Moringa for goiter
Indian ayurvedic medicinal system and Siddha recognized the efficiency of the leaf powder, seeds etc. Scriptures mentioned that the tree produces could cure around 300 types of health conditions. Doctors identified micro-nutrient deficiencies of such as iodine, iron, potassium, vitamin A and zinc. These deficiencies lead to acute and chronic health conditions. When people take staple diet without these nutrients, it leads to malnourishment. World Health Organization (WHO) recommends use of leaf powder, which is practiced in drought prone African countries. Case studies in three countries in Africa were conducted to find effective solution against malnutrition.
Prevention and treatment methods of nutritional deficiencies and recurring malnutrition were studied. In clinical trials, moringa oleifera leaf extract was found to decrease the conversion of T4 to T3 in female Swiss rats. As it increased the T4/T3 ratio, its use for hyperthyroidism and goiter treatment has been confirmed. Areas nearby the seashore have higher level of iodine in the soil. Mountainous region soils are low in iodine due to soil erosion. Soil iodine content is vital as it influences the amount of iodine in crops grown in that specific region. Vegetables and fruits grown on iodine-rich soil were found to be high in iodine content.
Babies brains cannot develop properly with inadequate iodine intake during pregnancy. Children and adults can get hypothyroid conditions due to iodine deficiencies. Expecting mothers should take iodine rich foods for baby’s health, Iodine is utilized by the thyroid gland to synthesize thyroid hormones. It is essential for the thyroid gland to work efficiently.
It was found that malnourished children in developing nations suffered mental impairment and thyroid issues due to iodine deficiencies. Liberal minded donors borne the cost of the moringa oleifera leaf powder or capsules. Non governmental organizations formed local groups in African community. Women were advised about the usage of these nutritional supplements so that the children are free from malnutrition issues.
Iodine levels required vary with respect to your age and other factors. Pregnant women should take 220 micrograms of iodine daily. Breastfeeding women need 290 micrograms per day. Recommended Dietary Allowance (RDA) for adults is 150 micrograms per day; for 1-8 year old, it is 90 micrograms; and for 9-13 year old children, it is 120 micrograms daily. In all these conditions consumption of moringa leaf tea can be helpful to remove conditions of goiter. As this is taken without milk, it can bring all the nutrients intact. Apart from iodine they will get all the nutrients required for a balanced diet.