10 Moringa Tree Facts You Didn’t Know

The most common known facts about moringa or malunggay are often related to cooking and how it primarily serves as the green leaves in your soup. But did you know that there’s so much more to moringa than how it’s used for cooking?

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Here are some quick moringa facts that you might not be aware of:

1. Moringa leaves are packed with nutrients.

You’d be surprised to know that these tiny leaves actually contain more nutrients than other popular food sources. Moringa nutritional facts include having seven times the vitamin C of oranges, four times the vitamin A of carrots, four times the calcium of milk, thrice the potassium of bananas, and twice the protein of yogurt.

Several studies have cited how moringa offers health benefits through its antiulcer, antioxidant, antihypertensive, and analgesic properties. Malunggay leaves have plant compounds like polyphenols, flavonoids, glucosinolates, and alkaloids, which can improve different bodily functions.

2. Moringa exists in different languages around the world.

Scientifically labelled as Moringa Oleifera, the moringa tree is native to the Indian subcontinent, but its uses and benefits are known all around the world. That being said, it goes by different names.

The word moringa comes from the Malayalam word murinna, or the Tamil word murungai. Here in the Philippines, we know it as malunggay, which also differs across local dialects like Bicolano (kalungai) or Bisaya (alungai). Moringa is also known as maroenga in Indonesia, Kachang Kelur or Lemunggai in Malaysia, and Ma rum in Thailand. In countries outside of Asia, moringa is also called a drumstick tree or horseradish tree.

3. Moringa is a multipurpose plant.

The leaves of the moringa plant are its most popular part, but its pods, fruits, flowers, roots and bark are also utilized for different needs and purposes. The immature seed pods or drumsticks, when boiled, are edible and are excellent sources of vitamin C, dietary fiber, and potassium. The seeds can also be removed and be eaten like peas or nuts.

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Apart from being a culinary ingredient at home, it can also serve as an extract used for traditional herbal medicines and everyday health supplements. It is also used in oil form to deliver nutrients and minerals, which makes it a truly versatile plant.

4. Moringa is used to combat malnutrition.

Because of moringa’s nutritional properties, it is used to combat malnutrition among infants and nursing mothers. The moringa tree is a great source of food in tropical areas where it is abundant, because it is in full leaf at the end of dry seasons, just when other food sources are limited.

5. Moringa has plenty of medicinal uses.

When taken as a tea, moringa is a great remedy for diarrhea and gastric ulcers. Moringa leaves are highly recommended for those with anemia because of its high iron content. Plus, you don’t have to consume moringa to reap its benefits. Moringa leaves, when rubbed against the temple, can relieve headaches.

Research has shown how moringa’s medicinal use can influence blood lipid profiles and help with insulin secretion in the body. The different parts of a moringa tree – from its bark to its roots and seeds – can be used as an ingredient to produce these traditional remedies.

6. Moringa is great for the skin.

Moringa oil, in particular, is famous for its anti-aging properties. It helps fight wrinkles, sagging skin, and other signs of skin aging. It also helps fight skin fatigue and the bad effects of pollution on the skin. It’s a skin purifier, too, helping the skin glow naturally. Moringa oil is known for removing acne, blackheads, and dark spots.

7. Moringa can purify water.

When turned into a seed cake through flocculation, which is the result of pressing moringa seeds to extract its natural oils, it can be utilized for water filtration. By effectively sifting out granular substances like dirt, bacteria, and other impurities, this allows you to consume clean and purified water.

8. Every part of the Moringa plant is edible.

Even if it’s a pretty known fact that moringa is a food source and cooking ingredient, what most people are unaware of, however, is that it every part of the plant can be eaten. Apart from its green leaves, its seed pods and roots are also straight up edible! If you’re thinking about a healthy snack to munch on, consider taking a bite out of a malunggay plant.

There are recipes online for the different ways to prepare moringa. From soups, to curries, omelets, and even juices, different cultures have unique ways in consuming the plant as a food source.

9. Moringa can give you a boost in energy.

Like spinach, moringa provides you with an energy boost, as it offers thrice the amount of iron found in Popeye the Sailorman’s favorite power-up vegetable. As an important element of hemoglobin, the additional intake of iron addresses anemia and helps in the distribution of oxygen throughout in the bloodstream.

10. Moringa boosts hair health.

If you have dry hair and/or scalp, you can definitely benefit from moringa oil. If you have moringa oil, just wet your hair first, then massage the oil onto your scalp to moisturize it. It also helps strengthen your hair, as moringa has essential vitamins and minerals that boost hair health and growth.

Try these hair and skin benefits for yourself! Moringa-O² hair and skin care harnesses the nourishing effects of Moringa and combines it with Olive Oil and Omega (from Sunflower Oil).

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With these ten facts about moringa, you are assured of the miracle plant’s usefulness and versatility. Our range of moringa products for your hair, scalp, and skin offers a variety of benefits. Anti-dandruff, anti-hair fall, and anti-frizz properties are a few ways you can make the most of malunggay’s natural capabilities. And with the addition of argan oil to the three primary natural extracts (moringa, olive oil, and omega), our shampoo and conditioner revitalizes your hair, scalp, and skin to become stronger, smoother, and healthier overall.

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