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How to Benefit From the Medicinal Value of Water-Purifying Moringa

Updated on September 15, 2008

Moringa Oleifera

Moringa Oleifera is an inexpensive yet very nutritious tree vegetable. Moringa is unknown to many people out of tropics as it thrives in Asia and Africa regions. Other names for Moringa Oleifera are horse-radish and drumstick.

Grows Simply In the Countryside

Moringa Oleifera grows on farms or simply in the countryside and folks will plant it mainly as a live hedgerow around the house and as an adjunctive food crop. Moringa is drought resistant and can be grown in a wide variety of poor soils, even barren ground, with soil pH between 4.5 and 9.0. The Moringa hedge will turn into food only when the folks run out of the preferred vegetables.

Moringa Oleifera is Horse-Radish or Drumstick

Medicinal value benefits

Medicinal value benefits of water-purifying Moringa Oleifera are many and its soon becoming a most sought after tree vegetable. Moringa Oleifera is a good source of nutritional value than many other vegetables. It has very high food value content in calories, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus and ascorbic acid.

Moringa Oleifera holds promise as a sustainable crop which can benefit humans and animals nutritionally, economically and as an energy source. The future looks very promising for Moringa especially in the formulation of medicine and in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics.

Vegetable Tree

Moringa Oleifera has fern-like leaves. Its fruit is long, pendulous and grooved with winged 3-angled seed. This vegetable tree grows as tall as nine metres. The trunk has an inner core of soft, whitish wood protected by a corky and gummy bark.

Purifying Even the Most Turbid Water

Aside from the intrinsic food values, the protein-rich Moringa seeds have the capacity of purifying even the most turbid water. The purifying activity is because the seeds contain biologically active coagulant. Like nirmali and tulsi seeds which are powerful coagulant for muddy water in India, Moringa seeds will clear water as an inexpensive traditional method of making drinking water safe to the local folks. You will need 15 seeds to purify 20 litres of water. The seeds are crushed into a thick paste and then mixed with water. The paste coagulates the suspended particles in water which later settle down.

Contain Biologically Active Protein Coagulants

Moringa Oleifera seeds contain biologically active protein coagulants which is 30 to 40% of the seeds weight. This biologically active protein acts as a polyelectrolyte that cross-links charged particles. By introducing the Moringa seed protein into clouded and contaminated water, it coagulates and then particles lump together with pathogenic, non-pathogenic bacteria, viruses and other water-borne organisms. Then the lumped particles settle down and your turbid water becomes clear.

Most Sought After Tree Vegetable

Medicinal value benefits of water-purifying Moringa Oleifera are many and its soon becoming a most sought after tree vegetable for the following reasons:

  1. It a source of nutritional value than many other vegetables. It has very high food value content in calories, protein, carbohydrates, calcium, niacin, thiamin, phosphorus and ascorbic acid.
  2. The iron compound found in Moringa helps restore red blood cells and builds and maintains blood supply.
  3. As an excellent source of calcium, Moringa helps in keeping up health teeth and bones.
  4. As a source of vitamin A, Moringa keeps the body health and prevent xerophthlmia. Xerophthlmia is an eye disorder characterized by dry and lusterless eyeballs
  5. Moringa improves your night vision in addition to increasing your body resistance to diseases.
  6. Niacin is found in Moringa. It's a vitamin of B complex. Niacin helps in stimulating growth and appetite. Niacin also prevents roughening of skin, neck, hands. It also prevents beriberi and anaemia.
  7. In Moringa leaves, ascorbic acid is fairly high. Ascorbic acid is necessary in preventing skin haemmorrhage in mouth, gums, skin eruption, etc.
  8. Ascorbic acid in Moringa will hasten tissue healing and resist body infections.
  9. Methionine, an amino acid which is present in Moringa. Methionine is useful in treating liver disorders.
  10. Use Moringa bark as rubefacient remedy.
  11. Apply Moringa roots on snake bites to neutralize venom.
  12. Cure scurvy, hiccups, asthma, gout, lumbago and rheumatism using the roots of Moringa.
  13. Moringa seeds contain 30 to 40% non-drying edible oil used to lubricate delicate pieces of machinery. Moringa can also provide oil for making biofuels.

Formulation Of Medicine, Perfumes And Cosmetics

You ain't seen anything yet. Moringa Oleifera holds promise as a sustainable crop which can benefit humans and animals nutritionally, economically and as an energy source. The future looks very promising for Moringa especially in the formulation of medicine and in the manufacture of perfumes and cosmetics.

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      jackneilsen69@yahoo.com 

      6 years ago

      Moringa leaves is the MIRACLE food for mankind. If you have moringa around your house, that is the source of good health you have in your whole world. l suffered from kidney problems,anemia, loss of calcium due to intake of high orthodox medicine, high blood pressure, etc. Since l got introduced to Moringa l have swiftly recovered my health without any medicine except taking Moringa juice. l prepare Moringa juice by par boiling fresh or dried moringa leaves at around 80degrees; blend the leaves with fresh ginger, seive the mixture and add honey to taste or some sugar if no honey is available. This juice is best served when chilled. The best way to taste moringa is this. Now, no more kidney problems, nothing nothing. My bones are stronger, my teeth stronger, more energy, no anemia. l will juice moringa for life in my life time. Wish everybdy knew this miracle life packed food tree.

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      Denzel 

      7 years ago

      I was recently introduced to this plant, and so far what I have heard and read is very impressive. Hence, I make a commitment to give it a try. After I tried it, I will introduce it to others.

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      lydia 

      7 years ago

      In the northern part of Ghana it used in preparing traditional foods.

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      desmond 

      7 years ago

      i find moringa very helpful to my whole body wellnes we should use it as much as we can

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      aroh henry 

      7 years ago

      please i need you guys to highlight more on this moringa's medicinal value

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      fanta 

      7 years ago

      i think this is the solution to man's health issues.We thank God for this gift.

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      carmelo74 

      8 years ago

      i've been taking raw boiled moringa leaves for almost a month now. i feel better since im a changed smoker . its really worth to be called a miracle tree. try it yourself.

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      Moringa 

      8 years ago

      I am sure there are yet to be discovered attributes and benefits of moringa trees. I like them very much.

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      shayari 

      8 years ago from Austin, TX

      There are many such little known vegetables. The Dept. of Agriculture undertook a study in 2007 to document such vegetation. I don't think much will come out of that unless the big food conglomerates find something that helps them!

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      ibrahim dada 

      8 years ago

      very good , am into poultry biz how can i use the leave on birds, thanks

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      Kim Garcia 

      9 years ago

      Very insightful Hub. Thank you for posting. Intriguing information and some really great tips concerning Moringa. I learned something new today!!! Peace ~ K

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      SHEELA 

      9 years ago

      CURRENTLY USED IN MAURITIAN KITCHEN TO MAKE SOUP & SAUTEE ALSO. VERY BENEFIC FOR ANAEMIC PERSONS.

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      earnestshub 

      10 years ago from Melbourne Australia

      this is fascinating information. I will be buying and eating this wonderful plant.

      the nutriant list is very encouraging. Thank you for this great hub.

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      Barbara 

      10 years ago from Stepping past clutter

      This is fascinating. Is this something you are selling? How is that working for you?

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