Wondering what Malunggay or Moringa Oleifera is all about? For so many Filipinos down south, we call it a green leafy vegetable that is best for Tinola or Ginataang Mongo. Others in the Ilocos Region, they also make use of the fruit for their Denendeng.
But for the many nowadays, Moringa is not anymore a mere vegetable in the kitchen, but it is now known to have healing benefits for about 300 diseases. Moringa leaf is best known as an excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. This energy boost is not based on sugar, and so it is sustained. It helps lower blood pressure and is a sleep aid. Its detoxifying effect may come from Moringa’s ability to purify water. Moringa acts as a coagulant attaching itself to harmful material and bacteria. It is believed that this process is taking place in the body as well.days, this is not just a vegetable but also gives healing benefits for about 300 diseases. Moringa combats malnutrition and enhances milk production of breastfeeding mothers. In many OB clinics, Obstetricians prescribe Malunggay capsules to pregnant women to prepare them into a healthy breastfeeding with their newborn babies.
As Moringa is known now as a miracle plant, almost all the parts of the tree is being useful to mankind.
What are the health benefits of malunggay / moringa?
To say that Moringa is a superfood would be accurate, as it contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. At the same time, it can be consumed by everyone, so small children and adults alike can enjoy the many benefits of malunggay.
Here are just some of the many malunggay benefits:
1. Prevents diabetes by helping normalize blood sugar levels.
2. Fights cancer. Malunggay has anti-cancer compounds (phytochemicals) that stop the growth of cancer cells.
3. Improves sleep. If you’re stressed out or have trouble sleeping, malunggay can help you relax and sleep better.
4. Good for lactating mothers. Because malunggay has 4 times the calcium in milk, lactating mothers are encouraged toad malunggay leaves to their diet so they can produce milk for their babies. The leaves can be added in soup or can be boiled and taken as tea.
5. Treats inflammations linked to arthritis, rheumatism and joint pains. Malunggay has been found to have anti-inflammatory properties that can help prevent and treat certain inflammations.
6. Boosts the immune system. Moringga contains minerals that aid digestion, ensuring that the body totally absorbs the nutrients in what you eat.
7. Helps repair and restore the hair and skin. Because of its very high Vitamins A (4 times than that of carrot) and C (7 times than that of oranges) content, moringa improves skin elasticity, keeping it supple, and also helps lighten skin.