The Moringa tree (moringa oleifera) is said to have numerous health benefits. People taking Moringa leaf extract, leaf powder, tea and other supplements often report weight loss. But do Moringa leaves really help weight loss?
In parts of the world where Moringa trees grow, the leaves are consumed like many other green leaf vegetables. The truth is that although it is now being labelled as a ‘Superfood‘, most scientific tests of Moringa have been carried out on animals. So let’s start with some things that we definitely know about Moringa.
- The Moringa tree can be found in Africa, the Caribbean, Central America, South America and South East Asia
- There are recordings of it’s use by Egyptians, ancient Greeks and Romans
- Moringa leaves are high in nutrients and anti-oxidants
- It is a rich source of vitamins
- It is rich in antibacterial and anti-fungal properties
Whilst all the above facts point out the benefits; it doesn’t prove that it helps with weight loss. For example although the leaves provide a great source of antioxidants and nutrients, are quite low in calories; how much do they actually help with weight loss?
How can you use Moringa to help weight loss?
When considering using Moringa to help with weight loss, you should bear in mind that most Moringa supplements are not used in their natural or fresh form. However, by using Moringa as a food supplement, you can reduce your food intake or portion sizes whilst still getting the essential nutrients in your diet. So in this respect it does help weight loss.
You should always consult a doctor before using supplements if you are taking prescription medications or have any health concerns.
Supplements alone (including Moringa leaves, spirulina and chlorella) don’t normally make enough difference in your weight loss unless you also make the necessary lifestyle changes. Get good weight loss advice that will explain the benefits of eating natural healthy foods. Find out about metabolism boosting foods that burn body fat that you can incorporate into your diet.
Are you including a fitness routine as part of your weight loss regime? HIIT (high-intensity interval training) boosts your metabolism, which is linked to fat burning, without the need for any equipment.
So while there are many claims on the benefits of Moringa in helping weight loss, this must be balanced by health warnings and possible side effects.