Moringa is the sole genus in the flowering plant family Moringaceae, and comprises 13 species. By far the most widely cultivated of these, Moringa Oleifera, can be found in tropical and sub-tropical regions. It is so hardy that it is sometimes known as the “never die” for its ability to withstand extremely harsh , dry weather conditions.
Moringa has been used for a long time in preventative medicine, for liver, kidney, stomach and thyroid health problems. Today Moringa Oleifera is regarded as a complete super food loaded with protein, calcium, magnesium, iron, potassium, vitamin A and vitamin C.
Some of the Moringa benefits are its strong antioxidant properties which are said to guard against dangerous skin cancers. Moringa is also believed to stop the development of cysts, tumours and glands.
Moringa Benefits to Reduce Pains and Aches
The anti-inflammatory properties of Moringa Oliefera reduce various kinds of body pains. It has proved effective for the treatment of arthritis, rheumatism, joint pain, migraine and other headaches. From the roots to the sap, every part of the Moringa plant provides some health benefits.
Moringa plants are full of phytochemicals, compounds generated by plants that have prolific health benefits. The Moringa medicinals are prepared as water-based or or alcoholic extracts, decoctions (boiled in water), creams, oils, moisturisers, ointments or powders. Fresh Moringa powder leaves or roots are applied poultices (a soft, moist mass of material, typically of plant material, applied to the body to help remedy soreness and inflammation) to manage rheumatism and other joint pains, to relieve lower back pain, to stop headaches and to treat wounds.
Moringa Oleifera Used Against Malnutrition and Disease
Most people are not fully conscious of the bond between malnutrition and disease. The body inherently has the capacity to both withstand and fight disease. In order for this function to occur, the body, its organs and its immune system need certain nutrients in the correct quantities; if this balance is not maintained, the body cannot function fully and it begins to deteriorate.
A good example of this is the many children in developing nations who suffer from night blindness and other eye diseases and afflictions, due to the fact their diets do not contain vitamin A in the correct quantities. Adding a few tablespoons of nutrient-rich Moringa to their food can alleviate this and other health issues caused by poor nutrition.
Considering the abundance and variety of vitamins, minerals and amino acids, together with the high concentration in which many of these nutrients are present in the Moringa plant it is easy to understand why the Moringa benefits have been said to prevent 300 diseases.
Moringaa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. There are a number of NGOs that advocate Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” One author stated: that “the nutritional properties of Moringa are now so well known that there seems to be little doubt of the substantial health benefit to be realized by consumption of Moringa leaf powder in situations where starvation is imminent.”
Moringa is particularly promising as a source of food in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are normally scarce. In developing countries, Moringa has potential to improve nutrition, boost food security, foster rural development, and support sustainable land care.
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