The Moringa tree is one of the most incredible plants ever encountered. Moringa’s nutritional and medicinal properties have the potential to end malnutrition, starvation, as well as prevent and heal many diseases and maladies worldwide. Moringa is truly a miracle plant, and a divine gift for the nourishing and healing of man. The most incredible thing about Moringa is the amount of nutritional and medicinal chemicals and compounds found in this plant. The chart below will give you a quick view of some of the notable nutrients contained in this plant.
Vitamin & Mineral Content of Moringa dried leaves
|Carotene (Vit. A)||18.9 mg|
|Thiamin (B1)||2.64 mg|
|Riboavin (B2)||20.5 mg|
|Niacin (B3)||8.2 mg|
|Vitamin C||17.3 mg|
Benefits of consuming moringa
Rhamnose & Phytochemicals
Phytochemicals and 6 Carbon Sugar Rhamnose: An examination of the phytochemicals of Moringa species affords the opportunity to examine a range of fairly unique compounds. In particular, this plant family is rich in compounds containing the simple sugar, rhamnose, and it is rich in a fairly unique group of compounds called glucosinolates and isothiocyanates. For example, specific components of Moringa preparations that have been reported to have hypotensive, anticancer, and antibacterial activity include 4-(4′-O-acetyl–L-rhamnopyranosyloxy) benzyl isothiocyanate, 4-(-Lrhamnopyranosyloxy) benzyl isothiocyanate, niazi mycin, pterygospermin ], benzyl isothiocyanate, and 4-(-L’Rhamnopyranosyl Oxy) benzyl glucosinolate . While these compounds are relatively unique to the Moringa family, it is also rich in a number of vitamins and minerals as well as other more commonly recognized phytochemicals such as the carotenoids (including -carotene or pro-vitamin A).
Antibacterial & Antifungal
Moringa preparations have been cited in the scientific literature as having antibiotic, antitrypanosomal, hypotensive, antispasmodic, anti-ulcer, anti-inflammatory, hypo-cholesterolemic, and hypoglycemic activities, as well as having considerable efficacy in water purification by occlusion, sedimentation, antibiosis and even reduction of Schistosome cercariae titer.
Since Moringa species have long been recognized by folk medicine practitioners as having value in tumour therapy, we examined compounds for their cancer preventive potential. Recently, these compounds were shown to be potent inhibitors of phorbol ester (TPA) -induced Epstein-Barr virus early antigen activation in lymphoblastoid (Burkitt’s lymphoma) cells. In one of these studies, they also inhibited tumour promotion in a mouse two-stage DMBA-TPA tumour model.
In an even more recent study, Bharali and colleagues have examined skin tumour prevention following ingestion of drumstick (Moringa seedpod) extracts. In this mouse model, which included appropriate positive and negative controls, a dramatic reduction in skin papillomas was demonstrated. Thus, traditional practice has long suggested that cancer prevention and therapy may be achievable with native plants. (Jed W. Fahey, 2005)