Moringa oleifera is a tree that is native to Northern India and can be found spread across Asia and Africa. Nicknamed the “miracle tree”, it is not very well known in Western countries for it’s medicinal properties such as anti-cancer properties, however it certainly lives up to it’s nickname. amazing tree such as the pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark are edible and rich in nutrients. There is no need to let any of it go to waste!
Benefits Of Moringa Plant Over Other Plants
Let’s compare moringa to some common healthy foods and products we consume to see what the big deal is regarding this plant:
- Moringa seeds produce edible oil known as Ben oil that is similar to olive oil nutrition wise. This oil is rich in antioxidants and, unlike many other oils, has an indefinite shelf life!
- Spinach has long been praised as a rich source of iron, but moringa leaves have three times more iron than spinach!
- There’s nothing like a cup of coffee to wake you up in the morning…at leasts that’s what you think until you’ve had moringa tea! The moringa leaves have properties that boost energy level naturally and keep them boosted for a long period of time.
- You’ve heard carrots are good for your eyes because of their high vitamin A content, but moringa has four times the vitamin A of carrots per gram! Moringa is also a great source of beta-carotene.
- Moringa has double the protein found in yogurt per gram.
- It has three times the potassium found in bananas per gram.
- Moringa has a whopping seven times more vitamin C per gram of oranges!
- Moringa is great for your bones too. It has four times the calcium of milk per gram.
Are you one of those people who take multivitamins? Moringa supplements, which are made from moringa leaves and pods, are said to be better than most vitamins and supplements on the market because they don’t use synthetic ingredients.
Moringa also contains numerous powerful anti-cancer compounds such as kaempferol, rhamnetin and isoquercetin. Now, researchers are discovering that Moringa has anti-cancer potential with positive results so far against ovarian cancer, liver cancer, lung cancer, and melanoma in lab tests. A list of these studies can be seen on Pubmed here.
So what makes Moringa such a potent plant that potentially has the answer on how to cure cancer? There are a number of studies conducted by researchers and published on PubMed so far and most seem to point towards having a positive effect on cancer cells because of powerful anti-cancer compounds such as kaempferol, rhamnetin and isoquercetin. Here are brief summaries of these anti-cancer compounds:
1) Kaempferol: An antioxidant that can be found in apples, brocolli, beans, tea and strawberries. Known to constitute to cell death, stop the spread of cancer cells and reduce inflammation.
2) Rhamnetin: Mostly found in cloves, sweet annie, annual wormwood, green vegetables and orchard grass. Research has shown that it has the potential to kill prostate cancer cells.
3) Isoquercetin: Found in red grapes, onions, cherries, cranberries and tomatoes. Known to inhibit bladder cancer.
Other Health Benefits of Moringa
According to the United States Department of Agriculture, one cup of fresh chopped leaves of Moringa (25 grams) can give you 2g of protein, Vitamin B6 (19% of Recommended Dietary Allowance RDA), Vitamin C (12% of RDA), Iron (11% of RDA), Vitamin A (9% of RDA) and magnesium (8% of RDA). The Moringa plant is full of nutrients and probably one of the important nutritional plant food source compare to other food sources.
- Can be use to purify water.
- Contains nine essential amino acids, 27 vitamins, 46 antioxidants, and many minerals.
- Can improve human lactation.
- Can treat a variety of chronic illnesses, bites, wounds, and other ailments.
- Is a powerful skin cleanser, and ideal for maintaining healthy, vibrant hair
- Has no side effects. The moringa plant is safe for both children and adults.
Where Can You Find This Plant?
You can find moringa products from a company called Kuli Kuli Foods; this company is a fair trade, small-scale farming cooperative in Ghana and Haiti.
You can also find moringa plant products, some of which are excellent in soup and curry dishes, at a South-Indian grocery store or a grocery store that caters to South-Indian cuisine. Of course, once more people start purchasing it, this plant should soon start popping up everywhere!