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Moringa Oleifera

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You might want to memorize that name. Why? Because it is a plant that may very well change the world in the near future.  The interesting part about it though is Moringa Oleifera, or Moringa has been around for tens of thousands of years and used by civilizations for almost that long.  Not only does this tree provide a vast array of nutritional value, but it can also: produce fuel, enhance crop growth, produce livestock feed, purify water and produce medicine!

On a site note, this single plant is the whole reason I started learning about alternative medicines.  The tree fascinated me so much that I wanted to learn about other natural substances that were similar.  Read on, this one is going to shock you.

What is Moringa Oleifera?

Moringa Oleifera is commonly know all over the world by a variety of names: Moringa, Malunggay, Shevaga, The Drumstick Tree, The Horseradish Tree and a few classics such as “Mothers Best Friend,” “The Tree of Life” and “Natures Medicine Cabinet.”  Moringa happens to be the only genus in the family Moringaceae.  Moringa Oleifera is one of 12 different types of “Moringa” that grow around the world and arguably the most beneficial.

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Why is this tree so beneficial?

  • Lets start with the fact that it can grow in soils where many plants can’t.  Once the moringa tree grows, it deposits organic matter back into the ground and over time actually can make the ground more fertile!
  • The plant produces seed pods.  Inside of these seed pods you of course find seeds.  You can eat them or plant them for more trees.
  • The seeds also serve additional purposes:  They contain 50-60% oil.  This oil is extremely beneficial for the skin as a mositurizer and can be used to treat cuts and scrapes.  The oil is also an extremely clean burning fuel.  Imagine the possibilities here for a family that survives off their land.
  • Now take it one step further, after the seeds are mashed to produce the oil, the seed pulp itself can be added to water and will actually purify the water.  The pulp attracts dirt, germs and bacteria and allows it to settle to the bottom with the pulp leaving cleaner water.  This is also the believed effect that happens within the body when the plant is consumed.
  • Now we have the leaves and we will go into more detail on the actual nutritional value of the leaves a bit further down the page, but they are extremely nutritious and are often used to brew tea or are dried (which actually increases the potency) and milled into a fine powder.  This powder has been used for many years by aid organizations to treat malnutrition in third world countries and is a cheap alternative to many medicines.
  • Now you can also take the the left over leaves and stems and grind them up to be added to livestock fodder.  Studies have shown large percentage increases in both mass and milk production when this plant is added to the diet!
  • For farming, the same parts that are added to the livestock fodder can be added to the water applied to crops and increases in size of crop can also be attained.
  • The flowers can be eaten and used in teas
  • The root is used in Aruyvedic medicine as well as a substitute for horseradish :)
  • the benefits of this tree go on and on…..

Now you can see why this tree was so amazing to me.  Never before has there been such an opportunity to change lives all over the world than there is with this special tree.

Where Does Moringa Come From?

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Moringa Oleifera is actually native to the Himalayan region of Northwest India, which adds this plant to the ever growing list of “superfoods” coming out of this harsh climate.  One cannot help wonder if the necessity for an extremely hardy and adaptable plant in this region contributes to their exceptional nutritional quality, but I digress.

Moringa is now found throughout the world in tropical and sub-tropical regions.  It grows best in a sandy based soil, but can also live in very poor soil.  This is what makes this tree so amazing is that not only can it grow where others can, but its also an extremely fast growing tree, one of the fastest around.  Although the plant can with stand frost, it generally does not withstand a hard freeze.  The general rule of thumb for moringa is that you can typically grow it wherever you can grow oranges.

The footage below shows Moringa trees growing wild in Kenya.

What Are The Nutritional Benefits Of Moringa?

Time for this tree to truly shine.

First, I think it is of note that when people refer to the nutritional benefits of Moringa, they are most often referring to the leaves themselves.  The leaves are also typically dried as the majoriety of nutrional benefits as the leaf dries.

Gram for gram, the Moringa leaf contains:

  • 7 Times the Vitamin C of oranges
  • 4 Times the Vitamin A of carrots
  • 4 Times the Calcium of milk
  • 3 Times the Potassium of bananas
  • 2 Times the Protein of yogurt

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Moringa is a very rare plant in that it contains a vast vitamin and mineral spectrum including: Vitamin A, B1,B2,B3,C calcium, chromium, copper, iron, magnesium, manganese, phosphorus, potassium, protein, zinc and more.

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This in and of itself is amazing, but what is truly remarkable, is that Moringa leaves also contain all the essential amino acids and in good proportion, so they are extremely useful to the human body.

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The properties of the plant are also said to have a detoxifying effect on the body much like the seeds do in water.

It’s no wonder that the World Health Organization has been utilizing the Moringa tree for over 40 Years!  Western Civilization is starting to wake up, in fact the Moringa Tree was named “Plant of the Year” on Earth Day 2008 by the National Institute for Health (NIH).

In short here is a quote from Monica G. Marcu, Phar.D., Ph.D. stating that Moringa will bring to the westerners table “Concentrated vitamins, minerals, all necessary protein constituents, beneficial fats, antioxidant, and anti-inflammatory substances, all in a readily absorbable form and easy to digest = an energy food. Tasty but with very little sugar and salt”  Dr. Marcu goes on to state that Moringa is truly a superfood because even in low doses, it can supply all the vital nutrients the body needs with very few calories.

Moringa Supplement Information

Moringa comes in several forms on the market today utilizing mostly the leaves, but also the oil and the seeds in some instances.  We will cover the various types of supplementation below:

Moringa Leaf Powder-

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The original Moringa supplement made from the dried leaves of moringa trees.  After harvest, the frawns are hung like tobacco and slow dried out of the sun to preserve the nutrients.  Once dry, they are milled into this fine powder which can be used to make teas, added into baked goods or sprinkled on top of food or salads.  Potent and effective.

Moringa Leaf Powder Capsules-

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Moringa Capsules are, or rather “should,” simply be moringa leaf powder in an easy to consumer capsule form.  These can be very handy and a lot less messy if you are traveling or for those who prefer not to taste the powdered form. 

Moringa Oil-
Moringa oil has been used for centuries to moisturize the skin, reduce the signs of aging and treat small cuts bruises and scrapes.  Again, the potency and quality of the oil will be largely derived from the quality of the moringa plant itself and the manufacturing process.  You will want a “cold pressed” moringa oil as heat can destroy the natural enzymes. 

Moringa Cosmetics-

As awareness arises about moringa you are starting to see it listed in high end cosmetics as an ingredient to help slow the signs of aging and moisturize.  Before you buy, take a look at the rest of the ingredients and the company itself to determine if the moringa contained within will actually be beneficial to you and good for the planet.

Beware of Moringa Scams

As you can imagine, as more and more people become aware of Moringa and its benefits the flow flow of products onto the market is going to skyrocket.  We are already starting to see signs of this in the market place as low quality manufactures are attempting to capitalize on unsuspecting and uneducated consumers.

Unfortunatly right now, a large amount of the Moringa Oleifera supplements on the market are made from cheap Moringa that is imported from India.  Now there may be some quality organic moringa farms in India as well, but on a whole, India has been known for their lack of quality control and an inferior product.

Take a look at a sample photo taken from our manufacturer showing the difference between a low grade Indian grown moringa and their product.  Note the bright green and vibrant color of our manufacturers product and the dull “dead” appearance of the inferior moringa.
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If you are purchasing any moringa capsule, make sure that it contains only 100% moringa and no fillers or additives.  You may also want to verify that it comes in a vegetarian or vegan capsule.

So before you buy a moringa supplement, make sure you do your due diligence on the manufacturer and where they source their moringa from and any other ingredients.  It is also of not that there have been several Multi Level Marketing companies springing up of late with Moringa as one of their main ingredients or selling points.  It is my assertion that I have yet to see a company such as this that produces a product of quality with sufficient moringa levels sourced from reputable sources.  I am open to changing this opinion, if something comes up, but until that time, buyer beware.

Well, there you have it, you now know more about Moringa than 99.9% of the world, I hope you found the information you were looking for and if you are looking for the finest quality Organic Moringa Supplements, be sure to visit our store.

If you enjoyed this article or found it useful, be sure to leave your comments below and share with anyone you think will find it useful.

Mat

For even more information on Moringa, be sure to download the Moringa Report below from our good friends over at Trees For Life International.

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  • John Goodman

    Have you come across Zija? Is their formulation creditable? 

  • http://www.Holistikhealth.com Holistik Health

    Hi John,

    @matrobar:twitter from @holistikhealth:twitter here.  If the main goal is to get pure moringa Oleifera, then no, i would not recommend Zija as it is diluted with other substances.  I personally prefer to keep it simple and clean.  Get the powder and mix that in to whatever ingredients I want or just drink it down with water or take 100% pure capsules. 

    Unfortunately all too often MLM companies dilute their products add sugars for taste and synthetic chemicals to make it last longer…all of which you don’t want, so my personal recommendation is if you want all the best that Moringa has to offer, buy it in a 100% pure form such as the products listed here-

    http://www.holistikhealth.com/superfoods/moringa-oleifera.html

    Thanks!

    mat

  • Jingjing

    In the Philippines, malunggay is used mainly for food or human consumption.  The leaves and fruit are used in soups (fish, chicken); with mung bean, fresh corn soups and even in soups that have coconut milk…and others.  the fresh leaves are used for medicinal purposes much like IODINE.  We were even told that this is where Iodine comes from.  When fresh leaves are made into a poultice, this is very good antibiotic for wounds and infections due to wounds…and it stins like Iodine.  Above all, this really tastes very good in soups.  Sometimes, I find these in Oriental stores.  It’s a little bit expensive compared to the other veggies, but I would not trade this for others.  I grew up eating this malun
    nggay (also called kamunggay in the Visayan region of the Philippines.)  These are grown in the back yard or frontyard of houses there.  Sorry, never heard of malunggay powders, etc.

    Jingjing

      

  • Anthony

    Hi Jingjing, look for someone in the Philippines to help open up a new market with Moringa, if you have any interest email me at ampmitchell@gmail.com.

  • Dev luka

    Moringa has been used for years with no reports of negative
    side effects. The powder made from fresh Moringa leaves seems to provide a
    long-lasting energy boost when used regularly. People frequently report having
    much more endurance in their work, at home and at play.

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  • Doctor Peter

    Hello Everyone , if you need 100% Moringa Leaf Powder with no additives, no preservatives , just natural Moringa Powder alone reach me via naturewaystherapy@gmail.com my number is +2348058782330.Me and my family have been taking the Moringa leaf powder for 2 years now and we feel very very healthy , a friend was infected with Staphylococcus Aureus i gave him the leaf powder today he his cure completely. call me or mail me now for supply

  • Kevin smith

    I liked reading this blog. You have posted some very informative stuff, would surely benefit a lot of people. I appreciate your work.

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  • Zija Blogger

    You are more than misinformed in regards to Zija.  I get that it is your competition and you don’t want to promote it but to say that it is diluted and to make it sound as if it contains synthetic chemicals to make it last longer is 100% false.

    I am fairly certain that I will believe a person who is one of the top food formulators in the world over a no name person.  It is actually ironic that you point to Dr. Monica Marcu as a resource, when, in fact, she has been involved in the development of the Zija products.

    Please refer to any bit of information you would like in regards to Zija but mainly, make sure you visit http://www.russbianchi.com and you will see how wrong you are. 

  • Zija Blogger

    With all of that said, I will say; very thorough article on Moringa Oleifera. I think we can all agree that it is a wonderful botanical that can and will benefit anyone who wants to try it. 

  • http://www.Holistikhealth.com Holistik Health

    Hi there, thanks for the comment.  Apologies if you took my statements of personal preference as anything against Zija and to be honest I can’t be wrong if its a “personal preference”.  As the question was posed to me I never said Zija was a bad company.  What I said was I personally prefer pure moringa.  I believe Zija is a fine product and anything promoting quality moringa is great in my book.  That said i think we can both agree that there are a lot of companies who dilute their products out there.  Whether Zija is one of them or not, I am in no position to comment as I of course do not have the formulas used and this is where my reply of if you want pure moringa go to the source came from. 

    In my book anyone promoting good moringa is doing humanity a service :)

    Have a great night and thank you for your comments, we always love hearing other sides to a story.

  • Zija Blogger

    I appreciate the reply. Zija does contain 100% bioavailable Moringa. I agree, there are lots of lower grade products out there but I can attest that Zija is not one of them. If you would like to discuss it in more detail feel free to contact me, you should have my email address. I think you will like what you find out.

  • http://allnaturalremedy.blogspot.com/ Florence Tsao

    Very well said, Zija Blogger! I personally experienced such amazing benefits by Moringa in Zija Smart Mix about three months ago. 

  • http://twitter.com/ZijaTV Wayne Ballard

    After reading the comments below, I have to say, I don’t really know what the blogger here is trying to accomplish.  Here is a review of the Discover Channel Documentary on Moringa.  http://www.MoringaStory.com

  • Shotinthedark

    thats not a review by discovery channel at all
    you provided a link to a multi level marketing “opportunity”  shame on you!

  • http://www.phoenixhsc.co.uk/ kaitlyn

    Well written post.I appreciate your writing skills.Its great.You have made really a great job by sharing this post with us.I like this & would like to read your more updates.Keep in  touch with us in future too.

  • Rose

    Hi I live in the United States I want to make sure the moringa powder im taking is the best. Where can I order it? I got mine on Amazon.com. thanks.

  • MARIO

    I SPOKE TO A ZIJA REP, AND TOLD HIM ABOUT MY CONCERNS ON THERE PRODUCT HAVING A BROWN COLOR TO IT, HE IMFORMED ME THAT THEY USE THE WHOLE PLANT ROOTS SEEDS AND LEAVES, EVEN THOUGH IT COMES FROME INDIA UNDER CONTROLLED LABS AND CONDITIONS. WHERE CAN I GET THE  WHOLE PLANT IN HIGH QUALITY. THANKS MARIO

  • Melissa

    I would love to share with you the best moringa products on the market. I have done extensive research on this, and feel the need to share with everyone my personal experience along with my family and friends experiences! You are welcome to email me at melissadurrett@gmail.com and I will send you the literature. I’m sure what you purchased is fine, but if you plan to take it long term you need to make sure you have an organic non gmo product with no preservatives or fillers that can become toxic in your system after consumption over time. After all of my research I decided on Zija and have been more than pleased!

  • Laniemartin

    Can you please explain to me why one of the main ingredients in most Zija products is pure can sugar? It’s listed even higher than their “moringa propietary blend.” I would love to know the justification for this.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/WXWJ2F6QCOTQHKEZGLA63H3RUY Dan

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=-9e2WNPdN-I
    there is the discovery channel documentary and shame on you for shaming him.

  • Carol C.

    Nope, Zija is the best, purest, most effective.

  • Carol C.

    Um.. where do you see pure can(e) sugar? My products are sweetened with Stevia.

  • Carol C.

    Good post, Zija Blogger. There is none so blind as he/she who is misinformed! (pardon the use of a sort of Biblical reference, but it just popped into my head! :o)

  • http://www.facebook.com/eva.paterson.7 Eva Paterson

    Moringa Oleifera is an amazing plant and I have been ordering the pure leaf powder from a trustworthy source that specializes in organic & wildcrafted, raw vegan foods. I regularly add a teaspoon or two to smoothies, salad dressings and even cereals. It tastes great and gives a nice green colour. It costs $29.99 for a 1lb and is a bright green colour. The company is called Upayana Naturals.
    My daughter recently gave me 2 Zija products that she bought from someone at her work, a tea and a drink mix called Smart Mix. Very expensive but nicely packaged in pretty boxes and envelopes. The tea had many additional herbs in it and was tasty but not the best delivery system. How can you tell how much moringa you’re consuming and do you really want all the other herbs?
    The SmartMix had moringa leaf and other parts of the tree but it also has listed the following: pure cane sugar, natural flavour, citric acid, agar, fruit pectin. Again, difficult to control how much moringa you are taking and I really don’t want any product with cane sugar.
    I recommend staying away from products like Ziga not just because of the multi-level-marketing schemes but it’s really not a good delivery system for moringa.

  • Dlika

    Can I take Moringa and at the same time I take other multivitamins?

  • Vitor Chiessi

    So which Moringa do you suggest? Moringa is born from India..and could be some different in actives if is made from India, Philippine..and other..could you hepl to find me the best one

  • joseph

    Hi!, What do you mean sir, market of moringa from where? Thanks

  • Rose

    I suggest getting your hands on some seeds and growing your own tree!! It’s a fast growing easy to care for tree that can be a great project for kids! I have enjoyed growing my tree and watching it grow a little every day. I am not a farmer so growing and eating my own organic food has been very new and fun for me!! Moringa is rightfully called the Miracle tree.

  • lucy lai

    I would like to know bout Zija which has be touted to be the moringa plant itself…thank you for your opinion

  • Susan

    Hi Mat, I am just about to sow 100 Moringa Oleifera seeds here in sunny Spain, already growing Frankincense tree seedlings and they are hard, so the Moringa being so good at germination should be an easy one. Thank you for all the information, I will let you know how my seed go.

  • Sphynx

    After my first time drink the morninga, best one ever. Lost lot of weight, no effect side. I am tell everybody to drink them. Best! 1,000 thumbs up!

  • Phil

    Yes Zija is top notch they are the Moringa company and regulate everything.

  • Phil

    It is absolutely credible.

  • Phil

    Zija is not polluted with other stuff and I believe they make it desirable in taste. no sugar please get your facts straight. Zija is the Moringa company.

  • Phil

    Thats impossible you would have to process it into consumable form to get any where remotely close to what Zija has done and you have to have the knowledge to do so.

  • Phil

    Do you offer a 100%money back guarantee on your Moringa product?

  • Gayle

    I just do not see how you can insist that Zija does not have cane sugar in it! I am looking at the Super Mix, which is their moringa product, and the cane sugar is 3.5 grams for one serving. The other ingredients are not a bunch of crummy chemicals, but there is absolutely sugar! and a good amount of it!

  • Phil

    yes Zija International does the first 30 days and then for the next 11 months 90% they truly know what they have have is unique.

  • Phil

    It does have cane sugar but that’s the Smart Mix not the super and it is straight from the plant not fillers or synthetics or processed sugars and we will have new smart mix in October and it will have Stevia which is also straight from the plant not processed.

  • Marie

    Who is your manufacturer for your supplements?

  • boo

    hi Phil, I am from Philippines and i am a moringa user too. Here in the phil, our moringa is pure and organic, we can have it from our backyards or even at our neighbors backyard. We do the shadow drying ( natural way ). You can buy in a very cheap price yet its all natural.

  • Mlmexpert

    All mlm companies are required by law to return 90% of the investment within the first 12 months, it’s not like Zija has this “unique” return policy by choice

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  • susandaytoday

    They are making capitol out of a gift from God.

  • susandaytoday

    I am growing Moringa here in Florida. Please tell me about growing frankinsense tree . That would be awesome.

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