Moringa Medicinal plants
Imagine a fresh leaf that contains seven times as much vitamin C as oranges. When the leaf is dry, it contains half the quantity of the vitamin in oranges.
Imagine also that when fresh, the leaf also contains four times the vitamin A of carrots while the dry one contains 10 times as much of the vitamin in carrots.
Again, the leaf when fresh contains four times the calcium contained in milk and when dry, contains 17 times as much calcium as milk.
In terms of potassium, the same leaf contains three times the quantity of the mineral as banana. If the leaf is dry, the potassium level is 15 times what the banana has.
The leaf contains three quarters of the iron in spinach but when it is dry, the iron content is 25 times of what spinach has.
If you are looking for protein, the quantity contained in the fresh leaf is two times what you get from yoghurt. But when the leaf is dry, it contains as much protein as yoghurt.
Such a leaf must be miraculous, according to experts. Yes, the plant that bears the leaf has actually earned the nickname, miracle tree. Its botanical name is Moringa Oleifera. In Hausa, Moringa is called Zogale; it is called Gawara in Fulani; Okwe oyibo in Igbo and Ewe ile in Yoruba.
According to MoringaOlefera.com, Moringa is a small shrub or tree that can reach 12 metres in height at maturity and can live for up to 20 years.
The website says, “A short but intense life…A life in the fast lane: Moringa is perhaps the fastest-growing of all trees as it can reach three metres in just 10 months after the seed is planted. It has deep roots, and therefore it can survive in dry regions, and a wide-open crown with a single stem. “Moringa is a healer, food magician, beauty and beautician, a plant with surprising water purification capabilities, a best friend and humanitarian who works for so little. It is one of the most useful trees on earth.
“Moringa makes a major contribution to human and animal health; in many cases, it can mean the difference between life and death. Absolutely no negative effects to daily consumption of Moringa leaves have ever been reported.”
The site adds that the leaves are believed to have a stabilising effect on blood pressure and glucose levels as they are also used to treat anxiety, diarrhoea and inflammation of the colon, skin infections, scurvy, intestinal parasites and many other conditions…
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