The Moringa Tree: A Dietary and Medicinal Goliath

larry0909
By larry0909 Latest Reply 2014-12-08 08:25:49 -0600
Started 2014-12-05 02:10:53 -0600

Discovered in the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India, the Moringa tree (Moringa Oleifera) is taking Western civilization by storm due to its massive nutritional benefits. Actually, Moringa is considered by many health professionals to be the most nutritious tree crop on the planet.

Moringa contains 36 anti-inflammatory compounds, 46 kinds of antioxidants, and more than 90 vitamins, proteins, amino acids, iron and calcium. That’s why health and fitness experts in the U.S. and Europe are touting Moringa Oleifera as a legitimate “superfood” and the locals in India even refer to it as “The Miracle Tree.”

For centuries, civilizations in the Far East have used Moringa to aid healthy living. Considered a raw food, each portion of the tree - the leaves, seeds, bark, flowers, fruit, and roots - is edible and easily digestible . . . as well as naturally vegan, caffeine-free, and gluten-free.

The leaves provide the highest nutritional benefit. They contain huge amounts of vitamin B6, vitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotene, magnesium, and protein, among other nutrients.

Moringa nutritional benefits exceed that of any other edible plant food. As an illustration, in gram for gram comparisons to common fruits and vegetables, Moringa leaves contain:

7 times the vitamin C in oranges
4 times the calcium in milk and twice the protein
4 times the vitamin A in carrots
3 times the iron found in almonds
And 3 times the potassium in bananas

And there are no known negative effects from eating Moringa, according to the experts, even when consumed daily. It also is completely safe and natural for youngsters and expectant moms.

Since its discovery, many countries now cultivate Moringa Oleifera for its exceptional nutritional benefits. Actually, the World Health Organization and other charitable organizations have used Moringa Oleifera for decades to relieve malnutrition in Third World countries.

Noel Vietmeyer of the U.S. National Academy of Sciences in Washington says that while few people today have never heard of this tree crop, “Moringa could soon become one of the world’s most valuable plants, at least in humanitarian terms.”

Moringa Health Benefits

But nutrition is only one half of the Moringa benefits story. It’s also prized for its many medicinal benefits.

Because its leaves, bark, flowers, fruit, seeds, and roots are filled with vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, amino acids, and other vital nutritional elements, Moringa has been used for hundreds of years in both folk and traditional Indian Ayurvedic medicine. Medical research shows Moringa leaves can treat roughly 300 health problems, including such conditions as anemia, arthritis, asthma, cancer, constipation, diabetes, epilepsy, heart conditions, high cholesterol levels, hypertension, kidney stones, thyroid disorders, and infections.

Even though the Moringa plant’s treasure chest of powerful and disease-preventing substances, plus essential amino acids, are not pharmaceutical medicine per se, there is scientific evidence they can prevent those health issues and diseases brought on by malnutrition or the lack of certain nutrients in the daily diet. In fact, the U.S. National Institute of Health has supported the nutritional and health benefits of Moringa through extensive research.

I prefer Green-Fu. Its all natural with its Moringa and Organic Green Bean Coffee Extracts.

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8 replies

jayabee52
jayabee52 2014-12-05 10:05:23 -0600 Report

Howdy Larry
I have not heard of this "tree" prior to your mention of it here. If it is as great as it is touted to be, how would one go about finding this? Sounds like something which would be useful for me.

In reading further on it, I note it has a lot of potassium in it. I need to minimize potassium consumption due to my need for dialysis. That may be the "Golliath's" "David" and a smooth stone in a slingshot, at least for me.

Praying for better health for us all

James

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-12-05 08:01:08 -0600 Report

I am so glad someone else besides me brought this up. I have a friend who grows these trees, and I plan to be planting a few in my yard next year. They are actually kind of more like a bush, as they die back every winter. But I have been taking Moringa for a few months now and it has given me more energy than I could imagine. In fact, I had to change the time of day that I take it, because it keeps me awake at night. I have not noticed any changes in my glucose numbers, but that is not why I take it.

I have eaten the leaves of it sauteed with Brussels sprouts and in salads. I buy the powder in bulk and make my own capsules. I can't wait to be growing my own and making my own powder.

Eating it both fresh/whole and dried are recommended. I will say the powder smells wonderful, but tastes horrible. But eating it fresh is very nice.

larry0909
larry0909 2014-12-08 00:43:58 -0600 Report

That's very interesting. I usually experience a sense of calm and lower blood pressure after consuming Moringa. After a couple of hours the energy boost kicks in :-)

It serves me well after workouts as it is an anti-inflammatory.

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-12-08 08:25:49 -0600 Report

It doesn't make me hyper, but it keeps me alert. I was taking it with my evening meds at first and my brain would not shut up at bed time. I take it now with my morning routine and that really helps. It's not like caffeine energy, it's a good kind. I also take it for the many nutritional values. I also take turmeric for anti- inflammatory needs.

lilleyheidi
lilleyheidi 2014-12-06 03:44:44 -0600 Report

where do you purchase it ? can you purchase it fresh or as a powder or as a pill ? and the cost? I'm interested if it gives more energy i'm definitely interested. Thanks. Heidi

Gabby
GabbyPA 2014-12-06 06:50:49 -0600 Report

I purchase my powder from www.nuts.com. I don't recall the price off hand.
Living trees can be purchased from nurseries. Down here they range from $5-$10 a tree. I am not sure how far north they will grow though.

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