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Moringa Oleifera a.k.a. “The Miracle Tree”

The Miracle Tree

I would like to introduce one of my favorite plants and superfoods Moringa Oleifera, a plant from the family called Moringaceae. Of the 14 different species of Moringa trees, Moringa oleifera is the most studied.  Moringa goes by a variety of names around the world such as: “Miracle Tree,” “Mother’s Best Friend,” and “Never Die Tree.”  Almost all parts of Moringa, the leaves, pods, flowers, and seeds, can be used as a source for nutrition and several other useful values.  I consider Moringa an especially beautiful plant, in particular the leaves and flowers.  

Moringa is one of the very few plant sources that contain all 9 essential amino acids.

Moringa has hundreds of substances such as vitamins, enzymes, amino acids, fats, minerals, and specific phytochemicals, each with clear importance and numerous applications in healing and nutrition.  Combined with significant amounts of proteins and oils, and the presence of beneficial antioxidant and anti-inflammatory substances.  Moringa is considered to have the highest protein ratio of any plant so far identified.1  Moringa is one of the very few plant sources that contain all 9 essential amino acids.  Incomparable amounts (gram per gram), Moringa contains more vitamin C than oranges, three times the iron of spinach, and four times the calcium found in milk.

An accumulating amount of evidence shows that Moringa plays a critical role in immune-related diseases, such as rheumatoid arthritis, atopic dermatitis, and multiple sclerosis.2  Moringa can eliminate pathogens, including bacteria, fungi, viruses, and parasites, as well as inhibit chronic inflammation, such as asthma, ulcerative colitis, and metabolic diseases.  I believe Moringa is “the king of superfoods” and a real superstar that can be used in a wide variety of applications and products.



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  3. Saa, R. W., Fombang, E. N., Ndjantou, E. B., & Njintang, N. Y. (2019). Treatments and uses of Moringa oleifera seeds in human nutrition: A review. Food science & nutrition7(6), 1911–1919. https://doi.org/10.1002/fsn3.1057

  4. Lakshmipriya Gopalakrishnan, L. Gopalakrishnan, Kruthi Doriya, K. Doriya, & Devarai Santhosh Kumar, D. Santhosh Kumar. (0000). Moringa oleifera: A review on nutritive importance and its medicinal application. Food science and human wellness, 5, 49-56. doi: 10.1016/j.fshw.2016.04.001

  5. Abdull Razis, A. F., Ibrahim, M. D., & Kntayya, S. B. (2014). Health benefits of Moringa oleifera. Asian Pacific journal of cancer prevention: APJCP, 15(20), 8571–8576. https://doi.org/10.7314/apjcp.2014.15.20.8571

  6. Kou, X., Li, B., Olayanju, J. B., Drake, J. M., & Chen, N. (2018). Nutraceutical or Pharmacological Potential of Moringa oleifera Lam. Nutrients10(3), 343. https://doi.org/10.3390/nu10030343
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