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The Tree of Life | Medicine Taps the Moringa Tree

Medical research is tapping into the medicinal qualities of plants, and one in particular, the moringa tree, is being touted for its immense wealth of healthy components and phytonutrients.

With technological innovations making headlines in the healthcare sector, it is important to remember that scientific research is also uncovering new medicinal remedies that come from the natural world. Lately, you may have seen moringa powder stacked in the grocery or wellness section of your supermarket; and if you have, you have probably wondered where it comes from. Modern medical researchers have found it possesses enormous health benefits, including relief from stomach disorders, allergies and edema… and that is just the tip of the iceberg.

Moringa oleifera, also known as drumstick tree, is a highly valued and versatile plant native to India and widely cultivated in tropical and subtropical areas all over Asia, Africa and South America. Although modern science has only recently discovered its value, moringa has been imparting a multitude of benefits across various cultures since ancient times.

According to organicfacts.net, it was valued by the Romans, Egyptians and Greeks for its medicinal impact on a range of ailments, and today its usage has been encouraged by various humanitarian organizations to combat malnutrition and its effects in poverty-stricken regions, mainly due to its economic viability and rapid growth.

A Plethora of Health Benefits

According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, National Institutes of Health (NIH), Moringa contains an immense wealth of healthy components and phytonutrients. NIH studies have also found that the plant offers a rich blend of powerful antioxidants that possess free radical scavenging capacity. In fact, the antioxidant property of moringa aids in liver protection, diabetes cure, eye protection, improved cardiovascular health, bone health, urolithiasis, wound healing, hair and skin care. It is also rich in antibacterial and antifungal properties that help fight against infections.

Moreover, the phytonutrients present in moringa may be effective for preventing various medical conditions such as cancer, neurodegenerative diseases, bronchial asthma, sickle cell disease, nephrotoxicity, high cholesterol, high blood pressure, anemia and obesity, as well as helping to build a strong immune system.

Nutritional Benefits

Moringa leaves and pods are a nutritional powerhouse that provides a great range and amount of essential proteins, vitamins and minerals. It is a rich source of essential amino acids, which are the building blocks of proteins. It also contains a significant number of vitamins such as Vitamin A, Vitamin B1 (thiamine), B2 (riboflavin), B3 (niacin), B6, folate, and ascorbic (Vitamin C). Its mineral wealth includes calcium, potassium, iron, magnesium, phosphorus and zinc, and it also contains a very low amount of fats and offers no
harmful cholesterol.

Value of Medicinal Plant Research

As medical technology continues to advance, so does plant research for medicinal purposes. This is a critical component to healthcare, as new scientific research on plant nutrition, cell biology, molecular biology, medicinal properties, phytochemical constituents, pharmacognosy and phytomedicine continues to improve human health and enable the safe, effective and proper use of high quality botanical products by healthcare professionals and consumers.


Note: Maringa is a highly nutritious plant and is generally safe for consumption. However, its usage for therapeutic relief should only be considered after consultation with a medical professional. Also, the roots and bark of moringa have an abortive effect and are not recommended during pregnancy.

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Jack Roth

A veteran journalist and author, Jack Roth is managing editor of i4 Business magazine. Jack has been writing about Central Florida business, technology and economic development for more than 20 years.

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