Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) is a multi-purpose herbal plant used as human food and an alternative for medicinal purposes worldwide.
It has been identified by researchers as a plant with numerous health benefits including nutritional and medicinal advantages. It is a type of local medicinal Indian herb which has turn out to be familiar in the tropical and subtropical countries. Moringa is known for many names like Horseradish Tree,Drumstick Tree, Mlonge, Benzolive, Sajna,Kelor, Saijihan and Marango & Malunggay.
This is a common tree in our backyard. It has no season, can grow all year round and very easy to plant. My mother up to this day don’t store betadine in our medicine cabinet because of this powerful herb. Malunggay poultice (extract from crushed or grounded leaves) is our betadine every time we had cuts, grazes & bleeding wounds. I grew up eating its leaves added to common dishes like “Tinolang isda”, “Tinolang manok” or “Ginataang Langka” and “Ginataang Kalabasa”.
According to a study that was published in Asian Pacific Journal for Cancer Prevention, Moringa is revealed to possess potential therapeutic effects to fight cancer, rheumatoid athritis, diabetes and some other ailments. Particularly in South Asia, it works as treatment for different diseases. In a recent studies it stated that Moringa Oleifera pod could be a potential chemopreventive agent by increasing the antioxidant levels and reducing the free radical formation.
NUTRITIONAL VALUE OF MORINGA LEAF per 100g
Image from: Several Nutritional and Medicinal Chemicals and Compounds found in the Moringa Oleifera (Fuglie, 1999)
Below are the health and beauty benefits of this miracle tree.. from it’s leaves, flowers, fruits & pods. I’m pretty sure you gotta start loving this amazing tree like i do.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA LEAVES
ANTI INFECTIOUS, ANTI BACTERIAL, ANTI FUNGAL
Since Malunggay leaves contain iron, thiamin, calcium, beta-carotene, phosphorous, vitamin A, B, C and E and lipoprotein. Specific components Malunggay leaves which include the isothiocyanate compounds was reported to exhibit hypotensive, and antibacterial activities in our body. Pterygospermin is known in medical science as having antimicrobial was also found in Malunggay leaves.
STRENGTHEN THE IMMUNE SYSTEM
Malunggay leaves is rich in vitamin C and is known to help to boost immune system about 10x more than the commercially-made vitamins and other supplements and 12x the vitamin C in orange.
COMBATING MALNUTRITION/PRODUCE MORE MILK FOR BREASTFEEDING
Malunggay leaves have been known in medical field as the effective way to combat malnutrition especially among infants or new born baby and nursing mothers. Young malunggay leaves can increase the flow of milk for lactating mothers.
The advantages of Malunggay leaves have been revealed including in inhibiting inflammation. Traditionally Malunggay leaves was also used to prevent and treat inflammations associated to rheumatism, arthritis and joint pains.In vitro and in vivo studies with the plant have recommended its effectiveness in treating inflammation, hyperlipidemia and hyperglycemia.
Moringa’s leaf extract contains phenolics, flavonoids and trace amounts of alkaloids an antioxidant properties that fights against free radicals. It consist high source of vitamin C, calcium, B-carotene, potassium as well as protein. It works as an effective source of natural antioxidants.
GOOD FOR THE SKIN AND SCALP
It has been labeled for it’s cosmetic value in which in recent years, it has commonly been found to be used in various health care products including body and hair moisturizers and conditioners. Also eating fresh and young Malunggay leaves added to soups and some dishes can reduce the skin problem such as irritated skin and reddened skin.
STRENGTHEN THE EYE MUSCLES
Another benefit of Malunggay leave juice is also applied in the eye in fainting fits due to nervous debility. Malunggay’s vitamins and minerals is essential for preventing general micronutrient disorders. Vitamin E which is contained in Malunggay leaves can strengthen muscle weakness including eye muscles.
PREVENT INTESTINAL WORMS
Malunggay leaves contain important nutrient called anthelmintic which can prevent againts parasitic or worms and may able to kill the intestinal worms activities in the body.
INCREASE SEMEN COUNT
Malunggay leaves tea have been proved as the multi-advantages tree. While Malunggay fruits may bring the solution for men’s problem. For those who has the semen problem, Malunggay is the best way to increase semen count. It can effectively help men to produce more fluids in which they protect and enriches sperm.
TREAT COMMON COLD, FEVER AND ASTHMA
When cold, fever or asthma occur in our body, the effective herbal medicine such as Malunggay is the best way to heal naturally. Malunggay has more vitamin C than other fruits which can strengthen immune system and heal diseases such as cold, fever and even astma. Besides its young root can treat fever as well as its leaves. While for Asthma, scientists suggested Malunggay seeds and juice of the young root mixed with milk for treatment of Asthma.
Malunggay has iron compound that prevents deficiency of red blood cells known as anemia. It builds and maintain blood supply. It has Amino acid Histidine used for treatment of this most common disorder of the blood and also has Niacine to prevent this. It has also Vitamin A & Beta-carotene that helps prevent anemia and copper along with iron is necessary to promote recovery from anemia.
ARTHRITIS AND JOINT PAIN
Moringa leaves can heal the arthritis pain. With its potent antioxidant, it helps to cure and prevent chronic disease such as arthritis and it’s tea can help heal inflammation of the joints and tendons. It has amino acid Proline that extremely important for the proper function of your joints and tendons.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA FLOWERS
DENTAL CARRIES/ TOOTHACHE
Malunggay flower is an excellent source of calcium and phosphorus which provides energy and helps build the structure of bones and teeth.
The flowers can be eaten or used to make a tea and provide good amounts of both calcium and potassium.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA SEED/POD
The hepatoprotective properties of moringa seed extract possess and anti-inflammatory properties against CC14 induced liver damage and fibrosis.
Against several different cancer cell lines (lung, liver, colon and neuroblastoma) It’s seed extract shows chemopreventive effects by increasing the antioxidant levels and reducing the free radical formation.
According to a study Philippine grown moringa has several bioactive compounds. One of it is niazimicin, a potent anti-tumour promoter in checmical carcinogens that can delay the promotion of tumour and decreased the incidence of papilloma.
MORINGA OIL FOR SKIN & HAIR
Moringa oil was used in skin ointments ever since the Egyptian times. Mature pods are use to make edible oil known as Ben oil that posess the properties similar to olive oil. It is widely used as oil base for perfumes and cosmetics. The oil is extracted from Malunggay seeds by pressing.
Malunggay has amino acid Histidine used in treatment of rheumatoid arthritis. Extraction of the seeds is use or powdered roasted seeds applied to affected area. It has also Vitamin B1 that warding off rheumatism.
CLEAN DIRTY OR POLLUTED WATER
In many countries, the seeds of the Malunggay tree are used to purify and clean dirty-polluted water. For example in Sudan, the research using it’s seed in Nile water proved that the process of water purification not only removed solid contaminants but also greatly reduced amounts of harmful bacteria. While a study in UK found that Moringa seeds not only purify water but also soften it very well. A study revealed that Moringa seeds can filter water using flocculation to produce healthy and potable water.
HEALTH BENEFITS OF MORINGA FRUIT
ANTI-HYPERGLYCEMIA/ NORMALIZED BLOOD SUGAR LEVEL (DIABETES)
Moringa can help lower blood glucose activities. Methanil extract of it’s dried fruit powder has produced n-benzyl thiocarbamates, n-benzyl carbamates, benzyl nitriles and benzyl; which prove to trigger insulin release.
THE SIDE EFFECTS OF MALUNGGAY
Besides the great benefits of this miracle tree there are some side effects that we must pay attention to like;
- The root and the root extracts of Malunggay should not be consumed as food ingredients for cooking.
- Spirocin, an alkaloid isolated from the root and it may cause a fatal nerve paralysis.
- Malunggay should not be for pregnancy. It is considered to be possibly unsafe when the root, bark or flowers are used during pregnancy because it can cause abortion and uterine contractions.
So when thinking about consuming Malunggay we have to stay safe and enjoy its natural nutritional value.
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