What is the Moringa Tree and how was it discovered to be beneficial to your overall health?

MoringaTree11Famous for its numerous health benefits and its important role in fighting malnutrition, the Moringa tree is considered to be one of the most nutritious food plants ever discovered. The scientific community seems to agree with this statement and endorses this miracle tree for its diverse nutritional content. In addition, ScienceDaily, a respected science magazine, has declared the Moringa tree “the world’s most useful tree”.

This drought resistant and very sturdy tree is native to the Horn of Africa and the Eastern dry highlands of Tanzania, Kenya, and Ethiopia, but also small areas in Asia, where it grows sporadically. A staple food source for goat and cattle herds, the Moringa tree was known for its numerous health benefits since Antiquity. For thousands of years, the local population used its leaves, the bark and its roots for their high nutritional value, various minerals and unique taste, as well as an energy booster, a very similar effect to common coffee beans.

Lauded since the ancient Ayurvedic times in India, the Moringa tree was thought to cure more than 300 diseases. This small tree, also dubbed “the drumstick tree”, because of its drum-like appearance, has grown tremendously in popularity among farmers, mainly because it is easy to grow in almost any environment and has multiple benefits, in both the health and cosmetic industries, as well as the energy and construction industries.

What makes the Moringa tree so beneficial for your overall health?

Moringa-diagramHistorians and biologists agree that the first known use of the Moringa tree was in early antiquity, in the Eastern Africa rural areas, where shepherds and villagers used it as an energy booster during various religious ceremonies. Recently, archeologists discovered ancient cave paintings that feature patterns very similar in shape and size to the Moringa leaves and trunk.

The most nutritious part of this miracle tree is, by far, its leaves. Harvested all year round, typically every 30 to 45 days, the dark green compound leaves have up to 20 or 25 leaflets, depending on their size. The nutritional value of these leaves is simply spectacular: they have seven times more vitamin C than lemons, 25 times more iron than spinach and up to 15 times more potassium than bananas. Moringa leaves have high amounts of vitamins, including vitamin A (alpha and beta-carotene), B1, B2, B3, B5, B6 and B12 vitamins, as well as D, E and K vitamins. The mineral list is even longer, including calcium, chromium, chloride, manganese, magnesium, molybdenum, sodium, selenium, sulfur, and zinc. Amino-acids include leucine, lysine, phenylalanine and valine among many others. Also, the leaves have more than 46 anti-oxidants, dozens of phytochemicals that boost your metabolism levels and 36 anti-inflammatory compounds that will help you recover after extended periods of effort.

Although this list is impressive enough as it is, it is far from being complete. Just listing every nutritional component that you can find in the Moringa tree needs an entire scientific journal and is a herculean task in itself. Empirical evidence and multiple studies performed decades ago have shown that this miracle tree can prevent and fight the symptoms of chronic disease like diabetes, high blood pressure, cancer and heart disease. Even the patients that have been diagnosed with AIDS have seen good results.

While its multiple health benefits are becoming well known worldwide, the tree is also an important superfood that can be used to fight hunger problems and malnutrition. The entire tree can be eaten and, thanks to its astonishing nutritional value, it can become a very efficient and affordable source of protein, glucides, as well as vitamins and minerals. The tree has been an important health improvement factor especially in the Third World countries, where it is used as a potent food supplement, boosting the overall health of the residents.

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