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Moringa, un allié contre la Covid-19

Called the Miracle Tree or Never Die (literally “Never Die”), moringa has not usurped its reputation as a medicinal herb. Used in Ayurveda for more than 5000 years, it has a broad spectrum of nutrients (more than 90) at high concentration which helps to preserve the integrity and immunity of the organism. A shield against many diseases, including Covid-19.

As the second wave of the Covid-19 epidemic seems to confirm, seasonal resurgences should be expected in the future. And although the first vaccine candidates are about to be marketed, the issue of immunity remains a concern. Indeed, the researchers themselves admit that they still lack the hindsight to assess its long-term efficacy and safety.
In this context, a preventive and natural approach can make all the difference. Thanks to its rare antioxidant pack (around 46 including isothiocyanates and flavonoids), its mineral and vitamin compounds, moringa, the most nutritious plant in the plant kingdom, turns out to be a serious option against Covid-19 and other infections. virals of the genus.

Moringa, a complete protein source

Moringa leaves contain between 25 and 30% protein, which gives an impressive amount of amino acids – including the 8 essentials that the adult body cannot metabolize on its own! True cell builders, amino acids are involved in neurochemical exchanges in the body, in the transport of nutrients, in the oxygenation of tissues and in the prevention of disease. Indeed, they are responsible in particular for the secretion of cytokines, these chemical mediators which activate the growth and the immune response of protective cells (lymphocytes) in the face of external pathogens (bacteria, parasites, viruses, etc.).

Moringa, champion of immunity

Moringa, a natural antiviral, has a number of vitamins and minerals allied with the immune system:
– Vitamin A (beta-carotene) stimulates the production of white blood cells and antibodies by lymphocytes. It plays an essential role in the protection of the mucous membranes of the intestine (which houses 70% of our immune system). Fresh moringa leaves contain 4 times more than carrots.
– Vitamin E is a powerful antioxidant which limits oxidative stress (associated with chronic diseases such as diabetes or cardiovascular problems), improves immune and inflammatory responses by preserving the cells concerned from free radicals, accelerators of cellular aging.
– Sensitive to water, light, air, heat, vitamin C is the most fragile of all. It is nevertheless important because it reduces fatigue (which weakens the body), strengthens the epithelial barrier (skin and mucous membrane cells), promotes iron absorption (oxygenation) and against the action of free radicals (agents of cellular aging) by its antioxidant power. Its effectiveness is scientifically proven in preventing colds1. Produced by a suitable process (low temperature drying), ME® moringa leaf powder provides up to 15 times more vitamin C than orange.
-Among the minerals, iron, magnesium, selenium and zinc are real assets for the immune system. Iron carries oxygen in the body and thus participates in the formation of red and white blood cells; magnesium reduces fatigue and stress, known inhibitors of the immune system2; selenium keeps white blood cells alert; zinc protects cell membranes from infections.

Moringa vs Covid-19

La richesse nutritionnelle du moringa est donc à l’origine des vertus curatives de cette plante et explique son impact positif sur la qualité de la réponse immunitaire.
Comme on a pu le constater au plus fort de la pandémie, les personnes les plus susceptibles de développer une forme grave de la Covid-19 sont immunodépressives : seniors ou personnes atteintes d’affections telles que l’asthme, le diabète ou les maladies cardiovasculaires.
De plus, le coronavirus provoque lui-même des symptômes (fièvre, toux sèche, fatigue, courbatures, congestion nasale, maux de tête, diarrhée, conjonctivite) qui nécessitent plusieurs traitements, dont une majorité d’antiviraux.
Or qu’il s’agisse de ces symptômes ou des affections aggravantes citées plus haut, le moringa est une solution thérapeutique viable. Le moringa est par exemple un régulateur glycémique3, un antiasthmatique4 et un hypocholestérolémiant5 avéré. Une étude de 2018 évoque ses effets bénéfiques sur la fièvre, le rhume, la diarrhée…6 De même, il améliore de manière significative la santé des yeux (vitamine A) et prévient les troubles oculaires liés à l’âge. Enfin, de manière générale, son fort pouvoir antioxydant7, couplé à son action anti-inflammatoire, offre une protection contre les inflammations chroniques courantes, les maladies auto-immunes, les cancers ou les affections dégénératives.

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2. Elisabeth Wieduwild, Mathilde J. Girard-Madoux, Linda Quatrini, Caroline Laprie, Lionel Chasson, Rafaëlle Rossignol, Claire Bernat, Sophie Guia, Sophie Ugolini. β2-adrenergic signals downregulate the innate immune response and reduce host resistance to viral infection. J Exp Med 2020

3. Al‐Malki AL, El Rabey HA. The antidiabetic effect of low doses of Moringa oleifera Lam. seeds on streptozotocin induced diabetes and diabetic nephropathy in male rats. BioMed Res Int 2015.

4. Agrawal B, Mehta A. Antiasthmatic activity of Moringa oleifera Lam: A clinical study. Indian J Pharmacol. 2008.

5. Ghasi S, Nwobodo E, Ofili JO. Hypocholesterolemic effects of crude extract of leaf of Moringa oleifera Lam. in high fat diet fed Wistar rats. Journal of Ethnopharmacology 2000.

6. Nur Zahirah Abd Rani, Khairana Husain, Endang Kumolosasi Moringa Genus: A Review of Phytochemistry and Pharmacology 2018

7. Moyo B, Oyedemi S, Masika PJ, Muchenje V. Polyphenolic content and antioxidant properties of Moringa oleifera leaf extracts and enzymatic activity of liver from goats supplemented with Moringa oleifera leaves / sunflower seed cake. Meat Sci. 2012