving of moringa powder, it makes you forget all about how milk even has calcium in it. Moringa has about 17X the amount of calcium of milk. If you are a mother then you know how important calcium is for children, which is one of the reasons moringa is great for kids.
Taking calcium for strong bones is probably the most common thing you hear. But it does more than just keep the skeletal system healthy. Although about 99% of our body’s calcium is in the teeth and bones, it is also an electrolyte, like potassium, and is involved in communicating with the muscles for contraction.
Like pretty much every nutrient, during pregnancy a women needs more calcium than normal. If not enough is taken then your body will take it from the bones and this could lead to higher risk of injuries.
MayoClinic lists the RDA for calcium as being 1,000mg for women 19-50 and 1,200 for women 50+. The reason it increases as you age is because your bones weaken naturally and could use more for to help counteract this.
Most sources I’ve found list the amount needed during pregnancy as being a couple hundred milligrams more than normal.
Iron is yet another mineral that moringa happens to contain a heck of a lot of. And when I say a heck of a lot I mean it… even more so than the others previously mentioned. When compared to spinach which Popeye loves and is known for having iron, it has about 25X the amount.
In your average 2 gram serving size of moringa powder you are looking to get about 6.75mg of iron.
Iron gains most of its popularity from its help in hemoglobin production. Hemoglobin is a protein in red blood cells that carries oxygen from your lungs and supplies it to anywhere that needs it, your muscles, eyes, whatever. When you have a low red blood cell count they actually call this iron deficiency anemia.
Symptoms of iron deficiency include everything from tiredness & dizziness to heart palpitations and more… all of which are very undesirable.
Women in particular need a lot of iron, more so than men. The reason for this is in part due to menstruation, where blood is lost. Some women bleed more than others so the amount of iron you will need to replenish your body will depend.
The Office of Dietary Supplements states that females from 14-18 should try to get 15mg per day, between 19-50 years old 18mg per day, and 50+ only need 8mg per day. With moringa supplying 6.75mg in a 2 gram serving you can easily meet your daily requirements by supplementing it.
Zinc is a trace element that our bodies need very little of… however it is still very important to get. When it comes to proper development zinc is essential for everyone, especially children and pregnant women. The reason for this is because zinc is involved in cell division and growth. And as you can imagine one of the symptoms of zinc deficiency is stunted growth.
In the same way zinc is involved in cell division and growth, it is known to help wounds heal faster.
And on a different note, zinc is also important for hair health as I previously stated above.
Moringa is one of the good natural sources of zinc but unfortunately I wasn’t able to find out how much zinc moringa powder supplements contain because they are not required to list this nutrient on their labels. However, the USDA lists 100g of moringa leaves as having 0.60mg of zinc, so its safe to assume that powders that are available on the market have more than this amount.
Iodine is important if you want to have properly functioning thyroids. The reason it is important is because thyroids produce hormones which are involved in all sorts of things ranging from metabolism regulation to brain development.
Iodine deficiency is also one of the most common mineral deficiencies people have. Symptoms can be mild like dry skin & constipation, but can also be more severe such as goiter. According to the World Health Organization, 72% of the earth’s population suffers from a deficiency here.
Moringa is said to be a “gentle source” or iodine by The Merck Index 14th Edition 4. How much it contains exactly I am unsure of, but if I were to guess I would say it contains a slight amount that is in no way excessive.
One thing to note about iodine content in moringa is that it depends on where the moringa is grown. Iodine is absorbed by the plant from the soil this is very circumstantial and yet another good reason why you shouldn’t buy just any old moringa supplement on the market. You should only buy what is good quality.
Boosts Your Mood
A boost in mood is something that I think everyone can say they would want from time to time. With hormone levels changing all the time, lack of sleep, poor diet, medication, etc, some days just aren’t the best.
Birth control is one thing that is notorious for affecting your mood in a negative way. Although there is not enough scientific evidence to back up this link between the two, there are plenty of personal stories you can find online from women claiming that it led to them feeling depressed, anxious, feeling crazy, and so on.
Serotonin, the feel good hormone, is something that we all want more of. It is a chemical neurotransmitter that sends signals between nerve cells. It does quite a bit but is most know for its ability to effect emotions and mood.
There really isn’t all that much information on moringa’s link to serotonin production, but there have been several studies that show it can cause increases. One such study (link here) from the Indian Journal of Medical Research found that moringa can lead to as much as a 60% increase in serotonin levels in the cerebral cortex part of the brain.
Dopamine, which is also a neurotransmitter and similar to serotonin, was also shown to have increased levels after moringa was administered in the same study.
The reason that moringa has the ability to increase levels of serotonin & dopamine, thus bettering your mood could be due to its amino acid profile. Moringa contains all 9 essential amino acids, tryptophan being one of them, which is known to play an important part in the production of these 2 neurotransmitters in the brain.
More Breast Milk
Breast feeding a child is more important than one may think. Not only does it provide the nutrition and immune support that is needed at moment, but it also provides list of benefits that carry with the child throughout the rest of their life. Breast feeding has been linked to overall better health in many ways.
Moringa has long been used in countries that it is native to as a traditional way to increase lactation. This may sound crazy but new emerging studies show that it is actually true and has a significant effect on the volume of milk produced.
In one study that I came across on miracletrees.org, moringa was given to mothers with pre-term infants at a dose of 350mg of encapsulated leaf powder per day (right around average). The increases in milk production were said to be “statistically significant”.
It is also suggested that moringa may be particularly effective for women that struggle with lactation.
Something else to be aware of here is that there were no adverse side effects observed from the mothers taking moringa at this time. But as a warning, which I mentioned already at some point, you should stay away from moringa roots and/or bark because they could be potentially harmful.
On another note, besides increasing the volume of breast milk, moringa will also make it more nutritious. If you, as a mother, have better nutrition then the breast milk produced will reflect this.
Less Breast Cancer
It is said that moringa is able to treat, cure, or prevent over 300 different diseases and illnesses. Whether this number is accurate or not, I do not know. However, I do know that moringa is a proven effective treatment, preventative, or cure for a heck of a lot of problems, one of which being breast cancer.
In the United States, breast cancer is the number 1 leading cause of cancer related deaths for women. It is so widespread that 1 in 8 women, or 12% will develop it in their lifetime (source: breastcancer.org). This rate is extremely high but believe it or not, its actually decreasing, which many believe is a result of less use of Hormone Replacement Therapy, which has been linked to this form of cancer.
Moringa oleifera as an Anti-Cancer Agent…, which was a study conducted in 2015, tested the effectiveness of moringa against breast cancer and colorectal cancer, which happens to be the second most deadly form of cancer for women.
The findings of this study were pretty significant. Moringa was able to decrease colony formation by up to 90%. It was also able to increase the amount of apoptotic cells, which are cells that were killed off by the body because they posed a threat, which in this situation were cancer cells.
The reason moringa is effective at fighting against cancer is something that needs to be studies more but it probably is due to the bioactive compounds it contains as well as the nutrients that help strengthen the body’s immune system.
Moringa also contains Isothiocyanates which have been proven, in this 2006 study, to kill off ovarian cancer cells. So its not just breast cancer that moringa can fight against. It can be effective against various forms.
Moringa Benefits Women
Moringa hasn’t just been used for thousands of years to benefits women’s health for the heck of it. It has been used for thousands of years because of one simple fact… it works. It used to be considered mostly a folk medicine but with all the new scientific evidence out there moringa is a proven medicine to many problems and an overall great food, jammed packed with nutrients.
Adding moringa to your diet is a great choice. All the many moringa health benefits for women discussed above are just one chapter in a book of many.
If you are interested in adding moringa to your diet then you pretty much have two choices to go with if you want to reap as many benefits as possible: moringa powder or moringa capsules. Of course you can always buy raw moringa leaves and grind them up yourself to make powder but who has the time for that nowadays.
On a final note, I would suggest buying quality moringa. When a plant like this is grown in a poor quality environment it reflects that. You want good quality moringa that comes from a quality source.