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What is moringa good for?

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Moringa is used as treatment for a number of maladies, including anemia, joint pain, digestive, intestinal and stomach problems, heart issues, high blood pressure, asthma, cancer, diabetes, headaches, kidney stones and thyroid disorders. It is also used topically as an astringent, a wound healer and as an infection preventative. Moringa oil is also used in food and cosmetic products and for machine lubrication.

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Moringa is used as a nutritional supplement, although more studies are needed to rate the effectiveness of this plant. The leaves of the moringa plant contain large amounts of vitamins and minerals and are usable in cooked or dried-and-powdered form. The oil is extracted form the plant's seeds.

As the root and root extract are known to cause paralysis and death, it is important not to eat that part of the plant. Although some use the moringa plant to increase breast milk production, it is also used to prevent pregnancy, so it is likely that using any part of the plant while pregnant could increase the risk of miscarriage, according to WebMD. It is also not known if moringa is safe for nursing mothers. The recommended dosage for moringa is up to six grams a day for up to three weeks.

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