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Moringa Benefits

Did you know that out of the wide range of green leafy vegetables that we consume daily Moringa is the richest source of Beta-Carotene (vitamin A)? Indeed this miraculous plant needs no introduction as its multifarious benefits have been proven over time from the Ayurvedic period. This plant is not only effective for figure conscious individuals but plays a crucial role in humanitarian terms to aid billions of people who are malnutrition.

It has multiple common names such as Benzolive, Drumstick Tree, Kelor, Marango, Mlonge, Mulangay, Saijhan and Sajna.  Not only does it help in overcoming malnutrition it also improves overall health by providing extreme nourishment to the human body. It also supplies all 8 of the essential amino acids required to sustain life.

The most used parts of the plant are the leaves, flowers, seeds, and pods. The Moringa tree helps in checking erosion, provides excellent farming solutions for areas with low grade soil, and gives high quality fodder for grazing animals. While oil can be extracted from the seeds for cooking and lubrication, the seeds can further be used as an excellent vehicle for purifying water. Research has proved that the crushed seeds are even effective against the skin-infecting bacteria Staphylococcus and the dreaded E. coli. Hence, it was used traditionally in Guatemala to cure skin infections and sores.

While in Guatemala it is used mainly for treating skin infections and sores, in India it is used to cure anemia, anxiety, asthma, blackheads, blood impurities, bronchitis, catarrh, chest congestion, cholera, conjunctivitis, cough, diarrhea, eye and ear infections, fever, glandular swelling, headaches, abnormal blood pressure, hysteria, pain in joints, pimples, psoriasis, respiratory disorders, scurvy, semen deficiency, sore throat, sprain and tuberculosis.

In Malaysia, Venezuela, and Puerto Rico it is used for treating intestinal worms. In Nicaragua it is used to relieve headaches, skin infections, and sores. It is also used in the Philippines for anemia, glandular swelling, and improving lactation. In Senegal it is prescribed for diabetes, pregnancy, skin infections, and skin problems. In other countries it treats colitis, diarrhea, dropsy, dysentery, gonorrhea, jaundice, malaria, stomach ulcers, tumor, urinary disorders, and wounds.

Even the roots and bark are used for cardiac and circulatory problems, as a tonic, and for inflammation. The bark also serves as an appetizer and digestive aid. In Senegal and India the roots are pounded and mixed with salt to make a poultice for treating rheumatism and lower back or kidney pain. The branches serve as a good fodder source. The alkaloid spirachin (a nerve paralysant) content has been found in the roots that helps in relieving fatigue and activates mental alertness. It also relieves of bronchioles.

The seed kernels of Moringa can treat bronchial asthma. The seed extracts also have anticancer activity. It can affect the hepatic carcinogen metabolizing enzymes and antioxidant properties. Moringa gum is a diuretic and an astringent and is used to fight against asthma. Further reports show that aqueous extracts of the leaf, fruit, and seed of Moringa act as an antioxidant. The methanol and ethanol extracts of the Indian originated Moringa have the highest antioxidant activity.

Moringa Oleifera is also known as a potent anticancer plant as it is full of several bioactive compounds with significant antitumor activity. The aqueous extract of Moringa roots was also experimented with and proven to provide anti infertility effects during estrogenic, anti-estrogenic, pro- gestational, and anti-progestational activities that subsequently affects its anti-fertility property.

Many recipes using Moringa as a spice are available on multiple websites and there are books that use moringa as the main ingredient in scrumptious dishes. From pizzas and omelets to salads and loafs, Moringa is used for several culinary purposes. Although the plant is excellent for multiple cuisines it is recommended not to consume the root and the bark without processing it further as they can prove to be toxic sometimes.

The benefits and usage of this plant are still under study and its likely to unleash other hidden qualities. It is gradually being promoted across countries and its use is proven to be a savior for many.


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