There is an incredible wealth of knowledge that one can now find on the internet on the wide ranging benefits of Moringa Oleifera. A plant that I grew up with in India and only realized its true potential when I rediscovered the glorious Moringa tree working in a model sustainable village in Kenya. Head to the 'My Story' section on the website (www.moringawhat.com) to read more on that.
Now, modern science is proving that these tiny moringa leaves are packed with incredible nutrition that can strengthen our bodies and provide essential nutrition where otherwise lacking. Playing catch up with what has been used in folk medicine across civilizations and cultures, through the centuries.
As with everything, it is important to understand that wellness and health need to be approached holistically. Nutritional food supplements are only that, supplements and should not replace a balanced diet and lifestyle.
Below are a few interesting facts about Moringa, put together by an organization that I consider a housekeeper of Moringa know how, the Trees for Life Organisation.
Botanical name: Moringa oleifera is Popularly known as “drumstick tree” in English.
Incredible in any language . . .
Bengali: Sajna Burmese: Dandalonbin French: Bèn ailé, Benzolive Gujarati: Suragavo Hindi & Urdu: Munaga, Sahijna, Segra Khmer: Daem mrum Malay: Kalor Malayalam: Sigru, Muringa Marathi: Sujna, Shevga Oriya: Munigha, Sajina Punjabi: Soanjana Sinhalese: Murunga Spanish: Ben, Morango, Moringa Tagalog: Mulangai Tamil: Murungai Telegu: Munaga, Mulaga Thai: Marum Vietnamese: Chùm Ngây
Easy to use: • Add fresh or dried leaves to any dish (Salads, Smoothies are a personal favourite) • 2 tablespoons a day works as an excellent addition to a diet.
On a gram for gram comparison, Moringa leaves contain 7 times the Vitamin C of Oranges x 2 times the Protein of Yogurt x 3 times the Potassium of Bananas x 4 times the Vitamin A of Carrots x 4 times the Calcium of Milk **
These tiny nutrient dense leaves will be most beneficial to individuals that are unable to maintain a balanced diet and /or do not have an easy access to a source of nutritional foods, including those that live a fast paced life (think city, commuting hours of traffic, spending endless hours in front of a computer screen)
We are launching our Moringa Leaf Powders soon. Reach out to us on firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like some Moringa leaf goodness or to know more.
I look forward to writing more on my journey with Moringa and look forward to you being a part of the MoringaWhat journey.
** Based on ﬁgures from: Nutritive Value of Indian Foods , by Nutritive Value of Indian Foods , C. Gopalan, et al, and The Miracle Tree – Moringa oleifera: Natural Nutrition for the Tropics , by Lowell Fuglie