Millions of people all around the globe suffer from digestive disorders like bloating, gastritis, ulcers, heart burn and ulcerative colitis. Most of us are familiar with that uncomfortable, bloated feeling where you must loosen your belt a few notches, as you look and feel five months pregnant!
It is annoying, and sometimes even debilitating, to have a chronically unhappy tummy. Many people spend a lot of money on over-the-counter drugs to beat the bloating beast.
Seeing that we are passionate about Moringa supplements, we took a good look at why this wonderful plant has been used for thousands of years to treat digestive disorders. Sure, people will tell you that Moringa helps, but we want to tell you WHY. You need to make informed decisions about naturally treating your tummy troubles!
Let’s start at the very beginning
We often forget that digestion begins in the mouth (think chewing and saliva), so that is where we will start. Your body needs calcium, Vitamin C and D to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Moringa leaves are a fantastic source of all of these nutrients. In fact, it contains 10 times more calcium than milk, and seven times more vitamin C than oranges!
Let us move a bit further down the digestive tract. Being mineral rich, Moringa is highly alkaline. The alkalinity soothes heartburn as well as acid-induced ulcers. Furthermore, the antibacterial components in Moringa kill those nasties that cause some digestive disorders.
Have you ever heard of H. pylori? It is a micro-organism that lives undetected in as much as 50% of all humans. Most of us never even know about it, because it doesn’t affect us, but it can cause peptic and gastric ulcers, which are potentially fatal. The prescribed medication to manage such an infection, has a plethora of side effects and contraindications. Fortunately for us, Moringa Leaf Extract is an effective alternative therapy to treat H. pylori infections.
Something few of us are aware of, is that vitamin deficiencies cause many digestive disorders. Our Westernised diet is so far removed from how Nature intended us to eat, that we are sadly lacking in vital nutrients, like the vitamin B variants. The most important B’s for the gut, are Thiamine (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3) and Pyridoxine (B6).
The first three help your body to convert the carbohydrates in your food into energy. This is necessary for cells in the cell regeneration and disintegration processes. In addition, vitamin B6 helps your digestive system to process all the proteins that are found in the food you eat. Furthermore, these little vitamin superstars improve digestion: They regulate your appetite, metabolism, and by supporting various other body processes that rely on the normal absorption of nutrients.
Moringa is unique in that all the essential B vitamins are abundant in its leaves and very bioavailable for our bodies to utilise.
We must consider the role of chronic inflammation in the cause of digestive disorders. Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD), represents a group of intestinal disorders that cause prolonged inflammation of the digestive tract. Ulcerative colitis is only one an example of this terrible problem.
Once again, Moringa offers a natural treatment option. It contains one of the highest (and most bioavailable) anti-inflammatory scores of any plant ever tested. Thirty-six of these components that reduce inflammation, bloating, gas, and constipation, have already been discovered. It even beats curcumin in the anti-inflammatory stakes!
Follow Your Gut
It is said that most diseases start in the gut. Auto-immune disorders are for instance certainly tied to a leaky gut. There is an enormous amount of antioxidants found in Moringa leaves. Antioxidants help your gut to produce good bacteria, and eliminate bad bacteria in the bowels. A healthy microbiome helps your body to maximize nutrient absorption.
The change in the bowel’s microbial diversity has been regarded as one of the main factors related to obesity and metabolic disorders. A study done in 2018 (see link in Sources), found that Moringa Oleifera leaf extract increases certain vital gut bacteria so much, that it may be “a potential approach to manage body weight and inflammation related to obesity through gut microbiota.” In other words, Moringa can even help you to lose weight while helping your digestive tract to heal!
In conclusion, we have to look at the role of fibre in intestinal health. We all know that we need to eat whole, unprocessed food to keep us ‘regular’, right? Still, millions of rands are spent on all kinds of potions to treat constipation – one of the banes of our unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles. These treatments are effective (if unpleasant) if used occasionally. They can however cause major problems when used on a regular basis. Fortunately, the wonderful Moringa plant offers a multi-level solution for your bathroom woes:
Firstly, Moringa leaves contain a load of fibre, which regulates your digestive system. Even as a powder, it is high in both soluble- and insoluble fibre that not only help digest food, but also prevent diseases. Secondly, the leaves have a mildly laxative effect if taken in larger quantities. This is due to its high magnesium and antioxidant content. Taking Moringa daily will help to empty your bowel and keep your tummy flat!
The bottom line (excuse the pun!), is that after reading all of this, you should have a gut feeling (I could not help myself!) about the importance of Moringa products for your digestive wellbeing. It is a natural, safe, and wallet-friendly way to beat the bloat. Also see this article about the many health benefits of Moringa: 10 of the top health benefits of Moringa.