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Moringa Leaf for 300 conditions

Moringa Leaf and Powder: It's said to
influence 300 diseases in India,

Date:   12/4/2006 9:17:30 PM   ( 9 y ) ... viewed 27910 times

7:13 PM
December 5, 06

Maringa Leaf

Mariko is one of the farmers I know
from the Hillcrest Fazrmers' Market.
I have a very good feeling for this plant
that grows wild in India. It is said to
be used for 300 diseases.

Mariko is creating more and more products
from this plant. All parts of the plant
are used.

Makeda Dread, (L) with Mariko.
Makeda has an incredible teaching garden down
at the World Beat Center in Balboa Park. She is
a longtime proponent of Healthy Living and Good Nutrition.
She loves Mariko's efforts to popularize the Maringo plant.
Her goal is to have the tree growing successfully in Balboa
Park. We are both in the learning stages of growing the tree.

I have been drawn to the leaf powder
and the oil for skin on the face.
I will let you know if it has an impact on wrinkles!

info from this website:

Nutrition Information for Moringa
at Mariko's Family Farm:
Gram for gram, Moringa leaves contain:

7 times the vitamin C in oranges
4 times the calcium in milk
4 times the vitamin A in carrots
2 times the protein in milk
3 times the potassium in bananas.

Studies - Medicinal Qualities - Nutrition Values - Nutrition Resource links -

Moringa Medicinal Studies
Detoxification - Studies have shown Moringa's ability to remove hazardous materials from water. Its usefulness in water purification has been demonstrated many times in University studies, in laboratories and in the field. This is now widely studied because it's estimated that 1.3 billion people in the world use contaminated water for drinking and cooking. It is estimated that 6 million children die each year from infections caused by unclean water.
Antibiotic - Moringa is used as a topical treatment for minor infections. Its antibiotic property is identified as Pterygospermin, a bacterial and fungicidal compound. Its chemical description is glucosinolate 4 alpha-L-rhamnosyloxy benzyl isothiocyanate. Studies have shown an agueous extract made from seeds was equally effective against the skin infecting bacteria Staphylococcus aureus as the antibiotic Neomycin.
Skin Treatment - Moringa has great healing benefits for the skin. It has been used to cure cuts, scrapes, sores, and rashes as well as cracking and other signs of aging.
Anti-inflammatory - The oral tradition of India has long praised Moringa as an anti inflammatory for use in healing wounds. Moringa was also found to be effective in trauma initiated chronic swelling.
Diabetes - An extract from the Moringa leaf has been shown to be effective in lowering blood sugar levels within 3 hours of ingestion, though less effectively than the standard hypoglycemic drug, glibenclamide. The effects increased with larger doses.

Traditionally, Moringa has been used for years with no reports of negative side effects. The powder made from fresh Moringa leaves seems to provide a long-lasting energy boost when used regularly. People frequently report having much more endurance in their work, at home and at play.

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Moringa Leave's Medicinal qualities

· Juice from the leaves is believed to have a stabilizing effect on blood pressure and is used to treat anxiety. It is believed to control glucose levels in cases of diabetes.
· Mixed with honey and followed by a drink of coconut milk 2 or 3 times a day, leaves are used as a remedy for diarrhea, dysentery and colitis.
· Leaf juice, sometimes with carrot juice added, is used as a diuretic. Eating leaves is recommended in cases of gonorrhea because of the diuretic action.
· Leaves and buds are rubbed on the temples for headache.
· A poultice is made from fresh leaves and applied to reduce glandular swelling
· Leaf juice is used as a skin antiseptic
· Leaves are used to treat fevers, bronchitis, eye and ear infections, scurvy, and catarrh (inflammation of the mucus membrane).
· Leaves are considered to be anthelmintic ( able to kill intestinal worms)
· Leaves are used as a purgative.
· Eating leaves is believed to increase a woman's milk production and is sometimes prescribed for anemia.

It is best known as an excellent source of nutrition and natural energy booster. This energy boost is not based on sugar so it is sustained. Moringa is also soothing. 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.
Source: Moringa Nature's Medicine Chest - Sanford Holst

For pregnant and breast-feeding women, moringa leaves can do much to preserve the mother's health and pass on strength to the fetus or nursing child. It is prescribed for malnutrition.
Source: The Moringa Tree By Dr. Martin L. Price

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Moringa Nutritional Values
Moringa Oleifera Nutritional Value of Leaves
Analysis of Moringa dried leaf powder contains
the following per 100 grams of edible portion

Moisture % 7.5
Calories 205
Protein (g) 27.1
Fat (g) 2.3
Carbohydrate (g) 38.2
Fiber (g) 19.2
Ca (mg) 2,003
MG (mg) 368
P (mg) 204
K (mg) 1,324
Cu (mg) 0.57
Fe (mg) 28.2
S (mg) 870
Oxalic acid (mg) 1.6%
Vitamin A-B carotene (mg) 16.3
Vitamin B - choline (mg) -
Vitamin B1 - thiamin (mg) 2.64
Vitamin B2 - riboflavin (mg) 20.5
Vitamin B3 - nicotinic acid (mg) 8.2
Vitamin C 0 ascorbic acid (mg) 17.3
Vitamin E tocopherol acetate mg) 113
Arginine (g/16gN) 1.33%
Histidine (g/16gN) 0.61%
Lysine (g/16gN) 1.32%
Tryptophan (g/16gN) 0.43%
Phenylanaline (g/16gN) 1.39%
Methionine (g/16gN) 0.35%
Threonine (g/16gN) 1.19%
Leucine (g/16gN) 1.95%
Isoleucine (g/16gN) 0.83%
Valine (g/16gN) 1.06%

Source: Moringa oleifera: Natural Nutrition for the Tropics by Lowell Fugile

Maringa Plant grower with Kathy Luna at the Slow Foods
event August '06

Moringa Nutrition Resources:

Lowell Fugile - Regional representative of the Church World Service relief agency based in Dakar Senegal,. He has studied the use of Moringa with people suffering from malnutrition and wrote the privately published book The Miracle Tree.

Mark Olson wrote his Ph.D thesis on Moringa and is currently at the Missouri Botanical Garden in St. Louis.

Moringa, Nature's Medicine Cabinet, Sanford Holst, Sierra Sunrise Books, Oct. 2000

The Moringa Tree, Dr. Martin Price, 1985

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