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Moringa is a fast-growing tree native to the sub-Himalayan areas of India, Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. It is also grown in the tropics. The leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and root are used as part of traditional medicine for centuries, and the Ayurveda medicine claims that this plant can successfully cure more than 300 diseases.
Moringa, sometimes described as the “miracle tree,” “drumstick tree,” or “horseradish tree,” has small, rounded leaves that are packed with an incredible amount of nutrition: protein, calcium, beta carotene, vitamin C, potassium… you name it, moringa’s got it. No wonder it’s been used medicinally (and as a food source) for at least 4,000 years.
Moringa is used for “tired blood” (anemia); arthritis and other joint pain (rheumatism); asthma; cancer; constipation; diabetes; diarrhea; epilepsy; stomach pain; stomach and intestinal ulcers; intestinal spasms; headache; heart problems; high blood pressure; kidney stones; fluid retention; thyroid disorders; and bacterial, fungal, viral, and parasitic infections.
Moringa is also used to reduce swelling, increase sex drive (as an aphrodisiac), prevent pregnancy, boost the immune system, and increase breast milk production. Some people use it as a nutritional supplement or tonic.
The moringa plant is great for the digestive system as it is full of fibers that clean the excess waste from the intestines. It also contains isothiocyanates that possess anti-bacterial properties that can eliminate the H. Pylori bacteria, which is the main cause of ulcers, gastritis and gastric ulcers.
Moringa is sometimes applied directly to the skin as a germ-killer or drying agent (astringent). It is also used topically for treating pockets of infection (abscesses), athlete’s foot, dandruff, gum disease (gingivitis), snakebites, warts, and wounds.
Oil from moringa seeds is used in foods, perfume, and hair care products, and as a machine lubricant.
Moringa is an important food source in some parts of the world. Because it can be grown cheaply and easily, and the leaves retain lots of vitamins and minerals when dried, moringa is used in India and Africa in feeding programs to fight malnutrition. The immature green pods (drumsticks) are prepared similarly to green beans, while the seeds are removed from more mature pods and cooked like peas or roasted like nuts. The leaves are cooked and used like spinach, and they are also dried and powdered for use as a condiment.
The seed cake remaining after oil extraction is used as a fertilizer and also to purify well water and to remove salt from seawater.
How does it work?
Moringa contains proteins, vitamins, and minerals. As an antioxidant, it seems to help protect cells from damage.
One Hundred Grams of Dry Moringa Leaf Contains:
- 25 times the iron of spinach
- 17 times the calcium of milk
- 15 times the potassium of bananas
- 12 times the vitamin C of oranges
- 10 times the vitamin A of carrots
- 9 times the protein of yogurt
Moringa leaves contain great amounts of antioxidants, such as quercetin, beta-carotene, vitamin C, and chlorogenic acid. The chlorogenic acid has been proven to slow cell’s absorption of sugar and animal studies have discovered that it also lowers the levels of blood sugar.
In a research it was revealed that women who consumed seven grams of moringa leaf powder a day for three months time reduced their fasting blood sugar levels by 13.5 percent.
Some researches indicate that moringa leaves have anti-tumor and anti-cancer effects, partly due to a compound called niaziminin. Groundwork experimentation also shows activity against the Epstein-Barr virus. The leaves also contain a compound that regulates the function of the thyroid gland, especially in cases of hyper-active thyroid. Further studies point to the anti-viral actions in cases of Herpes simplex 1.
Many plants from the traditional medicinal systems with great benefits are being rediscovered. Moringa oleifera has been rediscovered just a decade ago and gains greater popularity due to its multiple health benefits and nutritional values.
This highly beneficial plant deserves a special place in your home pharmacy.
Moringa is now widely cultivated throughout Africa, Asia, Central America, and the Caribbean. However, the greatest moringa crop on the earth is situated in India, the place where it grows naturally. It is most likely the reason that the death rate from pancreatic cancer in India is 84 percent lower than the one in the United States.
You can even find moringa supplements online.