Thursday, September 29, 2011

The Moringa

Moringa leaves could practically wipe out malnutrition on our planet.

Experts agree that the long-term solution to malnutrition is the use of foods rich in the essential nutrients often lacking in people's diets. Modern scientific research is proving that Moringa leaves are one of the richest sources of such nutrients. Even small amounts of the leaves could protect thousands of people from suffering and death.

While it grows best in dry sandy soil, it tolerates poor soil, including coastal areas. It is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree that is native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas in northwestern India.

Moringa Leaves are full of essential disease-preventing nutrients:

~ Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhea, and many other diseases.
~ Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
~ Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
~ Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
~ Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.


Moringa leaves compared to common foods:
Values per 100gm. edible portion

Nutrients

                         Moringa Leaves                      Other Foods:
Vitamin A             6780 mcg                            Carrots: 1890 mcg
Vitamin C             220 mg                                Oranges: 30 mg
Calcium                440 mg                                Cow's milk: 120 mg
Potassium             259mg                                 Bananas: 88 mg
Protein                 6.7 gm                                 Cow's milk: 3.2 gm

4 comments:

  1. Moringa is a useful health drink. It is best ingredient for diabetic medicine. Your blog provides very good information.

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  2. Cool, never even heard of it before living up here in the mountains. I'll have to do some checking and see how high it will survive...Thanks!

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  3. We have ours growing at sea level. I am sure it will grow in the mountains, but you might want to grow it indoors. We haven't grown it to fruit yet, but the leaves are very yummy in scrambled eggs. It is like a spinach.

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  4. "Moringa is one of the world’s most useful plants and nutritious crops."
    (Asian Vegetable Research and Development Center, 2003).
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