Moringa is widely found in tropical and sub-tropical belts. It is a medicinal plant used in Central and South America, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines, India, Sri Lanka, and Africa.
Moringa, also known as the Miracle Tree, is a multipurpose plant, as the leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots, and even the bark of the tree can be utilized. It is also called Drumstick Tree by the Britishers, while in Philippines it is known as malunggay. The scientific name of this tree is Moringa oleifera. The specialty of this tree is that it actually bears fruits in the warm season. Moringa is a powerhouse of minerals, amino acids, and antioxidants. Therefore, it is widely promoted in poverty-stricken areas to counter malnutrition, for the effects can be seen within a few days of including it in the diet. Its uses range from being a water purifier, to protecting the skin, and also to make perfume. The leaves of this tree are said to be a nutritional powerhouse. Research has proved that various parts of the moringa tree can be used to cure over 300 diseases. Let’s see a few of them here.
Moringa- The Natural Healer
- Neutralizes toxins
- Flushes toxins from the body
- Purifies the liver
- Removes heavy metals pollutants
- Helps strengthen the immune system
- Assists in building red blood cells
- Rejuvenates at cellular level
- Reduces the ph level in the body
- Moringa is rich in Vitamin A. It has four times more Vitamin A or beta-carotene than carrots. Hence, it is a weapon against blindness.
- It is also a rich source of Vitamin C. It contains Vitamin C seven times more than oranges.
- Normally milk is said to be a rich source of calcium but the amount of calcium present in moringa leaves is way higher than in milk. To be more precise, moringa is said to have four times more calcium than milk.
- The moringa leaves are said to contain twice the protein present in milk.
- Bananas are a rich source of potassium, but moringa leaves contain seven times more potassium than bananas.
- Along with potassium, zinc is also found in large quantities in moringa.
- If moringa leaves were to be eaten by one and all, the world will be free of anemia as it contains thrice more iron than spinach.
- With all the junk food eaten these days, many people face problems of high cholesterol. Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.
- Essential amino acids are also found in moringa.
- Moringa is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in fighting against diabetes.
- The body’s natural defense mechanism increases with the consumption of moringa in the daily diet pattern. Since it is an immunity-stimulant, it is prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients. Less immunity is rampant in many provinces in Africa, especially people who do not have access to nutritious food and medicines.
- Moringa leaves can be consumed to stimulate metabolism.
- It is also said to have digestive powers.
- It is a nutrition booster and is known to promote a feeling of wellbeing in people.
- If you are looking for non-sugar based energy, then moringa leaves is the answer. Thus, it will also help in the weight loss process.
- The cell structure of the body is stimulated by the moringa leaves.
- It is especially useful for lactating mothers. The consumption of moringa has shown dramatic increase in the quantity of breast milk.
- It is also famous for its anti-bacterial properties.
- The paste of the moringa leaves is said to beautify the skin and is hence applied by women regularly.
- It protects the liver and kidneys.
- It can also be used as a water purifier.
- Moringa helps in faster recovery of the muscles and tissues after a strenuous workout.
- Anxiety and depression can also be countered with the use of Moringa.
- People suffering from insomnia find the use of moringa beneficial for it helps in regulating sleep cycles.
- It is known to nourish the eyes, therefore, people suffering from poor eyesight should include moringa in their diet.
Healing Properties of the Versatile African Moringa –
The Miracle Tree of Life
Moringa stenopetala, Moringa oleifera
Cabbage tree, African moringa tree (En). Moringa éthiopien (Fr).
Origin and geographic distribution
Moringa oil (known as “Bak”) in ancient Egypt was used by the more wealthy to anoint the body and to keep skin supple. Egyptian medicine incorporated Moringa Oil into remedies for stomach ailments, headaches and earaches. In Central Africa it was used to treat skin infections and the powdered root is mixed with salt and used as a poultice to combat headache. The oil is produced from nutlike seeds found in the fruit pods. Currently Moringa is being used raw, unprocessed by many countries from Australia, Fiji, Senegal to Brazil and for many Moringa is saving lives.
Moringa is a remarkable tree whose leaves gram for gram have seven times the Vitamin C found in oranges, four times the Vitamin A of carrots, three times the iron of spinach, four times as much calcium as milk and three times the potassium of bananas plus eight essential Amino Acids*
Moringa comprises 13 species, of which 8 are endemic to the Horn of Africa. The wild populations of Moringa stenopetala, the African variety, are found at 400–1000 m altitude in areas with mean annual temperatures of 24–30°C.
Moringa stenopetala is endemic to East Africa, where it occurs in northern Kenya and in Ethiopia. In Ethiopia it is widely cultivated. The cultivated trees may have been derived from a wild population at Chew Bahir (Lake Stephanie), which is now extinct. Moringa stenopetala is presently only known in the wild from five localities, all in northern Kenya. Records for Djibouti and Somalia are probably based on misidentifications or on recent introductions, and records from Sudan and Uganda probably refer to cultivated specimens. In recent years Moringa stenopetala has been dispersed and promoted in many tropical countries, e.g. Senegal and Malawi.
Moringa oleifera and Moringa stenopetala have many characteristics in common. Use as a vegetable and water purifier are similar. They share several medicinal uses and both have high contents of oil in the seeds. Moringa oleifera has a faster development and yields fruits and seeds quickly. Moringa stenopetala is better suited to a drier climate; yields of seeds are higher and they have a higher coagulant content.
Moringa -The Tree of Life
Moringa is a Superfood to beat all superfoods
Moringa trees are often referred to as the tree of life because of their medicinal uses over the span of many centuries. Native to the Himalayans, this tree is now grown in East Africa, India, the Philippines and both Central and South America. Every part of the tree is used, from the leaves, to the small and large pods, both of which can be eaten like nuts. In developing tropical countries, Moringa oleifera is used to treat and prevent malnutrition in nursing mothers and infants.
Moringa is a superfood to beat all superfoods, even in its supplement form. The amount of anti-oxidants, anti-inflammatories, vitamins and minerals it contains is everything your body needs and more. No other supplement is even remotely comparable. Scientific research proves that one serving of Moringa oleifera provides you with seven times the amount of vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, two times the protein in milk and three times the potassium found in bananas. Or how about trying this on for size? Each supplemental serving contains more than 90 different vitamins and minerals. Let’s highlight Moringa’s outstanding health benefits.
Dietary and Health Benefits of Moringa
Until recently, only a smattering of research on Moringa had been completed in India, its bordering countries, and in parts of Africa. Even less research had been done in the West. Then, not long ago, the University of Leicester in England performed a number of studies. The results from these studies along with the limited number of studies conducted in the United States confirm the dietary and health benefits of the Moringa, with some of the results showing to lower cholesterol, assist the respiratory system and minimize the effects of asthma. Moringa has no known impurities or adverse reactions when consumed.
While some of the benefits of the Moringa plant have been tapped by various impoverished civilizations, the plant’s nutritional potential was not “discovered” by modern societies until the late nineteenth century. The indigenous knowledge and use of Moringa is referenced in more than 80 countries and known in over 200 local languages, has over 300 references to it in ayurvedic medicine. Even with the known value of this plant, little has been done to introduce its amazing benefits to the world.
The Bridge to Better Health is through Better
Nutrition-Every-Body Needs Moringa!
“Let your Foods be your medicines, and your medicines your food.” Hippocrates c.460 – 377 BC Father of Modern Medicine
Health begins in the Individual Cell. Wellness exists and disease begins in the individual cell. Individual cells need appropriate nourishment. You cannot have good health if you do not consume food that is nutritional. How does nutrition, with its vitamins, minerals and other nutritional compounds promote a healthier lifestyle? Professor Mike Golden, who works with United Nations agencies involved in malnutrition, says much of the problem with nutrition is not the quantity of food, but the quality of food we eat, with people needing about 40 different nutrients to be healthy.
Moringa contains a host of both organic and inorganic nutrients as well as a plethora of other nutrients. Organic nutrients include carbohydrates, proteins or amino acids, lipids, and vitamins. Inorganic nutrients include minerals. Water is sometimes included in a listing of nutrients. Vitamin A acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other ailments. Vitamin C fights a host of illnesses including colds and the flu while supporting the cardiovascular system. Calcium is necessary in building strong bones and teeth, plus it helps prevent osteoporosis. The combination of vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk. Potassium is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and significantly lowers the risk of a stroke. Finally, proteins are necessary for the basic building blocks – amino acids – of all of our body cells.
Interaction between nutritional compounds is necessary for health in all ways. Vitamins cannot function without minerals. Without minerals, your body can’t function. Vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds, not as separate compounds as formulated in pills. A new review involving dozens of studies of the antioxidant vitamins A, E and C, confirms this. Finding the popular supplements don’t help you live longer. As a result, some researchers now believe antioxidants work only when they are in food. Alice Lichtenstein, a professor of nutrition science and policy at Tufts University, not involved with the review, says the study’s main message is: “Rely on food to get your nutrients.”
MORINGA Improves the effectiveness of balanced nutrients in the body including the treasure trove of nutrients you’re already getting just by drinking Moringa. Moringa literally sets your nutritional process in motion.
Supplementation No longer a matter of Choice
Research has shown that when supplement use increases, the use of prescription drugs goes down. According to the American Medical Association, supplementation is no longer a matter of choice, as people who do not supplement their diets are at higher risk for degenerative diseases.
Diet and nutrition go hand in hand. A better diet leads to better nutrition, and one important component of better nutrition is supplementation. Why? The body doesn’t absorb every nutrient consumed, making it nearly impossible to get all the right nutrients all of the time. What’s the best supplement? The one that works! Who needs to supplement their diet? Everyone! Research has shown that when supplement use increases, the use of prescription drugs goes down. According to the American Medical Association, supplementation is no longer a matter of choice, as people who do not supplement their diets are at higher risk for degenerative diseases; and Dr. John Klippel, president of the Arthritis Foundation, stated “There are lots of choices that people need to make and supplements are one of them.”
Without the proper nutrients needed to do their job, our bodies are fighting a losing battle to keep us healthy, the result being sickness and disease. A hundred years ago people died primarily from infectious diseases such as influenza, pneumonia, and diphtheria. Today the leading causes of death and disability are heart disease, cancer, osteoporosis, arthritis, and other degenerative diseases. In large part this change is due to how we eat (fast foods, over- processed foods), what we eat (partially hydrogenated oils, high fructose corn syrup), and the quality of what we eat. The Center for Disease Control reports that 5 out of every 10 deaths are due to poor diet. The CDC says that translates to almost 400,000 Americans dying every year due to obesity from poor nutrition or lack of exercise.
The publication What We Eat in America: HANES 2001-2002, based on a federal dietary survey of almost 9,000 people, shows that almost a third of us are getting too little Vitamin C, almost half too little vitamin A, more than half too little magnesium, 92 to 97% too little fiber and potassium, and 93% too little vitamin E.
A 1991 study done by the British, and a more recent one done by the University of Texas based on USDA data, show that the food grown today is less nutritious than that grown 60 years ago, due to soil depletion, fertilizers, and high yield varieties. While fertilizers cause plants to grow bigger and faster, they do nothing to increase the plant’s ability to absorb nutrients at a faster rate. Research has also found that plants have a fixed amount of energy and varieties with high yields may not have the energy to absorb enough nutrients from the soil to fully supply that high yield. These studies show that onions have 75% less calcium, potatoes 35% less calcium and 45% less iron, spinach 60% less iron, cabbage 71% less iron, and carrots 75% less magnesium than they did in 1940.
100% of the nutrients in Moringa Tea are absorbed.
As a result of growing less nutritious foods, most of the food we eat today is fortified with calcium and vitamins. Unfortunately most of the calcium used is not the type that is readily absorbed by our bodies, nor do our bodies recognize most of the synthetic vitamins that are added. Dr. Barnet G. Meltzer, M.D., a well known authority in the field of Preventative Medicine and Clinical Nutrition, says liquid supplementation is superior to tablets, capsules, and powders; one reason being that the binders used to make pills are not readily broken down by the body’s digestive system. According to Dr. Meltzer, while vitamin pills have only about 10% absorption (15-19% absorption for chelated vitamins), liquid supplementation has minimum of 85% nutritional absorption. Dr. Monica Marcu, Pharmacologist, concurs, saying liquid nutrition is better used by the body than solid nutrition.
Vitamins and other nutrients are best absorbed and used by the body when they are derived from natural sources (plants and animals) and are present in naturally occurring complex compounds, not as separate compounds as formulated in pills.
According to R. Bianchi, a globally recognized food and beverage formulator, out of the approximately 35,000 food products in the grocery store only 1200 to 1500 of the food products have nutrients we can fully absorb. Moringa ysp Tea is 100% bio-available. That means 100% of the nutrients in Moringa Tea are absorbed. The nutrients are not processed through the digestive system, but rather are absorbed directly into the blood stream, a plus for young children, the elderly, or anyone else whose digestive system may be compromised. Moringa Tea has been formulated to be taken on an empty stomach, with the nutrients being absorbed in about 20 minutes. If taken 20-30 minutes before eating, Moringa Tea will help the body better absorb the nutrients contained within the food. Moringa Tea contains no stimulants, artificial ingredients or preservatives. A small amount of cane sugar (about 1/5 of a teaspoon) has been added to aid in osmotic absorption of the nutrients and enhance the natural flavor.
Each one of Moringa’s ingredients makes remarkable contribution to the body’s total health. Moringa Oleifera is the most nutritious plant discovered to date.
While no one food gives us all the nutrition we need, Moringa Oleifera, comes closer than anything else. Moringa, with its 90 plus nutritional compounds, is the most nutrient rich plant discovered to date. Diitta B.Sambou, a midwife in Senegal Africa where Moringa is being used to combat malnutrition in pregnant women and babies, says under-nourishment and over-eating both have harmful consequences on the health of the individual. State of the World 2000, published by World watch Institute, reports that the number of people who are overfed and undernourished (a staggering 1.2 billion) now equals the number of those who are starving from from lack of food. Looking at the chart below highlights some of the health benefits of Moringa.
Here are the Health Benefits of continuous intake of Moringa Tea:
- Increases the Natural Defenses of the body
- Provides nourishment to the eyes and the brain.
- Promotes metabolism with bio-available ingredients
- Promotes the Cell structure of the body
- Promotes natural Serum cholesterol.
- Lowers the appearance of wrinkles and fine lines.
- Promotes the normal functioning of the liver and the kidney.
- Beautifies the skin
- Promotes energy
- Promotes proper digestion
- Acts as an antioxidant
- Takes care of the immune system of the body
- Promotes healthy circulatory system
- It is an anti-inflammatory
- Gives a feeling of general wellness
- Supports the normal sugar levels of the body.
Moringa leaf boosts your energy in a natural manner, and is a remarkable source of nutrition. This energy promotion does not happen because of sugar, so it is lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted, there are reduction in the arthritis pains and inflammations, controlled blood pressure, the skin problems are restored, and finally they have stronger defenses against diseases.
Another property of the Moringa leaf is its soothing ability, because of which it can lower the blood pressure and promotes good sleep. It can also purify water since it has a detoxifying effect. Also a coagulant agent, Moringa can attach itself to hazardous bacteria and other materials, a process that is surmised to occur in the body too. The happy outcome is more sustained energy without any over-activity, balanced hormone and gland system, controlled blood pressure, and a rested nervous system.
Doctors and healers who care for persons in Tropical Africa recovering from bouts of such illnesses as malaria, typhoid, cholera and even Ebola and AIDS are asked to seriously consider giving their patients Moringa, famous for its anti-bacterial properties for its quick and wholesome regenerative healing properties.
The body’s natural defense mechanism increases with the consumption of moringa in the daily diet pattern. Since it is an immunity-stimulant, it can be prescribed for AIDS and Ebola afflicted patients. Lowered immunity is rampant in many provinces in Africa, especially people who do not have access to nutritious food and medicines. Moringa leaves can be consumed to stimulate metabolism as it has also great digestive powers and also increase immunity.