Moringa is the common name for the Moringa Oliefera, is also known as “The Miracle Tree”. How could a tree with such a wealth of nutrients and medicinal properties stay a secret? It is pretty much unknown in the western world but it has been cultivated for thousands of years. Originating in the foothills of the Himalayan Mountains the tree spread into northern India. It was used by the ancient Greeks, Romans, and Egyptians. You can now find it growing in Africa, Central and South America, Sri Lanka, India, Malaysia and the Philippines.
What gives this plant the title of “The Miracle Tree”? For one thing, every part of this plant can be used. The seed pods contain all the amino acids, vitamins, and other nutrients essential for good health. The nutrients contained in the Moringa leaves have been confirmed by scientific studies. They provide:
• SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges
• FOUR times the Calcium in milk
• FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots
• TWO times the protein in milk
• THREE times the Potassium in bananas.
In addition to the high quality and complete nutritional value of the pods and leaves, the flowers also contain calcium and potassium. These properties make Moringa an ideal food in areas where malnutrition is rampant. In addition to food, the Moringa plant has a myriad of other uses to include livestock feed, fertilizer, a basis for bio-diesel fuel, dye, and as a water purifier.
The medicinal properties of Moringa are impressive as well. Indian religious writing list over 300 diseases that Moringa leaves prevent. Eastern medical research has supported the antibiotic properties of several parts of the plant including the seed, leaves, root, bark, and flowers. Many western practitioners have yet to be convinced of the plants efficacy which explains why news of the medicinal qualities of this miracle plant have yet to spread in to this part of the world. In the last decade though, research focused on Moringa Oliefera medicinal benefits have been conducted in the prestigious US institutions of Johns Hopkins and the National Institutes of Health.
Many studies have focused on the plant’s ability to inhibit the growth of tumors and its potential for preventing cancer. Early studies have been promising. Other studies show the Moringa has a positive effect on lowering serum cholesterol. Moringa studies have shown effectiveness against tuberculosis as well.
Folklore credits the Moringa Oliefera plant as effective for treating or preventing over 300 different ailments and medical conditions including colds, blisters, urinary tract infection, bronchitis, liver, spleen, and joint problems. In general, the benefits of Moringa include the following:
• Pumps up the body’s immune system
• Improves circulation
• Supports normal glucose levels
• Contains natural anti-aging benefits
• Is an Anti-inflammatory
• Increases energy
• Promotes healthy digestion
• Improves mental clarity
Moringa, once known only to the eastern world is making itself known internationally. Moringa known by many names, The Miracle Tree, The Tree of Life, is fighting malnutrition in 3rd world nations. It is available now to help you to attain optimum nutrition and optimum health.
Source by Susan L Morris
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