Moringa Oleifera, also known as Horseradish Tree, Ben Oil Tree, and Drumstick tree, is a fast-growing, drought-resistant tree, native to the southern foothills of the Himalayas, parts of Africa, and the Philippines. Known as Malunggay (pronounced Ma-lung-guy) in the Philippines, its leaves are regularly used in soups and substituted for spinach.
The leaves of the Moringa oleifera tree have been promoted by the World Health Organization (WHO) for years as an inexpensive way to combat malnutrition in poor countries and those where starvation epidemics occur. It’s importance lies within nutritional benefits such as protein, minerals, and vitamins where it is scarce. Because Moringa Oleifera is easy to maintain and requires little water to grow, people are provided with the necessary nutrients to live happier and healthier lives.
FAO, UN, UNESCO, and the World Health Organization and many others have programs promoting the use of Moringa to treat infants, children, pregnant women, people suffering from HIV and other ailments. Moringa is recognized throughout the world as an important source of nutrition by the National Geographic Society, the National Science Foundation, and the United Nations World Food Program.
Moringa has been used for centuries in folk medicine, including Siddha medicine and Ayurvedic traditional medicines and in the Philippines. In Ayurvedic traditional medicine, the leaves are believed to affect blood pressure and glucose levels. In Africa, Indonesia and Philippines, moringa leaves are given to nursing mothers to increase lactation. At least one study have shown up to 180% improvement in milk volume production with lactating mothers taking moringa.* To read more about Moringa and mothers, click here.
Recent scientific studies have shown Moringa’s effectiveness as a natural anti-bacterial agent, and as a way of improving glucose tolerance in diabetic rats.* The U.S. Department of Agriculture recognizes moringa leaf for its high vitamin A, C, iron, and HDL cholesterol levels.
The leaves are the most nutritious part of the plant, being a significant source of B vitamins, vitamin C, provitamin A as beta-carotene, vitamin K, manganese and protein, among other essential nutrients. Together, these nutrients promote aesthetic benefits such as healthier hair, skin, and overall health.
Dried Moringa Oleifera Tree leaves contain Vitamins A (Alpha & Beta-Carotene), B, B1, B2, B3, B5, B6, B12, C, D, E, K, Folic Acid, Biotin and more…
Here is a nutritional comparison of Moringa to other high nutrient content foods.
Moringa leaves are an excellent source of protein that can be rarely found in any other herbs and green leafy vegetables. 100 g of dried leaves provide 28.3 g of protein or about 57 % of daily-required levels. Dry, powdered leaves are indeed a much-concentrated source of many quality amino acids.
Fresh pods and seeds are a good source of oleic acid, a health-benefiting monounsaturated fat. Moringa as high-quality oilseed crop can be grown alternatively to improve nutrition levels of populations in many drought-prone regions of Africa and Asia.
Moringa leaves are excellent sources of vitamin-C. 100 g of dried leaves provide 97 mg or 160% of daily-recommended intake values of this vitamin. Research studies have shown that consumption of fruits/vegetables rich in vitamin C helps the body develop immunity against infectious agents, and scavenge harmful oxygen-free radicals from the body.
The greens as well as pods also contain good amounts of many vital B-complex vitamins such as folates, vitamin-B6 (pyridoxine), thiamin (vitamin B-1), riboflavin, pantothenic acid, and niacin. Much of these vitamin functions as co-enzymes in carbohydrate, protein, and fat metabolism.
Furthermore, its leaves are one of the fine sources of minerals like calcium, iron, copper, manganese, zinc, selenium, and magnesium. Iron alleviates anemia. Calcium is required for bone strengthening. Zinc plays a vital role in hair-growth, spermatogenesis, and skin health.
Calcium, Chloride, Chromium, Copper, Fluorine, Iron, Manganese, Magnesium, Molybdenum, Phosphorus, Potassium, Sodium, Selenium, Sulfur, Zinc and more…
Absorption and bioavailability of whole plant minerals is greatly increased compared to minerals when taken individually or from synthetic sources, because of the synergistic affects of the complete nutritional makeup.
Calcium - Up to 8.79 times more bioavailable.
Chromium - Up to 25 times more bioavailable.
Copper - 1.85 time more retained in the liver.
Iron - 1.77 times more absorbed into blood.
Magnesium - Up to 2.20 times more bioavailable.
Manganese - 1.63 times more retained in the liver.
Molybdenum - 16.49 times more absorbed into blood.
Selenium - Up to 17.60 times the antioxidant effect.
Zinc - 6.46 times more absorbed into blood.
Antioxidants and Anti-inflamatory Properties:
Moringa Oleifera leaves contain over 46 Antioxidants and have scored as high as 140,000-150,000 ORAC Value, making it one of the top 10 antioxidants in the world. Recently, however, ORAC values have become sort of a race and marketing competition, because of the ability to manipulate scores and not all are indicative of the ORAC value the customer receives when purchasing a product. Because of this, our very high lab tested ORAC Score of 62,000 was obtained from a shelf sample which is more indicative of the ORAC benefit our customers will receive as opposed to a straight from processing sample.
As with most foods, heating moringa above 140 degrees Fahrenheit destroys some of the nutritional value. This is why we process our Moringa in a low oxygen vacuum chamber with precise temperature controls to avoid the contamination of air-drying and preserve the essential nutritional content.
Vitamin A, Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Vitamin K, Vitamin B (Choline), Vitamin B1
(Thiamin), Vitamin B2 (Riboflavin), Vitamin B3 (Niacin), Vitamin B6, Alanine,
Alpha-Carotene, Arginine, Beta-Carotene, Beta-sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic
Acid, Campesterol, Carotenoids, Chlorophyll, Chromium, Delta-5-Avenasterol,
Delta-7-Avenasterol, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid,
Indoleacetonitrile, Kaempferal, Leucine, Lutein, Methionine, Myristic-Acid,
Palmitic-Acid, Prolamine, Proline, Quercetin, Rutin, Selenium, Threonine,
Tryptophan, Xanthins, Xanthophyll, Zeatin, Zeaxanthin, Zinc.
Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (Thiamin), Vitamin C, Vitamin E, Arginine, Beta-
sitosterol, Caffeoylquinic Acid, Calcium, Chlorophyll, Copper, Cystine, Fiber, Glutathione, Histidine, Indole Acetic Acid, Indoleacetonitrile, Isoleucine, Kaempferal, Leucine, Magnesium, Omega 3, Omega 6, Omega 9, Oleic-Acid, Phenylalanine, Potassium, Quercetin, Rutin, Selenium, Stigmasterol, Sulfur, Tryptophan, Tyrosine, Zeatin, Zinc.
ADDITIONAL BENEFICIAL NUTRIENTS
Proteins, the building blocks of our bodies, are made of amino acids. Usually, only animal products such as meat, eggs and dairy contain all of the essential amino acids. Amazingly, Moringa leaves also contain them all. Moringa contains all Essential Amino Acids, Multiple Antioxidants and Anti-Inflammatories, Chlorophyll, Carotenoids, Omega oils (3,6,9), Plant Sterols, Polyphenols and more…
ESSENTIAL AMINO ACIDS
L-Isoleucine: Regulates and stabilizes blood sugar and energy levels in the body. A deficiency in Isoleucine can lead to symptoms similar to hypoglycemia or low blood sugar.
L-Leucine: Protects muscles and is a fuel for the body when working with the amino acids Valine and Isoleucine. Also, Leucine is the most effective amino acid at causing insulin secretion from the pancreas.
L-Valine: Known as a wonderful source of energy for all bodily functions. Also, maintains the metabolism of muscles, proper nitrogen balance and repairs tissues.
L-Lysine: Lysine is very important in the formulation of proteins needed in muscles and bones. It also has been shown to be effective in reducing the effects of flus, colds and herpes virus.
L-Methionine and Cystine The body’s primary source of sulfur is Methionine. Sulfur assists in the growth of hair, skin and nails as well as increases the production of lecithin in the liver. Lecithin helps to reduce cholesterol and liver fat.
L-Tryptophan: Tryptophan is used by the body to assist in making Vitamin B3 – Niacin, Serotonin and Melatonin. Niacin is needed for normal gastrointestinal and nerve processes. Serotonin acts as a calming agent in the brain. Melatonin is crucial in regulating sleep.
L-Phenylalanine and L-Tyrosine: Functions on the memory system and learning processes. Used to treat rheumatoid arthritis.
L-Threonine: Helps to maintain body’s proteins in balance. Studies show that threonine treatment is effective easing symptoms attributed to Multiple Sclerosis.
Histidine: An essential amino acid for children,promoting growth and development. Required for the generation of red and white blood cells.
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