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Health Benefits of Malunggay – the Miracle Tree

Updated on September 25, 2012
Malunggay Trees
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Long considered as the poor man’s vegetable, malunggay has been used for ages to combat hunger and malnutrition in many parts of Southeast and South Asia, Africa, as well as Central and South America.

It is easily grown in backyards with little care or bought cheaply in bulk at wet markets.

Many scientific studies about this humble gift from nature led to the conclusion that this poor man’s vegetable is actually a powerhouse of health benefits.

Know How to Enjoy Malunggay

Malunggay - Miracle Tree

Malunggay earned the moniker Miracle Tree, for almost all of its parts have therapeutic and medicinal values. Some of its notable nutritional values include:

  • 7x the Vitamin C in Oranges
  • 4x the Calcium in Milk
  • 4x the Vitamin a in Carrots
  • 3x the Potassium in Bananas
  • 3x the Iron of Spinach
  • 2x the Protein in Milk
  • 2x the Protein in Yogurt

Malunggay- Nature's Medicine Cabinet

Malunggay has also earned the name Nature’s Medicine Cabinet because of it has 90 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatory properties, 18 amino acids, anti-cancer properties, anti-bacterial properties, anti-aging properties, properties that keep bad cholesterol in check, omega-3 oils, and chlorophyll.

Some of malunggay’s myriad of vitamins and minerals include:

  • Vitamin A
  • Vitamin B1
  • Vitamin B2
  • Vitamin B3
  • Vitamin B5
  • Vitamin B6
  •  Vitamin B12
  • Vitamin C
  • Vitamin E
  • Biotin
  • Calcium
  • Copper
  • Flavonoids
  • Iron
  • Lutein
  • Magnesium
  • Manganese
  • Potassium
  • Protein
  • Zinc

How Malunggay Nourishes Us

If taken regularly, malunggay can nourish the body in the following ways:

  • It keeps sugar levels in check, thereby keeping diabetes at bay.
  • It boosts immunity and has been used to help AIDS patients increase their abilities to fight diseases.
  • It lowers bad cholesterol and improves cardiovascular health.
  • It speeds up metabolism and enhances digestion, helping people shed pounds, stop from becoming obese, and maintain a healthy weight.
  • It aids the liver and kidneys filter harmful substances in the body that can become toxic and life-threatening.
  • It has been used to control the growth of cancer cells through its anti-cancer properties.
  • It protects the eyes and ears from developing disorders. It has been used to prevent blindness and poor eyesight.
  • It has antibacterial-properties and anti-inflammatory properties. It has been used on skin to fight acne, skin imperfections, and other forms of lesions.
  • It helps produce breast milk for lactating mothers, lowering the need for expensive and commercially packaged milk.
  • It has been used to naturally purify water, helping provide people with safe drinking water.

Uses of Malunggay in Traditional Medicine

The health benefits of malunggay have been known to people for ages, as early as 5,000 years ago in Indian medicine.

In traditional medicine, it has been used for many purposes, including:

  • acne and skin infections
  • blood impurities and high blood pressure
  • cough, fever, respiratory ailments, bronchitis, tuberculosis, and malaria
  • diabetes
  • diarrhea
  • eye and ear disorders
  • hysteria, anxiety, and headaches
  • pregnancy and lactation
  • psoriasis
  • tumors, swelling, sores, sprains, and joint pains
  • urinary disorders
  • wounds

Ways to Use Malunggay

To take advantage of the many preventive and healing powers of malunggay, it is best to consume it daily by adding it into foods or drinking it as tea.

People can also take in malunggay supplements, about 2 tablets per day, to take advantage of all its natural health benefits.

Another way for people to use malunggay is to mix its powder with liquids like beverages and soups.

Malunggay can also be included in cooking oils and breads.

Many beauty companies, knowing the antioxidant properties of malunggay, have used it in the manufacturing of face washes, body washes, soaps, shampoos, lotions, and creams.

Kinds of Malunggay

There are about 13 kinds or species of malunggay, which is known across the world as horseradish tree, mlonge, moonga, saijhan, sajna, or benolive tree.

These species include:

  1. moringa arborea
  2. moringa borziana
  3. moringa concanensis
  4. moringa drouhardii
  5. moringa hildebrandtii
  6. moringa longituba
  7. moringa olefeira
  8. moringa ovalifolia
  9. moringa peregrina
  10. moringa pygmaea
  11. moringa rivae
  12. moringa ruspoliana
  13. moringa stenopetala

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      6 months ago

      Thanks for the information. I’m eating Malunggay almost everyday. We made it for soup with coconut milk and it is so delicious. I never thought of how nutritious is it.

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      5 years ago

      malungggay really have lots of vitamins..and it is one of the most nutritious green leafy vegetables..but people today are not aware of what their body needs, especially when it comes on the, i encourage everyone to eat mallunggay, really it would help you a lot.


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      7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

      I knew nothing of this plant, so thank you for this interesting hub. I think you and Hubertsvoice are lucky to have a fresh supply of moringa, while here in the northeast USA, there is nowhere I have found to buy this plant fresh. I see from the video that it is grown in Hawaii, but that is very far from where I live, even though it is a US state!

      You've really peaked my curiosity about moringa culture and distribution. Up and interesting!

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      7 years ago

      Right after I commented on the article, my wife made me a drink from the leaves. It was very enjoyable. thanks again for the article.

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      7 years ago from Philippines, Southeast Asia, Earth ^_^

      @Hubertsvoice You know, so many people are not aware of how nutritious it is. Many of them just take it for granted. They just don't know that they don't need to spend a fortune just to be healthy eating malunggay.

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      7 years ago

      I was not aware that we are surrounded by health food. Malunggay grows everywhere around our house. My wife and in-laws eat it every day. Great informative article.


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