Moringa seeds are the seeds obtained from the Moringa tree. It is also known as the drumstick tree, and there are about 13 common varieties of the moringa tree. It is native to parts of Africa and Asia and is the sole genus of the flowering plant family. Being a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, dietary fibers, etc. it provides a number of health and beauty benefits. However, it should be remembered that too much of everything is bad, and the same goes with moringa seeds. In this article, we will know about the major side effects of eating too much moringa seeds.
Side Effects of Eating Too Many Moringa Seeds
(1) Too Much Dietary Fiber Is Bad For Stomach
Consuming moringa seeds on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for our stomach and helps in keeping our digestive system healthy. This benefit of moringa seeds is mainly because of the presence of various nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and phytonutrients in them.
In addition to this, moringa seeds are also a good source of dietary fibers that acts as a natural laxative, improves bowel movement and thus ensures smooth elimination of waste from our system. By doing so, it provides relief from constipation and other digestive disorders like abdominal pain, irritable bowel syndrome, flatulence, gas, intestinal gas, etc.
Although the dietary fibers present in Moringa seeds are good for our digestive system, it is better to not to consume moringa seeds in excess. This is because too many dietary fibers are bad for our stomach, and can give rise to problems like abdominal cramping, diarrhea, malabsorption, constipation, intestinal gas, intestinal blockage, etc. (source).
Eating too much fiber could interfere with the absorption of nutrients by the intestines, and can lead to malabsorption. Similarly, if you are consuming dietary fibers in excess and not drinking adequate water, then it can lead to constipation.
(2) Not So Good For Diabetic Patients
Regular and moderate consumption of moringa seeds has been found to be very beneficial for diabetic patients and those who are at the risk of developing diabetes. This benefit of moringa seeds is mainly because of their low glycemic index.
The glycemic index of moringa seeds is low which means, it releases sugar into the bloodstream at a slow rate, and thus prevents the sudden spike in the blood sugar level, and helps in controlling diabetes.
In addition to this, the dietary fibers present in the moringa seeds also play a significant role in controlling diabetes. This is because dietary fibers reduce the rate at which sugar gets absorbed into the bloodstream and thus helps in managing diabetes.
Although moringa seeds are very beneficial for diabetic patients, it is better to eat them in moderation. This is because consuming too much moringa seeds can reduce the blood sugar to a dangerously low level, and may give rise to a condition called hypoglycemia.
In addition to this, if you are already taking medication for controlling diabetes, then consuming too much moringa seeds could interfere with the medication and may drop your blood sugar to an extremely low level.
For this reason, it is better to consume moringa seeds in moderation, and if you are on medication, then it is better to consult with your doctor about the same.
(3) May Cause Allergic Reactions In Some Individuals
Regular and moderate consumption of moringa seeds has been found to be very beneficial for our lungs and helps in treating various respiratory problems like bronchial asthma and inflammation of lungs.
This benefit of moringa seeds is mainly because of the anti-allergic properties of them. Several types of research have confirmed that Moringa seeds are very effective in treating allergic reactions like allergic rhinitis and anaphylaxis.
They are also effective in reducing the severity of asthmatic attacks and helps in controlling symptoms like wheezing, cough, dyspnea, and contraction of the chest, etc.
Although moringa seeds are a wonderful anti-allergen, it may because allergic reactions in some individuals and moringa seeds should be avoided by them. And, even if you are not allergic to moringa seeds, it is better to have them in moderation to avoid the other side effects.
(4) May Cause Hypotension
Hypertension or high blood pressure is a major health condition that affects millions of people all over the world and is also responsible for increasing the risk of various cardiovascular problems like heart attack, heart stroke, irregular heartbeat, etc.
Eating moringa seeds on a regular and moderate basis has been found to be very beneficial for controlling hypertension or high blood pressure.
This benefit of moringa seeds is mainly because of the presence of vital mineral “Potassium” in it. Potassium is a natural vasodilator which means it relaxes our blood vessels, improves blood circulation and thus helps in controlling hypertension.
Although moringa seeds are helpful in controlling high blood pressure, it is better to consume them in moderation as excessive consumption of moringa seeds can lower the blood pressure to a dangerously low level, and may cause hypotension. Some common symptoms of hypotension are fatigue, lightheadedness, dizziness, nausea, depression, etc. (source).
In addition to this, if you are already taking medications for controlling high blood pressure then consuming moringa seeds in excess can interfere with the medication, and may increase the risk of low blood pressure.
(5) Too Many Antioxidants Are Bad
Moringa seeds are a good source of antioxidants like Vitamin C, and other antioxidant compounds like flavonoids, phytonutrients, etc. that provides a number of benefits. The antioxidants present in the moringa seeds fight with the free radicals of our body, stabilizes them, and thus prevents them from causing oxidative damage to our cells.
By protecting our cells from the oxidative damage, it reduces the risk of various types of cancers like colon cancer, skin cancer, breast cancer, lung cancer, etc.
In addition to this, antioxidants are also anti-inflammatory in nature which means they are very effective for providing relief from pain and inflammation caused by inflammatory diseases like gouts, arthritis, rheumatoid, etc. They are also good for strengthening our immune system.
Although antioxidants are good for us and provide a number of benefits, it should also be remembered that too many antioxidants are bad for our health. This is because, in excessive quantity, antioxidants can even damage the healthy cells, and can thus increase the risk of several types of cancers.
As per a 1996 study published in the “Journal of National cancer institute”, it was found that smokers who took beta-carotene supplements in excessive quantity developed an increased risk of getting cancer in comparison to those who didn’t. Another study conducted by the office of Dietary supplements, it was found that overconsumption of Vitamin E could increase the risk of hemorrhagic stroke, and may even lead to death.
(6) May Not Be Safe For Pregnant And Nursing Women
Pregnancy is an important stage in every woman’s life, and she has to put an eye on everything that she eats or drinks. This is because what she eats and drinks determines not only her health but also the health of the fetus growing in her womb.
A healthy diet is important but at the same time, it is equally important to ensure that no harmful substance or anything that could affect the pregnancy in a negative way gets consumed by the mother.
Although moringa seeds are a good source of many nutrients like vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, phytonutrients, flavonoids, etc. and provides a number of benefits, but still, it is better to avoid eating them during the pregnancy stage. This is because, moringa seeds may cause allergic reactions in some individuals, and may even cause inconvenience to the fetus.
For a safe side, it is better to avoid moringa seeds during the pregnancy stage. Similarly, even during the nursing stage, it is better to avoid them or consume them only after consulting with your doctor.
The information contained in the post is for general purpose only and shouldn’t be considered as medical advice or as an alternative to medical advice. Although I’ve tried my best to keep the information contained in this post as accurate and updated as possible, I make no guarantee of the accurateness of the same.
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Bharat Sharma is a Delhi-based writer who loves reading and writing research-based topics revolving around health, fitness, and nutrition. His love for writing started during his teenage and continues till date. After his graduation, he worked for GE Money, and IBM, but later found his true love i.e. blogging.