Acid reflux is a gastrointestinal condition in which the stomach acid or bile juice tends to rise up the esophagus, thereby irritating the food pipe lining. Its chronic form is called GERD (gastro esophageal reflux disease). Causes of acid reflux range from a stomach abnormality called hiatal hernia to the more simple and common ones like smoking, obesity, having huge meals, lying down right after the meals, irregular eating patterns, etc. Now you might have heard of several home remedies for acid reflux. But did you know that moringa leaves can also cure acid reflux?
Also known as a “horseradish tree or drumstick tree,” Moringa oleifera is most commonly found in India, Nepal and Pakistan. It has been used for hundreds of years to prevent and treat and illnesses like diabetes, hypothyroidism, cancer, arthritis, constipation, chronic headaches, epilepsy, constipation, skin, respiratory and digestive disorders. No wonder, moringa is considered a superfood today.
How does Moringa work on Acid Reflux?
A medical study in 2006 demonstrated the effectiveness of moringa leaves in relieving the symptoms and improving the prognosis of laboratory rats suffering from gastric ulcerations. Moringa leaf supplements may work in a number of ways including reducing the inflammation caused by an excessive build-up of Helicobacter pylori, increasing capillary resistance to these bacteria and increasing the patient’s exposure to proven antioxidants that can eliminate free radicals in the system and improve the overall health of the individual.
Moringa leaves contain antioxidants called polyphenols, flavonoids, and ascorbic acid. All these antioxidants prevent the damage that free radicals cause in the cells.
Moringa leaves suppress the inflammatory enzymes, thereby it reducing the risk of acid reflux.
Moringa leaves also reduce glucose levels, blood sugar, cholesterol, thus reducing the scope of obesity which is a cause for acid reflux.
Kills Intestinal Worms
Regular consumption of moringa leaves kills all intestinal worms, thereby highly reducing the chances of any digestive problem.
How to Have Moringa
The Moringa leaves can be had in several ways. You can have them directly after experiencing an acid reflux or on a regular basis in the morning. They are available as fresh leaves which can be chewed or made into a paste, can be crushed into powder and be ingested with a warm glass of water. There are also supplements available off the shleves which can be easily used without any hassle but do check with your doctor for the right dosage and any related allergies.