Moringa Oleifera! Truly The Tree Of Life

Some say it is the miracle tree, others call it the tree of life. Other known names are: kelor tree, horse radish tree and drumstick tree.  Whatever name have been used to describe the moringa tree shows that it is a very important plant. Moringa belongs to the Moringacea family and is native to Himalayans. It is presently cultivated in Central and South America and Africa. Almost all parts of the plant is useful. It can be eaten raw, cooked or added to drinks. Moringa has so many health and nutritional benefits. The moringa plant is said to have more than 90 nutrients, 46 different antioxidants, and all eight essential amino acids. Moringa is rich Vitamin A, B, C, D, E, calcium and iron. The leaves has high protein content, low fat and carbohydrates. It has been used in preventing and treating so many ailment currently affecting mankind.

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One serving of Moringa Oleifera leaves can provide the body with:
22% daily value of Vitamin C
41% daily value of Potassium
61% daily value of Magnesium
71% daily value of Iron
125% daily value of Calcium
272% daily value of Vitamin A
92 Nutrients
46 Antioxidants
36 Anti-Inflammatory
18 Amino Acids, 9 Essential Amino Acids

Known Health Benefits Of Moringa
*. Consuming the leaves of moringa improves the body metabolism and also assist in losing weight.
*. It can also be used to treat skin infections, athlete’s foot, dandruff, warts and gum disease (gingivitis).
*. Moringa can make water safe for drinking. The seeds can be put  in dirty water and they will attract the impurities and make the water drinkable. This is because of its detoxifying ability.
*. Moringa provides energy without sugar involvement.
*. It reduces arthritis pains and inflammations
*. It controls and lower blood pressure. Thiocarbamate gycosides, nitrile and glycosides present in it are responsible for lowering blood pressure.
*. It prevents tumour growth.
*. It has soothing ability, therefore promotes good sleep.
*. It can cure ulcers.
*. The leaves extracts contain compound that can inhibit bacterial activities and the also has anti-fungal properties.
*. Moringa can help in reducing the body cholesterol level and also protects the liver from fat accumulation.
*. It is used to treat bronchial asthma thereby reducing asthmatic attacks.
*. Moringa oleifera contains tryptophan that produces the good feeling hormones, thus relieve stress and improve mood.
*. Presence of calcium and iron in moringa promote mental alertness and clarity.
*. It slows the aging process due to its anti-aging effects and also prompt the regrowth of new cells.
*. Moringa can also be used in treating epilepsy.
*. It is helpful in treating diabetes.
*. Moringa can be used to treat snake bites.

Warning: Moringa extracts and root may contain toxic substance that can cause paralysis and even death. It’s may be unsafe to use the root, bark or flowers of moringa during pregnancy. Chemicals in the root, bark, and flowers can make the uterus contract, and maybe cause a miscarriage. Pregnant women may also avoid moringa during lactation.


  1. I found this an interesting article and was wishing I could grow the Moringa Tree here - but with the health warning at the end, that did it for me. One other thing that should be pointed out is to always check with your doctor before using any natural product.

  2. Yes You are correct @Lenie is best to always check with your Doctor before using any natural product.

  3. Hello Mazino,
    I have never heard of moringa before, so I am delighted to learn of it and its many health benefits. Thank you!

  4. Jeez, that warning at the end kind of puts a dampener on the enthusiasm of trying a new fruit. :)

  5. Interesting that such a useful plant can also be deadly. Very informative. Is this plant only available in mountainous parts of the places you listed? I ask because the first place mentioned is the Himalayas. Which parts of Africa and SA can you find these?

  6. Saw it growing it trinidad w.i.

  7. Nice info. Pls could u also write on defecation of undigested food items. i.e. When a baby or person sometimes pass out a useful undigested food material auch as vegetables, sliced tomatoes, corn, etc. It's normal for rabbits but is it for humans? and what's the cause? Is it low enzyme, hormone or low water intake, etc. I wanna know.

  8. Interesting that such a useful plant.I am happy that I found your post while searching for informative posts. It is really informative.

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