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Moringer - The World's Next Super Food Is Here
Moringa tree is considered to be the miracle tree and strongest weapon against malnutrition. 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.
"Moringa has incredibly nutritious qualities—it has 3.5 times the calcium of milk and 4 times the vitamin C of oranges," says David Wolfe, author of Superfoods.
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 super market 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 seeds have a number of benefits specific to them as well. They contain iron, just like Moringa leaves, and they also contain amino acids along with anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties. That means if you have minor injuries like bruises, cuts or burns, you will heal faster when you take Moringa supplements. Along with these specific health benefits, you can even put its seeds in dirty water and they will attract the impurities and make the water drinkable. They are often manufactured in perfumes and aromatherapy products because of the refreshing aroma they provide.
All of the amazing health benefits of Moringa leaves and seeds make them a regular in the diets of people who live where they grow in Asia, Africa and South America. As far as science is concerned, Moringa is a new find. As far as herbalists are concerned, this plant has been benefiting them for generations.
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.
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.
How to consume it
If you can get your hands on the fresh leaves (not a grocery-store staple yet, as they mostly grow in southern Florida and California), expect a lemony, peppery spinach taste. Add to a salad mix or sauté. Skip expensive supplements and add the dry powder—which is just as nutritious as the leaves, says Johns Hopkins nutritional biochemist Jed Fahey—to smoothies or drinks (try Organic India Moringa Leaf Powder. Sip moringa tea or drink a moringa beverage straight up.