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Moringa Oleifera Nutritional Information

Updated on August 7, 2013

Moringa oleifera, the Miracle Leaves of Life

Moringa is highly nutritious that it has a significant source of Vitamin C, beta-carotene, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium that helps to combat malnutrition. Its leaves are eaten as vegetables that is cooked for soups and certain cuisines. Even its flowers and its fruit that looked like green pods are edible and can be cooked in as delicacy in other countries. As well as the bark, sap, roots, leaves, seeds are used in medicinal cure.

The plant commonly known as Moringa also called as Moringa oleifera known for its nutritious and edible vegetable tree leaves native way back in the foothills of Himalayas somewhere in the northwestern India and in the Tropics. It belongs to the flowering plant family of Moringaceae that provides a variety of uses in human food consumption, great source of bio-fuel and other medicinal purposes.

For those who are interested to learn more about the health benefits of this very nutritious leafy vegetable and more of its other beneficial usage, it is definitely worth your time to check out these page.

Did you know?

  1. Aside from Africa, it is widely cultivated today in countries like Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Mexico, Indonesia and the Philippines.
  2. Moringa is usually a sun loving heat plant that can last has an annual production of 1.1 to 1.3 million tonnes of tender fruits.
  3. The word Moringa derived from the Tamil word Marunggai. It is considered one of the world's most useful tree because of its beneficial uses.

Moringa oleifera commonly referred to as "Shojne" in Bengali, "Munagakaya" in Telugu, "Shenano" in Rajasthani, "Shevaga" in Marathi, "Nuggekai" in Kannada, "Moringa" (from Tamil: Murungakai, Malayalam: Muringa, Konkani: Mashinga sanga, and Malunggáy in Filipino, is the most widely cultivated species of the genus Moringa, which is the only genus in the family Moringaceae. It is an exceptionally nutritious vegetable tree with a variety of potential uses. The tree itself is rather slender, with drooping branches that grow to approximately 10 m in height. In cultivation, it is often cut back annually to 1 meter or less and allowed to regrow so that pods and leaves remain within arm's reach.

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Common Name: Drumstick tree, Horseradish tree, Ben oil tree, Moringa, Murunggi, Murungai, Malunggay, Sojina, Nuggekayee, Marango, Limaran, Maska Saang, Shevga, Muringakaya, Marango, Zogale, Kelor, Arzan Tiiga, Arjanayiiri

Family: Moringaceae

Genus: Moringa

Moringa oleifera and Your Health

Moringa is widely eaten in many part of Asia as a part of its basic commodity. Its bunches of leaves are easily available in the market as well as it is versatile that it can grow into your backyards.

It grows in tropical and sub-tropical regions from cutting its stem and seeds. It is rich in nutrients especially when added to common foods to combat malnutrition. It is said that more than 400 names of moringa in different languages in the world.

Aside from improving human health, it increases livestock's weight gain and milk production and enhance plant growth and crop yields. According to modern science, moringa combats 300 diseases.

It leaves in gram for gram contains: 7 times the Vitamin C in oranges, plus 3 times the potassium in bananas, 4 times the calcium in milk, 4 times the Vitamin A in carrots and 2 times the protein in milk. How amazing was that!

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