Is moringa safe for pregnant women? We find out!
Moringa has been used extensively by women for its nutritional properties all around the world. But can pregnant women take moringa? The answer is a resounding yes.* Various studies have proven the tremendous benefits of moringa for pregnant women. However, it is only the moringa leaves that are considered safe for consumption. This is because the root, bark and flowers of moringa contain a toxin that may cause the uterus to contract. Moringa leaves, on the other hand, are packed with essential vitamins, iron, fiber and protein.
How do moringa leaves benefit pregnant women?
Here are four ways “the world’s most nutrient-dense crop” benefits pregnant women:
Moringa is a caffeine-free energy booster
Doctors recommend either restricting or eliminating the intake of coffee for pregnant women. The concern around coffee is that babies in the womb do not have the ability to metabolize caffeine the way adults do. However, many of us need the energy from coffee to go about our days. Moringa is a nutrient-dense superfood that can offer a healthy alternative to coffee. You can choose your favorite flavors from our extensive range of energy teas. Plus, the benefits of power-packed moringa leaves will give you a refreshing start to a more productive and less stressful day without any jitters or crash.
Moringa may prevent stress
As per a study, the polyphenols found in moringa leaves have been understood to reduce/overcome stress in pregnant women where it is known that psychological changes such as feelings of depression, anxiety, fear and discomfort were caused by the pregnancy process. Moringa is also known to reduce cortisol, the stress hormone. Moreover, it also works to obstruct enzymes that break down serotonin and dopamine — the brain’s feel-good hormones.
Moringa may help alleviate digestive problems
Pregnant women often complain of pregnancy-related constipation, diarrhea, bloating and cramping. Moringa leaves contain up to 30% fiber, which aids in improved digestion and nutrient absorption. Improved digestion helps eliminate harmful substances such as parasites and bacteria from the intestinal tract. Additionally, Moringa contains Vitamin B that assists in the prevention of further digestive concerns. Moreover, Moringa contains natural antibiotic and antibacterial properties. This may help inhibit the growth of various pathogens that can upset the digestive system.
Moringa can support the overall health of pregnant women
Healthy children are born to healthy mothers. The presence of iron in moringa may increase the levels of hemoglobin in pregnant women and also prevent DNA damage due to oxidative stress. Furthermore, a study has also recommended the administration of moringa to anemic pregnant women for prevention of iron deficiency. Some studies have also recognized the role of moringa in preventing the low birth weight of children. Moringa holds immense nutritional value, thus supporting the overall health of pregnant women. Better maternal health may provide a positive response to fetal growth.
How can pregnant women add moringa to their diet?
At Miracle Tree, our products are made from 100% organic (dried) leaf moringa. From moringa powders to award-winning moringa teas, you can now avail the benefits of this nutritionally exceptional superfood by adding them to your diet in these simple ways:
- Add our moringa powder to shakes, smoothies and yogurt
- Mix powder with other ingredients to make salad dressings
- Stir into soups
- Put in baked goods
- Add to pasta sauce or pesto
- Try Miracle Tree’s high-quality herbal moringa teas