Moringa is the tree of life: Everything you need to know

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According to Ayurvedic lore, the herbs and vegetation found in the Himalayas are considered superior to any other existing in the world. No wonder from the foothills of the Himalayas comes the wonder tree Moringa.

Every part of Moringa has the potential to heal and nourish – leaves, pods, seeds, bark, roots. And the benefits are not just limited to human beings, but extend to plants and animals in a similar way.

Moringa is a natural antibiotic, antioxidant and immunity builder. With all essential amino acids, the seeds are a natural source of high quality protein, which can be easily assimilated by the body. A staple in “sambar”, drumstick pods contain the tiny seeds, which are pressed to expel moringa seed oil which brims with anti-inflammatory and skin healing properties. Moringa seed oil is beneficial in healing wounds and cuts and promotes skin elasticity, often used in anti-aging skin creams.

What is Moringa not good for? From regulating blood sugar levels in diabetics, to controlling hypertension, relaxing muscles and inducing good sleep, Moringa is the antidote for modern sedentary lifestyle issues.

These fascinating properties of Moringa led scientists to research further on it, and what they discovered is no less than a treasure. Research says:

Moringa has,

  • 7 times more Vitamin C than oranges
  • 4 times more Vitamin A than carrots
  • 4 times the calcium of milk
  • 3 times the potassium of bananas
  • 2 times the protein of yoghurt

And this is not it, it also contains chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, zinc in substantial amounts!

Moringa also contains arginine and histidine, important amino acids for the growth of infants.

Moringa is the organic healthy alternative to induce plant growth. The green juice extract diluted with water is sprayed on various crops for a faster and healthier growth.  The crops sprayed with Moringa extract showed an increased rate in growth, longer life span, firm and resistant to pests and disease, more yield, larger fruit and heavier roots, leaves and stems.

Moringa is also successfully used in producing biogas and animal fodder. Moringa seeds are used to purify water to make it potable in poor countries.

Far exceeding in nutrients than superfoods like Matcha and Spirulina, known to prevent and treat over 300 diseases including HIV, malnutrition, high blood pressure, anaemia, respiratory disorders, diabetes, cancer, hepatitis, impotency, infertility, acid reflux, ulcers, tumours, aches and pains, menstrual problems, PMS, parasites, constipation, inflammation, arthritis, osteoporosis, hepatitis, acne, it is not for nothing that Moringa is called the ‘Miracle Tree’.

Easy ways to use Moringa:

Add fresh leaves to soups, stews, smoothies or even chutneys.

Add powdered leaves along with basil and pine nuts to make a healthy pesto.

Add dried Moringa leaf powder to cookie, bread or pizza doughs to give them a healthy twist.

Lesser known facts about moringa:

Moringa helps in weight gain and lactation/ milk production in cattle as well as nursing mothers.

Moringa also helps with weight

loss with its rich fibre and

protein content.

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