NUTRITION CORNER: Malunggay, most nutritious plant on earth

Scientific research confirms that the leaves of Malunggay (Moringa Oleifera) are a powerhouse of nutritional value.

Moringa is rich in Vitamin A and Vitamin C. It contains four times more Vitamin A or beta-carotene than carrots and many times more than oranges.

Normally, milk is said to be a rich source of calcium and protein but the amount of calcium and protein present in Moringa leaves is way higher than in milk.

The leaves of Malunggay contain large quantities of zinc and potassium several times more than bananas.

Anemia can be prevented as Moringa leaves contains three times more iron than spinach.

Moringa helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.

Essential amino acids, the building blocks of protein, are also found in Moringa.

Moringa is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in the fight against diabetes.

Moringa increases the body’s natural defense mechanism. Since it is an immunity-stimulant, it is prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients.

Moringa leaves stimulate metabolism and cell structure of the body and helps in digestion and weight loss process.

It is especially useful for lactating mothers. Moringa helps increase the quantity of breast milk.

Famous for its anti-bacterial properties, it is used as a water purifier and said to beautfiy the skin.

Moringa contains more than 90 nutrients and 46 types of antioxidants. With all these health benefits we can get from Moringa, no wonder that it is said to be the most nutritious plant on earth!