Moringa plant,also known as arango is a plant that was initially grown in the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and also Afghanistan. However, it’s also found in the tropics. Most of its products come from the leaves, flowers, bark, seeds, fruit and roots, and are used to make medicine. If you want to avoid moringa side effects one ought to use the Moringa plant appropriately.
Common causes of Moringa side effects
The extracts of moringa in the leaves, seeds and fruits are perfect when eaten like food but it is important to avoid consuming the extracts of the root or the roots themselves. Moringa side effects are mostly seen when consuming the roots, because they contain toxic substance that may lead to death or even body paralysis. However, it is better to avoid overdosing moringa products in general. The recommended dosage is 6 grams on a daily basis for 3 weeks.
Using Moringa during pregnancy
Other moringa side effects are usually seen in pregnant mothers and also lactating mothers. It is unsafe for mothers to use moringa products because the chemicals found in flowers, roots and the bark cause the uterus to contract which poses a risk of miscarriage.
Therefore, much as the plant is medicinal, it can also cause some health problems for women in pregnancy. Although there isn’t any evidence of moringa side effects from other parts of the plant, apart from the the bark, root and flowers, it is still best to stay on the safe side and avoid its use entirely.
Some say that moringa can be used to increase breast milk production in mothers that are breastfeeding. However, there isn’t enough research into how safe it actually is for the infant being nursed.
If you wish to use moringa products, it is advised to first discuss the issue with your doctor. Your doctor may also take various tests to ensure that you are safe and covered to use moringa products. It’s also best to avoid the unnecessary moringa side effects that come from over dosage. So always read and understand the instructions on the label of the extract you’re using.
Medications linked moringa side effects
There are also some side effects of moringa that are linked to certain medications. One of these include levothyroxine, which is used to treat thyroid disorders. So as a precaution, moringa extracts should not be mixed with other thyroid medications.
If you are using diabetes medication then it’s best advised NOT to make use of moringa products. Diabetes medications lower blood sugar, which is also one of the effects of the moringa plant. So to avoid lowering your blood sugar more than you need to, take a break from moringa extracts while on your medication since this would pose a serious health risk.
Lastly, when under medications that help your liver break down substances, it is advised not to use moringa extracts. This is due to the fact that moringa extracts decrease the rate of at which the liver breaks down substances. Using moringa extracts with such medications could cause some unexpected moringa side effects in the body leading to complications.
In conclusion, although the moringa plant is a natural remedy for many conditions, and there are many health benefits of using the moringa plant and it’s extracts, there are also areas in which there could be side effects (as mentioned above).
The good thing about these plant extracts is that the benefits are many and in cases where there may be side effects, you can avoid harm if you use it per specification.