Moringa and Kratom: Comparing These Two Special Powders

March 27, 2019 Articles, Kratom Alkaloids, Kratom Alternatives, Kratom Strains, Moringa

Moringa kratom has become a popular search term, but don’t get it twisted. Moringa is not the same thing as kratom. On the contrary, they are two very distinct herbs.

Moringa has been used since Medieval times while kratom is an ancient Ayurvedic herb that didn’t find favor in the Western world until the dawn of the new millennium despite centuries of use in its native Southeast Asia.

Today I’ll break down the ways in which these two remarkable plants compare, but we’ll also explore their many differences. Strap in, dear reader, because there’s plenty ahead.

WHAT IS MORINGA?

Moringa comes from the Drumstick tree, otherwise known as Moringa oleifera. It is a widely cultivated species from the Moringaceae family of plants. It is most commonly found in powder form which consists of Moringa leaf extract.

Moringa trees have been grown for generations across India, Nepal and Pakistan, respectively. The natives of these countries have found all parts of the Moringa tree to be of utility, from their pods and bark to their flowers and roots.

Like kratom, it can be enjoyed as a cup of tea which unlocks a number of impressive effects. It is also considered to be a superfood due to its nutritious profile and many antioxidants.

WHAT IS MORINGA USED FOR?

As a traditional Eastern medicine, Moringa leaf has been used to treat a wide swath of ailments, such as anemia, arthritis, diabetes, digestive problems, heart disease, liver disease and respiratory issues.

In more recent years, Moringa has been used to manage Menopausal symptoms and protect against joint degeneration and muscle wasting. Some have speculated that Moringa can help to relieve asthma, although there is insufficient scientific evidence to support this mere hypothesis.

Perhaps more interestingly, researchers have said that Moringa leaf’s nutrients could reduce cancer symptoms associated with mesothelioma. According to Dr. Mercola, Moringa may also promote wound healing because of its blood-clotting properties.

IS MORINGA TOXIC?

In a study conducted by the University of Ghana School of Allied Health Sciences (SAHS), Moringa showed no signs of potential for toxicity. Their clinical probe found that hepatonephro-toxicity was nil with no abnormalities presenting in their results.

Genotoxicity results have not been shown nor have overdoses occurred in clinical trials. Moringa has been shown to be safe at levels of <1,000 mg/kg b.wt.

That being said, users should avoid the root and its extracts as these parts of the plant are believed to be toxic and may lead to paralysis or even death. For this reason and others, the FDA has not approved Moringa extract for medicinal use.

ARE MORINGA ROOTS POISONOUS?

Yes and no. Although the leaves and roots of Moringa contain phytochemicals that have been found to be toxic in plant predators, studies have demonstrated no toxicity in lab mice when administered orally and, therefore, they may be safe for humans as well.

CAN MORINGA GET YOU HIGH?

No. Moringa is a superfood, not a psychoactive compound. While Moringa has been said to be beneficial to those suffering from mood disorders, there is no scientific evidence to suggest that this is due to any psychoactive or euphoric effect.

MORINGA SIDE EFFECTS

As with almost any herb, Moringa use may lead to some undesirable adverse effects and it is still unclear what contraindications may occur when combining Moringa with other medicines or chemical compounds.

Moringa’s side effects may include any of the following:

  • Uterine contractions
  • Slow heart rate
  • Cell mutation
  • Fertility interference
  • Liver and/or kidney damage

As you can see, Moringa has few known side effects, but some of them may be more acute than others.

HOW IS MORINGA SIMILAR TO KRATOM?

Kratom is a large tree from the tropical rainforests of Southeast Asia. It grows in abundance across Indonesia and hails from the coffee family of plants. As such, it is known to be a very stimulating herb which accounts for its popularity among the laborers native to the region.

Kratom has been used for centuries for its anxiolytic and stimulating properties. Moringa shares several things in common with kratom.

Both trees produce leaves that are considered to be anti-inflammatory and antioxidant in nature.

Like kratom, Moringa may ease digestive problems and improve mood. Each of these herbs has been known to boost one’s Mojo…but that’s where the similarities end.

Where different strains of kratom can induce euphoria, cognitive enhancement and increased sociability, Moringa offers no such effects and has been known to disrupt one’s fertility. Kratom provides users with all of the stimulation of a strong cup of coffee without the jitters associated with the same. Moringa does not.

WHY IS MORINGA LEAF SO SPECIAL?

If there’s one area in which Moringa bests the mighty Kratom leaf, it’s the lack of addiction potential. Kratom is notorious for its ability to lead to tolerance and addiction after long-term or chronic use. By contrast, Moringa has no addiction potential.

WHY IS KRATOM BETTER THAN MORINGA?

Kratom is simply far more potent in every way, producing long-lasting effects which best those of the Drumstick tree. When you find Moringa powder that can sharpen focus, serve as a social lubricant and get your Mojo rising, you give me a call. In the meantime, I’ll stick to my Sumatra leaf.

CAN YOU TAKE MORINGA & KRATOM TOGETHER?

Sure. There is nothing to say that these two herbs can co-exist and stacking them may be particularly beneficial. Since both possess anxiolytic properties, it only makes sense to stack them.

Brewing a cup of Moringa + Kratom tea may produce interesting effects. If nothing else, you’ll be doing your body some good since both are loaded with nutrients and/or antioxidants.

WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING ABOUT MORINGA & KRATOM?

On a thread about the potential of a Moringa + Kratom blend, one user said, “Yes, Moringa mixes very well with Kratom.”

Another user was quick to point out that the presence of Moringa would not change the effects of kratom. They go on to say that they eat the moringa in a smoothie or something for breakfast for the nutritional value then kratom maybe an hour later to start the work day stress reduction.

BOTTOM LINE

Moringa is not in the same class as kratom, plain and simple. While this Eastern herb has much to recommend it, there is nothing to suggest that it would be a viable kratom alternative.

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