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Health | 07 Jan 2010
Nutritional value of Moringa leaves


Moringa leaves contain high amounts of several essential disease-preventing nutrients, including:
- Vitamin A, which acts as a shield against eye disease, skin disease, heart ailments, diarrhoea, and many other diseases.
- Vitamin C, fighting a host of illnesses including colds and flu.
- Calcium, which builds strong bones and teeth, and helps prevent osteoporosis.
- Potassium, essential for the functioning of the brain and nerves.
- Proteins, the basic building blocks of all our body cells.

Fight malnutrition

Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers. Three non-governmental organizations in particular — Trees for Life, Church World Service, and Educational Concerns for Hunger Organization — have advocated Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.” Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and reportedly without loss of nutritional value. Moringa is especially promising as a food source in the tropics because the tree is in full leaf at the end of the dry season when other foods are typically scarce. (Jed W. Fahey, 2005.

A large number of reports on the nutritional qualities of Moringa now exist in both the scientific and the popular literature. It is commonly said that Moringa leaves contain more Vitamin A than carrots, more calcium than milk, more iron than spinach, more Vitamin C than oranges, and more potassium than bananas,” and that the protein quality of Moringa leaves rivals that of milk and eggs.

However, the leaves and stem of M. oleifera are known to have large amounts of their calcium bound in calcium oxalate crystals. Countless instances of lifesaving nutritional rescue have been attributed to Moringa. In fact, 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.

Nonetheless, the outcomes of well-controlled and well-documented clinical studies would still be clearly of great value. In many cultures throughout the tropics, differentiation between food and medicinal uses of plants (e.g. bark, fruit, leaves, nuts, seeds, tubers, roots, and flowers), is very difficult because plant uses span both categories, and this is deeply ingrained in the traditions and the fabric of the community
Source :Nutritive value of Indian foods (National Institute of Nutrition) Famine Food Guide website

Some patients testify
They took Moringa and were relieved of their pains
“Moringa keeps a sickle cell patient healthy,”

Mebenga
They took Moringa and were relieved of their pains
“Moringa keeps a sickle cell patient healthy,”

“I am a sickle cell patient and ever since I started taking Moringa, I do not feel pains in my joints anymore. I do not have malaria and fatigue again. I take it everyday in the morning and in the evening during the main meals of the day. I also take the fresh leaves. I have even planted about 50 stems in my compound. I advise people to eat the leaves, the roots and the seeds because contrary to medication, this shrub is natural and does not have any secondary effects. Most of those to whom I have talked about Moringa are very skeptical but it is not good to be so attached to the Whiteman’s medicine. Around us are plants that treat many diseases and do not need a lot of money.

“Moringa cleanses the inner body and fights fatigue.”
Alexis Mbiakop
“I am an accountant. This job gives a lot of stress and most of the time, I do it sitting and at the end of the day I was always very tired and had a pain on my back. I tried to solve the problem by taking vitamins but there was no change. It was instead worse. One day, a friend proposed that I should take Moringa Oleifera. He told me that it was a shrub whose parts had so many benefits.

I took his advice and started taking two teaspoons in a glass of water everyday before going to bed. Three days later I started having a change in my body. I felt really better. I started having supplies of the Moringa from this friend. I have even planted four Moringa trees in my compound so that I can have a regular supply. It is like food. I mix it with other foodstuff. It also has aphrodisiac properties. It cleanses the body.”

   
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