Moringa Oleifera is indigenous to the sub-Himalayan regions of North West India. It ranges in height from 5 – 10 meters. This fast growing, drought-tolerant Moringa Oleifera can tolerate poor soil, a wide rainfall range (25-300 + cm per year). When fully mature, dried seeds are round or triangular in shape and the kernel is surrounded by a lightly wooded shell with three papery wings. Moringa seeds contain between 33 and 41% of vegetable oil which is high in oleic acid ( >70% ). Moringa Oleifera has many medicinal uses and significant nutritional value.
Why should someone use Moringa?
Different parts of this plant contain a profile of important minerals, and are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids, and various penolics. The Moringa plant provides a rich and rare combination of zeatin, quercetin, beta-sitosterol, caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol.
Moringa is very important for its medicinal value. Various parts of this plant such as the leaves, roots, seeds, bark, flowers and pods act as cardiac and circulatory stimulants, possess anti-tumor, anti-pyretic, anti-epileptic, anti-inflammatory, anti-ulcer, anti-spasmadic, diuretic, anti-hypertensive, anti-oxidant, anti-diabetic, diuretic, hepatoprotective, antibacterial, and anti-fungal activities, and are being employed for the treatment of different ailments in many of the global indigenous systems of the world.
Modern investigated research has found that the reason this ‘Miracle Tree’ has so many curative properties is the combination of over 92 nutrients, enzymes, vitamins, minerals, proteins, amino acids, micro-nutrients and anti-oxidants it contains and which are no longer available in the soil because of bad agricultural practices, excessive use of herbicides, insecticides and chemical fertilizers.
Moringa is a safe and proven way to supply much needed nutrients to the body as well as help fight free radicals with the 46 antioxidants found in its leaves. It is classified as a GRAS (Generally Recognized as Safe) food source without any negative secondary effects.
Why has Moringa the attention of the World Health Org?
Moringa has scientists calling it the most nutrient plant ever discovered. Virtually every part of this plant has beneficial properties. The United Nations, WHO, UNESCO and others have programs promoting the use of Moringa to treat infants, children, pregnant and lactating mothers, people suffering from HIV and other ailments.
As research continues to be conducted and more attention id given to this plant, Federal Health Agencies and non-government organizations are exploring how Moringa can be cultivated and used on a wider scale to promote human health.
Different parts of the Moringa tree and what they are used for?
The humble Moringa seed is a sleeping giant that is just now reaching America. Eating a few has a very cleansing and energizing effect. Moringa seed are known world wide for their effectiveness in purifying water. the seeds are considered to have anti-biotic properties. they are used in some countries to treat fevers. A part of crushed Moringa seeds is used to eliminate warts and there is evidence to suggest that the seeds are anti-fungal, anti-viral, antiseptic and antibacterial.
Moringa leaves are the most medicinal part of the tree and can be eaten fresh, cooked or consumed as dried powder (smoothies, in juice, water or sprinkled over salad). Analysis of the leaf composition has revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. Moringa leaves are small, thick, and tear drop shaped.
As a nutritional supplement, the leaves are harvested and dried at a low temperature, ensuring the nutrients remain intact in the leaf tissue. Once dried, Moringa leaves are pulverized into a fine powder-like consistency, making them easy to pack and more readily available for health-conscious individuals.
The roots of the Moringa tree can be eaten only after the bark has been removed and then with caution as safe levels have not been established. Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain seven times the vitamin C of oranges, two times the protein in milk, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, and three times the potassium in bananas.
About the Author
Victor Manuel Rivera (aka The Hamsa Herbalist) does not diagnose, treat or prescribe any medical advise, but shares his knowledge of healing herbs and roots via several online outlets including his YouTube channel, Facebook page, and website.