Moringa is a native plant to India and has been used in traditional Ayurvedic medicine for more than 5000 years. Because of its nutritional density and powerful medicinal properties it has been nick named the Miracle Tree. As the silk road began to open up free trade in the ancient world, other cultures began to recognize the power of this plant and started to cultivate it in their home soil. Because of this, Moringa now grows in all tropical and sub tropical regions of the world. Moringa is a drought resistant tree and because of its high nutritional density is being researched for it's efficacy to feed and nourish the growing population.
“If there were a top 10 list of plants that are going to help feed the world over the next hundred years, I would say moringa should be on that list,” said Carrie Waterman, a University of California, Davis, natural products chemist.
Moringa is extremely nutritious! Gram for gram it is one of the most nutrient dense plants on earth. Studies on Moringa have been able to extract 92 Nutrients, 46 Anti-Oxidants and 36 Anti-Inflammatory agents from the plant. It is rich in minerals like calcium, potassium, zinc, magnesium, iron and copper. Vitamins like beta-carotene (vitamin A), B1, B2, B3, B4, B7, vitamin C, D, E, Iron and K. Moringa leaves are also loaded with important phytochemicals such as tannins, sterols, terpenoids, flavonoids, saponins, anthraquinones and alkaloids along with anti-cancerous agents like glucosinolates, isothiocyanates, glycoside compounds and steric acid. On top of all this, Moringa leaves serve as a complete protein with all nine essential amino acids! This truly is a powerful plant!
We all know the importance of calcium and Iron. While, eight ounces of milk can provide 300–400 mg, moringa powder can provide more than 4000 mg. With its high dose of Iron, Moringa powder can be used as a substitute for iron tablets, hence it's used as a treatment for anemia. Moringa is high in zinc is essential for proper growth of sperm cells and is also necessary for the synthesis of DNA and RNA.
Medicinal UsesFor more than 5000 years moringa has been used in traditional medicine and has been claimed to help heal and cure over 300 different ailments and diseases. While many of these claims are anecdotal, there is a growing body of research on the power and effects of the Moringa Plant to treat diseases such as diabetes, cancer, animia, arthritus, cholesterol, anti-inflamitory properties, increase sex drive, increase breast milk production and aid malnutrition.