Frequently Asked Questions
Here we list a few of the questions we’ve had most frequently. We’ve taken input from a few different people and set out some of their responses below.
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This is a very broad topic and could be a course unto itself, but with a couple of quick clarifications we can make the answer fairly simple. First, let’s assume we are talking about Moringa supplementation, not eating the leaves outright and that you are also eating a regular diet. Secondly, not all vitamins are essential and our body can actually make some of them. If the vitamin is essential, it means we need to get them from our diet/supplementation and then our body will extract them. Thirdly, data on the vitamin content of Moringa has to do with the vitamin per 100 grams (3.5 oz.) of the leaf. Lastly, a good diet will provide all the essential vitamins to sustain life.
We supplement essential and non-essential vitamins above dietary needs with the assumption that super adequate levels will be a significant benefit. This assumption is continually debated by nutritionists. Super adequate levels are reflected by an intake over the defined minimum daily requirement to cover stress situations.
Moringa leaves or seeds used for making supplements have Vitamin C, three B (B1, B2, and B3), Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. Vitamins D and K have not been found to be present in a recent 2015 Molecular Science article. There are several ways to prepare the Moringa leaves using water, alcohol, freeze drying, air drying and methanol. Each of these can change the vitamin content of subsequent supplements except for possibly air drying. Processing Moringa by air drying into a supplement may maintain the original vitamin complexes better than other methods. It must be clear that you are not eating Moringa leaves in large quantities, just taking a supplement (capsules, pills or oil) made from Moringa. Supplements of Moringa are not a food source (such as large amounts of protein etc.) as the actual leaf would be, and have low milligram levels of vitamins present, no matter how they are prepared. The presence of these vitamins in supplements of Moringa are an added benefit. These vitamins are additive to the anti-inflammatory and anti-oxidant benefits from other compounds in Moringa, which are not insignificant.
Five of the B vitamins, there are eight total, and vitamin D are not found in the Moringa plant and depending on one’s diet may need supplementation. With the total milligram content of vitamins in a supplement of Moringa being low, a multivitamin supplement on top of it would not be considered overboard.
Answered by Jack Isler, M.D.
In general, if we are healthy and we eat well, we should not need to consume any kind of supplements. But we know that it is difficult to achieve full health and to eat an ideal diet, especially in these times, with so much stress and work, and with very little time to eat as we should.
Given this fact, to look after our health, we should strengthen our nutrition by taking a good supplement, which is suitable for our lifestyle, age, sex, etc. Today we have the advantage that there are a large variety of very good supplements available, including moringa oleifera, which contains a sufficient amount of micronutrients, which would be sufficient for any healthy person, without the need to take vitamins additionally.
For a person with a vitamin deficiency, for whatever reason, this person might need to take additional vitamins to correct the deficiency, supervised by a physician. But a healthy person would not need to consume vitamin C, B’s or D3 in addition to moringa oleifera consumption, since this is a natural source of nutrition which provides those vitamins among other micronutrients.
I think with a good diet, some exercise and taking any dietary supplement, such as moringa oleifera, we would not need to consume extra vitamins and would achieve optimal health.
Answered by Simon Mesber, M.D.
- Let’s first address the vitamin part of the question. Make sure you have read FAQ 1. If you are going to supplement the same vitamins that are contained in the Moringa supplement then they should be spread out over the rest of the day. Taking them all at the same time could ensure that the kidneys will flush out the excess. Just a reminder, the usual vitamins contained in Moringa supplements are Vitamin C, three B vitamins (B1, B2, and B3), Vitamin E, and Vitamin A. None of these are in large quantities. Supplement levels of Moringa vitamins are not easily compared to the total leaf levels which use a standard 100 gram (3.5 oz.) quantity.
- The probiotic issue is one that is not as clear. The issue has to do with the fact that probiotics are strains of bacteria. These bacteria are not usually live but their effect could be modified by antibiotics. Why is this a concern with Moringa? It is a concern because Moringa has antibiotic properties. It has some effect on gram negative bacteria, the category of which probiotics exist. The evidence is weak on either side of this argument, but is continually discussed. To weaken the possibility further, taking Moringa at opposite ends of the day from your probiotic would be a reasonable approach.
Answered by Jack Isler, M.D.