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Moringa- The Most Nutritious Plant Ever Discovered

Updated on December 29, 2015

Moringa Flower

Strongest Weapon against Malnutrition

The miracle tree Moringa has gained much recognition lately due to some amazing discoveries. Moringa oleifera comes from the family Moringaceae and genus Moringa and is often called the drumstick or bottle neck tree. This amazing tree is a fast grower reaching nearly 10 feet in its first year of being planted. The Moringa tree is drought resistant and loves heat and full sun, and is native to sub-Himalayan tracts of Northern India, and has spread eastward from India to the lower parts of China, Southeast Asia and the Philippines.

The reason why the Moringa tree is considered to be the miracle tree and strongest weapon against malnutrition is every part of this tree offers so many valuable health and economic benefits. The tree’s leaves, flowers, fruit, bark, roots and seeds are all used for food, medicine, skincare, purifying water, disinfectant, fertilization and even fuel. This is a tree that is easy to grow and because it grows so fast, cultivation in large quantities is made easy. Many malnutrition organizations and clinics are diligently spreading the message about the Moringa tree and trying to plant as many of these trees as possible and to educate on how to use the many benefits this tree has to offer.

Nutrition from the Moringa tree

The Moringa tree is an excellent source of vitamin C, beta-carotene, protein, iron, calcium, phosphorus and potassium and contains essential amino acids and antioxidants. Many consider the Moringa a supermarket on a tree and here’s why. The Moringa is said to have gram for gram three times more iron than spinach, quadruple the amount of vitamin A than carrots, as much protein as eggs, four times the amount of calcium than milk, three times more potassium than a banana, and seven times more vitamin C than oranges. Quite impressive wouldn’t you say? This is the ultimate tree of nutrition which is why many church organizations and malnutrition outreach programs are helping to distribute and plant so many of these trees in areas where nutrition and food lack.

Moringa Oil

Moringa oil is compared to the quality of olive oil and has a bright yellow color to it. The oil is describe to have a pleasant taste and is used for many things other than cooking, from fueling up machinery to healing the sick. Moringa oil is becoming very popular in the skincare and cosmetic industry as it is commonly used as a skin moisturizer and hair conditioner and as a base in perfumes and used to make soaps as well. Moringa oil is used in aromatherapy, massage therapy and found in deodorants, face creams, and anti aging wrinkle creams. The oil pressed from the Moringa seed is full of fatty acids and both vitamins A and D.

Purifying Water With Seeds from the Moringa

Moringa seeds purifying water

The crushed seeds of the Moringa plant are used to purify dirty water from rivers. The seed powder not only diminishes pollution but harmful bacteria as well. The powder joins with the solids in the water and sinks to the bottom. It is said that 15 seeds are needed to purify 20 liters or 5.28 U.S. gallons of water. This is a very affordable water purification system. Malnutrition is not just the lack of, or poor quality of food, but lack of clean water is the cause to so many illness and death. Purifying water through Moringa seeds will allow so many who can’t afford expensive water purifiers to now have access to clean and safe drinking water.

Medicinal uses of Moringa

There are so many medicinal properties this wonder plant offers. You can reap some of the medicinal benefits by simply brewing a tea with its flowers, or relieve a headache by just rubbing the leaves on your temples. Every part of this tree has some sort of healing property. The leaves offer antibacterial and anti-inflammatory effects that are great for wounds and insect bites, the flowers juice is known to increase the quality and flow of breast milk, the pods when eaten raw act as de-wormers and are used to treat liver and spleen problems as well as joint pain.

The fact that this tree is so easy to grow, and will grow well in the worst growing conditions and still offer so many life saving attributes is no wonder this tree is referred to as the miracle tree, the tree of life, the magic tree.

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      vk 2 years ago

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      rpalulis 4 years ago from NY

      barbie mannas, welcome back! I too hope to be back more often and more active here on hubpages. So much I want to write about and research. Best of luck to you with your exploration of herbs and look forward to you sharing your discoveries.

      Anna Sternfeldt, thanks for taking the time to read this hub on the amazing Moringa tree. You are absolutely right on the energy thing. I wish we could grow the Moringa tree here where I live.

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      Anna Sternfeldt 4 years ago from Svenljunga, Sweden

      I agree, Moringa is really the tree of life, so thanks for your info! One more interesting thing with the tree is that parts of it can also be made into energy, which is a great asset, especially for less privileged people. Access to energy is many times a problem, it is expensive and make people dependent and vulnarable. But if energy can be produced locally it will improve the situation a lot. It is amazing that just one tree can provide all this. Food, medicine and energy!

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      barbie mannas 5 years ago from Sanibel Island, USA.

      I'm back, and hope to be more consistent on the hub scene.

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      barbie mannas 6 years ago

      Didn't expect to hear from you Rob, thanks for your kind response. I tried getting back on the hub scene, but this borrowed computer is blocking my new password. I'm away from home again and will be back in Bangalore in late Sept. I've been researching different kinds of herbs and making marvelous discoveries. I hope I can remember my old password and make an effort to pen down a few of my observations. Till then, good luck on the computer scene.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      barbiemannas, good to hear from you again! Hope all is well. I too have not been a very active hubber this season. My work starts from sun up to sun down- the life of a farmer, really miss hubbing and hope to start reading, commenting and writing more hubs again real soon. My computer also crashed, currently on a friends laptop. Once my computer is fixed and or I get a new computer I will be ready to start hubbing again. Take care- Rob

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Tammie O' Connell That is so cool that you are able to grow this wonderful tree, I am jealous. Thanks so much for reading this hub on the Moringa tree and commenting. Best of luck to you with your cosmetic line. Let me know if there is anything I can do to help promote your products. Keep in touch, Rob.

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      barbiemannas 6 years ago

      It's been ages since I last wrote that comment that I've now forgotten my password! Hope to get back shortly on Hub.

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      Tammie O'Connell 6 years ago

      I.am one of the lucky ones to live in a climate warm enough to grow this miracle tree. I just planted seeds last month and have two small tres growing on my patio. They will lose their leaves come winter if I leave them outside but I am planning on moving them to a greenhouse once I get lighting. I also am starting a cosmetic line and plan to use moringa oil in all of my products. I hope everyone passes on information about this tree so that more and more people can benefit from such an amazing tree! Thanks and keep up the good info.

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      barbie mannas 6 years ago

      Thanks for the advice, I sure need it! You may have a long wait, but I'll give it a try.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Welcome to hubpages! Let me know if you have any questions getting started. I recommend taking some time reading over the help section in the upper right hand corner of the page. I look forward to reading your hubs.

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      barbie mannas 6 years ago from Sanibel Island, USA.

      I visited NY in 2003 and fled! Way too cold for me. Thanks to your article, I have now joined HubPages, hope I can contribute meaningfully.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Sometimes I wish I lived on a boat, but no I live in NY and our winters are too long and cold to grow the Moringa tree.

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      barbara mannas 6 years ago

      And why not rpalulis? Are you living on a boat? Hmmm.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Barbara thank you so much for visiting this hub and sharing your experience growing the magnificent Moringa tree. I wish I could grow it here.

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      barbara mannas 6 years ago

      I'm lucky enough to grow this tree which is popularly called the drumstick tree in India. The 'drumsticks' grow to a length of a metre and is incredibly tasty in a curry. We use the bark to make homemade mustard blended with mustard seed and other ingredients. Grows from cuttings as well and the flowers and tender leaves make a delicious meal fried with garlic and dried chilllies.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      quicksand, thanks for reading the hub on the Moringa tree, isn't it just an amazing tree!

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      quicksand 6 years ago

      Wow! Another great and informative essay! Thanks!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Micky Dee, sorry to hear that you are suffering from inflammation, I hope that the anti inflammatory properties of the Moringa tree bring you much relief. Do let us know if you do try what your results are. Thanks, and hopefully by the time you wake up your headache will be gone, God bless.

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      Micky Dee 6 years ago

      I suffer greatly from inflammation. It really eats me up. I try to avoid medicines. I am now only taking one hydrocodone per long bike ride. It's one 2 or 3 times a week. I just have to. I take anti-oxidants. I eat well. I've gotten my diet really close to what it needs. But I'd like to test the properties of this for the inflammation. Thank you for putting this together!

      I'm heading for bed now with a pretty strong headache. God bless rpalulis!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Elena, I keep forgetting to order some Moringa tea, I am so curious to know what it taste like, I will have to check out Moringa Farms, thanks for commenting!

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      Elena Maria 6 years ago from Pennsylvania

      I am so excited that you wrote about the Moringa tree. I recently ordered Moringa Powder from Moringa Farms and I drink Moringa tea in the morning now. It's pretty good and I like that it's so good for me. Thank you for your very informative article!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      oceansnsunsets, I agree this is exciting, that discoveries like the Moringa Tree are being discovered and shared in areas where the benefits from such a tree are greatly needed.

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      Paula 6 years ago from The Midwest, USA

      Well that is great news! That it can help the liver and spleen are wonderful things! I had no idea about it, and love the white flowers as well, very pretty. Love to hear about discoveries like this and its great it is catching on.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks prasetio for reading this hub on the magnificent Moringa Tree! Isn't it awesome. Have a great day my friend, and God bless you.

      Rob

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      prasetio30 6 years ago from malang-indonesia

      Another great hub from my best friend. I always find something new every time I visit your hub. Keep it up my friend. This information really helpful. Thanks for sharing. Vote up as usual. God bless you!

      Prasetio,

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Chatkath, so glad you enjoyed learning about the Moringa tree, isn't it great that we can learn something new everyday!

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      Kathy 6 years ago from California

      Like everyone already said, what a tree! I sure wish I had one too! Learn something new every day, this is amazing stuff! Thank you for the great info!!!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks cheapsk8chick, I have a friend of mine who lives in Africa and she was telling me about this wonderful tree how she had just planted a few of them and is very excited to use the many benefits this tree provides. As soon as I got off the phone with her I just had to research the Moringa tree and share it with all my Hub friends.

      Thanks for reading it, glad you enjoyed. take care.

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      cheapsk8chick 6 years ago

      I join the ranks of commenters with the want of a Moringa tree, too! This sounds like the most amazing thing to have around! Thanks for the hub and the information. Voted up & ranked!

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Thanks Darlene, I only wish we could grow the Moringa tree here, isn't it awesome though that this tree thrives so well where its needed the most.

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      Katie, keep talking girl, you speaking my language! This sailer has been cooped inside this house too long, I can't wait to get back out on the water myself.

      Thanks for stopping by I always look forward to your feedback. Big bummer we cant grow this tree by us, however I am going to talk to a tea friend of mine and order some Moringa flowers to brew some tea, I'm curious to know what it taste like. Take care

      Rob.

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      Darlene Sabella 6 years ago from Hello, my name is Toast and Jam, I live in the forest with my dog named Sam ...

      What a tree this is, as you know I love love love trees. And I want to plant one in my yard, thank for this awesome comment, love you dearly...your fan and always your friend, darski rate up up great job

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      katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

      I third that motion, a Moringa tree would be wonderful to have in my garden. I'm so excited to have you as a resource for such healthy facts, tips and cutting edge information. Thanks for the great tips on Moringa the most nutritious plant ever discovered.

      btw, every time I look at your new picture I long to go fishing, ah the warm sun shining down reflecting the sparkling water as the next big catch burst through! :) Katie

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      rpalulis 6 years ago from NY

      I only wish they would grow where I live, I too would love to have this tree growing in my garden. Thanks Martie!

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      Martie Coetser 6 years ago from South Africa

      The Moringa tree is certainly a miracle tree. I would not mind having one of them in my garden. Thanks rpalulis, for a very interesting hub, voted UP in all ways.