Moringa has long been used as traditional medicine for high blood pressure. When put to the test, animal studies do show that Moringa leaves downgrade pulmonary hypertension.
But why might that be?
The fact is, we don’t really know - yet. The effect of nutrients in medicinal plants can be complex, and often the benefit has to do with how nutrients work together.
The best we can do is take an educated guess.
As 'the world's most nutritious leaf', Moringa boasts over 92 nutrients, in a dazzling array of plant hormones, fatty acids, vitamins, antioxidants, and more. Which of these are responsible for the blood pressure effect?
Two nutrients with a known effect on blood pressure are vitamin E and iron. “Iron helps increase the oxygen-carrying ability of blood, and vitamin E helps the heart muscle use oxygen more efficiently—both of which lower the level of effort required from the heart.” (Dr. David Williams)
Moringa is an exceptional source of both.
You can get about 70% of your daily requirements for vitamin E in just two teaspoons of Moringa; equivalent to a substantial serving of almonds. And ounce for ounce, dried Moringa leaves contain 14 times the iron of spinach. A 20 calorie serving delivers as much iron as a serving of beef.
Hypertension may also respond to a diet high in antioxidants. Here, Moringa tops the charts, scoring higher than superfoods like acai berries and green tea in an ORAC test of 'free radical scavenging' power.
Medical experts warn that taking antioxidants as supplements (where the nutrients are isolated from the whole food) probably isn’t effective - and can be dangerous. The best way to get the protective effects of antioxidants is through whole foods.
Moringa, we’re proud to say, is a whole food. It’s an organic, raw leaf powder that you can easily add to water, juice, or even recipes to get an intense boost of nutrients.
Try it - and if you have high blood pressure, we’d love to hear from you.
Find out more about Moringa for heart health in this short explainer video.
Chin J Physiol. 2012 Feb 29;55(1):22-30. doi: 10.4077/CJP.2012.AMM104. Attenuation of the extract from Moringa oleifera on monocrotaline-induced pulmonary hypertension in rats.
Dr. David Williams, Lowering Blood Pressure With Targeted Nutrients