It may be popular among nursing moms, but moringa capsules can also promote men’s health
Who says moringa capsules are only for lactating moms? Though best known as a breastfeeding mother’s best friend, moringa capsules can provide as many benefits to men too as they have shown to help address these common health concerns. That is because the leaves of moringa (Moringa oleifera) don’t lose their nutritional value when stored as a dried powder, preserving this miracle vegetable’s several nutritional and medicinal chemicals and compounds that promote men’s health.
In a study, it was reported that some of the common health conditions among Asian men include diabetes, cancer, and cardiovascular problems. There are various studies that support that the humble yet powerful malunggay, as moringa’s locally known, can help address these conditions.
Diabetes. The Asian Diabetes Prevention says that 60% of diabetics in the world live in Asia. But the risk is higher among adult men in Asia as nearly 50% of them smoke regularly, which is associated with higher abdominal fat and a 45% increased risk of developing diabetes. The risk may be higher among Asians in general because they’re also likely to have more abdominal fat and less muscle, increasing the body’s insulin resistance.
Moringa, which also thrives in many parts of Asia, is well known for its pharmacological actions that have also been traditionally used in the management of diabetes. It was also observed that moringa leaves can help lower blood glucose levels. Their hypoglycemic and anti-hyperglycemic activities may also be attributed to the presence of terpenoids, which are used for the management of obesity-induced metabolic disorders. Researchers believe the terpenoids in moringa play a role in stimulating B cells, which triggers insulin production that can help maintain healthy glucose levels in the bloodstream.
Cancer. Lung, stomach, liver, colorectal and oesophageal cancers are the most common cancers in Asian men. The cancer deaths in Asia make up 55% of that in the world. What’s more alarming is that Asia’s cancer incidence and mortality are expected to rise over the next years.
A study in 2017 noted that moringa may represent a valuable therapeutic approach for liver and colorectal carcinomas. Other researchers also state that moringa contains high amounts of glucosinolates, which are sulfur-containing phytochemicals that may have anti-cancer benefits. It has the ability to induce apoptosis, a process that eliminates potentially cancerous and virus-infected cells in the body. Moringa is also found to have a unique and concentrated kind of glucosinolate called glucomoringin (GMG), increasing this plant’s benefit over cancer.
Cardiovascular problems. Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the world, and half of its cases are estimated to occur in Asia. It was also pointed out that stroke, caused by a blockage in blood flow to the brain, is more prominent than coronary heart disease, caused by a blockage in blood flow to the heart. Besides hypertension, chronic dyslipidemia—a disorder characterized by alterations in the levels and composition of plasma lipids—is a major cause of atherosclerosis that can cause both stroke and heart attack.
It’s important to note that various studies have shown that moringa has an anti-dyslipidemic effect after the subjects experienced a decline in atherogenic lipid levels after consuming a daily total of 4.6g of dehydrated moringa leaves as four 550mg tablets twice daily for 50 days. Not only that, but moringa is also a good source of all the essential amino acids, which can help maintain a healthy cardiovascular and central nervous system.
Other men’s concerns. Apart from addressing prevalent diseases among Asian men, moringa can also help them with other common problems such as lower urinary tract symptoms (LUTS), testosterone deficiency (TD), erectile dysfunction (ED), and premature ejaculation (PE). Moringa also has strong antimicrobial properties that may help fight bacteria related to urinary tract infections.
Moringa may be more known as a galactagogue, helping nursing moms provide ample breast milk to their babies, but its nutritional wonders don’t stop there. This superfood can support men’s overall health too. It’s time they take advantage of its health-promoting benefits and stay in tip-top condition one moringa capsule at a time.