Moringa Oleifera is without doubt one of the world’s best kept secrets. People in the developing world have been using the leaves, flowers, roots, bark and fruit of this unpretentious tree for nutritional and medicinal purposes for centuries. The existence of the plant has only come to light in the West during the course of the last fifty years, amazing researchers with its potential to prevent and treat diseases, as well as its ability to act as a much-needed source of nutrition for babies and children in many poverty-stricken areas.
Scientists have determined that the tree supplies more vitamins and minerals than any other plant.
- It is able to provide the Vitamin C you would find in seven oranges
- Four times the amount of Vitamin A that you would find in carrots
- More Calcium than you would find in a glass of milk
- Three times the amount of potassium that you would find in a banana
- What makes Moringa even more amazing is that it also contains more protein than any other plant, supplying the equivalent of two times more protein than you would find in yogurt.
And that is just for starters!
Moringa Oleifera’s incredible medicinal properties were discovered many centuries ago by traditional healers in many different regions of the world. Ayurvedic practitioners use it to treat over 300 ailments. It has antibiotic, antiseptic and anti-inflammatory properties, and has proved to be useful in the treatment of a range of conditions, including diabetes, high cholesterol and cancer, to name just a few.
Every part of the tree can be used. Juice from the leaves or oil from the seeds can be applied externally to treat wounds or to provide relief from the pain of inflammatory conditions like arthritis. The leaves can be eaten raw or cooked or added to food in the form of powder.
Moringa tea, made from the leaves and flowers, has recently gained popularity in the West as an energy booster. Unlike caffeine and sugar, which both give you a sudden burst of energy that is relatively short-lived and have a detrimental effect on your metabolism, Moringa provides sustained energy throughout the day. It has the added benefit of supplying a wide range of nutrients which are so often lacking in the modern diet. These qualities also make it ideal as a weight loss supplement, as it provides a natural source of both energy and protein.
Caution should be exercised in the purchase of Moringa products, as the full benefits of its use can only be obtained if it is ingested in pure form and not in combination with other ingredients. It is best, of course, to use it fresh from the tree itself, but this is not always possible, particularly in those areas in which it does not grow naturally. Always source it from a reputable health shop or supplier.
It should be noted too that there are 13 varieties of Moringa but only Molinga Oleifera supplies the benefits listed above.