Saturday, 23 February 2013

Moringa - The miracle tree

One of the beautiful things I love about Nigeria is the abundance of natural vegetation especially in the rural settings. It’s like what those in the rural areas lack in terms of luxuries and infrastructures, they gain with the abundance of natural resources which is limited to those in the urban settings.
Most people have got a variety of trees right at the back of their houses. My next door neighbors for example have the pawpaw, Lemon, Scotch bonnet, Mango, Coconut and Avocado trees. To cap it all, they’ve got moringa trees which they actually used as a “fence” for their large country home. The funny thing is, their livestock which feed on these trees occasionally get fatter every day while us humans (mostly ignorant though) look for foreign remedies to ailments whereas what we actually need is closer than we think. I really don’t know how this tree lost its fame but I think it has to do with the fact that science got more experimental leading to its remoteness in nature. But today, the world is being plagued with various degenerating health problems and many concerned scientists are going back in time to employ the natural traditional wisdom used by our forefathers in combating ailments. 
my neighbor's moringa tree



What is moringa.
Moringa popularly known as "The miracle tree" is a Nutritional power house of minerals, antioxidants and amino acids. In the Ancient world, they regarded the tree as a “Cure all tree”, An “Elixir of long life”, “The tree of life”e.t.c. It is a multipurpose plant as the Roots, leaves, Pods, flowers, fruits, seeds and even the bark of the tree can be utilized and used to cure various diseases. Scientifically, it is known as Moringa Oleifera . In Nigeria especially in the north where it is commonly grown, the Hausa people call it Zogale. Other common names are; Ben-oil tree, horse radish tree, Drumstick tree (referring to the large pods).It is mostly planted around local houses and used as a fence. It can grow up to 36feet in height and can live as long as 20 years if undisturbed. Due to its nutritional, therapeutic and prophylactic benefits, it is widely promoted in poverty stricken areas to counter malnutrition and the effects can be seen within a few days of including it in the diet. The leaves can also be dried, ground into powder and stored for many months without any significant loss of nutritional or therapeutic values. There are no side-effects of moringa tree leaves which have been proved till date. At the same time it can be consumed by small children and adults alike. Therefore, many people have started using it as tea, in salads, porridge, pastas, breads, etc., to reap the everlasting health benefits. 



Nutritional properties
Moringa……………. 
• Is rich in Vitamin A. It contains four times more Vitamin A or beta-carotene than carrots. Hence, it is a weapon against blindness.

• Is a rich source of Vitamin C. It contains seven times more Vitamin C than oranges.

 Is a rich source of Calcium. It contains four times more calcium than milk.

 Is a rich source of Protein. The moringa leaves are said to contain twice the protein present in milk.

 Is a rich source of Potassium. It contains seven times more potassium than bananas.

 Is a rich source of Iron. it contains thrice more iron than spinach.

The leaves of Moringa oleifera are rich sources of dietary fibers, starch, beta-carotene, minerals (zinc, magnesium, and selenium), iodine, lutein, zeatin, etc. 



Known Health Benefits
 Moringa is an effective natural immune system booster and therefore helps your body heal faster. It also contains powerful antioxidants that can naturally supplement and maintain the smooth functioning of the body’s immune system.

 Moringa helps in regulating sleep cycles. People suffering from insomnia find the use of moringa beneficial

• It is known to nourish the eyes, therefore, people suffering from poor eyesight should include moringa in their diet.

The immature pods are highly nutritious, containing all the essential amino acids together with other vital nutrients. The immature pod contains green peas that can be eaten raw together with salad.

• Moringa leaves are often used as a nutritional food supplement for both weight loss and weight gain. This is due to the exceptional content of all the essential macro- and micro-nutrients. By consuming moringa, you would be taking in most of the nutrients your body needs.

• Moringa can be taken to naturally increase male and female libido. In fact, it’s long been used to treat sexual dysfunction as well as a natural way to boost sex drive. For libido get the tender stem of moringa which is very green in color remove skin and chew. The seeds are also potent in this aspect.

 Moringa is also said to balance sugar levels, hence it is helpful in the fight against diabetes. It also contains omega-9 fatty acids, which have been proven to reduce the body’s resistance to insulin and severity of symptoms of diabetes. Overall, it can alleviate the symptoms of diabetes and reduce the severity of the body’s reaction to diabetes

• It helps in combating and preventing anemia as it contains thrice more iron than spinach.

• Moringa helps in balancing and lowering cholesterol levels in the body as well as improving the ratio of good cholesterol (high density lipoprotein) to Bad cholesterol (Low density lipoprotein)

• The body's natural defense mechanism increases with the consumption of moringa in the daily diet pattern. Since it is an immunity-stimulant, it is prescribed for AIDS afflicted patients.

 It is a nutrition booster and is known to promote a feeling of well-being in people. Therefore it can be used to counter Anxiety and depression.

 It is especially useful for lactating mothers. The consumption of moringa has shown dramatic increase in the quantity of breast milk produced. 



• Researchers  recently concluded that a compound in moringa  inhibits the growth of cancer cells. The secret lies in the fact that it is rich in catechin polyphenols, particularly epigallocatechin gallate (EGCG) which is a powerful antioxidant. Besides inhibiting the growth of cancer cells, it kills cancer cells without harming healthy tissues.

• It can help in preventing tooth decay due to its bacteria destroying abilities.

For Beauty
The flowers and oil from the pods (Ben oil) are used to produce soaps and body creams. Some people Say it has anti-aging properties (It may be beyond that though)

Method of preservation
The Moringa leaves can be either freeze dried or dried at room temperature. Once it is completely dried, it can now be ground into powder and stored for many months without any significant loss of nutritional or therapeutic values.


Step 1: Get the fresh moringa leaves and remove them from the stem. 

Step 2: Spread them out and leave to dry at room temperature (Away from sunlight) 


Step 3: Ground into powdered form and Store in an airtight container.

Click Here to Learn How to make Moringa Oleifera tea

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51 comments:

  1. Thank you Dobby, after reading this, I join the moringa team. To think that I serve hubby moringa and take ovaltine. Can i share this with my readers?

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    1. Sure you can eya!I joined the moringa team sometime ago also. It's really nice and the health benefits are awesome!

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  2. Anonymous6:57 am

    Wow, very enlightening and helpful, I'd love to get my hands on these!

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  3. Do you know what the Yoruba people call it?

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    1. The Yoruba people call it "igi iyanu","malero", "Ewele", "Ewé ilé", "Ewe igbálé", Idagbo monoyé ("the tree which grows crazily")

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  4. Anonymous2:13 am

    i live in canada how do i get some of these?

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    1. You can call the number above for more information. Thanks!

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    2. Anonymous8:18 am

      Please help me. I have been taking Moringa for a month and now my periods have returned after just 1 week.

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  5. Good job. Please, what's the Igbo name of this plant?

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    1. The igbos call it; "Odudu oyibo", "Okwe oyibo", "Okwe olu", "Uhe", "Oku-ghara-ite", "Okochi egbu"

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  6. People from my ethnic group and most Northerners eat it as salad.Boil it,cool it down and add zagi (suya pepper),fresh onions,tomatoes and pepper.

    I just can't wrap my head around consuming my village food otherwise.

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    1. Sounds really nice! Would definitely try it one of these days. Thanks ladi.

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  7. Anonymous2:27 pm

    Please where can I get Moringa leaves in Lagos? Thank you.

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    1. Hi Anon! There's a number below the post. They sell moringa leaves. Hope this helps.

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  8. Anonymous10:20 pm

    Pls how do I use this for weightloss?!in need of help ASAP!!!

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    1. You can take it in form of Salad or tea. See>>>> http://www.dobbyssignature.com/2013/02/how-to-make-moringa-oleifera-tea.html

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  9. Anonymous4:14 pm

    is the moringa can make sex reversal in tilapia fish or not

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    1. I'm not an expert in that field so i really don't know

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  10. Anonymous2:43 pm

    please,may i know the best way to consume Moringa for all round benefit.

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    1. moringa tea works fine. you can also use it as a vegetable just like ugwu.

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  11. Anonymous9:03 pm

    Please does moringa balance hormones in women and how?

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    1. That's not my field of expertise.

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  12. Anonymous2:47 pm

    Dobby,
    Big thanks to you. i know this leave but i don't know that it is of wonderful use.May God bless for this great information.







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    1. Thank you Anon. May God bless you too.

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  13. Anonymous4:59 pm

    In my place (Benue state) we call this leaf kuka and its everywhere.

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  14. Anonymous7:12 pm

    I bought some powdered Moringa to try while waiting for my 8 baby seedlings to grow. We shook a couple tsp in some bottled water for our first try. I think I'd like it better in chicken broth with fresh tomatoes so it's more like a soup. Thanks for the information here. I will try your tea recipe when my trees are bigger. They are 6" tall now.

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    1. Thanks Anon :). Most times moringa leaves are sold in powdered form for use in meals as additives.Do let us know how your trees turn out.

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  15. Anonymous4:13 pm

    Wow thanks for sharing. Will call my mom to get me some.

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    1. Thanks anon! Do give us a feedback once you try it out :).

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  16. Anonymous7:40 pm

    How can you get this u America

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    1. Hi Anon, for now I don't know if there are distributors in the USA but once I get more info, I'd let you know.

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    2. Online, you can visit Clevenard.com.

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  17. Anonymous7:37 pm

    I need to gain weight I'm skinny can this plant help me out :)

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  18. Anonymous7:38 pm

    I need to gain weight I'm skinny can this plant help me out :)

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  19. Hi Anon, it does help with weight gain but only when supplemented with real food.

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  20. Can I paste on my blog PLs... Omitagevintage.blogspot.com

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  21. Good insight! Thanks for this. I want to ask,does it aid conception?

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    1. I'm not an expert in that field.

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  22. Hello,

    I am in the UK and have heard it creates infertility, which is scaring me as I take morning a every day. Is this true?

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    1. I have also heard this but with skepticism. It doesn't cause infertility but pregnant women are advised not to take it.The reason being the antibiotic quality etc. However looking on Youtube, a lady took it throughout her pregnancy and had a sound baby.

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  23. Hello,

    I am in the UK and have read it creates infertility, is this true?

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  24. Anonymous2:27 am

    I am in Jamaica and I planted a Moringa tree in my yard so now I just step out in the mornings, pick a few leaves and brew my tea.

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  25. Please, where can I get moringa leave powder in Ogbomoso. Oyo state.

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  26. After reading about this here,I located the tree in Florida. I have Polymyositis & this helps out a great deal. #fightpolymyositis Follow me on facebook

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  27. How can i use it to gain weight, can you please give directions on how to use it because i bought leaf powder its been a month now

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  28. How can i use it to gain weight, can you please give directions on how to use it because i bought leaf powder its been a month now

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  29. How to use it for skin? Do you perhaps have soap and cream?

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