Scientific name: Moringa oeliferaMalunggay leaves was once considered a “poor man’s vegetables” but now it is known as a “miracle tree” and “nature’s medicine cabinet” by scientists and health care workers from around the world. The reason it is called a “miracle tree” is because it is loaded with vitamins and minerals that can help prevent and cure many kinds of ailments.
Malunggay trees are generally grown in the backyards in countries of Southeast Asia, Central and South America, and Africa. It is said that these plants are “low maintenance,” requiring little to no care.
All parts of the malunggay tree (from the roots, trunk, and branches to the leaves, flowers, and seeds) have nutritional and medicinal uses.
Culinary Uses: Malunggay leaves are best in soup, fish and chicken dishes.
Malunggay Nutrient Content: Malunggay contains three times the potassium in bananas, four times the vitamin A in carrots, seven times the vitamin C in oranges and 2 times the calcium in a glass of milk. These substances are potent antioxidants that protect the cells of the body from getting damaged by free radicals.
Available Form of Malunggay Leaves: fresh leaves or vegetables, powder or supplement form, and tea. Some products where malunggay leaves are included are bread, oil (for cooking and cosmetic ingredients), shampoo and conditioner, ice cream, etc…
Malunggay Leaves Health Benefits:
- Eating one cup of malunggay leaves everyday can help strengthens the immune system.
- Can help restores skin condition, controls blood pressure, relieve headaches and migraines.
- Malunggay tea can help strengthen the eye muscles.
- Malunggay tea can help heal inflammation of the joints and tendons.
- Eating one to two cups of malunggay leaves during dinnertime can help cure constipation.
- Contain two times the protein in milk.
- Malunggay leaves poultice can help stop bleeding when applied directly to bleeding wound.
- Malunggay tea can prevent intestinal worms.
- Can help increase semen count.
- Can help normalize blood sugar level therefore preventing diabetes.
- Has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that help stop the growth of cancer cells.
- Malunggay helps promote good night sleep.
- Malunggay tea is used to treat fever and asthma.
- Malunggay help heals ulcers.
- Malunggay leaves are proven to increase the flow of milk among lactating mothers. For insufficient breast milk production take one cup of leaves at least once a day. The young malunggay leaves can also be boiled and taken as tea.
Malunggay Root Medicinal Uses:
- The roots is used to make tea, while the trunk, after it’s scraped and squeezed for its juice is used to clean wounds.
- Decoction of malunggay roots is taken to increase the amount of urine. It can also be use as mouthwash to help tighten the gums.
- Poultice applied to snake bites and skin irritations.
Malunggay Seeds Medicinal Uses:
- Malunggay seed is used to clean dirty or polluted water. According to German research, malunggay seeds are able to clean water of low and medium turbidity (cloudiness) with 98% – 99% reduction in bacteria that cause gastrointestinal disorders.
- Malunggay seed can help cure rheumatism. Just roast seeds, powder and apply on affected joints.
Note: Malunggay seeds are also good sources of bio-fuels