The Health Benefits of Moringa (Malunggay)

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Why Moringa should be an important part of what you eat.

As a child growing up in a poor village in the Philippines, Moringa was a component of our daily diet, literally. Actually, we have metaphorically called it “day-by-day”. So when one says his dinner tonight is “day-by-day”, you would know it is Moringa, without doubt.

Little did I realize then that this “Miracle Tree,” as called by many scientists, is packed with myriads of nutrients with amazing health benefits. And keep in mind, every part of Moringa, not only its chlorophyll-rich leaves is utilized for nutritional and medicinal purpose.

Nutritional Benefits

Based on scientific research, Moringa or Malunggay in Tagalog, contains;

1. Seven times the amount of Vitamin C in oranges

2. Four times the calcium in milk

3. 4 times the vitamin A in carrots

4. Double the protein in milk and

5. Triple the potassium found in bananas

Besides, it also contains several other vitamins and minerals that your body needs. These include, magnesium, zinc and iron, to name a few.

Medicinal Benefits

Here are some of the amazing medicinal benefits of Moringa:

It assists in balancing the cholesterol in the body.
It has anti-cancer and anti-ulcer properties.
It stimulates metabolism.
It improves the body’s defence mechanism.
Supports digestion and is an organic laxative.
Recommended for breast-feeding moms as it boosts the amount of breast milk.
It protects the liver and the kidneys.
Famous for its antibacterial properties.
It is employed to deal with and prevent malnutrition in nursing mothers and infants.

Malunggay, whose scientific name is Moringa oleifera, is easy to grow. As a matter of fact, Moringa trees can be grown even in arid regions like in Saudi Arabia.

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