What is Moringa and why is it healthy?

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What is Moringa?

Moringa, scientifically known as Moringa oleifera, is a fast-growing tree native to the Indian Subcontinent. Moringa is also known as the “Miracle Tree” because of the vast and diverse variety of healthy compounds present in its leaves and seeds.

The Moringa tree thrives in hot, sunny and dry climates and can be found in countries around the world, from India to the Philippines, and from Africa to parts of Latin America. It is valued for its ability to grow and thrive on dry and barren soils where other plants would struggle to survive. It can survive long periods of drought.

Benefits of Moringa

One of the most remarkable features of the Moringa tree are its leaves, which contain a wealth of nutrients and offer a wide range of health benefits. Let's take a look at some of the reasons why the leaves of this tree are considered one of the most nutritious foods on the planet:

1. Rich in nutrients

Moringa leaves are a rich source of essential nutrients, including vitamins, minerals, antioxidants, and amino acids. They include vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin E, calcium, magnesium, iron and potassium. This makes them a valuable addition to the diet, especially for people who have trouble getting enough nutrients.

2. Powerful antioxidant properties

Antioxidants play a crucial role in fighting free radicals in the body, which can cause damage to cells and increase the risk of chronic diseases. Moringa leaves contain a variety of antioxidants, including quercetin, chlorogenic acid, and beta-carotene, which help protect the body against oxidative stress and inflammation.

3. Anti-inflammatory effect

Inflammation is often considered to be the cause of many health problems, ranging from arthritis to heart disease. Studies have shown that certain compounds in Moringa leaves, such as isothiocyanates, have anti-inflammatory properties and can help reduce inflammation in the body.

4. Improved immunity

Thanks to the abundance of vitamins and minerals it contains, consuming Moringa leaves regularly can boost immunity and help the body to be more resistant to diseases and infections. This can be particularly beneficial during periods of stress or when the immune system needs extra support.

5. Increased energy and vitality

Moringa leaves are a natural energy booster, thanks to their high nutrient content and the presence of bioactive compounds such as flavonoids and polyphenols. Consuming Moringa leaves can help reduce tiredness and increase energy levels, making people feel more alert and vital throughout the day.

Why is Moringa valuable in poor countries like Malawi?

Moringa appears to be a game changer for Malawi's poor population for various reasons. First of all, Malawi with its fast growing population, faces a serious problem of malnutrition, especially among children and pregnant women. The nutritious leaves of the Moringa tree provide an affordable and accessible source of essential nutrients, including proteins, vitamins and minerals, that are critical to overall health and development. In addition, Moringa is also a promising solution for people living with HIV, a disease that is widespread in Malawi. Moringa's immune-boosting properties can help support the weakened immune systems of people with HIV, making them more resistant to infections and complications. By integrating Moringa into the diet of Malawi's poor population, we can not only combat hunger, but also contribute to improved health and well-being for those who need it most.

Our mission with Moringa

As a social enterprise we want to be Making Moringa available for the local people of Malawi and promote this plant so that more and more people will experience the benefits. Click here to read how we offer Moringa in the school breakfast at various schools in Malawi.