Morgina is probably one of the most nutrient-dense foods and herbal medicines on the planet that you’ve probably never heard of. With every part of the moringa tree useful for food or medicine, this “Tree of Life” is now being used to save many lives around the world.
The moringa tree is an especially nutrient-dense plant, providing a nearly complete source of human nutrition.
- Contains 10 times the vitamin A content of carrots, twice the vitamin C of oranges, 15 times the potassium of bananas, and 17 times the calcium of milk.
- Contains high amounts of selenium and vitamin E.
- Contains 19 of the 20 required amino acids, including the nine essential amino acids that our bodies cannot produce on their own. The amino acids in moringa are present in a form available for optimal absorption and assimilation by the body. These highly bio-available amino acids make moringa leaves an excellent source of leafy green vegetable protein.
- Is high in antioxidant compounds, and can support the body in the prevention of cancer and other diseases.
- Assists the body with detoxification of the liver, and thus, the detoxification of the rest of the body as well. Moringa has been demonstrated in an animal study to normalize liver enzyme counts in the livers of mice that were damaged by acetaminophen.
Because moringa meets the majority of our basic nutritional needs and is so bio-available, it can be used as a replacement for commercially produced multi-vitamin pills, many of which have been manufactured with isolated compounds that are never absorbed by our bodies in the first place (and have been found to actually remain intact even as they exit the body). With moringa, you never have to worry about wasting money on something that doesn’t work to support your health.
Moringa’s Use in Developing Countries
One of the many amazing things about the moringa tree is that it thrives in places where it is difficult to cultivate other crops, primarily in hot, dry and barren landscapes. Used widely in Africa, South Asia, and India, moringa has also been introduced into Central America and South America, and is currently being used to prevent malnutrition in many developing countries around the world. The countries of Rwanda and Ghana are now using moringa as part of their food security programs.
Moringa leaves are commonly dried and then ground into a powder. Nursing mothers use the moringa leaf powder to help them produce nutrient-rich breast milk for their infants. Women are also incorporating the leaf powder into all of their family’s meals, leading to well-nourished children who are healthier, happier and experience greatly improved energy.
By growing moringa trees locally, poor communities no longer need to rely on imported food goods to provide the important nutrition that they need.
Another great use of the moringa tree is that its seeds are used to purify water in developing countries where water supplies are often questionable.
How to Use Moringa
As a multi-use plant, moringa has many uses and applications. All parts of the moringa tree are useful, including the roots, stems, leaves, flowers and seedpods.
- The leaves can be powdered and used as a supplement. A minimum of two teaspoons of the leaf powder per day is recommended to best experience the benefits of moringa.
- The leaf powder can be made into a tea, added to water or juice, or blended into your smoothies. The fresh moringa leaves can also be made into a tea.
- The leaf powder can be added to soups and juices.
- The seed oils can be used topically for skin and hair conditions.
- The seed oils can be used for cooking, cosmetics and many other uses.
Because moringa leaf powder is an excellent source of nutrition and meets the majority of our body’s basic needs for nourishment, it is an excellent super food to stock up on and have on hand for times when other local food sources become scarce. It is also a useful food to have a supply of in the winter when it is difficult to grow our own nourishing fruits and vegetables in colder climates.
How to Grow a Moringa Tree
The very amazing things about moringa that make it a miracle survival plant in sunny, hot, dry and barren lands also means that the majority of the climates in the United States are not optimal for year-round growth of moringa trees.
However, some people grow moringa trees as annuals, and others are experimenting with bringing them indoors and keeping them alive in pots over the winter. In temperate climates, moringa trees require artificial lighting and heating throughout the cold times of the year in their indoor home.
It is important to note that moringa trees grow very large very quickly, and if you wish to keep them in a pot, you will need to “trick” them into believing that they will never grow very big by trimming their roots back once and their branches regularly.
Experts warn that moringa seeds should not be continually consumed, as their plant compounds may build up in the body, become toxic, and potentially cause damage. Only the leaves are recommended for continued daily consumption.
It is also recommended that pregnant and nursing mothers only consume the leaves (or leaf powder) due to the potentially negative effects of other parts of the moringa plant on a developing baby.
All information in this article is for informational purposes only, and is not intended to diagnose, treat or cure any health condition. Always consult with your health practitioner concerning any supplement(s) that you are considering incorporating into your diet and lifestyle to determine if it is right for you.
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