Malunggay takes center stage in the reduction of malnutrition in the Philippines

Moringa is known as a Miracle Tree because its leaves, pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark  can be utilized. In the Philippines, it is called malunggay. It is also known as Drumstick Tree in Britain, horseradish tree, marangao, moonga, saijhan, or Ben oil tree.

In the Philippines, malunggay  has been an important ingredient for soup that is given to mothers who have just given birth. Now, those who laugh when grandma insisted that her breastfeeding daughter drink soup with malunggay leaves or when mother encouraged her children to eat malunggay, will have second thoughts as scientific research reveals that its leaves are a powerhouse of nutrition value.

Mounting scientific evidence shows what has been known for thousands of years by people in the tropical parts of the world: malunggay is nature’s medicine cabinet.

Research has shown that the various parts of the moringa tree effectively contribute to the health of a person.

According to Dr. Monica G. Marcu, researcher and clinical pharmacologist, Moringa is unique because it can supply daily a wide gamut of vital nutrients with few calories.

Moringa or malunggay leaves contain seven times the vitamin C in oranges.

It is a rich source of Vitamin A. It contains four times the vitamin A in carrots, thus, making it a powerful weapon against blindness.

Normally, milk is said to be a rich source of calcium but the amount of calcium present in moringa leaves is four times the calcium in milk.

The moringa leaves are said to contain two times the protein present in milk.

Bananas are a rich source of potassium but moringa leaves contain three times the potassium in bananas.

Health authorities say that the world would be free of anemia if the leaves of moringa were to be eaten by one and all as they contain three times more iron than spinach.

With the proliference of junk and fatty foods in fast food chains and restaurants, many people around the world suffer from high cholesterol.

This health problem can be solved by eating malunggay as it helps in balancing the cholesterol levels in the body.

Moringa also helps in the fight against diabetes as it balances sugal levels in the body.

Aside from its vitamin and mineral content, Moringa has 18 amino acids, including the eight essentials – the ones the body cannot manufacture on its own so they must be supplied through the diet.

It also has plenty of omega-3 oils and chlorophyll, plus 45 compounds with antioxidant properties and 36 with anti-inflammatory properties.

Moringa is a blessing for Filipinos because it is easily available everywhere in the country. No wonder then that it is being eyed by the Department of Agriculture to take the center stage in the reduction of malnutrition in the country.#