Moringa Oleifera: The Miracle Tree
Patty Donovan, RN
Writer, Natural News
Natives of East Africa call the Moringa oleifera tree “Mother’s best friend.” Yet the people of Northern India and other parts of Africa call it “horseradish tree,” “ben oil tree,” “drumstick tree,” and sometimes, “clarifier tree.” Its young pods (green) contain essential amino acids, vitamins, and nutrients. A few eat them raw or prepare them like green beans and peas while others fry the mature ones (brown). Mature pods yield 38-40 percent pure, odorless, and edible oil called ben. This oil is rich in unsaturated fatty acids and does not become rancid even after years of extraction. Experts claim that ben oil has anti-inflammatory and antiseptic properties as well that can heal cuts, insect bites, burns, rashes, scrapes, and bruises.
Flowers of the Moringa tree are rich in potassium and calcium while its leaves are an excellent source of vitamins A, B, C, and E, iron, calcium, and protein. Its roots have higher nutrient quantities than its seeds and leaves, yet have a few powerful toxins, too. They contain alkaloids and phytochemical compounds that can cause harm to the body when ingested. If consumed in large quantities, the toxin in Moringa roots can paralyze the nervous system and cause death. Thus, experts recommend Moringa roots as medicine instead of food.
This article cited a few studies on Moringa as well that focused on how it can fight malnutrition, cancer cells, and dermal and internal infections. It mentioned how Moringa can be a major food source in the tropics when other foods are scarce. The author claimed Moringa can clean water, too. Its seeds rid the water of solids and aluminum.
Moringa deserves the title “miracle tree” for being the most nutrient-dense plant on the planet.
On the author: She’s great! I love her articles. They are relevant. She uses simple words; thus, making me understand her writings with ease.
On research: The author did a great job finding research studies that tackle the benefits of Moringa. It’s great to know that Moringa is now famous not as a source of food alone but likewise as a cure for a variety of illnesses. For the first time, I read a write-up that claims Moringa seeds have cleansing “power” too. The way she presented the proof made me agree with her. Through this plant, we can now purify water and lower its bacterial concentration, making it potable. Thus, we no longer need the expensive techniques we learned from other industrialized countries.
- Ayurveda — a 5,000-year-old system of natural healing that has its origins in the Vedic culture of India.
- In-vitro — a study performed with microorganisms, cells, or biological molecules outside their normal biological context.
- Placebo-controlled — a method of research in which one group of participants get an inactive substance (a placebo) while another group gets the treatment (usually a drug or vaccine) being tested.
- Plausible — (of an argument or statement) seeming reasonable or probable.
- Preponderance — is the quality or fact of being greater in number, quantity, or importance.
Donovan, Patty (2007, November 20). “Moringa Oleifera: The Miracle Tree.” Natural News. Retrieved from http://www.naturalnews.com/022272_Moringa_medicinal_herbs.html