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Moringa oleifera - The Miracle tree

Moringa oleifera

For centuries, the natives of northern India have known of the many benefits of Moringa oleifera. Its uses are as unique as the names it is known by, such as Horseradish tree and Drumstick tree (referring to the large drumstick shaped pods) and in East Africa it is called "Mother's best friend”. In Haiti it is referred to as Biolive (due to the oil extracted from the seeds)

In developing tropical countries, 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 - advocate Moringa as “natural nutrition for the tropics.”

In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.

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In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.

Leaves can be eaten fresh, cooked, or stored as dried powder for many months without refrigeration, and 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.

Analyses of the leaf composition have revealed them to have significant quantities of vitamins A, B and C, calcium, iron and protein. According to Optima of Africa, Ltd., a group that has been working with the tree in Tanzania, "25 grams daily of Moringa Leaf Powder will give a child" the following recommended daily allowances:

In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.

In developing tropical countries, Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.
  1. Protein 42%,
  2. Calcium 125%,
  3. Magnesium 61%,
  4. Potassium 41%,
  5. Iron 71%,
  6. Vitamin A 272%,
  7. Vitamin C 22%.


These numbers are particularly astounding; considering this nutrition is available when other food sources may be scarce.

Scientific research confirms that these humble leaves are a powerhouse of nutritional value.

Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain:

  • SEVEN times the vitamin C in oranges,
  • FOUR times the Calcium in milk,
  • FOUR times the vitamin A in carrots,
  • TWO times the protein in milk
  • THREE times the Potassium in bananas.
Scientific research confirms that these humble leaves are a powerhouse of nutritional value.

The Moringa tree has great use medicinally both as preventative and treatment. Much of the evidence is anecdotal as there has been little actual scientific research done to support these claims. India's ancient tradition of ayurveda says the leaves of the Moringa tree prevent 300 diseases. One area in which there has been significant scientific research is the reported antibiotic activity of this tree.

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The immature pods are greatly valued and widely used. The pods are extremely nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids along with many vitamins and other nutrients. The immature pod can be eaten raw or prepared like green peas or green beans, while the mature pods are usually fried and possess a peanut-like flavor.

The pods also yield 38 - 40% of non-drying, edible oil known as Ben Oil. This oil is clear, sweet and odorless, and never becomes rancid. Overall, its nutritional value most closely resembles olive oil.

The pods also yield 38 - 40% of non-drying, edible oil known as Ben Oil.

The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads, in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning.

The leaves are eaten as greens, in salads, in vegetable curries, as pickles and for seasoning. They can be dried and pounded and sprinkled over food or added to milk. Leaves and young branches are relished by livestock. In developing tropical countries.

Moringa trees have been used to combat malnutrition, especially among infants and nursing mothers.

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