Ancient medicine claims that Moringa leaves prevent 300 diseases. Anecdotal evidence and preliminary studies suggest that Moringa leaves could be a miracle cure for malnutrition.
Moringa Trees Feed the Hungry, Cure the Ill, and Purify Water
Declared as the “world’s most useful tree,” by ScienceDaily (Mar. 14, 2010), the drought resistant Moringa Tree has been found to be the most nutritious food plant ever discovered. Moringa Oleifera is the most common type among 13 hearty tropical or arid weather species growing naturally in Asia and Africa. One of the fastest growing biomasses on earth, if not pruned, the tree will grow as fast as a foot per month. The leaves of the Moringa were recently identified by the World Vegetable Center in Taiwan as the vegetable with the highest nutritional content among 120 types of food species studied.
Leaves can be harvested every 30-45 days throughout the year, solely providing all the amino acids and omega fats necessary for life. Moringa’s fresh leaves have 7 times more vitamin C than oranges. Dry leaves have 25 times more iron than spinach; 4 times more protein than eggs; 10 times more vitamin A than carrots; 17 times more calcium than milk; and 15 times more potassium than bananas. Lauded since Aryuvedic times as preventing 300 diseases, this medicinal plant is packed with phytonutrients & nutraceuticals that detoxify; are anti-inflammatory; boost the immune system; and regulate metabolic disorders occurring in individuals stricken with illnesses such as AIDS, diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease, cancer, and malaria. Used for tea, the leaves easily replace vegetables such as spinach in recipes. Moringa is also used to fortify ingredients in pastas, pastries, cereals, meats, sauces, dips, candies, and wines. The powdered dry leaves make a convenient health supplement when sprinkled on foods.
This often overlooked “miracle tree” is now conquering malnutrition & hunger problems throughout the world. With every part of the plant being edible or medicinal, the usefulness of the Moringa plant has been stimulating socioeconomic equity for the Third World by generating millions of jobs, and utilizing vast tracts of idle agricultural lands. A hearty tree easily propagated with cuttings, it does not require much irrigation, pesticides, or fertilizers, while withstanding hard stony overly acidic, alkaline, or salty soil. Decomposition of Moringa leaves on the ground eventually enriches infertile soils. Its only weaknesses are over watering, and weather below 40 degrees Fahrenheit.
Moringa’s fruits, seeds, and flowers are considered as legumes. The seed’s 40% oil content is the most stable found in nature; is a culinary equivalent to olive oil; an electro-mechanical lubricant; a rich biofuel source; and an anti-aging cosmetic component. After oil extraction, the crushed seed powder can be used to purify water. Containing a biodegradable cationic polyelectrolyte that binds to contaminants in turbid water, it eradicates disease-causing pathogenic microbes 90.00% to 99.99%.
Other noted benefits include the increased yield of other food crops as a natural plant hormone by 20-35%. Moringa as fodder has been found to significantly boost growth of livestock. Dairy production is gained by 30-50%.
Truly a “Tree of Life,” the complete benefits of the Moringa has yet to be revealed.