Evaluation of the effects of commercial Moringa Oleifera supplement on physical fitness of young fit adults A pilot study

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Sharon Tsuk
Anat Engel
Tal Odem
Moshe Ayalon


Background. The Moringa oleifera (Moringa) nutritional supplement is often used for medicinal purposes due to its acclaimed healing abilities. Indeed, research indicates that Moringa possesses antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, and has the potential of being an ergogenic substance by enhancing energy metabolism. Yet, despite numerous manufacturers producing Moringa-based supplements, little scientific research has been conducted on humans. Aims. The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the effects of Moringa as an ergogenic aid in improving aerobic and anaerobic exercise performance in healthy young fit subjects. Methods. A randomized, double-blind controlled study was performed to evaluate Moringa supplement compared to placebo. The study included 16 healthy young male and female, age 26.6 ± 3.0 years physical education college students. Participants were evaluated before and after six weeks of intervention of Moringa (310 mg x 2) or placebo capsules. Participants were measured for body composition, resting blood pressure (BP), resting heart rate (HR), graded cardiopulmonary test on a treadmill until reaching maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max) and maximal anaerobic Wingate bicycle test. Results. There were no differences in physiological or physical performances between the two groups before and after the intervention. Conclusions. Despite promising indications of positive effects of Moringa plant on physiological processes, there was no effect on physical activity performance. As such, the administering of Moringa for improving athletic performance should be taken with caution. Further studies should be conducted to examine the effects of the Moringa plant on human performance in other populations.

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Tsuk, S., Engel, A., Odem, T., & Ayalon, M. (2022). Evaluation of the effects of commercial Moringa Oleifera supplement on physical fitness of young fit adults: A pilot study. Scientific Journal of Sport and Performance, 2(1), 44–51. https://doi.org/10.55860/YTTN7101
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Anat Engel, Tel Aviv University

Department of Health Management. Wolfson Medical Center and Sackler Faculty of Medicine.


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