Moringa: The Antiviral We've Been Searching For?

by Anna O'Byrne December 08, 2015

Moringa: The Antiviral We've Been Searching For?

Viruses are tricky, literally. Much smaller than bacteria, viruses invade our own cells, essentially behaving as hijackers. Viruses are hard to treat because our own cells act as barriers against medicines, which usually move through the bloodstream.

Unfortunately, the efficacy and safety of antiviral medications is limited. The side-effects can be toxic, and the results often depend on early intervention, which is not always possible. We don’t know we’ve contracted a virus until the symptoms are full-blown.

Even more disturbing, viruses, like bacteria, are becoming resistant to treatment; the rise of super-viruses is a real concern.

To support immunity, we recommend plant-based medicine.

Moringa has a long history of use as an antiviral therapy. Because Moringa is native to the world’s poorest regions, its medicinal use has - until recently - been limited to populations that simply don’t have access to modern medicine.

Now, there’s a growing interest in traditional, plant-based medicines among scientists, as we bump up against the limitations of our pharmaceutical solutions. The search for better antiviral medications is on, and Moringa is a promising candidate.

So how does Moringa work, and how powerful are its antiviral properties?

Moringa Versus Viruses

The nutritional values of this super-leaf build a general immunity against infections of all kind, while specific phytochemicals appear to target specific viruses.

Moringa is extremely dense in phytochemicals - compounds that the plant produces for its own protection. Among these, it appears that tannins and flavonoids prevent and inhibit viral infections.

Moringa is also high in a number of vitamins and minerals known to strengthen immunity: carotenoids, B vitamins, vitamin E and iron, among others.

To shore up the argument, let's talk about how Moringa fares against some serious viruses.

The Research

Moringa and Herpes

A 2003 animal study published in the Antiviral Research journal demonstrated that Moringa leaf extract rivals the leading antiviral pharmaceutical drug, acyclovir, in treating the symptoms of herpes simplex virus type 1 - oral herpes, or cold sores of the lip. Moringa significantly delayed the development of sores once the virus was contracted.

Moringa and HIV

Moringa leaf powder is commonly used in Africa to treat and manage the symptoms of HIV/AIDS. A 2013 study set out to test the claims, using an extract of the leaf powder, and the results were convincing. Moringa is both ‘potent’ and targeted. It inhibits the virus without destroying the surrounding cells. 

Moringa and Hepatitis

A 2012 study looked at the effect of Moringa leaf extract on hepatitis B and liver cancer, related diseases. Again, Moringa demonstrated anti-viral properties and appears to prevent liver cancer.

Make Offence Your Defense

Here, we've looked at how Moringa interacts with some of the most persistent viruses: herpes, hepatitis and HIV. Unfortunately, the research just isn't yet available on how Moringa fares against common childhood, seasonal and stomach viruses. We expect to hear good things.

Of course, your first line of offence should be defence. Boost your immunity and get proven anti-viral support from a completely non-toxic source. Moringa is a raw, organic food, and ours is derived from what may be the best, certified organic farm in the world.


Anna O'Byrne
Anna O'Byrne


Anna O'Byrne is co-author of The Moringa Breakthrough, and part of the team behind SuperLeaf™ Moringa. She manages the social media, writes web content and runs digital marketing for SuperLeaf™ Moringa and Natural Calm Canada.

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