Growing Moringa to Protect Yourself from Radiation

Growing Moringa to protect yourself from radiation is possible, regardless of the growing zone where you reside and even if you live in an apartment. Moringa, also known as the Drumstick Tree or Tree of Life, is just as potent in its dwarf form as its standard, nearly 40-foot-tall, natural height.

The Moringa tree has long been a favorite of herbalists and preppers for a copious amount of reasons, but only in recent years have there been studies into its radiation-protective properties.

The Drumstick Tree

Every single part of the Moringa tree is edible – the leaves, seeds, flowers, nuts, roots, pods, even the tubers and bark.

Drumstick Tree leaves are most frequently dried and powdered to preserve them for extended use. The tree is perhaps more nutritionally dense than any other type of tree or plant around the globe. Moringa trees are a rich source of trace minerals, vitamins A, B, B1, B2, B3, B6, C, and E.

It is exactly the combination of the nutrients in the Moringa tree that can help protect us against radiation poisoning – as well as a host of other potentially deadly medical problems.

Leaf extract taken from the tree of life has prevented ionizing radiation-induced oxidative stress in laboratory mice used by scientific researchers who tested the benefits that the drumstick tree may offer against radiation poisoning. (Ed. Note: See also Leaf extract of Moringa oleifera prevents ionizing radiation-induced oxidative stress in mice)

The Moringa radiation protection study by the National Center for Biotechnology Information researched the potential effects of EMR – mobile phone electromagnetic radiation, on rats on how it relates to fertility. 

More specifically, the Drumstick Tree study focused on discovering more about the ability of Moringa leaf extract to protect the lab rats from EMR-induced health issues, such as: motility, reduced sperm count, oxidative stress, sperm cell morphology, PCNA immunohistochemistry, antioxidants SOD and CAT, and testis-tissue histopathology.

This study concludes that chronic exposure to EMR marked testicular injury which can be prevented by Moringa oleifera leaf extract. NCBI 

Moringa Tree Radiation Study Process and Discoveries

The Drumstick Tree radiation protection study involved 60 male Wistar rats. The test subjects were two months old and weighed between 150 to 180 grams. The lab rats were divided into equal groups of four, with one group being designated as the control group. 

The control group of rats dined on a typical diet while a second group of rats was given Moringa leaf extract supplements for eight weeks. Each lab rat was given a 200mg leaf extract from the Tree of Life.

The third lab rat group was exposed to 900MHz field of radiation for a single hour a day for an entire week. The remaining lab rat test group was also exposed to radiation from cellphones and given Moringa leaf extract.

The radiation and Moringa tree study found that the EMR-exposed group experienced a substantial decrease in all sperm parameters and that by ingesting Moringa leaf extract these distinct types of testicular medical issues can be prevented.

The research also concluded that concurrent exposure to both Moringa tree leaf extract and radiation from cellphones enhanced the sperm parameters instead of allowing continued decrease in count, quality, and viability to occur.

This may be just one study on a small scale and related specifically to testicular issues and cellphone radiation, but it could be very telling. 

With the overall health benefits from consuming parts of the Moringa tree and the increased amounts of radiation we are all exposed to in our modern high-tech world, this natural treatment aid could have a far-reaching impact.

 Cellphones are not the only type of radiation we are exposed to on a routine basis. Occupational, accidental, and environmental radiation exposure can have a devastating impact on not just the genital system of both men and women, but our overall health… and by extension our very lives.  

How Much Radiation Are We Exposed To On A Regular Basis?

There are different types of radiation. Background radiation is always present and it is the type we cannot avoid coming into contact with. 

The average American can be exposed to a .62 rem of radiation on a daily basis. This radiation is generated from the presence of radon in the air and in smaller quantities from the Earth itself, and even cosmic rays. 

Radon is a naturally occurring radioactive gas that can cause lung cancer.

You can’t see or smell radon. Testing is the only way to know your level of exposure.”—EPA

Medical treatments and procedures cause approximately 96% of the man-made exposure to radiation we are subjected to. A typical chest X-ray levies around .01 rem of radiation into the body and a CT-scan of the entire body doses the patient with 1 rem of radiation.

Even the food we eat exposes us to radiation. All organic animal and plant matter contain a tiny amount of radioactive potassium that can cause radiation exposure. 

Even the water we drink is composed of tiny amounts of dissolved thorium and uranium. Typically, most people will be exposed to approximately 30 millirem of radiation annually from food and water. 

The research into the potential benefits of Moringa leaf extract to treat radiation didn’t specifically address cosmic radiation – but that does not mean it cannot help safeguard us from it, as well. This type of radiation does contribute to the level of background radiation we are exposed to and fluctuates both daily and geographically. 

“Radiation from space is called cosmic radiation, which is constantly hitting the Earth. Our solar system’s Sun and other stars in the galaxy emit a constant stream of cosmic radiation. In the United States, a person gets about 5% of their annual radiation exposure from cosmic radiation.”—EPA

Cosmic radiation stems from energy particles entering our atmosphere from the sun and the stars. When these particles intermingle with background radiation levels, the radiation levels both increase and alter their categorical state. 

If you live in a high-altitude location like Denver, you should expect to be exposed to higher levels of cosmic radiation than someone living in New Orleans due to the vast difference in geographic elevation.

Man-made radiation is the deadliest and, thankfully, it is the type of radiation we are least exposed to. When nuclear weapons are tested or tragic incidents, like the one that happened at Chernobyl, occur, radioactive elements are broadly dispersed into the surrounding environment. 

Recommended reading: How Much Radiation Can You Take? ( 

Why Should We Care About the Moringa Tree and Radiation Protection?

Radiation exposure can cause cancer to grow in any living body tissues. When a person is subjected to an external high dose of radiation on their whole body, they can potentially develop leukemia and bone marrow issues.

Studies relating to the use of the Moringa tree in cancer treatment may give us additional hope that using leaf extract and other parts of the Drumstick Tree can help protect us from both background, cosmic, and man-made radiation.

A 2017 Moringa tree and cancer study found that leaf extract can inhibit cancer cell growth and help kill specific types of cancer cells. Radiation wavelengths, like the ionizing radiation addressed in the cellphones and rat study noted above, damage the body’s DNA and can cause cancer. 

To garner the benefits of Drumstick Tree leaves, you can use them as a powder, freshly picked, or reconstituted after having been dehydrated. The common Moringa tree dosage for non-pregnant adults is about 10 grams per day. They can also be frozen ( to be used later.

Moringa tree leaves have a slightly bitter taste, a flavor some users liken to horseradish. There is probably no simpler herbal supplement to infuse into your diet. You can simply mix a teaspoonful into a glass of cold water, brew into a tea, toss a few pinches into a casserole, or just sprinkle on top of either raw or cooked food dishes as a condiment. 

I have found the taste of Moringa leaf extract to be the easiest to ingest – from a pure taste perspective – when adding just a couple of pinches to a hot dish, like a stew, soup, or chili entree.

 Moringa tree can be used topically, as well as be ingested. When freshly picked leaves are rubbed against the forehead and temples they can stop or reduce headache and migraine pain. You can combine one-part water to twoparts fresh Drumstick Tree leaves and place it on a wound as anti-inflammatory poultice, as well as to treat insect bites and stings.  

Survival Medicine

Just because Moringa tree leaf extract and many other parts and ways to consume the offerings of the Tree of Life is all natural does not mean it is safe for everyone.  

While no studies have shown that the Drumstick Tree has any dangerous side effects, individuals taking specific types of medication, or have certain types of chronic medical conditions, are cautioned against consuming Moringa.

Always consult a medical professional (which I am not) before embarking on any type of natural medicine or supplement routine.


Taking potassium iodide within one day of being exposed to radiation is the most common way to help ward off the deadly effect such an exposure could cause. The potassium iodide helps fill up any voids in the thyroid and prevent the radiation from being absorbed into the body and the bloodstream. 

“KI (potassium iodide) is a salt of stable (not radioactive) iodine that can help block radioactive iodine from being absorbed by the thyroid gland, thus protecting this gland from radiation injury.

The thyroid gland is the part of the body that is most sensitive to radioactive iodine.”—CDC

Moringa leaf extract should not be expected to work as quickly as a little potassium iodide pill if used to treat such a devastating possible exposure to radiation. Thankfully, growing or buying the Drumstick Tree is both economical and easy, allowing you to take the powder as a supplement so it has time to build up in your system. 

When an herbal “drug” that we can grow ourselves can produce such a substantial impact against radiation exposure, it may place a life-saving tool in our hands during a SHTF event when we must become our own first responders. 

Elle is a homesteader with a passion for self-sufficient backyards and herbal medicine. She grows 50 varieties of fruit trees, countless vegetables, a myriad of herbs for food and medicine, and shares her farm with 4 horses, 3 dogs, 11 chickens, 2 kids, and a husband. Read Elle’s articles about backyard living, homesteading, farming, and gardening at Outdoor Happens ( You can find Elle on Facebook ( and Pinterest (

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