Moringa - The Miracle Tree
THE ANTIOXIDANT POWER-PLANT: MORINGA
Moringa oleifera, commonly referred to simply as Moringa, is the most widely cultivated variety of the genus Moringa. It is of the family Moringaceae. Moringa is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. Moringa oleifera silviculture is currently being promoted as a means to combat poverty and malnutrition. Moringa tree leaves are the richest natural sources of powerful vitamins and minerals on the face of the earth. It grows quickly in many types of environments, and much of the plant is edible, including by livestock. The leaves contain all essential amino acids and are rich in protein, vitamin A, vitamin B, vitamin C, and minerals. Feeding the high protein leaves to cattle has been shown to increase weight gain by up to 32% and milk production by 43% to 65%. The seeds contain 30% to 40% oil that is high in oleic acid, while degreased meal is 61% protein. The defatted meal is a flocculant and can be used in water purification to settle out sediments and undesirable organisms. The history of Moringa dates back to 150 B.C. Historical proofs reveal that ancient kings and queens used Moringa leaves and fruit in their diet to maintain mental alertness, physical prowes and healthy skin. No other plant compares to this miracle power house, just compare these qualites: 15x the potassium found in bananas; 4x the fiber found in oats; 17x the calcium found in milk; 25x the iron found in spinach; 4x the vitamin A found in carrots; 1/2 the vitamin C found in oranges; 2x the protein found in yogurt. On September 14, 2007, Senator Loren Legarda campaigned for the popularization of Moringa. She asked the government to make Moringa among its priority crops for propagation. The Bureau of Plant Industry, in its report, stated that weight per weight, Moringa leaves have the calcium equivalent of 4 glasses of milk, the vitamin C content of 7 oranges, potassium of 3 bananas, 3x the iron of spinach, 4x the amount of vitamin A in carrot, and 2x the protein in milk.
Moringa leaves could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet. Besides the leaves, the Moringa tree has many everyday uses. India's ayurvedic medicine uses every part of the Moringa tree and considers it one of the most valuable and useful plants. Moringa also helps to purify water, a cheaper alternative to mechanical filtration. Using Moringa tree seeds and simple equipment, villagers in many empovrished countries purify their households' water supplies. Studies have shown that this process not only removes solid contaminants, but also greatly reduces amounts of harmful bacteria. Moringa pods are popular in Indian curries and pickles. An Indian name for Moringa, "Drumstick," comes from their long, thin shape. Like Moringa leaves, Moringa pods are also very nutritious. Moringa seeds contain oil that can be used for cooking. It is quite acceptable to the taste, and does not become rancid. Instructions: 1. Brown the seeds in a skillet; 2. Mash the seeds thoroughly; 3. Place the seed mash in boiling water; 4. The oil will rise to the surface, where you can skim it off. The seed cake left over after extracting oil can be used for water purification or could also be used as a fertilizer. The ayurvedic medicine of India has many uses for Moringa tree products, such as a natural antibiotic, an aid in childbirth, for treating liver disorders, and many other uses. Villagers in Oman use Moringa oil to treat stomach disorders. They also use it in perfume and hair oil. In Haiti, villagers boil Moringa flowers in water and drink the tea as a powerful cold remedy. Dried Moringa leaves have been used to treat diarrhea in Malawi, Africa.