MORINGA OLEIFERA BENEFITS
Moringa oleifera's health benefits have long since been well understood and cherished by the people of Asia and Africa. The Moringa tree's uses as a health and medicinal plant can be traced back centuries; there are documented references of it's oil being placed in the tombs of ancient Egyptians. In fact, the Moringa tree's benefits are so significant, it has been called the Tree of Life in many cultures. What the east has long since known is now being understood by the west, as more and more people in Europe and America begin to explore the benefits of alternative healing.
Because the Moringa tree is rich in nutrients, and because the tree's various parts can all be used, it's many benefits vary depending on which part of the plant is being used. The young, immature Moringa oleifera pods are the most valued and widely used of all the tree parts. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing essential amino acids, forming a complete protein source, and many vitamins, minerals, co-enzymes, and antioxidants.
Highly valued Moringa oil is extracted from the pods, and even the remaining seed cake does not go to waste. The seed cake can be used as a coagulant to clarify dirty and turbid water. It is used as an effective means of removing sediment and bacteria from water, helping to purify and treat water naturally, a useful benefit in areas where industrial water treatment is not available.
Moringa leaves are perhaps equally valuable and provide powerful benefits to anyone who is conscious of their nutrient intake. The leaves of the Moringa tree are among the most protein-dense leaves of any plant species. They also contain high levels of vitamin A comparable to carrots, calcium comparable to milk, and vitamin C comparable to oranges, as well as high amounts of other vitamins, antioxidants, and minerals.
Unlike factory produced synthesized pills, the Moringa leaf is crushed and inserted directly into a capsule, retaining all its nutritive value. Moringa leaves can be used in food preparation, and also brewed as a tea, either alone or in combination with other teas. Even a small glass of Moringa tea benefits the drinker with a host of nutrients.