Benefits of Moringa
Popularly known to many countries as a “miracle plant”, Moringa Oleifera earned its reputation because of the wide range of nutritional and medicinal properties which can be acquired from almost any part of the tree. As one of the most cultivated species of its kind, it belongs to the genus Moringa – the sole genus in the Moringaceae family. It grows primarily in places which have tropical, subtropical and semi-arid climate. The Moringa tree is indigenous to north-western India, particularly in the southern foothills of the Himalayas. It is currently cultivated extensively in Central/South America, Africa, Indonesia, Mexico, Malaysia, Philippines and India.
The Moringa tree goes by different names in different countries. In the Philippines, it is known as malunggay, and referred to as Muringa in India (Malayalam), Sajina in Bangladesh, and La Mu in China. Moringa benefits are quite plentiful, and these are clearly evident in its exceptional nutritional value and remarkable medicinal properties. This miracle plant is overflowing with vitamins such as Vitamins A, B, C, D and E, and minerals which include potassium, calcium, iron, selenium and magnesium. The Moringa leafalone is a treasure chest of potent and disease-preventing nutrients, as well as essential amino acids – something which is not very common for a plant source.
When compared to other food sources, Moringa leaves are more potent in nutritional value. Its Vitamin C content is seven times more than that of oranges, has thirteen times more vitamin A than spinach, and is on a league of its own when it comes to amino acids – 2,500 times more than green tea and 242 times more than apple. It is also a good source of good cholesterol – high density lipoprotein, which, in high levels, is known to protect against cardiovascular diseases. Breastfeeding mothers can also greatly benefit from fresh Moringa leaves as they are known to increase the volume of milk. Moringa leaves are completely safe for consumption – they have no known negative side-effects, nor toxic elements.