Nov 042014

What is Moringa?

Moringa health benefitsIf you haven’t yet heard of the Moringa Tree, Moringa powder capsules, or Moringa leaves, you’re in for a treat.

Often referred to as the Miracle Tree, or the Tree of Life, all I can say is WOW. Moringa promises more nutritional qualities than any fruit, vegetable, or so called superfood, and you can use the entire plant.

Moringa has an impressive range of medicinal uses with an extremely high nutritional value. Different parts of the Moringa plant contain a profile of important minerals, are a good source of protein, vitamins, beta-carotene, amino acids and healthy phenols.

Not to mention that it holds promise to millions of impoverished communities around the world because it is so nutritional that it can help stave off starvation. Studies conducted since the early 1970’s confirmed that the seeds are highly effective in removing suspended particles and clarifying water. That is now short of huge.

Let’s take a look at its impressive profile…

What are the Health Benefits or Moringa?

Moringa nutritionOne of the best benefits of the Moringa leaf is that it boosts your energy in a natural manner, without sugar, so it lasts for a long time. Individuals ingesting it say that their ulcers are healed, tumors restricted, arthritis pains and inflammations are greatly reduced, blood pressure controlled, skin problems are restored, and wrinkles diminished. It also provides nourishment for the eyes and brain.

Another property of the Moringa leaf is its ability to promote good sleep, balance hormonal and gland systems, and relax your nervous system.

Does this sound too good to be true? Of course—these are just claims–but imagine if even one half are true. I can be testimony to knowing several people that have controlled their diabetes using Moringa. Of course it goes without saying to check with your health care provider before discontinuing medications.

What is the Nutrition Benefit of Moringa?

  • moringa usesMoringa greens (leaves) are an excellent source of protein, more than any other leafy green in the plant kingdom. 100 g of fresh raw leaves provide 9.8 g of protein or about 17.5% of daily-required levels.
  • Fresh pods and seeds are a good source of oleic acid, a health-benefiting monounsaturated fat. The pods are also a great source of amino acids which are the basic building blocks of all of our body cells.
  • Fresh leaves and growing tips of moringa are the richest source of vitamin A. Vitamin A is one of the fat-soluble anti-oxidants offering several benefits, including mucus membrane repair, maintenance of skin integrity, vision, and immunity.
  • Fresh moringa pods are excellent sources of vitamin-C. 100 grams of greens provide 86% of daily-recommended intake of this vitamin. Of course Vitamin C helps the body develop immunity, and scavenge free radicals. The greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folate, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin.
  • The plant contains 4 times the amount of calcium than milk. The combination vitamin D and calcium brings a remarkable reduction in cancer risk. Potassium is essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves, and significantly lowers the risk of a stroke.

Where does Moringa grow? Can I plant a Moringa tree?

The Moringa tree thrives in sub-tropical and tropical climates, giving fruit and flowers continually. I saw seeds available on ebay. Be forewarned that they can grow up to 10 feet the first year, so allow plenty of space.

Instructions to Plant the Seed:

  1. Find a sunny place. Choose an area with light and sandy soil, not heavy with clay or water logged.
  2. Make a square hole 30×30 centimeters.
  3. Fill the hole with earth and compost (manure) in 80/20 ratio, athough they grow in any condition.
  4. Plant the seed about 1 cm deep
  5. Water the ground, but do not saturate it.
  6. After each year of fruiting, cut the branches (prune) as it could grow new branches and fruit. The cuttings can be used to plant new trees.

How can I use Moringa?

  • Just before serving hot tea, sprinkle with dried leaves
  • Sprinkle on Soups and Curries
  • Sprinkle on toasted Bread just before serving
  • Add to a stir fry, salads or green drinks

How to make your own Moringa Powder:

  1. Wash and clean the leaves, hang on a net or spread on a clean surface.
  2. Remove leaves from the stem and dry under shade – NOT direct Sun. (Drying under direct Sun, causes it to lose it’s properties by 50% )
  3. Dry hands using a clean towel and carefully pull out the leaves from the shoot end to the leaf end.
  4. Dried Moringa leaves can be made into powder using a mortar and pestle, local grain grinders or in you mixer grinder.
  5. Store in air-tight containers, away from Sun.
  6. Label it when you made it, and ideally use it within 6 months.

Moringa video done by The Discovery Channel:

If you’re not yet sold on trying Moringa in some form please watch this video done by The Discovery Channel:

So if I sound overly excited about Moringa, I am. You see I do live in the perfect climate to grow Moringa—lots and lots of Moringa–and this could very well be my next business venture.

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