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What does the research say about using moringa oleifera as a medicinal plant?

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As of 2015, there is not currently enough information available about moringa to know if it is safe to use in medicinal amounts, states WebMD. Additionally, there is insufficient evidence to support its use for a wide range of medical issues such as diabetes, epilepsy, stomach pain, kidney stones and heart problems.

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Moringa is a plant common in the tropic region, as well as Afghanistan, India and Pakistan, according to WebMD. The moringa plant is commonly used for anemia, arthritis, ulcers, fluid retention and thyroid disorders. Additional uses include combating bacterial, viral, parasitic and fungal infections. The plant is also used to prevent pregnancy, treat swelling, boost the immune system and increase sex drive.

The oil from the moringa plant is found in many types of foods, perfumes, hair care products and is a food source in some parts of the world, explains WebMD. The plant is easy and inexpensive to grow, and its dried leaves retain a high yield of vitamins and minerals. The moringa plant produces pods similar to green beans, able to be cooked or roasted. The leaves of the plant are prepared similarly to spinach or dried and crushed to a powder to use as a spice or topping on other foods. Moringa is also used to purify well water, remove salt from seawater and as a fertilizer.

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