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.
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 and lose weight. 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.
You can use the dried moringa herb sold by Green Gold Moringa, you don’t have to grow your own if you don’t want to wait a few months to start the moringa diet and lose weight.