Moringa: Super facts about a Super Plant

The Moringa tree, its leaves, fruits and pods. (photo credit from
The Moringa tree, its leaves, fruits and pods. (photo credit from

Sometimes, the best things come in small and ordinary packages.

Take a look  at the wondrous tree of Moringa Oleifera, also called the Drumstick Tree by the British, Malunggay by the Filipinos,  Marum by the Thais or Chùm Ngây by the Vietnamese. It grows easily up to 9 feet high in tropical climates and its leaves, pods, flowers, fruits, roots, bark, and seeds can all be utilized. It’s a powerhouse of nutrients and its benefits can immediately manifest after just a few days of consumption. It is said to have 90 nutrients, 46 different antioxidants, 8 amino acids and can cure an estimate of at least 300 diseases.

Here’s some of its nutritional benefits:

  • Moringa is four times more enriched of  Vitamin A and beta-carotene than carrots.
  • It contains Vitamin C seven times more than oranges have.
  • It is four times richer of calcium and doubly richer of protein than milk.
  • Moringa is seven times more potent in potassium compared to bananas.
  • It contains three times more iron than spinach has.
  • It also helps in balancing the cholesterol levels of the body.
  • Essential amino acids are also found in moringa.
  • Moringa consumption stimulates metabolism thus can help in the weight loss process.
  • It balances sugar levels  and it is a non-sugar based source of energy.
  • Moringa helps in faster recovery of the muscles and tissues after a strenuous workout.People suffering from insomnia find the use of moringa beneficial for it helps in regulating sleep cycles
  • It is especially useful for lactating mothers. The consumption of moringa has shown dramatic increase in the quantity of breast milk.
  • Moringa has been shown in studies to have an anti-tumor capacity. Moringa contains benzyl isothiocyanate. There are many studies that have shown this chemical and compounds derived thereof to have anti-cancer and chemoprotective capabilities which can be critical for those who are battling cancer. This helps strengthen cells so that they can tolerate chemotherapy.
  • Moringa has anti-bacterial properties.
  • It protects the liver and kidneys.
  • Anxiety and depression can also be countered with the use of moringa.

No part of its tree gets wasted. Its leaves may be eaten as greens, in salads and as vegetable ingredients for soups and other tropical viands. The paste of its  leaves is also said to beautify the skin and is hence applied by women regularly.

Moringa flowers are cooked and eaten either mixed with other foods or fried in batter.

The pods which are the most valued and widely used part of the plant can be eaten raw or cooked. They can sauted on it own or can be included in soups or viands. Moringa pods may be fried and may produce a clear, odorless and sweet oil mostly called – Ben Oil, which is a powerful antioxidant and is widely used as oil base for perfumes and cosmetics.

Its roots can be boiled and can be used as decoction. It can be used for washing sores and wounds and using it as a gargle can treat mouth sores and sore throats.

When ground, its bark, together with its seeds and leaves can be used as poultice to relieve inflammation, wounds and swollen flesh.

Not only is moringa inexpensive but it can be easily cultivated in any type of environment. It bears fruits even in warm season. Currently, it is widely promoted in poverty-stricken areas to counter malnutrition.

So, don’t you think it’s about time for you to also experience its wonders?

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