Diabetes is a chronic disease marked by high sugar levels in bloodstream that cause a number of distressing symptoms. Diabetes render the affected person suffer not only from jeopardized metabolism but also from serious complications like cardiovascular disease, chronic renal failure, and retinal damage. Unfortunately, there is no silver bullet that can ward off this problem; however, a healthy change in lifestyle combined with natural treatment supplements can help a great deal in decreasing the distressing symptoms of diabetes.
Diabetes is known as a metabolic disease characterized by high blood sugar level, either because the pancreatic glands do not produce enough insulin or body cells do not properly respond to the insulin produced. The pancreas is located just behind the liver and secretes insulin, a type of hormone responsible for using body to store and utilize glucose.
Diabetes can be divided into three types:
Type 1 Diabetes
In this condition, the body creates very little or no insulin, sue to reason unidentified as yet. Though it can occur at any age but children and teens are more likely to contract it.
Type 2 Diabetes
This type of diabetes is marked by insulin resistance that occurs when patients’ cells stop responding to the insulin produced by the pancreatic glands. Adults are more prone to this problem mainly because of obesity.
When a woman who does not have diabetes previously suffers from high blood sugar during pregnancy, she is said to have to gestational diabetes, which may a symptom for diabetes type 2.
Moringa and Diabetes
Moringa is an important healing remedy for diabetes patients because its ingredients are characterized with such qualities as can decrease the symptoms of this hard-to-cure- disease.
First of all, Moringa seeds, obtained from the pods of this tree, are a major source of oleic acid. It is a monounsaturated fatty acid that does not synthesize with other fats; this is the main reason that oleic acid is very helpful in treating diabetes. It reverses the glucose and cholesterol abnormalities caused by diabetes. It bridges the insulin-need of the body caused by improper functions of pancreas. Moreover, it also lowers the total cholesterol level and raises the levels of high-density lipoproteins thus brining the metabolism of the body in balanced proportion.
As a rich source of vitamins, Moringa leaves contribute in decreasing the symptoms of diabetes. In it, vitamin C is present in sufficient amount, even more than the orange. Usually, diabetes is triggered due to the deficiency of vitamin C that adversely affects the function of pancreas and prevents it from secreting insulin. However, Moringa, as a source of vitamin C, fulfills the body requirements and helps the pancreas secrete insulin at a normal level.
In diabetes type 2, body cells do not respond to the insulin production and lead to the high level of glucose in bloodstream. Moringa trees are also a major source of vitamin E that serves as a regulatory agent to maintain the normal functions of cells. Since cells stop responding to insulin when they are affected by toxic chemicals, Moringa’s vitamin E, which is a powerful antioxidant, is a very helpful remedy to help the body cells get rid of toxin chemicals and transport the insulin in a proper manner.
Moringa oleifera provides a rare combination of zeatin (a potent antioxidant), quercetin (a flavonoid known for its ability to neutralize free radicals and relieve inflammation), betasitosterol (a nutrient superstar that blocks cholesterol formation or buildup and is an antiinflammatory agent for the body), caffeoylquinic acid (another powerful anti inflammatory compound), and kaempferol (a key nutrient that promotes healthy body cellular function).
All in all, enzymatically active and bioavailable Moringa oleifera provides 36 natural antiinflammatory agents. Free radical damage caused by electronseeking, highly reactive, oxidative molecules has been identified as the source of many maladies through mechanisms such as inhibition of telomerase, changes to cellular permeability and DNA damage. It has been established that Moringa oleifera contains 46 different antioxidants. [v] [vi] [vii] [viii]
According to Memorial SloanKettering Cancer Center’s website, “In vitro and animal studies indicate that the
leaf, seed, and root extracts of Moringa Oleifera have anticancer, hepatoprotective, hypoglycemic, anti inflammatory, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and antisickling effects. They may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers, help lower cholesterol levels, and promote wound healing.”[ix] All I can say is “WOW”. When
mainstream cancer clinics start to tout the benefits of a natural botanical, then we know that there must be
something to it! But that’s just the tip of the iceberg with Moringa oleifera! This “miracle tree” is able to provide all of the amino acids required by the human body. Protein is needed not only for the structural components such as muscle and tissues, but neurotransmitters, hormones, enzymes and immunoglobulins as well. There are various nutrients that can have a beneficial effect on enhancing immune system function and Moringa oleifera certainly qualifies in this category due to the ability to provide several of these phytonutrients. [x] [xi]
Speaking of the immune system, one of the functions of the immune system is to keep pathogens from growing, proliferating and damaging tissues. Moringa oleifera has been shown to be antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral
and antibiotic, which will certainly lighten the load on the immune system. [xii] [xiii] [xiv] In addition,Moringa oleifera demonstrates the ability to be a potent detoxifying agent. [xv]
Amazingly, the leaves of this extraordinary tree contain 7 times the vitamin C found in oranges, 4 times the calcium in milk, 4 times the vitamin A in carrots, 2 times the protein of yogurt, 25 times the iron in spinach, and 3 times the potassium in bananas.
The real mystery is how this four thousand yearold panacea plant went missing and disappeared from the nutritional horizon. Fortunately it has reappeared. As a matter of fact, the Bethesda, Maryland based International Eye Foundation is now using Moringa, with its high content of betacarotene, converting to Vitamin A in the body, to combat childhood blindness. Doctors are using Moringa oleifera to treat diabetes in West Africa and high blood pressure in India.
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