Galactic influence of Moringa- Moringa Oleifera
Vered Lev, naturopathic N.D., IBCLC certified lactation consultant
Moringa oleifera is a tree growing in India and other tropical regions. Although It has many medicinal properties, one of the biggest is that it helps increase milk production in lactating women.
There is history with the use of the Moringa plant, a plant traditionally used for women after childbirth and breast-feeding women in India, Africa, Nepal, Thailand, the Philippines, Afghanistan, Hawaii, South American countries and others.
Since all parts of the tree are used in various medicines, it is important to understand the features – enhanced production of milk- Moringa leaves, fresh or dried. Their use contributes to raising Prolactin levels in maternal blood. Many studies have been made on the medical use of various tree parts: the root, bark, green pods, stems, seeds, flowers and leaves (1). These tie Moringa to treating many different diseases such as diabetes, arthritis, lupus, cancer, AIDS, etc. (2).
Moringa contains large amounts of vitamins, minerals and antioxidants that are important, such as Quercetin. It has iron, calcium, magnesium and vitamin C, etc., as well as essential fatty acids and contains all the essential amino acids our bodies need to produce for high-quality protein in the body. This can be seen beyond influential for the nursing mother, Moringa directly influences nourishment and maintain milk production. Therefore, it is absolutely essential for those who suffer of hunger and places that suffered natural disasters, and indeed there are plans to support the Moringa tree to get it to various African countries, which teach the locals and get to know the plant and its nutritional and medical uses. There are food formulas designed for infants in Africa with added Moringa to them (3).
There are several studies on animals have found increasing milk production in cows who received the addition of Moringa leaves their mixtures (4,5).
Double-blind study conducted with Moringa checked 2 capsules providing 350 mg of Moringa, 3 times a day for women before birth, starting from week 35 until December 3 after delivery. Milk is collected from the 6th mothers after birth, every 4 hours, until 46th hour. The study documented: 1. the start milk production. 2. the amount of milk produced. 3. the effect of the duration of taking on the quantity and the start of production. It was found that compared with the control group, taking Moringa showed faster onset of milk production and a significantly larger amount, as well as a significantly higher amount of milk from production and a much higher average milk production for the day. The study found that chronic ingestion has led to a large amount of milk and start quicker production (6).
No documented use Moringa toxicity and no side effects associated with eating it (7).
In Israel there are three forms of appropriation for Moringa capsules, powder dry leaves and oil from the seeds which is not relevant to breastfeeding.
Leaf powder 1/2 teaspoon, 2 times a day with food (sprinkle on salads and stews etc.).
Capsules: 2 capsules, 2 times a day.
The effect can appear within a few days longer. You can increase the dosage as needed by a professional.