Posted by: godshealingplants | December 24, 2017

MORINGA FOR YOUR HEALTH

HISTORY

The Moringa plant is native to Northern India, where it was first described around 2000 BC as a medicinal herb. It is also known as “The Miracle Tree.” 

It grows mainly in semiarid, tropical, and subtropical areas. While it grows best in dry, sandy soil, it tolerates poor soil. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree.

 Ancient Egyptian treasured Moringa oil, using it as protection for their skin from the negative effects of desert weather. Later, the Greeks found many healthful uses for Moringa and introduced it to the Romans. 

 

ABOUT

The Moringa tree (Moringa oleifera) is a slender tree with drooping branches that can grow to 10 m (30 ft) or taller in the wild.

It grows pods that are long and slender, three-sided and ribbed. It produces seeds that have a dark kernel with 3 cream-colored wings and its flowers are beautiful cream-colored and sweet-scented.

 

Moringa seeds can be eaten, either alone or along with the entire pod. The seeds can be roasted and eaten like nuts. They can also be used in cooking the same way one would use beans. 

The seeds contain high-quality oil which can be used for cooking and for lubrication. 

 

NUTRITIONAL VALUE

Moringa leaves contain high amounts of several essential disease-preventing nutrients, including:

 

Vitamin A, C, Calcium, Potassium, Iron, Thiamin (B1), Riboflavin (B2), Niacin (B3), Copper, Magnesium and Zinc. It is also a rich source of Omega 3 fatty acids.

 

HEALTH BENEFITS

The flowers and leaves contain pterygospermin, a natural antibiotic, antiseptic and fungicide which has been successful in the treatment of cholera as well as helping with:

  • Bronchitis
  • Chest congestion and Asthma
  • Clear vision and eye health
  • Conjunctivitis (eye infection)
  • Ear infection
  • Fever
  • Headaches
  • Healthier skin, hair, scalp, and nails.
  • Helps to maintain a healthy immune system
  • Helps with Diabetes by lowering blood sugar levels
  • Helps with sore throat and swollen glands
  • Increased energy
  • Protects the liver
  • Reduces Hypertension
  • Reduces Inflammation 

HOW TO USE

Moringa is available in powder form from most Asian or Health Food Stores.

Moringa powder has a distinctive “green” flavor, so you may want to start out slowly when adding it to your meals. 

If you have access to a Moringa tree, you can use the fresh leaves in your meals; they have a flavor similar to a radish.

 

Toss Moringa leaves into a salad

Blend into smoothies with chia seeds

Moringa mixed into your favorite vegetable soup

Mix into your egg role batter

 

Delicious and healthy Moringa-Hummus cracker

 The seeds  are great when eaten raw, or they can be toasted and eaten for a healthy snack.

*Be careful not to overdo (even healthy fats should be consumed in moderation), because even though they are yummy and satisfying, they do have a natural laxative/mild diuretic effect.

 NOTE: Moringa is a highly nutritious plant and is generally safe for consumption. However, its usage for therapeutic relief should only be considered after consultation with a medical professional.

 

SOURCES:

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Anwar F, Latif S, Ashraf M, Gilani AH. Moringa oleifera: a food plant with multiple medicinal uses. Phytother Res. 2007 Jan;21(1):17-25.

Gupta R, Mathur M, Bajaj VK, Katariya P, Yadav S, Kamal R, Gupta RS. Evaluation of antidiabetic and antioxidant activity of Moringa oleifera in experimental diabetes. J Diabetes. 2012 Jun;4(2):164-71.

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DISCLAIMER: The information contained on this site is intended for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for advice, diagnosis or treatment by a licensed physician. It is not meant to cover all possible precautions, drug interactions, circumstances or adverse effects. You should seek prompt medical care for any health issues and consult your doctor before using alternative medicine or making a change to your regimen.

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Responses

  1. Thank you very much for sharing this valuable information. Sincerely,

    Dereje Shanka (PhD)

    • You are most welcome. Thank you for your kind words.


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