The story of moringa
Within the past ten years, Moringa oleifera, a tropical, multipurpose tree has grown from being practically unknown, even unheard of, to be a new and promising nutritional and economic resource for developing countries. The leaves, which are easy to grow and rich in proteins, vitamins and minerals, are becoming widely used in projects fighting against malnutrition. Producing moringa leaves is also a means of generating agricultural income, developing the food processing industry and founding new businesses. Native to India, and Africa the moringa tree grows widely in Africa, where, up until recently, it was used solely around houses to form hedges or to give shade. Occasionally it was used for medicinal purposes or collected for food. The Haussa from Ghana, Niger and Nigeria, who eat the moringa leaves as a vegetable, are the only ones who have been, for decades now, growing and selling this product.
At the end of the 1980s, when moringa was being studied by a few researchers, uniquely for its water-treatment properties. During the 90s, researchers, businesses and NGOs helped further develop moringa agronomics, the use of its leaves in food and its seeds in oil production or water treatment the nutrition values of moringa powder are highly concentrated. A few grams a day can help fight against vitamin, mineral and protein deficiencies. For these reasons, moringa leaf powder was used exclusively for a specific population and was well monitored, having a clearly positive impact on the health of those who took it
Moringa is an exceptional resource for developing countries. Processed or fresh, the moringa leaf is not only a new, promising source of income and employment, but also an outstanding, nutritionally rich vegetable for families and markets.
Never Die Tree”
Moringa is also called the “Never Die Tree” in parts of Africa because is so amazingly hardy it seems to thrive no matter how tough the environment or how poor the soil.
This tree is known to produce fruit even during drought conditions, and it will rebound quickly after being cut back. In fact, it seems to like it because each stump will produce 4 – 8 new shoots. Keeping them pruned, will encourage denser, lusher growth for more bountiful harvests.
Of course, keeping them to a reasonable height makes it much easier to reach the leaves, blossoms and fruit, too. The cuttings and branches can be used as animal feed or mulch so absolutely nothing goes to waste! Handy little tree, right?!
Moringa trees do extremely well in developing countries with little access to modern irrigation methods.
They also grow quite quickly, easily gaining as much as 10 feet per year in peak conditions, and they are naturally resistant to many types of insects.
It is these characteristics, combined with awesome nutritional/medicinal attributes that make it such a wonderful, highly economical, low maintenance crop helping to fight disease, starvation and malnutrition in many parts of the world.
Throughout the world, Moringa is used for treating diverse health conditions such as cancer, diabetes, anaemia, arthritis, rheumatism, allergies and asthma, constipation, diarrhoea, epilepsy, stomach and intestinal ulcers, spasms, chronic headaches, high blood pressure, kidney stones, fluid retention, thyroid disorders, impotence in men and low sex drive in women, infections, and so many others.
Among the plants usually described as a cure-all, Moringa is king.
None can compete with Moringa as the most versatile cure-all plant around.
One of the reasons why Moringa is described as ‘the miracle plant’ is because of its ability to fight inflammations and strengthen the immune system. Moringa leaves are high in several anti-ageing compounds that lower the effects of stress on body nerves, inflammation.
Stress has been identified as one of the foundations of many chronic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension Arthritis, Excessive weight gain, Asthma and many others. Does that surprise you? Many people find it difficult to see the link between stress and chronic diseases.
However, the world health organization (WHO) has officially classified as one of the major factors responsible for chronic diseases in the world.