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Moringa Tree: Health Benefit of Moringa Tree, Moringa leaves,seeds and Moringa flower

Updated on June 5, 2015

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Before I start writing about the health benefits of Moringa I would like to reiterate that this article is merely to inform and does not in any way support self medication. Health related issues must be channeled through qualified medical practitioners and physicians, and even when research has been done should be handled with care.

Also note that herbal remedies have their own risks and side effects and most herbal solutions in most countries have not gone through proper investigation and certification yet many have been allotted registration numbers and tags.

The visitors

Something special happens regularly at a bungalow beside where I sometimes reside, a small tree with many lightweight tiny leaves get special visitors daily. Everyday just before dusk a hoard of wild parrot looking grey colored birds congregate on the tree and go through a feeding frenzy eating the leaves.

The routine is carried out daily without fail and you can set your wristwatch on their punctuality, the tree happens to be a Moringa tree and it attracts not only birds but people who cut branches and take away. The owner of the tree got fed up and cut the tree but within a few months it was back in bloom and the circle started all over again, birds and humans.

All the fuss over a stringy looking tree seemed excessive until I enquired the name of the tree and started researching on why everyone thought so highly of it. Since then I have become a believer in the incredible gift the tree professes and why it just keeps on giving.

The African grey parrot- loves moringa leaves

Africa grey parrot image. The African grey parrot loves moringa leaves too.
Africa grey parrot image. The African grey parrot loves moringa leaves too. | Source

Something about the Moringa tree

The Moringa tree is made up of twelve species and is more indigenous to Africa and Asian countries, the incredible tree comes in different verities from Moringa peregrine to Moringa borziana mattei. Herbal practitioners have discovered many uses for the tree which transcends using the leaves for many health applications such as making balms, soaps and even used in meals.

The Moringa Oleifera is the most common specie cultivated and uses have been found for the entire tree like seeds, flowers, leaves, root, and stem. Other use of the tree are as windbreakers, habitat shade, used to demarcate boundaries, used as vegetable in meals and salads, helps add nitrogen to soil and is good as animal feed.

The Moringa plant has been extensively studied by scientists, professionals and has been seen to have many important nutrients and vitamins that are useful to both humans and animals.

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Summary of vitamins and nutrients found in Moringa Oleifera

The following vitamins can be found in Moringa

1 vitamin A

2 Vitamin B

3 Vitamin C

4 Potassium

5 Protein

6 Zeatin

7 Quercetin

8 Beta-sitosterol

9 Caffeoylquinic acid and kaempferol

Herbal remedies

Unlike western medicine were strict rules apply when taking medication, herbal medicine might be lacking in this aspect, though herbal practitioners try to specify certain doses for appropriate medication. Herbs, plants and roots have many useful nutrients that can be beneficial to us but adequate care is advised before using any herbal product because no two herbal products are the same.

Moringa leaves, seeds, pods and flowers can be crushed, soaked made into oil extracts or powder, ground, grilled fried added to supplements and cooked depending on the use and application. Herbal practitioners have found many uses of this incredible plant.

Some countries that use lots of Moringa

Moringa is found in many countries and is a very resilient plant; it grows well in the tropics and can be found in most African countries and parts of Asia. The Philippines is known to use lots of Moringa in their local dishes like Moringa coconut milk and Moringa soup and in their herbal medicine. Places like India uses Moringa both in culinary dishes as well as medicinal purposes while in Senegal they cultivate Moringa in large farms for commercial purposes.

In other African countries like Nigeria, Ghana, Kenya and Sudan Moringa is fast becoming a wonder plant used to fight many ailments including malnutrition.

Moringa oleifera

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Moringa oleifera farm
Moringa oleifera farm | Source
Moringa tree and leaves
Moringa tree and leaves | Source
Moringa oleifera flowers
Moringa oleifera flowers | Source

Types of Moringa

There are twelve spices of Moringa some of which are

1 Moringa borziana mattei

2 Moringa concanensis nimmo

3 Moringa Oleifera Lam

4 Moringa rivae

5 Moringa ruspoliana

6 Moringa peregrine

7 Moringa pygmaea

8 Moringa longituba

9 Moringa drouhardii jam

10 Moringa arborea and two others

Some vitamins found in Moringa

Moringa is full of natural vitamins such as protein, potassium, vitamin C, calcium, vitamin B, and vitamin A; the leaves are considered edible and could contribute to considerable weight gain in animals.

One hundred grams (100g) of Moringa contains 8.3g of protein, the protein helps in general body building while calcium of around 434mg helps us develop strong bones and teeth. The vitamin C is about 164mg and it helps us fight the common cold and flu symptoms combined with potassium that aids brain cell development and activity.

Vitamin A, vitamin B and C fight diseases like diarrhea and other skin related problems, while the Moringa leaves, roots, seeds and flowers all have special uses which we shall look at in due course.

Summary of vitamins and nutrients found in Moringa Oleifera

The following vitamins can be found in Moringa

About moringa tree

medical application
what it does
active parts
anti tumor
stop inflammation
flowers
anti pyretic
stops gastic ulcers
pods
anti epileptic
aids brain development
seeds
anti bacterial
stop bleeding
leaves
anti diabetic
controls blood glucose
roots

Discovery channel documentary on moringa

Nutritional benefits of Moringa Oleifera

The nutritional benefits of Moringa Oleifera are many some of which are stimulation of metabolism, used to boost immune system, has properties that helps diabetic patients can have anti ulcer agents and is an effective laxative.

The Moringa leaves

The Moringa leaves are used in many dishes in the Philippines, India and Sudan; the leaves can be used to stop bleeding, cut and bruises. When applied has a strong anti-inflammatory effect on joints and scrapes with components that fights bacteria and fungi infections.

Moringa leaves have niazimicin which have anticancer properties and antitumor agents. The leaves are also prepared to tackle stomach related ailments like gastric ulcers, and diarrhea, other treatment involves the treatment of anemia, fevers and head aches.

The leaves also has ant diabetic elements because of the presence of glycoside which helps reduce blood glucose and lowers blood sugar levels in type 2 diabetes and is a rich source of polyphenois.

Moringa flower

Moringa flower
Moringa flower | Source

Summary of medical applications of Moringa

Moringa leaves, roots, stem, flower and seed have many medical application some of which I shall mention bellow

1 Moringa has antitumor qualities

2 Antipyretic activities

3 Moringa has Antiepileptic agents

4 Moringa has Antibacterial qualities

5 Ant diabetic properties can be found in Moringa

6 Aids the circulatory system

7 Reduces cardiac problems

The Moringa flower

The flower has been known to boost breast milk in nursing mothers, it aids easy urination and has been used for several years to fight the common cold which by the way is known to have no cure. Moringa buds and flowers slightly cooked have a laxative effect and can be dangerous to expectant mothers.

The flowers is edible and can be used in omelets, split pea soup, in casseroles can be used as sauces for fish, in pasta dishes, vegetable dip and salad dressing. Other uses of the flowers are as poultry stuffing, used in herbal tea, cream chicken soup, whole grain dishes, creamed vegetables and creamed broccoli soup.

The buds are delicious to taste, have interesting texture can be mild and succulent when eaten, a word of caution before going on any culinary experimentation it is advised to use an informative cook book that shows you how to safely use the flowers in meals.

The Moringa seed

The Moringa seed can be roasted, turned into powdery substance, cooked like spinach, or dried and it has antibiotic properties and is used to fight boils. Other applications include antiseptic qualities, is effective against skin infection, gout, cramp and rheumatism.

The fruit and seeds when freeze dried have extracts that can produce quantity of ethanol and methanol, the seed also has antioxidant properties because of the presence of quercetin and kaempferol. The seeds extract contains hepatic enzymes, which has to do with the sense of touch.

The roots, and leaves have bioactive agents that stabilize blood pressure, lowers cholesterol levels and diuretic levels.

The Moringa pods

The Moringa pods are active de-wormers, can help reduce terrible aches in joints, works against diarrhea and malnutrition as well as good for the spleen and liver. WARNING herbal remedies should be taken with care and only on instruction of qualified practitioners.

Conclusion

The Moringa plant has been used to treat arthritis, stomach pain, epilepsy, headache, heart related ailments, thyroid disorder, diarrhea, diabetes, and constipation making it a very important plant. Many clinical tests have attested to its many impressive uses.

In farm settlements Moringa trees are used for shade, to add nutrients to the soil, used as fertilizer and is also fed to livestock like goats, sheet, cattle and donkey. Making the tree very versatile and highly multifunctional giving it a high economic value to herbal medicine practitioners and farmers.

Other uses include gum disease, warts, cuts and bruises, increased breast milk, boosts immune system, is sometimes used on snakebites, added into cosmetic products, and a nice source of protein. It boost testosterone levels, lactation treatment, used to treat reparatory conditions like asthma, fight allergies

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      femi 13 months ago from Nigeria

      Not recommended boil first

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      Harold 13 months ago

      Can I eat this raw?

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      JP Carlos 3 years ago from Quezon CIty, Phlippines

      Recently, moringa has taken the fancy of many Filipinos. Its curative properties have led many to use it in alost anything they eat - from breads, noodles and other products.