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How to Lose Weight With Moringa

Updated on July 23, 2013

Moringa Tea

Moringa is available in tea or capsule form.
Moringa is available in tea or capsule form.

While weight loss fads come and go – occasionally something comes along that might actually be helpful in fighting the battle of the bulge. Moringa, an herb from the Moringa oleifera plant, which is native to India and Uganda, shows unusual promise.

Also known as Behen, Indian horseradish or the drumstick herb, moringa comes from the leaves, root and willowy branches of the plant, which resembles a tree if allowed to grow to its full height. The leaves of the moringa are commonly harvested, dried and ground into a powder to make supplements that are widely available online or in health food stores. Moringa leaves are also considered an unusually nutritious food when steamed and eaten in the same manner you would eat spinach.

I’m not a scientist, but moringa seems to be working for me so far. Through trial and error, I’ve developed my own moringa weight loss program. I’m not the type to starve myself or radically alter my lifestyle, so moringa had to fit MY lifestyle – not the other way around. In this article, I’m going to share how I use moringa and even how I grow it.

Moringa 101

What’s in Moringa?

The very few studies completed so far on moringa indicate that the herb is safe for use by most people and it contains a high density of nutrients. There are no clinical studies, to date, on moringa’s effect on obesity, but anecdotal evidence suggests that the herb speeds up metabolism, takes the edge off voracious appetites, and produces an energetic sense of well-being.

According to the PDR for Herbal Medicines, moringa contains glucosinolates, oleic acid, palmitic acid and phenol carboxylic acids. When prepared as a tea, which is the way I like to use moringa, these constituents produce an aromatic and warming effect.

How Does Moringa Help Weight Loss?

The PDR says that moringa is used for gastrointestinal complaints, but it doesn’t specify what type of complaints. It appears to have a stimulating effect on metabolism, which could cause the body to burn calories faster. If I understand the process correctly, the glucosinolates present in moringa breakdown into isothiocyanates in the body, some of which are absorbed in the intestines. This is the same type of activity that results from eating raw cruciferous vegetables, like broccoli.

I can eat a little raw broccoli here and there – but I’m not a big fan, so munching on the veggie probably wouldn’t be the diet for me. In addition to a mild metabolism boost, moringa is high in protein, amino acids and beta-carotene, and it appears to be able to jump-start the circulatory system, which I figured might be beneficial to offset my occasional couch-potato behavior.

Moringa's Oval Leaflets

How to Use Moringa for Weight Loss

After reading dozens of reviews from folks that used moringa and found it beneficial for weight loss, I decided to try it myself. You have to understand that I’m not a person who hurries into anything so I decided to order seeds and grow my own moringa. This was over two years ago and I had to wait until last spring to plant the seeds.

This is my second season for growing moringa, and I detail how to grow it below, but right now, I’d like to share how I use moringa and how it’s helped me drop a few pounds.

I started by picking a few new leaves from my plants and munching on them. They’re not bad tasting, but they don’t taste like chocolate either, so I experimented with additional ways to consume the herb. I dried it – I ground it – I added it to soups and I eventually settled on making my own formula of moringa tea.

You can use the dried moringa herb that Amazon sells, you don’t have to grow your own if you don’t want to wait a few months to start the moringa diet.

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Making Moringa Tea

I make my moringa tea every night before I go to bed and I put it in the fridge to drink the next morning. I pour 2 cups of boiling water over 2 teaspoons of dried moringa leaves. I use a tea ball infuser, because I don’t want to strain the tea later. I make my tea in a Ball glass canning jar.

After the liquid cools down I put the lid on the jar ( I leave the infuser in the jar) and pop the jar in the fridge.

My Moringa Tea Routine

You can experiment and develop your own moringa tea routine, but this is the one that works the best for me. First thing in the morning, I enjoy two or three cups of coffee. I don’t eat breakfast, and I tried all those diets that said I HAD to eat breakfast because it was the most important meal of the day – but they only had the effect of making me hungrier during the day. My body was telling me that I wasn’t hungry in the morning so why cram more food into my face?

Anyway, I enjoy my coffee and then I get dressed, get the kids dressed and make their breakfasts. About an hour or so later, I usually start to feel a little hungry. I get my moringa tea out of the fridge and remove the infuser ball. I pour the tea over ice in a large glass and add a squirt of liquid Stevia, my favorite no-calorie natural sweetener.

After enjoying my moringa tea – I wait about ten or fifteen minutes before making something to eat. That’s the only time I take moringa during the day. I experimented with taking it in the afternoon and evening, but I was unable to fall asleep quickly at night, and it didn’t seem to have any additional weight loss effect.

Weight Loss Results

I’ve come to the conclusion that all bodies are different and what works for you might not work for me and vice versa, but here are my weight loss results from taking moringa daily.

I kept a log of my diet and exercise habits and during the first two months that I took moringa as a tea in the morning, I lost 13 pounds. That’s not a huge amount, but keep in mind that I didn’t do anything else different other than adding the tea to my morning routine.

After two months, I added a brisk 45-minute walk every day to my routine and I lost 10 pounds in the next three weeks. Bad weather set in after that and I didn’t walk as often so my weight loss slowed down to an average of 1 to 2 pounds per week. Then, I ran out of moringa and didn’t start using it again until recently when my newest crop of moringa started producing leaves.

UPDATE: Okay, my moringa plants totally died when strong straight-line winds came swooping down and knocked the pots over, exposing the roots to the air. I might try growing more next summer but for now - I'm just going to buy the herbal tea and the capsules.

My Observations

I’m kind of hit-and-miss these days with my moringa tea, mostly because I’ve lost the extra pounds I wanted to lose. If I put on a couple of pounds, however, I’ll go back to drinking the tea for a couple of weeks.

Moringa might have sped up my metabolism but it also curbed some of my cravings, specifically my cravings for sweets and carbs. Usually, I’m a bread and pastries fiend. I like donuts and I love homemade bread, fresh from the oven. When I drink the moringa tea, my cravings for carbs seem to be slightly less. I still enjoy a slice of fresh-baked bread with real butter, but I don’t take a second slice. I can easily pass up the Snickers bar I used to have mid-afternoon and I just don’t crave that bowl of ice cream that I used to crave.

I can’t promise moringa will do the same for you – but I’m very interested in hearing your experiences if you decide to try my moringa tea diet.

Moringa Seeds

Growing Your Own Moringa

I live in the Midwest, so my climate gets too cold to overwinter moringa and my plants will have to come inside this fall. Last year, they died at the first frost before I could put them in pots and bring them in. This year, I planted them in large pots from the start so all I have to do is bring the pots inside and put them in my sunroom.

Right now, they are healthy and still developing upright branches with small oval-shaped leaves. You can order moringa seeds from many places, but I got my best deal on eBay (see the link below).

I soaked the seeds overnight in lukewarm water and then planted them in large pots in well-drained soil. I like to put a few rocks at the bottom of my pots and then add a mix of sand and garden soil on top of that. If your soil is heavy, you can add perlite or just use sterile potting mix.

Cover the seeds to a depth of about ½-inch and keep damp until the seedlings sprout. After that, put the plants in a sunny place and water when the soil dries out. Moringa grows in arid climates so it doesn’t do well when overwatered, but I’ve found that the leaves shrivel if the soil gets too dry.

Have You Tried Moringa to Lose Weight?

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      Stefan Dobrev 4 months ago

      Organifi tastes good, slight lemony wheatgrass taste. I also drink it mixed with filtered water and like the taste. I'm sure the taste would be decreased mixed in a smoothie.

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      JESSIE 9 months ago

      Moringa is a real powerfull plant that secure any kind of sick in our body. And my asking is how can i use moringa for my weaght loose.

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      Piper 9 months ago

      Anyone from washington state you can buy moringa leaves in Tola Angkor an Asian Store. *^_^*

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      Daniel Hunter 10 months ago from Gold Coast

      I lost so much weight using this. works a charm thanks.

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      moringa Q 17 months ago

      Adding Moringa to your diet is a great way to increase your energy and increase your mineral count. Minerals equate to good health.

      Moringa is filled with a lot of minerals. Such as Potassium, calcium and iron. Moringa has a great source of Moringa. In the form of the leaf powder, moringa oil and moringa seeds. As well as the oil. The oil is great for the hair and skin. Using Moringa Farms Moringa seeds I have successfully dropped 25 pounds in three months. So thankful for their presence.

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      Paula 19 months ago

      Was just wondering if the Moringa tea couldn't drink at night

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      CW 20 months ago

      Good information, waiting for my tea to come in from Amazon.

      Will keep you posted on my health and weight lost


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      Terry 21 months ago

      i love Moringa i boil the leaves at night for a tea. I see a big difference in my waistline :)

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      Mercy 23 months ago

      I just used moringa for two days ,but the moment a pour it in the glass of boiled water i feel like vomiting .what could be wrong,is any one else experiencing the same please advice.

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      Anita Saran 2 years ago from Bangalore, India

      Great hub. I love eating the pods too - something common in India. They are tasty. I am growing my own Moringa (took me ages to get one to grow) and am using the leaves in curries.

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      Louise Erdrich 2 years ago

      Keep the balls rolling!! Nice posts you have given for us.

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      The content on your website is very helpful and people from many parts of world can get its benefit.

      My website is also related with health tips. So do visit my website …

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      Cherri 2 years ago

      Just bought morinaga i am trying it out lets see what happen

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      Michael Moody Fitness 2 years ago from 900 N. North Branch St., Chicago, IL 60642

      The most common misconception about achieving your best physical health is the primary importance of fitness. While fitness plays a pivotal role in your strength, flexibility, muscular endurance, and cardio endurance, it still relies heavily on your nutrition. Without the proper nutrition for your body type, you will not have the energy or building blocks to sculpt the healthy body you want. Any nutritional deficit or inflammation will affect your ability to get in shape, live to 100, or reduce injury.

      If you’re interested in weight loss or general physical health, read Dr. Fuhrman’s book Eat to Live. It helps you understand your body and its needs. In the meantime, follow the simple dietary plan below as a first step in this process. It is loosely based on his suggestions.

      Simple Plate Ratio

      Most clients lose weight within the caloric range of 1200-1500 calories (you must determine the healthiest amount for you). Limit your calorie intake to 400 calories per meal. Break down the contents of your plate for every meal into the following percentages:

      · 25-40% Protein (lean meat, fish, seafood, soy, eggs, plants, etc.)

      · 45-55% Vegetables (any)

      · 25% Fiber (beans, legumes, fruit, plants, etc.)

      Add to Your Diet

      Choose the most nutritionally dense foods for every meal using the Simple Plate Ratio as your guide. Foods in the whole form will provide the necessary macronutrients for proper absorption and digestion.

      · If you want fiber, substitute grains with beans or dark leafy greens.

      · If you want calcium or vitamin d, substitute dairy with dark leafy greens.

      · If you want antioxidants, substitute red wine with grapes.

      · It you want protein, substitute a protein supplement shake with lean meat, eggs, fish, or soy.

      Subtract from Your Diet (Subtraction List)

      Our bodies are equipped to handle quite a bit. Like the rest of nature, the human body has boundaries as well. The following items have been scientifically proven to cause weight gain, inflammation, and more. Determine your sensitivity to each of the items.

      · Grains including whole grains or all-bran products (breads, crackers, rice, cereals, etc.)

      · Processed foods (products with additives and preservatives; genetically modified foods; or anything else not in its whole natural form)

      · Dairy (butter, animal milk, and cheese)

      · Alcohol, refined sugar, and artificial sweetners

      · Animal protein with high levels of saturated fat (most red meat, pork, wild game, etc.)

      Integrating Change

      Record your consumption everyday and study your body's response to your diet. Develop boundaries based on your physical symptoms and weight loss results. You might employ a moderate version of the recommendations:

      · Don't exceed 2 portions of any items per week on the Subtraction List

      · Avoid domino foods (foods you can’t limit to one-i.e. chips, nuts, etc.)

      · If you drink alcohol, it must not push you over the set caloric amount for the day

      Your weight loss will depend on your adherence to the guidelines above. There is no doubt that you will lose weight if you:

      · Track your food intake

      · Follow the recommended calorie amounts

      · Moderately integrate the subtraction list

      · Create a new routine based on these recommendations

      As you determine your sensitivity to the Subtraction List, you may incorporate more flexibility your eating habits. Please note that the further you stray from this plan the less weight you will lose. It is based on 10 years of research (individual studies, government doctrine, Dr. Fuhrman, and more) and client success across all genders, ages, and activity levels. Push through Month 1 and you can redefine your new boundaries in Month 2! Source:

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      Saravanan 2 years ago

      Drinking murungai soup regularly for one month before half an hour of breakfast reduces weight.

      But your stamina will be good..

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      gajanis786 2 years ago

      Good informative hub....Thank you.

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      Melissa Reese Etheridge 2 years ago from Tennessee, United States

      I have seen moringa online and in the grocery store, but i don't know much about it. Thank you for such good information. I will need to get some and try it.

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      Hezekiah 2 years ago from Japan

      Interesting article. When I first read it I though it said Morinaga lol, the Japanese brand which is full of sugar.

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      Andrea 2 years ago

      I started using the capsules 2 days ago, they are grown organically & I have had better stamina in my workouts. I also crave less junk, feel more alert & sense of calmness. This maybe something amazing, but I will let everyone know if my success continues.

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      Dahlia 2 years ago

      Am just starting to drink the tea. Been taking the. Power in my smoothie. Hope to see miracles results

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      Christy 3 years ago

      When you bought your moringa did you buy powder or capsules and which company did you buy from? I just read and watched about this "miracle tree of life" and I'm amazed at what I've learned, but as always I'm sceptical as to where I should buy, you seem to know a lot about it and seem very honest about it. Plus... You actually grew it which takes patience! Lol! I would value your opinion or recommendation as to where would be the best place to buy it

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      rkp 3 years ago

      It's great infomative

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      wakes 3 years ago

      Great hub, HowardBThiname! I took time to read through and it is found to be real helpful... Apart from the MORINGA LEAF TEA, the MORINGA SEEDS too are good for WEIGHT LOSS. In a related post, you will find the information.

      Once again, your hub is really helpful.

      Thanks for sharing.



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      HowardBThiname 3 years ago from Midwest

      No, don't brew the seeds for tea. It's the leaves that are beneficial. Soak the seeds overnight and plant them.

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      Crystal Finley 3 years ago from Tennessee

      I have been looking for effective ways to loss weight, I think Moringa will be the best way for me to go! thanks for sharing this information!

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      yizel 3 years ago

      today is my first day of taking this hopefully i loose a couple of pounds

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      Monica 3 years ago

      I have moringa seeds that my mom gave me, can I brew them in boiling water and drink it? And how many seeds should I boil?

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      Rob 3 years ago

      Great information -been using Moringa (in Zija SmartMix and Zija Tea) to detox for a few weeks and love the results.


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      Deborah 3 years ago

      I never read about moringa before observing it helps in waith loss, I tolt about moringa by my boyfriend's elder sister Who use it to treat people, even coples that find it hard to bear children. She use moringa for the tretment of infections and stroke too. I didn't buy from her, I traveld to my hometown and found it everywhere, and they didn't know the benefits till now some still don't know about it, I harvested large quantity of moringa, blended some sived, and drank it, i stooled 3 times after 27 minutes of drinking it, I drank it for three days with the intention of treting infection and observed that I lost so much waith, that people around me began to ask why I lost somuch wait. Call me for more information. +2347019312554.

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      LaThing 3 years ago from From a World Within, USA

      Wow, your daily routine sounds almost like mine except that I am drinking lemon water (wrote a hub about it)! :)

      Heard a lot about moringa but haven't tried it yet. There seems to be a lot of benefit to it. Have to give it a try. Wonderful article..... Voting up and sharing.

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      portia 4 years ago

      I will give it a try

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      Thelma Alberts 4 years ago from Germany

      Wow! I have not heard that Moringa is useful for losing weight. I have Moringa plants in my home country and I have just discovered a few months ago about the health benefits of eating this food. Thanks for sharing your information. Voted up and useful. Have a nice day!

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      amaechi 4 years ago

      Am just starting,hope it will work for me

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      amaechi 4 years ago

      Am just starting,hope it will work for me

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      Devika Primić 4 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      I never heard of this way of losing weight not that I need to lose weight You have certainly mentioned helpful ways thanks

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      mayank786 4 years ago

      As everybody want to lose their weight and your hub is very useful to those persons who wants to loose their weight.

      Anyway very well written hub:)

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      afshan farooqui 4 years ago

      i started taking moringa tea about a month weight loss yet but i am feeling much better and pain i will continue to take it..and keep u posted

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      Joel Lipman 4 years ago from Los Angeles, California

      what an amazing tree. what an amazing super food.

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      Dorothy 5 years ago

      Great news! In our country we use it as a kind of spinach and in broth n NOW AS A MIRACLE DIET PRODUCT! Wow

      Many thanks will be trying out

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      Sasha Kim 5 years ago

      Fascinating! I don't need it myself (turns out breast feeding is the ultimate weight loss aide) But I will definitely pass this on to those I know who are looking to loose some weight. Thank you!

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      HowardBThiname 5 years ago from Midwest

      Thank guys. This is pretty interesting stuff and I like that it's natural. Since you can grow it yourself inexpensively - it's unlikely the FDA is going to bother with it any time soon, because Big Pharma can't make a big profit on it. I'm looking for some big pots to hold my biggest moringa plants, which will have to come inside in a month or so, I'm guessing.

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      Nathan Bernardo 5 years ago from California, United States of America

      Very clear instructions and descriptions, and very interesting and useful information. My curiosity has been sparked!

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      Stephanie Marie Severson 5 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Awesome hub! Thank you!

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      Shopping-Online 5 years ago from Mumbai

      Awesome information! It's the first time I am hearing that Moringa leaves could assist in weight loss. Hub voted up!