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All Things Moringa

The Story of an Amazing Tree of Life

  

The Story of an Amazing Tree of Life

Introduction
The Moringa tree is one of the most incredible plants I have ever encountered.
This may sound sensationalist, but Moringa’s nutritional and medicinal properties has the potential to end malnutrition, starvation, as well as prevent and heal many diseases and maladies worldwide. Moringa is truly a miracle plant, and a divine gift for the nourishing and healing of man.
This plant has so many uses and special features, it is hard to know where to begin sharing what I have learned about this wonderful plant.
This book is the result of my research on Moringa.
I have read many books, research papers, seen many videos and have visited many websites. In this book I have distilled the best and most useful information from all of these sources in order to save you the reader from have to wade through all of the information out there about Moringa.
This book will give you the key information in a concise way so that it will be easy to read and share its content with others.
I plan to write more in the future about Moringa, but for now this book will serve as an excellent introduction to Moringa.
Moringa is the sole genus in the flowering plant family Moringaceae.
The genus Moringa in turn is made up of 13 species.
The species most common, and which is the main subject of this book is the species called “Moringa Oleifera.”
Moringa Oleifera is found in many tropical and sub-tropical regions.
Moringa can be grown in the even the harshest and driest of soils, where barely anything else will grow.
In fact, one of the nicknames of Moringa is“never die” due to its incredible ability to survive harsh weather and even drought.
The most incredible thing about Moringa is the amount of nutritional and medicinal chemicals and compounds found in this plant. The chart below will give you a quick view of some of the notable nutrients contained in this plant.

 

Vitamin & Mineral Content of Moringa
All values are per 100 grams of edible portion.

  Fresh Leaves Dried Leaves
Carotene (Vit. A)* 6.78 mg 18.9 mg
Thiamin (B1) 0.06 mg 2.64 mg
Riboflavin (B2) 0.05 mg 20.5 mg
Niacin (B3) 0.8 mg 8.2 mg
Vitamin C 220 mg 17.3 mg
Calcium 440 mg 2,003 mg
Calories 92 cal 205 cal
Carbohydrates 12.5 g 38.2 g
Copper 0.07 mg 0.57 mg
Fat 1.70 g 2.3 g
Fiber 0.90 g 19.2 g
Iron 0.85 mg 28.2 mg
Magnesium 42 mg 368 mg
Phosphorus 70 mg 204 mg
Potassium 259 mg 1,324 mg
Protein 6.70 g 27.1g
Zinc 0.16 mg 3.29 mg

 

Amino Acid Content of Moringa*
All values are per 100 grams of edible portion.

  Fresh Leaves Dried Leaves
Arginine 406.6 mg 1,325 mg
Histidine 149.8 mg 613 mg
Isoleucine 299.6 mg 825 mg
Leucine 492.2 mg 1,950 mg
Lysine 342.4 mg 1,325 mg
Methionine 117.7 mg 350 mg
Phenylalinine 310.3 mg 1,388 mg
Threonine 117.7 mg 1,188 mg
Tryptophan 107 mg 425 mg
Valine 374.5 mg 1,063 mg

 

 *While Gopalan, et al. expressed amino acid content per g N (nitrogen), these figures have been converted to mg per 100g leaves for clarity.


 The Moringa Solution to Worldwide Malnutrition
Looking at the abundance in the number of different vitamins, minerals and amino acids, as well as the high concentration of many of these nutrients it is easy to understand why Moringa has been said to prevent 300 diseases.

Dr. Martin price did a great job in his book “The Moringa Tree” in reporting the results of the administration of Moringa in various so-called “developing nations,” especially the great work done by Lowell F. Fuglia in Senegal. Below are a few quotes from his book on the efficacy of Moringa in combating malnutrition, and in providing nourishment to breast feeding mothers and children.

 

The John Hopkins School Research on Moringa 

 

Jed W. Fahey, Sc.D. , Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Molecular Sciences produced a very important research paper titled: “Moringa oleifera: A Review of the Medical Evidence for Its Nutritional, Therapeutic, and Prophylactic Properties. Part 1.” In this seminal work, they began the process of sifting through the scientific work on Moringa, as well as the traditional, as well as anecdotal evidence for Moringa’s nutritional, therapeutic and prophylactic. In doing this, they found that much of the scientific evidence is beginning to support much of the traditional and anecdotal information. I will first present some of the traditional information on the use of Moringa in treating various diseases and maladies. Below are quotes as well as a chart given in the John Hopkins research paper on the scientific evidence regarding Moringa’s nutritional value, as well as its medicinal properties.

 

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  • Author: H.Hiawartha Bey