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The main compound responsible for Moringa’s capacity for fighting microbes is Benzyl Isothiocyanate (BITC), which has bactericidal properties over several pathogenic agents.
It is a well known use of Moringa Oleifera to fight and take over infections caused by microorganisms.
An aid in fighting disease
It is a well known use of Moringa Oleifera to fight and take over infections caused by microorganisms. The growth-inhibition of Pseudomonas aeruginosas and Staphylococcus Aureus by means of aqueous extracts of the leaves was discovered by Guatemalan scientists (1).
Chinese researchers have given evidence of antifungal activity. They found fungal infections could be fought with essential oils manufactured with the leaves and alcoholic extracts taken from the seeds and leaves. It was shown to defeat dermatophytes such as Trichophyton rubrum and Trichophyton mentagrophytes (2).
Bacteriological studies have demonstrated the antimicrobial activity of Moringa seed extracts, which cause the flocculation (aggregation) of Gram positive and Gram negative bacteria. Its bacteriostatic activity, granted mainly by bencil-isotiocianato, acts over numerous pathogenic species including Staphylococcus, Streptococcus and Legionella. Isothiocyanate’s power as an antibiotic was also demonstrated in a study realized with Helicobacter Pylori, a bacterium that it is in charge of gastric and duodenal ulcers (3).
In a recent study carried out in Kenya the antimicrobial activity of Moringa Oleifera seeds was proved effective against Salmonella typhi, Vibrio cholerae and Escherichia coli bacteries, responsible for typhoid fever, cholera and gastroenteritis respectively (4).
Additionally, Vitamin C possesses antiviral, antibacterial and anticancerous effects.
Moringa medium-chain unsaturated fatty acids (MCTs) present in Behenic oil perform as natural antibiotics, removing heavy metals and neutralizing ambient toxins. They also damage Cytomegalovirus and bacteria belonging to the Helicobacter Pylori and Chlamydias families (responsible for pneumonia). And are also effective against yeasts and moulds. Furthermore, Chlorophyll has an antibacterial and anti-mold effect, fighting primarily against anaerobic bacteria found in the intestine and stomach.
(1) Cáceres, A et al. Pharmacological properties of M. oleífera. 1.991.
(2) Ping-Hsien Chuang et al. Antifungal activity of crude extracts and essential oil of Moringa Oleifera.
(3) Fahey, J. Moringa Oleifera: A. review of the medical evidence for its nutritional, therapeutic, and prophylactic properties.
(4) Walter, , A.; Samuel, W.; Peter, A. Joseph, O. Antibacterial activity of Moringa oleífera and Moringa stenopetala metanol and n-hexane seed extracts on bacteria implicated in wáter borne diseases.