Marvel at the nutritional wonder and healing prowess of Moringa!
Often referred to as the “The Miracle Tree of Life”, Moringa is a marvel of nature that truly defies modern scientific methodologies as well as ancient ayurvedic practices. Universally known for its potent health benefits and powerful medicinal values, the “drumstick tree”, as it is sometimes called, it is a wonder tree that has been praised and worshipped for generations by humans for its ultimate cure-all prospect. We have already discovered many other natural superfoods including herbal remedies within the plant kingdom that could rival the healing potential of Moringa – such as acai berries, alfalfa, chlorella, spirulina, cordyceps, Lingzi fungi, shitake mushroom, etc. But none has so far come close to matching the ‘Holy Grail’ of nutritional supplements, Moringa Oleifera – “The King of Superfoods”!
The mighty Moringa
The Moringa Oleifera generally contains more than 92 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants, in addition to 18 amino acids and 8 other essential elements (which the human body needs to survive but cannot manufacture on its own, and must be supplemented through diet). Moringa is said to be able to cure three hundred diseases, and contains almost all of the vitamins found in fruits and vegetables in much substantial proportions. All of its nutritional benefits easily make it the most nutrient-rich or nutritional-rich herb on the face of the planet. There are no ill side-effects whatsoever reported in relation to the widespread consumption of Moringa. It has once been considered a plant which has the potential to virtually wipe out malnutrition for good. This is due to its ability to grow under adverse subtropical conditions, such as that in Sub-Saharan Africa and South-East Asia, whereby it is easily cultivated and grows abundantly. Among the most beneficial trees around, the majority of its parts are perfectly edible too. All the bio-active compounds present in Moringa are also naturally occurring and freely available.
Diversity in nutrients
Nutritional content is essential for a balanced diet and a healthy lifestyle. The leafy parts of the tree are widely known to contain the highest proportion of vitamins and minerals. Its leaves are perfectly edible, and they present no obvious or undesirable side effects known to man. The greatest concentration of vital nutrients such as enzymes, amino acids and other trace elements can also be found within the leaves themselves. By weight comparison (i.e. gram for gram), Moringa leaves have some seven times the equivalent Vitamin C content of oranges; approx. four times the Vitamin A content of carrots; about four times the amount of calcium found in cow’s milk; roughly three times the content of potassium in bananas; three times the content of Vitamin E in spinach; three times the amount of iron in almonds; and an estimated twice the protein in regular yogurt.
Periodic consumption of Moringa leaves leads to a strengthened immune system, lowering of blood pressure, improved digestion, and overall weight loss due to its high-fibre profile or make-up. Treatments for other ailments include common colds, bronchitis sinusitis, anaemic conditions, eye soreness, and ear infections. Roots and barks are used to relieve lower-back or kidney pain, cardiac and circulatory disorders, and as a condiment (i.e. somewhat akin to horseradish in taste and texture). It is also ideal as a tonic or tea for inflammation and digestion problems. The roots and bark stems share similar properties as leaves, though their potency vary significantly depending on the age of the tree.
Versatile natural remedy
As with other flowering plants, Moringa flowers are great complements to your existing array of garden vegetables. Often said to taste like mushrooms, the flower petals are ideal for stir-fry dishes and other common household cuisines. Acting as a mild laxative, the juice extracted from the flowers may help to treat urinary tract infections as well as irritable bowel syndromes. Herbal tea made from the flower has also been used as common cold remedies. The seeds are typically roasted and eaten like peas or nuts, and even ground into powder to be applied on prevalent skin diseases like psoriasis and scurvy. Due to its antibiotic and anti-inflammatory properties, a host of treatable or minor illnesses such as insect bites, skin boils, arthritis, rheumatism, gout, spasms, cramps, and STDs (i.e. sexually-transmitted diseases) are also included in the ever expansive and extensive repertoire of treatment. Relaxants for epilepsy, seed oil extract for bodily rub/ointment, seed cake mesh as plant fertilizer, and seed pod husk as a flocculent to purify drinking water. Seeds are typically used in the manufacture of cosmetics and perfumes, the production of skincare lines, as well as the making of hair oil and gels. The prospect for biofuel is currently being studied or researched.
Moringa has been used widely as a popular sexual enhancement or virility drug to treat erectile dysfunction in men and as a natural aphrodisiac in women. It is also commonly known to prevent pregnancy and increase breast milk production during lactation periods. Jamaicans typically use the sap is used for a blue dye for textile production. In Haiti, trees are grown as natural windbreakers to help reduce soil erosion due to its fast-growing nature and drought-resistant characteristic. It is also in full-leaf at the end of the dry season when most other foods are typically scarce or depleted. It has also been advocated as a natural nutrition for the tropics, and is being used to combat global malnutrition. With increased awareness in the benefits of Moringa, general demand continues to skyrocket, so beware of imitation goods and inferior merchandise in the marketplace. Also be sure to read your labels and make sure the product you buy has only 100% moringa oleifera with no synthetic fillers or artificial additives. Check the source as well, since the capsules are only as original or authentic as the manufacturers that package them. Purchase your Moringa supplements from reputable pharmacies and regular drug stores only. A healthy life is a happy life!