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The Moringa Tree Provides Nature’s Superfood

Jun 30, 2015 10:36AM

Few trees have been scientifically studied as much as Moringa oleifera. Recognized as a superfood in India, China, Asia, West Indies and the Philippines as well as subtropical areas of the U.S., its bark, root, leaves, flowers and seeds have medicinal, nutritional and culinary value.

Moringa’s medicinal qualities are helpful in treating a wide variety of ailments such as joint pain, constipation, headache and fluid retention along with conditions like diabetes, thyroid disorders, anemia and asthma, and others. Recognized by the National Institutes of Health in 2007 as the “botanical of the year,” various studies have proven that Moringa’s seeds are highly effective in water purification.

In addition, the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center recognizes Moringa’s anti-cancer properties. They write: “In vitro and animal studies indicate that the leaf, seed and root extracts of moringa have anticancer, hepatoprotective (prevent against liver damage) hypoglycemic, anti-inflammatory, antibacterial and antifungal effects. They may also protect against Alzheimer’s disease, stomach ulcers, help lower cholesterol levels, and promote wound-healing.”

Studies regarding the nutrient content of Moringa’s leaves reference 92 nutrients, 46 antioxidants, 36 anti-inflammatories, 18 amino acids, 9 essential amino acids and 13 essential vitamins and minerals. It contains seven times the vitamin C in oranges, four times the calcium in milk, four times the vitamin A in carrots, three times the potassium in bananas and two times the protein in yogurt. It also has more chlorophyll than any other dark green leafy vegetable.
Available at local health food stores or online, the dried leaf powder can be brewed as a tea or sprinkled onto soups, porridge, pastas, bread, smoothies and juices. In Africa it is mixed into baby formula. Fresh, tender leaves can be cooked like spinach, floated atop soups and stews or added to rice and other grains. Add flowers to salads. Parbroil young pods or prepare them like asparagus or green beans. The seeds in mature pods can be cooked like peas or roasted like nuts.

Contact Moringa Energy Life, 239-437-0072, MoringaEnergyLife.com.

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